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It’s a kind of Kindness – Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week starts next week (18 – 24 May) and this year’s theme is Kindness. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity, so very prevalent during these times. Our Wellbeing, Public Health and Culture and Leisure teams will be promoting a host of online resources and activities to help support your mental health and wellbeing. These include podcasts, meditation initiatives, Mindful Museums, useful tips, advice and support, plus many more activities. You may have already seen that our Public Health team have launched a new suite of mental health resources in partnership with Shropshire Mind and other organisations.
Updated guidance for using Country Parks and Sites
Following the latest Government announcement that people will be able to travel to exercise in England only, we know many Shropshire residents and visitors will be keen to visit Country Parks and heritage sites across the county.
While this is understandable due to the many physical and mental health benefits, the safety of our staff, volunteers, communities and visitors is our top priority.
We strongly recommend that you keep to exercising in your local area to avoid too many people visiting our most popular sites. These sites will still be here for you to visit when restrictions are lifted.
If you do choose to travel to exercise at one of our sites, we strongly recommend that you plan your visit and research the many sites that are available. This will help to avoid everyone visiting our most popular sites at the same time and make your time exercising safer.
You must maintain social distancing and stay 2 metres apart from anyone that is not from your household and this will make this much easier.
If you or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay at home and not visit any of our sites.
Helping to feed the homeless
More than 80 homeless people who have been placed in temporary accommodation in a number of hotels across Shropshire are receiving daily meals, thanks to a partnership between our housing services team and Shire Services, our catering and cleaning arm.
Shire Services catering staff have been redeployed from a variety of sites, including school kitchens, to prepare breakfasts, packed teas and hot lunches seven days a week. They have been working alongside housing services colleagues to ensure those placed in temporary housing have access to hot meals every day, without the need to undertake unnecessary trips – therefore abiding by Government guidance.
Hot meals – such as cottage pie, cauliflower cheese with bacon, pasta bolognese, and sausage, mash and onion gravy – are freshly made each day at the Column Restaurant at Shirehall and delivered to the hotels in time for lunch. Each delivery also includes dessert, and further food parcels for a teatime meal and breakfast for the following morning.
Well done to all involved in providing this vital service – including Column Restaurant manager Claire Downing, pictured with a box of meals ready for delivery.
Live in the North and South of the county and fancy a new career?
Following a successful recruitment campaign for our START support workers. Our START team are now looking for potential applicants who live in, or nearby Ludlow, Church Stretton, Clun Bishops Castle, Oswestry and Ellesmere. If you know someone who is looking for work and wants a rewarding career in supporting our most vulnerable, visit our job pages here. The team are offering both casual and permanent positions.