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Update from council leader - 13 January

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

During this difficult time in lockdown, I want to thank residents who are following the rules and playing their part by staying at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect our loved ones, the NHS and save lives.

I understand this is a hard time for us all, and I would like to remind you that there is support available if you are struggling. If you are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) you must stay at home and only leave the house to exercise outside and attend medical appointments.

Help for those who are shielding, including with shopping and prescription collection, is available from the Bracknell Forest Community Response in partnership with The Ark. You can call the Bracknell Forest Community Response on 01344 266911 or email community@theark.org.uk.

There are also organisations which can help if you’re struggling with finances during the coronavirus pandemic. Citizens Advice Bracknell and District is a local charity providing free, independent and confidential advice on a range of issues, including finance, legal, employment and housing. The Money Advice Service was set up by the government and offers free and impartial money advice. The council also has a welfare and housing team who can help you with support and advice to help you keep your home or find another one.

If you are struggling with mental health I encourage you to contact the NHS Volunteer Responders. They offer help to people in need of support or who are avoiding public places during the pandemic, as well as social prescribers who can support people who are feeling isolated. I would also like to mention Talking Therapies, The Silver Line, Samaritans and Mind as great helplines and organisations who specialise in mental health.

For support with your mobility you can contact the council’s adult social care team by filling out this online enquiry form. Age UK, the British Red Cross and our community volunteers are fantastic aids in supporting mobility issues and can help you with getting more active.

You can find details of all of the organisations that I’ve mentioned on our help for anyone struggling during the pandemic webpage.

Stay safe, and protect yourselves, your loved ones and our borough.