11am Minute of Silence Today

The Royal College of Nursing has joined forces with the Royal College of Midwives and UNISON – collectively representing more than a million NHS and public service staff – to campaign for a moment of reflection at 11am on Tuesday 28 April.

The minute’s silence will be held on International Workers’ Memorial Day. It will allow the nation to pay respect to those whose work involved caring, saving lives, and keeping key services running and the rest of the country safe, while showing support for families who have lost a loved one.

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said:

“We’ve become used to hearing a great roar on a Thursday night for key workers, but this respectful silence will be a poignant reminder of the risks they run to keep us safe. I hope the public gets behind this with the same affection they show when applauding our people. 

“The silence is a simple show of respect for those who have paid the very highest price, but their loved ones must know the levels of gratitude we feel as a nation and take some comfort from that.”

Prime Minister’s Statement

Prime Minister’s statement outside 10 Downing Street on 27 April 2020 on the day he returned to work following his illness with Covid19.

Job Retention Scheme Claims

The government’s Job Retention Scheme is now live and taking claims.

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can find full information and guidance HERE

You can submit a claim HERE

Paul Magrs Reading Stardust & Snow

Paul Magrs will be reading his wonderful story Stardust and Snow tonight at 7pm on Facebook Live.

Click HERE to go to his Facebook page.

Nightingale North West Hospital Opening

Please see below a message from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall opening the new NHS Nightingale North West Hospital in Manchester.

HRH Duchess of Cornwall opens NHS Nightingale Manchester Hospital

Every Mind Matters

At this difficult time it is important to be aware of our mental health and wellbeing. The NHS has support via its Every Mind Matters programme where you can develop your own Action Plan.

Click HERE for further information.

Rainbow Brew Buddies

The LGBT Foundation has launched a befriending service to help people during the covid19 lockdown.

“Our new telephone befriending programme Rainbow Brew Buddies aims to reduce loneliness for LGBT people across Greater Manchester who may have reduced opportunities to make social connections due to the recent coronavirus outbreak or other circumstances in their life.

Those who sign up for the service will be allocated a buddy, who will have received training from LGBT Foundation and have passed a DBS check. You will then “get-together” over the phone with them for a brew and a chat at least once a week for around 30 minutes.”

Full details are available on the LGBT Foundation website HERE

Rules relaxed for people with Autism or Learning Difficulties

Government advice on leaving the house for exercise have been updated for people with autism or learning difficulties. The government advice now says:

“You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area – then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day – ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.

Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.”

Vandal Decapitates Bee

The head of the “Bee Unique” sculpture in Crowcroft Park has been sawn off. The vandalism was discovered on Easter Sunday.

Read the MEN report HERE

Image: Lee Panther

Contactless Payment Limit Raised

The limit for contactless payment has been raised from £30 to £45. Please remember to check when shopping to help avoid touching keypads. If you exceed the new £45 limit you can also ask for shopping to be put through in more than one payment to ensure you stay below the limit and can use contactless payment. The increase has been rolled out over the last week so should apply in most places.

A Message from the PM

A message from the Prime Minister on the day he has come out of hospital following treatment for Covid19.

St Peter & St Mark Easter

St Peter and St Mark Parish is holding an Easter celebration at 16.00 on Sunday 12th April via Zoom. Please contact Rev. George Reeves, Rector, if you want joining details (07484 310276 or via Facebook

The Parish website is HERE

GM Law Centre Covid19 Guide

Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed a guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency.

This guide will be updated regularly as the situation develops. This guide is correct to 3rd April 2020. A downloadable version of the guide is available here

Whils

Press Conferences

A new page has been added to the LCA website for the UK government covid19 press conferences.

The page includes a link to the video of each press conference, a daily transcript / report and downloads of the slides used.

The page is available in the drop down menu on the Coronavirus (Covid19) menu tab. You can go directly to the page HERE

Reporting Lockdown Breaches

How to tell GMP about a possible breach of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures

Is it an emergency?

  • is there a threat to life (including road traffic incidents where someone is injured or the road is blocked)
  • does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon
  • is there a risk of serious damage to property
  • is a serious offence in progress
  • there’s serious disruption to the public or there could be


If so, please call 999 now.If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS serviceExternal Link.

If you’re concerned about a business or venue that’s open and you don’t think it should be, please check the guidance on this first. 

We’re seeking to resolve situations where people appear to be or are contravening the government advice on physical social distancing and the stay at home measures without resorting to enforcement and issuing fines. 

Please only tell us about something if you feel there is a significant issue or breach which you think we need to know about.

Use the form available HERE to report any concerns about breaches of the regulations and where they are.

Station South Community Collage

A call for contributions for a Community Collage on the advertising board beside Station South on the A6.

Here’s an idea! We’d like to do something to keep us all entertained in these crazy times! 

We’re giving the advertising board over to you for a big #COMMUNITYCOLLAGE challenge.

To help lift people’s spirits and get creative at home we’re setting you an arty challenge over the next few days…we’ll prompt your efforts with themes!

A daily ‘call to action’ to submit your photos/artwork/words coming out of these trying times which represent the #positives and spread #hope and #happiness during this time. 

We’ll put the best ones into the #communitycollage and showcase on the advertising board on the A6/Stockport Road where we hope it will cheer up key workers and the like. 

Theme’s for inspiration so far are  #simplepleasures #workingfromhome#naturelovers  #foodforthought

Post your images/words/art on the Station South Facebook page HERE
Or email them to hello@stationsouth.co.uk – let us know if you’d like a credit x

Spread the word and GO! x

Manchester Nightingale Hospital

The government is building several new hospitals across the UK to cope with the demand placed on the NHS because of the Covid19 crisis. The Manchester “Nightingale” hospital is being contracted in the Manchester Central Convention Complex (formerly known as the G-Mex).

PM in Intensive Care

It has been confirmed that Prime Minister Johnson has been moved to intensive care follow his admission to hospital yesterday (Sunday 5 April 2020). The Prime Minister’s condition has since worsened with persistent symptoms of the Covid19 virus.

Johnson has asked Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary, to take over some of his responsibilities for the time being although the exact nature of how the government will operate while the Prime Minister is incapacitated is yet to be confirmed.

See the BBC News reporting HERE

Corona Helpers Directory

Levy Corona Helpers have compiled a Street Directory of coordinators for help and support.

Contact your street coordinator in the first instance if you either need or can offer assistance. If your street does not have a coordinator email set up, please email levycoronahelpers@gmail.com

You can also inbox the LCH Admins on the Facebook group or if necessary, contact Carey by text on 07968 031085.

If you are hearing from people in your street and have issues arising that you are not sure how to deal with please let LCH know. All the Admins work full time, so it might be that they can’t respond immediately.

Please note Levenshulme Inspire is offering a Corona Phone Hotline for certain streets, check the list to see if it applies to your street.

Directory correct as at Sunday 5 April 2020

STREET NAMEEMAIL ADDRESS / CONTACT
Agnes StreetAgnesStLCH@gmail.com or Inspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Albert RoadAlbertRoadLCH@gmail.com   
Allandale RoadLindsayAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Barlow RoadBarlowRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Bournville GroveBournevillGroveLCH@gmail.com 
Bowler StreetBowlerStLCH@gmail.com 
Broom AvenueBroomAveLCH@gmail.com 
Broom LaneBroomLaneLCH@gmail.com 
Brook AvenueInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Carnegie AvenueCarnegieLincolnAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Carson RoadEltonCarsonLCH@gmail.com 
Collingwood RoadCollingwoodRdLC@gmail.com 
Craighall AvenueCraighallAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Crayfield RoadCrayfieldRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Cringle RoadCringleRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Cromwell GroveCromwellGroveLCH@gmail.com 
Cuthbert AvenueInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Damian StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Danforth GroveDanforthGroveLCH@gmail.com 
Deepcar StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Dorset RoadDorsetRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Elmsworth AvenueElmsworthAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Elton AvenueEltonCarsonLCH@gmail.com 
Fairview AvenueLindsayAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Fernleigh AvenueFernleighAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Forest RangeForestRangeLCH@gmail.com 
Garfield AvenueGarfieldAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Grange AvenueGrangeAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Guildford RoadGuildfordRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Hawley StreetHawleyStreetLCH@gmail.com 
Hemmons RoadInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Highfield RoadHighfieldRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Horstead WalkInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629 955
Kingsmill AvenueKingsmillAvenueLCH@gmail.com  
Kingsway AvenueKingswayAveLCH@gmail.com 
Langdale AvenueLangdaleAveLCH@gmail.com 
Langthorne StreetLangthorneStreetLCH@gmail.com 
Leybourne AvenueLeybourneAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Lincoln AvenueCarnegieLincolnAvenueLCH@gmail.com
Lindsay Avenue LindsayAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Lytham RoadLindsayAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Maida StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Marley RoadMarleyRdLCH@gmail.com 
Marshall RoadMarshallRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Matthews LaneInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Mayford RoadInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Montreal StreetMontrealStreetLCH@gmail.com 
Newdale StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Osborne RoadOsborneLCH@gmail.com 
Park AvenueParkAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Preston RoadPrestonRoadLCH@gmail.com 
Pascal StreetYorkAndPascalStreetLCH@gmail.com 
Prestage StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Provident AvenueProvidentAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Randolph StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Roseneath AvenueFernleighAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Seddon StreetInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
St. Mark’s StreetStMarksStreetLCH@gmail.com 
St. Oswald’s RoadInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Stovell AvenueInspire Corona Phone Hotline 07459629955
Thorncliffe GroveFernleighAvenueLCH@gmail.com 
Windsor RoadWindsorRoadLCH@gmail.com 
York StreetYorkAndPascalStreetLCH@gmail.com 

Storyswap from Levy Little Theatre

Levy Little Theatre is organising Storyswap, an online sharing of your stories during isolation.

  • Write and / or perform your own 2-4 minute script, poem or sketch.
  • Send to Levy Little Theatre by 1st May 2020.
  • Professional actors will be invited to perform your piece.
  • Your piece will be curated into an online film.

Find out more information including the full brief, writing tips, terms and conditions and how to submit an entry below or click HERE

Yoga with Mike Heath

Mike Heath provides yoga classes at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre and is now doing a yoga podcast using the Zoom Cloud Meetings application during the Covid19 crisis.

Click HERE to find out what you need to do to get online. 

It’s pretty straightforward – but you’ll need the Zoom app before we begin. Zoom works on desktop and laptop computers, and on smartphones and tablets.

Helping Us Be Together When We Can’t Be Together

Free Newspapers and Magazines via Manchester Libraries

PressReader

If you are a member of Manchester Libraries, you can access the website or app PressReader. There are over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages for free!

All the UK newspapers are there, including the Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

To sign up you just need your library card and pin number. You can access PressReader on your PC or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Just click here for all the info.

Newsbank

Newsbank is another website available for free offering a digital range of regional and international English language newspapers, including The Manchester Evening News , The Guardian , The Times , The Daily Mirror , The Daily Mail , and The Daily Express . 

Includes international newspapers such as The New York Times , The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Times of India , The Nation (Islamabad), and The Irish Times . 

All you have to do is go to the website and type in your library card number. 

If you don’t have a Manchester Libraries card but still want to access the site, you can now sign up for a temporary library card and the wonderful people at Newsbank will give you full access! 

Register for a temporary library card here.

How to maintain your car when not driving regularly

How to maintain your car when not driving regularly

With the country in the middle of the coronavirus (COVID-19), you may not be able to get out and about in the car as much as you’re used to. Many will be wondering what to do with your car if you aren’t driving it on a regular basis.

What to do with your car, and how to maintain it, depends on how long you’re leaving your car idle. For example, you may be using it to top up on food and supplies or driving it if you work in an essential job or industry. But for many, you may not need or want to use your car for a lot longer, maybe even months.

Remember that even if you’re not using it, you’ll still have to insure your car unless you make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). You can only make a SORN if the car’s being kept off the road.

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers:

How long can you leave a car without starting?

How long you leave a car without starting can depend on the condition of your car’s 12-volt battery. Most modern cars with a fairly healthy battery should last at least 2 weeks, without needing to be started up to re-charge the battery. If there’s any doubt about the condition of the battery, start it once a week just to be safe.

What happens if you don’t drive a car for a long time?

Even if you haven’t driven for a while your car should be fine. If it’s been regularly started and run for 15-minute periods, the battery should work. The tyre pressures should be checked and adjusted before driving. The brakes may have some corrosion on them, especially if the car was wet when it was parked up. Drive carefully and test the brakes as soon as possible. Make sure you use your brakes for the first few miles to clean off any corrosion.

Is it bad to leave a car unused?

Cars are made to be driven but with good care it should be fine. If it’s left unused follow our guidelines.

Can I leave my car parked for a month?

Yes, but it’s best to follow these guidelines to keep the car ready to drive.

How long can a car sit before the battery dies?

As we’ve said above, there are many factors that can affect this. The age of the battery, how the car’s been used and the temperature all affect the performance of a battery. If you follow our guidelines your battery shouldn’t let you down.

What if my MOT expires?

The government has announced a 6-month exemption from the MOT test, although your car must be kept in a roadworthy condition.

Here are a few simple tips on how to keep your car lasting longer and ready to use when you need it again.

Leaving your car parked for up to a month
  • Fuel – Before parking your car up for a long period, it’s a good idea to top up with fuel. Not only will this help with other measures, but a full tank doesn’t attract condensation, which could cause issues if allowed to build up over time.

  • Battery maintenance – If you can, connect your car’s battery to a mains-powered battery maintainer. If you can’t, start the engine once a week and allow it to run for about 15 minutes. This will re-charge the battery and help keep the engine in good condition. It’s important to allow the engine to run for this long so the battery can charge properly. In the case of petrol engine cars, it also helps to prevent engines from flooding with fuel. Never leave your car unattended with the engine running.

  • Brakes – Sometimes when a car’s parked up for a long period with the parking brake on, the brakes can seize. To prevent this it’s good practice to release the parking brake and move the vehicle a short distance back and forth, at the same time as running the engine. You shouldn’t leave the parking brake off unless the vehicle is on private land with the wheels securely chocked.

  • Electric vehicles – EVs and hybrid vehicles have 12-volt batteries, the same as conventional cars. However, they charge differently. Pressing the start button, so the ready light comes on, will operate the charging system. Doing this for 10 minutes once a week should keep the 12-volt battery topped up. Some electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can maintain their 12-volt batteries if they’re plugged in to the mains charger. Check your vehicle handbook for details on this.

  • Garages – Don’t run a car engine inside a household garage as the exhaust fumes can be toxic. If you keep your car in a garage, pull it out onto the drive to run the engine to charge the battery.

  • Tyres – Before driving the car after a long period parked up, check all of the tyre pressures and inflate if needed.

Full advice from The AA is available HERE

Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe Online Discussion

The Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe will be hosting its first online discussion on Thursday, 2nd April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, using the videolink provided by Zoom.

The topic is: ‘What is this pandemic teaching humanity?’

We can consider such questions as how this situation is affecting our attitude to life; what is the best attitude or mindset to adopt; the role of philosophy at this time; whether a better world can emerge from this or any other issues that you feel are important.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/647652013…

The meeting is open to anyone who is a member of the Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe – though you don’t have to be from Levy to be a member.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts at this turning point in history. Stay safe.

You can join the Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe Facebook Group HERE

Getting Free School Meals During the Covid19 Crisis

Free School Meals

Coronavirus: information about help with food costs while schools are closed.

If your child qualifies and their school is in Manchester, you can Apply for free school meals

You’ll need to contact the school yourself if it isn’t listed.

If your child’s school is outside Manchester, their free school meals will be dealt with by the local authority the school is in. Go to the GOV.UK website and enter the postcode of the school your child attends to find out how to get them.

Which children qualify for them?

Your child may qualify if you have any of these incomes:

  •  Income Support
  •  income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  •  income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  •  the guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  •  Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and  you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
  •  Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
  •  Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits

Children who receive these benefits themselves instead of through a parent or guardian, can also qualify for free school meals.

Your child may qualify if you are an asylum seeker.

Children who are younger than the compulsory age for starting school but in full-time education, can also get free school meals.

How long can they get free school meals for?

Children who are eligible for free school meals now will be eligible for them until either:

  • they finish school; or
  • if on 31 March 2022 they are still in school, until they finish the phase of schooling they are in (primary or secondary) –

whichever is sooner.

Infant free school meals in England

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can get free school meals whatever your income. But if you have one of the qualifying incomes (above) it will help the school if you tell them this, so they can get extra funding.

MIF Paid Opportunities for Creatives

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PAID OPPORTUNITIES FOR GM CREATIVES

We know these are difficult times for artists and communities in Greater Manchester and that lives and livelihoods are being impacted daily. We want to support artists and creative practitioners to continue to experiment, dream and to support and influence society.

We are repurposing some of our artist development funds to support this and offering the following opportunities to GM-based artists and creatives. Alongside this we’re continuing to reach out nationally and internationally to support artists and projects impacted by these times. We are very open to proposals that would be delivered through online international collaborations in response to this call out, and we will be developing our ideas further in the coming weeks.

We encourage proposals under the following headings:

– Festival In My House – an opportunity to re-imagine MIF’s Festival in My House programme for today’s unique times. We want people to host their own micro-international festival at home, exploring remote collaborations and audiences – up to £1000 budget for each event

– Get creative – opportunities to create and deliver activity that safely engages artists / community / wider society during the crisis. This could take the form of an online workshop, performance, talk, discussion or other creative idea of your choice – up to £350 per activity.

– Remote residencies – an opportunity to develop your practice and to develop new ideas and projects. This could include responding to the COVID-19 situation or other imaginative ways to support communities, artists or audiences during the coming months,  alternatively, this could be an opportunity to research and develop an idea you’ve always wanted to do. Residencies do not have to result in specific outcomes but need to take place at home – up to £1000 per residency.

Key notes: 

  • We’re open to ideas that are not digital in form provided they are compliant with current government guidelines – these might include the use of phones, radio or other ideas.
  • Budgets includes all fees, materials and other expenses
  • Whilst our teams will do our utmost to offer support and help remotely, we’re unable to offer our usual level of producing or technical support at the moment; please bear this in mind when submitting your proposal.
  • You are eligible to apply for this opportunity if you are over 18 years of age and resident in Greater Manchester.
  • We encourage proposals from people with specific access needs and are happy to work with you to help with both the application process and to realise your idea.

How to apply: 

We are accepting proposals from GM-based artists and creatives. Please send a maximum 500-word overview of your idea to creativeengagement@mif.co.uk; we will also accept video proposals (up to 2 minutes in length) or if you would like to apply in another way, get in touch.   If you are applying via video, please send us the URL via email.

You should include:

  • what you would like to do and which of the three strands it sits within
  • how you might do it
  • who it would benefit or engage
  • any support that you might need in delivery
  • how your budget is worked out
  • your postcode
  • links to your previous work or any reference points for the ideas you’re suggesting.

Selection: 

We aim to review all proposals quickly – we’ll be looking for:

  • interesting ideas with the ability to stimulate creativity and connection
  • ideas that consider the local and international
  • ideas that are deliverable on the levels of financial and practical support available
  • proposals that help artists to develop artistically, a space to dream, imagine, create and test new ideas
  • ideas that allow for audience participation and involvement, beyond simply broadcasting
  • proposals that represent the diversity of Greater Manchester.

We will be reviewing applications based on the ideas and the opportunities these will make for the applicants.

Timeline:

We’ll be accepting proposals on a rolling basis until the end of April, or until all available opportunities have been filled. We will be continuing to respond to the needs of our community during this time and will be looking at providing ongoing opportunities past April.

Questions or support:

If you have any questions or need any support in preparing your application please email: creativeengagement@mif.co.uk and a member of the team will respond. We can also arrange to call you if that is more convenient.

Further Links 

Resources For Artists and Freelancers – An evolving open document of resources for the freelance creative community who are looking for support and guidance.

MIF Drop in for Artists and Freelance Creatives – A forum for chat and support, every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm.

MIF Drop in for Artists and Freelance Creatives – A place to share information, useful links and discussion.

Manchester Covid19 Helpline launched

Announcement from Manchester City Council

Manchester Community Response

If you need help you can get it now by calling 0800 234 6123

We have set up a hub to support Manchester’s most vulnerable people, and help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

We want to help you if you are:

  • over the age of 70, are self isolating and have no support network,
  • if you have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk, or
  • you are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria.

We can help with things like:

  • Delivery of food
  • Delivery of medication
  • Combating loneliness
  • Managing fuel top-up payments

Help is also be available for other reasons, for example if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer.

Across the City a community of charities, businesses, community groups and the Council have all come together to make sure you have the support you need during this challenging time.

Get help – 0800 234 6123

If you live alone, are struggling to make ends meet, are self-isolating or generally in need of advice or support please contact us between 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Call our helpline to access the support you need.