Household Support Fund
The Department for Work and Pensions will be giving NYCC £3.5m as part of their Household Support Fund programme so we can make sure people who may be feeling the financial pressures of paying their bills over winter get additional help.
We’re working with a number of partners to get this money to those who need it most. Earlier this week we started sending letters to around 8,000 residents who meet the eligibility criteria of getting means-tested help to pay their council tax bill and have a child under the age of 19 living at home to let them know how to claim their e-vouchers.
Funding will also be distributed among other schemes in the county, which can be accessed by residents who may struggle to afford basic necessities.
Find out more at www.northyorks.gov.uk/householdsupportfund
Regulations on using mobile phones while driving to be tightened
The Police will soon be able to prosecute motorists who use their mobile phones under any circumstances while driving. The new regulations will mean that it will also be illegal for a hand-held device to be used at traffic lights or in a traffic jam. Anyone caught using a hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence. Drivers will still be able to continue using a device ‘hands-free’ while driving, such as a sat-nav, if it is secured in a cradle. However, you must always take responsibility for your driving and can be charged with an offence if the police find you not to be in proper control of your vehicle.
Avian Influenza – update for poultry and bird keepers
There have been five confirmed cases of Avian Influenza in North Yorkshire, and many more across Great Britain.
On 3 November an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across England requiring enhanced biosecurity for birds.
Earlier this week a localised AIPZ was declared, covering parts of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Harrogate, requiring birds to be housed. DEFRA have now announced that from 29 November another similar order will be made requiring the housing of all birds across GB.
There are strict rules in the zones surrounding the confirmed cases. If you keep poultry or other captive birds, please see the latest information, zones and their rules and guidance here: Avian influenza (bird flu) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). There is also an interactive map so you can see the rules applicable to you. APHA Interactive Disease Map (arcgis.com).
If you have any queries, please contact the Trading Standards animal health team at email@example.com.
Make Care Matter Campaign
People of all ages and all backgrounds work as care professionals in North Yorkshire – so we want people to come and join the team and make a difference to people’s lives.
Across the county North Yorkshire has 20,000 people working in the care sector, from the 13,000 care and support workers in 500 organisations providing services in residential care and people’s homes through to social workers, project managers and administrators.
On any given day there are at least 1,000 jobs available across the county.
Never has the need for people to work in care been so great.
Although it is one of the most challenging times for the care sector, it is also the best of times to step into a care job because of the many opportunities in a wide variety of roles and great career progression. There is something for everyone.
All sorts of people have made this life-changing step from builders and retail workers to accountants, young graduates, parents wanting flexible but rewarding work, actors and drummers and everything in-between. But we need many more.
This is why North Yorkshire is joining the national campaign launched this month to encourage people to step into the profession. We are asking people to come and join us in this great work.
Because it is far more than just a job. It’s about building relationships and helping people achieve often simple, daily tasks which they are no longer able to complete by themselves. It’s about supporting people, often with fascinating life stories, to live well and with dignity.
And no two days are the same.
So if you know of any friends or family looking for part-time or full-time work, who are looking for a change into a worthwhile career, jobs in the care sector provide flexible working hours.
Care roles can also provide great experience, pay and flexibility for students looking to earn some money around their studies.
Care roles also offer opportunities for staff in other jobs wishing to work additional hours.
People do not need to have experience – anybody with empathy, who enjoys solving problems for people and getting things done to help people lead as fulfilling lives as possible – they will thrive in this role.
It is a really inclusive option; our care staff are as diverse as the people of North Yorkshire
A job in the care sector also offers stability and great career progression. Many who start on the frontline with no previous qualifications go on to become team leaders, and can move into management and professional roles such as social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and public health consultants.
- Take Rachel Bowes, our assistant director for care and support who started out as a front-line care worker, working weekend shifts while an A-level student at college and then in a gap year while she decided between nursing and teaching.
She found work in the care sector so rewarding that she abandoned those ideas and stayed on, undertaking a wide range of front line and management roles while studying for an Open University degree in social care.
She said: “I have memories which go right back to my days as a new care assistant that I will always cherish. I have met and had the privilege of getting to know people who have left their mark and shaped my approach to work and the way I live my life.
“I feel really grateful to have had that opportunity. I feel really lucky to be in this current role, but nothing beats the satisfaction when someone is unwell or uncomfortable, being able to do something which makes them feel better.
- Take Flavia Nyambira who has worked for the last four years in the North Dales as a care and support worker. She helps people who have come out of hospital or experienced a physical or mental difficulty, to get back on their own feet in their own home.
She came into the care profession after 11 years working in the British Army as a postal and courier service operator in Germany. When Flavia was posted back to Catterick with her soldier husband and their three children she started to look for work that she could fit around her family.
Flavia was taken on under our apprenticeship scheme and is currently working to complete her NVQ level 3, which will give her the qualification to become a team leader. “Being a care professional is something I am so proud of” she said. “Every day in the job is different and at the end of every day I always feel I have made a difference,”
- Take Michael Westlund, an actor who fits his job helping to care for people with learning difficulties around his acting roles.
Michael has worked alongside stars in films like Star Wars and TV shows like All Creatures Great and Small, Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders but when not acting he works at Milestone House, Scarborough which caters for people with learning difficulties who are on short breaks.
He took up the caring role at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and has stayed with it. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of it,” he said. “I do pretty much everything, personal care, taking people out around the village, and organising activities.”
- Take Sharon Moss who came into the care profession after experiencing the effect of Alzheimer’s on her grandfather, the legendary Middlesbrough and England footballer George Hardwick.
Destined for a career in horse racing after working in a stables in Malton she nevertheless returned home to Scarborough and took up a job in domiciliary care and set about learning more about the illness which had ravaged her grandfather’s life.
Sharon’s professional interest in dementia led to training courses and opened up a series of opportunities which eventually led to her managing a home – Benkhill Lodge at Bedale – a leap which would have been difficult to imagine in the early stages of her career.
Sharon believes more young people should be made aware of how fulfilling and exciting a career in care can be, that doors frequently open to new opportunities in the sector.
“As soon as I started working in adult social care, I knew it was the career for me. I have a respect for the elderly and want to sit down and talk to them. I absolutely love coming to work every day.”
Her experience of working for North Yorkshire, she said, is that there is always support and encouragement and training for those who want new challenges and to progress their careers and develop further.
New date for the November RBPC meeting!
Due to circumstances, the November RBPC meeting unfortunately has to be postponed by a week to the new date of 30th November 2021!
Notice of casual vacancy
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION
Ribble Banks Parish Council has a casual vacancy for the role of Parish Councillor which it is seeking to fill by co-option. The duration of the co-opted role will be until May 2022 when the local elections take place and Councillors need to be re-elected.
A parish, town or community council is the closest level of local government to the community. It is a local authority in its own right that makes decisions on behalf of the residents in its “parish” and has a District/County or Unitary authority hierarchy that sits above it. Councillors are elected but are unpaid for their time. Becoming a parish, town or community councillor is a rewarding experience and often described by those that get involved as a way of giving something back to their community. Your time will be well spent and there are no real barriers to becoming a councillor.
Qualifications – any person can be elected as a councillor if they are:
- a British national, Commonwealth citizen or a Euro-national on the day they are nominated and
- 18 years of age or over and
- on the day they are nominated and thereafter they continue to be a local government elector for the area of the authority or
- has during the whole of the twelve months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in that area or
- their principal or only place of work during that twelve months has been in that area or
- during the whole of those twelve months has resided in that area or
- in the case of a member of a parish, town or community council has during the whole of those twelve months resided either in the parish or community or within three miles of it.
Disqualification – A person is however disqualified from being elected or being a councillor if they:
- hold any paid employment or office in the authority that they seek election or
- are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or other interim order or
- have within five years before the day of election or since their election been convicted of any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment of at least three months (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine or
- has been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices or responsible for incurring unlawful expenditure and the court ordered their disqualification.
If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor for Ribble Banks Parish Council you are warmly invited to download a co-option application form (which includes the co-option eligibility form) from the Council website https://www.ribblebankspc.co.uk/ and to return it to the Clerk via the Councils email address RBPC@mail.com .
The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 18th November 2021. Applications will be considered by the Council during the regular Council meeting which will be held on 23rd November.
On behalf of Ribble Banks Parish Council,
2nd November 2021
Belinda Roos, Clerk & RFO
Please click the link below to access the application form:
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Dementia Action Week
You can find guidance on how to make your community or organisation more dementia friendly here www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-friendly-communities.