At this moment in time we are facing a real health crisis in Luton. Covid-19 cases are rising dramatically – so much so that the town now has the highest number in the whole of the Eastern region. Admissions to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital are increasing and tragically we have experienced Covid-19 related deaths for the first time in a number of weeks.
It is a stark reminder of the deadly nature of the virus and the danger we are all facing.
If our cases continue to grow we would expect to move up to the next tier unless we can act together to slow the disease’s spread.
Given the serious nature of the situation here in Luton, however, we are asking you to go even further than this and do all you can to limit meeting people you don't live with. It’s important to make this special effort – not least as we have all seen how quickly the disease is rapidly crossing age groups and spreading in certain parts of the country.
I know the thing we most want to do is to be with our family and friends, but the harsh reality is that sacrificing opportunities to meet up now, is the best way of showing our love and care as we move into the future. With half term next week, I appreciate this will be especially difficult, but it is something we must all think about doing at this key moment.
In addition it is vital we follow this easy-to-remember advice.
HANDS - wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds. FACE - cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. SPACE - stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
If we show signs of any of the symptoms of coronavirus we must self-isolate immediately and take a test.
I know many of you will be weary of hearing the same thing repeatedly. If that is how you feel, please take the time to watch this short video from Sheereen Khan - after three long weeks of suffering with Covid, she is making the slow road to recovery, but admits there was a time when she wondered whether she would.
Luton wildflower grasslands get increased protection
Two of Luton’s flower-rich grasslands have gained national protection in recognition of their national importance for wildlife. Dallow Downs and Winsdon Hill, a chalk grassland on the western outskirts of Luton, and Cowslip Meadow, a flower-rich meadow located in a residential area to the north of the town have gained national status as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
This month we are celebrating the invaluable contribution of children of foster carers in caring for foster children. Many children benefit from being part of the support network offered by a fostering family to a fostered child as they see life from another’s perspective which can be both enriching and formative.
Due to a shortfall in finances we have to achieve £4.5million of savings across adult social care services and are seeking your views on proposed changes to older people’s day care services so we can give targeted support to help them to achieve their goals.
Grants distributed by Community Led Local Development is a European Union funded programme which allows people in the most deprived areas of Luton to have access to projects which tackle the issues that affect their physical and mental wellbeing.
Celebrating our young people during National Care Leavers’ Week
It’s National Care Leaver’s Week 26 October – 30 October, giving the council the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our young people who have been in our care as well as highlighting our commitment to care leavers.
During the week we will be sending letters to our care leavers to congratulate them on their successes as well as raise awareness of our care leaver’s local offer and pledge to 18 to 25 year olds so they know what support they can receive from us to help them to be safe, happy, ambitious and independent.
As part of our corporate parenting commitment to care leavers we have been successfully running a mentoring scheme for young people. Some of our senior managers including our chief executive have been mentoring young people by sharing their time and expertise to support them on their academic and/or career pathway including helping them apply for jobs, training courses, university applications and running their own businesses.
For more details about how we support young people leaving care visit our care leaver’s local offer or if you are considering fostering call our fostering team on 01582 547569.
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