More News from West Sussex County Council 12 September 2021

Keep safe as the seasons change

The tang of autumn is in the air, and as the seasons change, many of us will be spending more time indoors.

Covid-19 is still with us, so it’s important not to let our guard down and do all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus as we head into winter.

Here’s how to do your bit:

  • Test regularly — order or pick up test kits, or have a supervised test at a local pharmacy. Testing info here.
  • Have both doses of the vaccination.
  • Remember hands, face, space, let fresh air in.

Find the latest local Covid-19 data here.

How to stay safe this autumn

Back to uni soon? Here’s how to prepare

It’s an exciting time for students as they begin or return to university life with lots going on including meeting new people during Freshers’ Week.

So it’s important they do all they can to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated and testing themselves regularly.

Please encourage younger family members and friends to have their vaccine before they head off to uni. They can book online, call 119 or attend a walk-in clinic.

More Covid-19 info for young people

Local vaccination update

As of Wednesday 8 September 659,105 people over 16 in West Sussex have had one dose of the vaccine. That’s 85.5% of the 16+ population.

Everyone is still able to come forward for a vaccination — there is no time limit. If you are yet to have your first dose please visit a walk-in service to receive your vaccine.

Teenagers aged 16 and 17 can now go to a number of walk-in clinics across West Sussex. They don’t need an appointment and they can go with friends or family. Walk-in clinics are taking place in Angmering, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley and Haywards Heath as well as many other locations. See the latest list of walk-in clinics here.

Some children aged 12 to 15 are also now eligible to have a vaccine.

Find out more here.

Proof of vaccination status with a Covid Pass might be required to gain entry to nightclubs and other venues. Download the NHS App to get the Covid Pass here.

Latest local vaccination data

Improve your wellbeing

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on many aspects of our lives including our wellbeing and habits.

Increased stress, weight gain due to changes in eating habits and levels of activity plus changes to drinking and smoking patterns are all factors that may have affected our wellbeing and ability to cope.

If you’re looking for inspiration and practical tips to improve your health visit the West Sussex Wellbeing and Better Health websites.

This week is Know Your Numbers week which promotes blood pressure awareness. Keeping a check on yours could help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

How to monitor your blood pressure

Critical support to Afghan nationals arriving in the UK

We are providing critical support to Afghan nationals arriving in the UK from Afghanistan.

The county council is committed to supporting the government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy and ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ and is working closely with our district and borough council partners to identify suitable properties which can be used to provide long-term accommodation for Afghan families who have arrived in the UK.

We also encourage anyone who wishes to help those arriving from Afghanistan to visit our website where there are details of local and national organisations accepting financial and practical donations.

More information

More local news…

  • Could you be a cyber hero? We need volunteers to become Digital Ambassadors. They will be trained so they can help educate and support their local communities to become safer online.
  • We’re encouraging people to think about how they travel. By taking small steps and thinking active travel first, many people could have the opportunity to make their journeys greener, healthier, safer and more active. We’re also developing a ‘school gate’ travel improvement programme.

You can step back into the golden age of cinema on 14 September when West Sussex Unwrapped presents its latest online event.

The free talk will feature the history of West Sussex cinemas, and there will also be a chance to ask questions. Find out more here.

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Avoid Binge Buying this Fashion Week

September is traditionally the start of fashion month when new collection launch. We are bombarded with images and videos of beautiful items over social media, magazines, billboards and in high-street stores.

As fun and exciting as fashion can be, it may be time for you to think about your fashion consumption habits.

  • Do you find yourself endlessly buying clothes and still having nothing to wear?
  • Do you find yourself only wearing items once?
  • Are your clothes bobbling and breaking after one or two washes?
  • Can you describe your personal style, or do you buy impulsively?

If these questions resonate, you may need a fashion revolution! Buying less will save you money and mean you get use out of the items in your wardrobe; these items you will now love more as they will have been carefully selected. Here are our top 5 tips to stop purchasing as much fast fashion:

  1. Look through your wardrobe and find the items you feel most and least confident in. Now try and understand why you do or don’t feel confident and happy in them. Is it the colour? Is it the fit? Is it the casual or dressed-up style? Remember this and really consider if you will feel your best-self when you wear that new item you have your eye on.
  2. When tidying your wardrobe face all your hanger’s hooks backwards. Then when you wear an item, replace it with the hanger hook facing the normal way. If you still have hangers facing backwards a year after your original tidy, it may be time to sell this item or pass it on. Having clothes for years you don’t wear is a waste of space and could be given to someone who will love it.
  3. Learn how to fix items! All you need is a needle, a limited range of coloured threads and YouTube to be reattaching buttons and shortening sleeves!
  4. If you love to treat yourself on a whim, then delete shopping apps and unsubscribe from emails. This removes temptation, and if you do find yourself redownloading at least it will add thinking and considering time!
  5. If you still need a style fix try shopping second-hand on websites and apps like eBay, Depop, Vinted and Facebook marketplace.

Take your time, think wisely about your purchases and let your fashion flourish!

Back to School — Uniform Swapping

Does your child’s school have a uniform exchange for children leaving or who have grown out of their current uniform? It is worth investigating or suggesting to fellow parents you begin one?

It can save you money and keeps the clothing in use for longer. If your child’s school doesn’t then try these other options:

  • Facebook Marketplace and local selling groups
  • Olio — this app is all about users that are local, so it is likely the school near you may appear
  • eBay — especially for items with no logos

Biffa Take Over West Sussex Recycling Sites

West Sussex County Council has confirmed that Biffa will now deliver household waste recycling services across the county as of Wednesday 1 September 2021. It follows Biffa’s acquisition of part of Viridor which includes the West Sussex contract. As part of this change, the sites — previously known as Household Waste Recycling Sites, will now be renamed to Recycling Centres.

Biffa is one of the UK’s leading recycling and waste management providers and will now operate Recycling Centres and transfer stations for the whole of West Sussex, taking over from Viridor.

Residents will continue to receive the same great local service, focussed on reliability and customer care. Normal opening hours and online booking systems for Recycling Centres will remain in place.

Steve Read, West Sussex County Council Director for Environment & Public Protection, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Biffa through this new contract that will enable the whole of waste management in West Sussex to be delivered through a single partnership.

“There will be no changes to services across the county for local residents. We have an excellent existing relationship with Biffa who already operate our waste treatment site and we look forward to working with them to further our ambitions to continue to improve recycling rates in the county.

A spokesperson from Biffa said: “As of Sept 1 we have completed our acquisition of Viridor Waste Management Limited’s Collections business, which includes the West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites and the processing of recyclable materials collected at the kerbside by district and borough councils.

“We’d like to assure local residents that this won’t mean any changes to their recycling collections or the services they use at the Recycling Centres — we’ll continue to process and receive the same materials in the same ways on the same days.”

Recycle Week

September 20th-26th is Recycle Week!

This year Recycle Now, along with the West Sussex Waste Partnership (WSWP), WRAP and other local authorities all over the country are encouraging residents to ‘Step it Up!’.

Recycling and preventing the climate crisis are inevitably linked. Recycling is something everyone can do in the home and when out; the UK’s recycling saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year from being emitted — the equivalent of taking 12 millions cars off the road!

To see more about how recycling can prevent climate change this Recycle Week follow us at @WSRecycles on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Jan Cosgrove

Jan Cosgrove

National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online