Mental Health Awareness Week

This week, it's Mental Health Awareness Week, and in these challenging times, it's so important to be aware of and to be looking after your mental health.

Getting cameras rolling again

I'm pleased that the government has been able to work with broadcasters on guidance to get filming rolling safely on our favourite TV shows and soaps again.

Funding for local football clubs

Sport England has launched a £9.5 million 'Pitch Preparation Fund' to support grassroots clubs facing challenges as a result of coronavirus, and to help get them ready for when restrictions are lifted further.

Phased return of sport and recreation

Here are the details on the phased return of outdoor sport in England:

What we’re doing
We are increasing people’s access to outdoor physical activity for the purpose of health and wellbeing. This includes use of outdoors sports courts and facilities.

Extension of furlough scheme

Following the Chancellor's announcement in the House of Commons, here is some more information on the support available:

Protecting Jobs and Businesses by Extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Some recycling centres to open

Worcestershire County Council are opening 7 out of the 11 Recycling Centres in the county on Monday (11th May).

Top-up of local business grants

I have been contacted by many businesses and individuals over the past weeks and months and business grants have come up a lot.

Bounce Back Loans open today (4th May)

Bounce Back Loans available from today for small businesses:

✅Borrow between £2,000 and £50,000
✅Easy 7 question form to fill
✅Interest-free first year
✅Repay over 6 years, 2.5% interest rate, no early penalty

More police officers in Worcestershire

I welcome the announcement that 76 police officers have been recruited into the West Mercia police force since the government launched its major recruitment drive in September 2019.