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06 May 2020

COVID-19 - Meaningful May

COVID-19 - Meaningful May 2020



22 Apr 2020

COVID-19

COVID-19 - UPDATE





This is an update to let you know how Ramsey Covid-19 Support is doing. We have already responded to over 150 requests for help and recruited 56 additional residents as local volunteers. We have liaised with the Town, District and County Councils, as well as Ramsey Foodbank, to offer a coordinated approach. As well as individuals contacting us we have had referrals from HDC, housing associations, neighbours, relatives and the Children's Centre.

Hunts Forum has worked with HDC to set up a network of Recognised (volunteer-led) Organisations to support local communities through the Covid-19 crisis. Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust , on behalf of Ramsey Area Covid-19 Support, is one of these groups.


How Can We Help?

This is what we are able to offer.





Local Organisations
If your organisation is offering support in the Ramsey area we would love to hear about it - we might be able to help or coordinate our efforts.

Keeping in Contact
Our online BOSH, CRUNCH and SPARKS clubs are proving very popular. Some having over a 1000 views!





The Fen Magazine May issue will be available online shortly. It will return to being delivered to every household once it is safe to do so.

Some of our more elderly residents have expressed a profound feeling of isolation and loneliness, especially those who live alone and do not use social media. Our leaflet drop has emphasised this. We have had several comments from residents who had not realised there was support available until our leaflet dropped through their door. Therefore, with funding from Ramsey Million, we have decided to print a small number of the 'Your Neighbourhood Office' pages from the May Fen Magazine, so these residents are kept informed about what support is available in their community at this time. Many thanks to Natasha and her team at Fen Magazine for allowing us to do this.

Keep Safe,
Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust Team
--
Anna Bradley-Dorman
on behalf of Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust
18 Mar 2020

COVID-19

COVID-19 - UPDATE



In these unprecedented times we ALL need to be cognizant and aware of ourselves and each other. Follow Governmental Guidelines.


Get medical help near you










  • Answer questions about your main symptom.

  • Find out when and where to get help.

  • Be contacted by a nurse, if needed.


  • Start the process by visiting NHS Online - https://111.nhs.uk/
    Always follow any medical advice you’ve already been given by your doctor.

    17 Mar 2020

    COVID-19

    COVID-19 - UPDATE










    FOR ALL WHO ARE HAVING TO SELF-ISOLATE DUE TO COVID-19...
    ALL AGED OVER 70
    IN ONE OF THE "AT RISK GROUPS
    HAVE CORONAVIRUS STMTOMS
    ....ETC....


    IF YOU ARE WORRYING ABOUT HOW TO GET SUPPLIES, WHETHER IT BE FOOD, MEDICATION, TOILETRIES ETC. FEAR NOT, WE HAVE A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE READY TO HELP.

    SIMPLY CONTACT
    RAMSEY CO-ORDINATOR
    CHARLOTTE ON
    07818 217148

    WE ARE HERE TO HELP, NO REQUEST TO BIG OR SMALL




    You can download the COVID-19 Flyer here - Please distribute

    16 Mar 2020

    Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus



    Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.
    The City of London Police have published advice and guidance relating to 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k.
    Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.
    12 Mar 2020

    Cambridgeshire Highways Fault Reporting



    Please use the Reporting tool located here https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/
    18 Feb 2020

    CORONAVIRUS: PUBLIC INFORMATION


    The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. Germs can live on some surfaces for hours.

    To protect yourself and others:

    • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.

    • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.

    • If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

    This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.

    Find out more at gov.uk/coronavirus



    28 Jan 2020

    88K Lost To Courier Fraud In Cambs This Month 28/01/2020


    You may recall earlier this month we warned of ‘courier fraud’ scams where fraudsters pose as a police officer or bank official to persuade their often elderly and vulnerable victims to hand over large amounts of cash.

    We have been made aware of seven separate instances where people across Cambridgeshire have lost almost £88,000 to courier fraud this month alone.

    In six out of the seven instances this month, the fraudster has cold-called the victim by telephone posing as a police officer claiming they had someone in custody as part of a fraud investigation.

    The bogus officer told the victim there was an issue with their bank account or requested their assistance with an ongoing investigation. The ultimate aim of the call being to lure the victim into withdrawing cash from their bank and later handing over money to a courier.

    On the other occasion the fraudster has claimed to be from the tax office, claiming the victim owed in excess of £10,000 and would be arrested if they didn’t pay the outstanding balance. In this instance the victim was told to hand over cash and also purchase thousands of pounds worth of Amazon vouchers from a supermarket.

    Criminals are increasingly turning to vouchers as a method of obtaining funds since these are much more difficult to trace than banking transactions.

    Between 18 and 26 January five victims in the East Cambs area lost a total of £78,500 and on two occasions in Peterborough, on 8 and 24 January, two people lost a combined £9,000.

    This recent spate of courier fraud is appalling and must be stopped. Not only is the financial detriment significant, these crimes often have a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of the victims and their families.

    Whilst the latest reported incidents are all in the same two areas, it is likely the scammers are working through a list organised by postcode and therefore there is a strong chance this scam will appear in other areas too. We urge residents to please be vigilant to this and pass the message on so others can be vigilant too.

    Please remember your bank and the police would:
    • Never ask for your bank account details or PIN over the phone
    • Never ask you to withdraw money and send it to them
    • Never ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property
    Further information about courier fraud can be found on our website here http://bit.ly/35W0NYB.

    If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact us via our non-emergency number, 101. Ideally use a mobile phone or a friend's phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren't reconnected to the offender.

    To report an incident in action or if you are in immediate danger always call 999.

    Community groups and individuals are invited to become a registered supporter of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership. Supporters receive information about the latest scams and funding or training opportunities and are provided with resources to increase scams awareness in their local community. For more information visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams or contact Charlotte Homent on 01954 284635.

    Our Cyber Security Advisor is available to present to different community groups on how to protect themselves from scams. Enquiries should be made via email to CyberProtectCambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk.
    28 Jan 2020

    Cambridgeshire Road Safety Partnership Survey


    The Cambridgeshire Road Safety Partnership are undertaking a review of local Road Safety governance, strategy and delivery. To this end they have commissioned a survey to gain an insight in to the concerns, needs and desires of the people of the county. The survey is open for a relatively short period of time and they would like as many people as possible to complete it. To help with this, can you please:

    * Complete the survey yourself
    * Promote the survey as widely and as often as possible within the county

    The link to the survey, which closes on 6th February, is Found Here

    Many thanks for your help in this matter,

    The Cambridgeshire Road Safety Partnership
    24 Jan 2020

    Our News Jan 2020 E-Newsletter Out Now



    The first 2020 edition of ‘OUR NEWS‘, the e-newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters, is out. In this edition we see a sneak preview of our new Neighbourhood Watch national website, discover inspirational work being delivered locally, celebrate successes and achievements, recognise what it means to be good neighbour, and learn about how you can become more cyber aware.

    The time has come.. put your feet up, take a moment to yourself and have a go at our very first crossword challenge to be in for a chance to win a prize.

    A direct link to the e-newsletter PDF is here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/OurNews-Jan2020.pdf
    16 Jan 2020

    Warning Regarding Courier Fraud


    We are urging members of the public to be aware of instances of courier fraud targeting elderly people.

    Figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show instances of courier fraud across the country are on the rise and affecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

    Throughout the rest of this month police forces across the country are focussing on raising awareness of the different types of courier fraud to protect those most likely to fall victim.
    Courier fraud is when criminals cold call a victim, typically claiming to be a police officer or bank official. Offences are often committed by organised crime groups who target the elderly and vulnerable.

    Examples of specific instances have been where following a phone call, the fraudsters then claim there is an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of the call being to lure them into handing over money or their bank details.

    Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash, purchase an expensive item, or provide their bank cards or details. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash or items, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

    There were 233 reports of courier fraud in the eastern region in 2019 (up until 24 December) with total losses of more than £620,000.

    We are urging people to remain aware that phone scams are operating across the region. As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.

    Your bank or the police will never call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone or offer to pick up your card by courier. Hang up if you get a call like this.

    If you need to call your bank back to check, wait five minutes as fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. Alternatively, use a different line altogether to call your bank.

    Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.

    If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Ideally use a mobile phone or a friend's phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren't reconnected to the offender.
    To report an incident in action or if you are in immediate danger always call 999.

    Please also remember that your bank and the police would:
    • Never ask for your bank account details or PIN over the phone
    • Never ask you to withdraw money and send it to them
    • Never ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property

    submitted by: Lauren Alexander (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary)
    11 Dec 2019
    Drink Drug Driving Warning

    Christmas Crackdown on Drink and Drug Drivers



    The Cambridgeshire Police launched a crackdown on drink and drug drivers this December and are urging motorists not to ruin Christmas for themselves and others.

    Officers across the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit (RPU) will be conducting additional stop-checks throughout this month to combat drink and drug drivers.

    Between October 2018 and September this year, 239 people were arrested in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of drug driving and 649 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

    This included 79 suspected drink drivers and 31 suspected drug drivers during December – the month of last year’s campaign.

    Being caught drink or drug driving could result in a 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record. These can lead to job loss, relationship breakdowns, foreign travel restrictions and significantly increased insurance premiums.

    Chief Inspector Jon Roche, Head of Roads Policing for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire said: "We want people to remember Christmas for all the right reasons. It should be a happy time but driving under the influence of drink or drugs can change that in a heartbeat.

    “Our campaign is not about spoiling peoples’ fun. It is about ensuring they don’t do something that jeopardises it. Drink and drug driving can bring financial hardship, pain and loneliness which is a far cry from Christmas festivities we all want to enjoy.

    “If you are going out this Christmas please plan ahead and make sure you get home safely. Book a taxi or agree a designated sober driver within your group. It is also important to ensure you are not over the limit the next day as this can still impair your ability to drive.”

    More than 45 pubs across Cambridgeshire have signed up to support the campaign by taking part in the ‘I’m DES’ scheme where participating venues give free draught soft drinks to designated drivers.

    The initiative, led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP), will aim to reduce the number of road traffic collisions caused by drink driving over the festive period.

    A total of 48 venues have signed up to the scheme this year – triple the number of venues compared to last year and one of the highest recorded numbers in recent years.

    To participate in the scheme, which runs throughout December, people just need to let staff in participating venues know they are a designated driver and ask for an ‘I’m DES’ wristband from a member of staff.

    Officers are also urging members of the public to report drink or drug driving via the dedicated, confidential hotline.

    The hotline: 0800 032 0845 is available 24/7, and gives people the chance to supply the police with information to help reduce the number of drink or drug drivers on our roads.

    Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)
    10 Dec 2019
    Modern Slavery Workshop

    Businesses Invited To Modern Slavery Workshop



    Businesses across Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to attend a one-day workshop raising awareness of how to spot the signs of modern slavery.

    The workshop has been organised by Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Victim and Witness Hub, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, and takes place on 10 January.

    Its aim is to raise awareness of modern day slavery among employees at local businesses - particularly factories, banks and recruitment agencies – as well as offering advice on how to
    spot possible victims and report any concerns.

    Speakers at the event include police officers, representatives from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Stronger Together initiative, registered charity Stop the Traffik and company auditor Verisio Ltd.

    Daniela Dumitrache, specialist victim care co-ordinator at the witness hub, said: “No business is free from the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking.

    “High-risk sectors include those whose businesses and UK supply chains are characterised by a high proportion of migrant workers undertaking unskilled and irregular work.

    “By the end of the workshop it is hoped businesses will have a strong understanding of what modern day slavery, human trafficking and labour exploitation is.

    “As well as this, it is hoped staff at these businesses will be able to recognise the signs that someone may be a victim of modern slavery and know how to access support from the Victim and Witness Hub.”

    Refreshments and lunch will be provided and the event is free. Anyone interested is urged to reserve a space early to avoid disappointment.

    To book your space on the workshop, click here.

    Detective Superintendent Rebecca Tipping, the force strategic lead for modern slavery and human trafficking, said: “Victims of modern day slavery and human trafficking are often forced into work or other services against their will and moved from location to location.

    "This is regularly under threat of violence or some other form of punishment. The signs of modern day slavery and human trafficking can often be hard to spot – but being able to recognise them may help save someone’s life.

    “We are working hard to tackle modern day slavery, but we can’t do it alone. If anyone has any concerns, no matter how small, we’d urge them to get in touch.”

    Warning signs of modern slavery or exploitation include people:
    • being fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous or paranoid
    • avoiding eye contact
    • lacking health care
    • appearing malnourished
    • showing signs of physical or sexual abuse, physical restraint or torture
    • having few or no personal possessions
    • not being in control of their own money, bank account or identification documents e.g. passport or ID
    • not being able to speak for themselves
    • not wanting to explain where they are living
    • having a lack of knowledge of where they are
    • having no sense of time
    • having inconsistencies in their story
    Suspicions relating to exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking should be reported online via www.cambs.police.uk/report or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.