COVID-19 update from RMBC….

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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we will now be providing regular email updates for residents to let you know about the latest information we have and any changes to local services that may be affected.

If you do not wish to receive these updates please click on “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the page.

You can check the latest information on our website at any time by going to

Businesses told to beware covid grant email scam

The Council has been alerted to a scam email being circulated to local businesses in our area.

The fake email uses an official looking GOV.UK heading but is a scam aimed at extracting bank details from firms.

A copy of the fake email is below.

If you own a business, please be aware that:

  • Direct Gov is not managing the grant process, Rotherham Council is.
  • The Council will only ask for bank details via the secure form on our website

  • If we have a query about a business’s bank details, we will only contact you from our email (if you hover over any email address it will confirm its name, sometimes emails can be adjusted, but hovering over will confirm the mailbox.

If a business is suspicious about requests for banking details they should call the Council via contact numbers alongside on our website, alongside our business support grant information.

If you know anyone that owns a business, please share this information and lets stop Rotherham businesses being duped.

Email scam - business grants

Parents – please help keep your children safe online

With more children and young people using resources on the internet for learning and leisure during the coronavirus lockdown, ensuring their safety online is all the more important.

There are some basic, sensible steps that young people, parents and carers can take to keep safe online. These include:

  • not posting personal information such as mobile number or address
  • when posting a photo or video of yourself online think about what’s in the photo or video and who can access it
  • never share passwords
  • don’t befriend or link with people you don’t know
  • never meet up with someone in person you’ve met online

There are a range of tips for keeping children safe online here, courtesy of the NSPCC:

If something happens online to a child that has made them feel unsafe, scared or worried, they should report it immediately on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website.

Anyone worried that a child is in immediate danger should call 999.

Helping the bereaved at their time of need

Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on all aspects of life, including the way people remember their loved ones and grieve their loss.

Sadly, as a result of the current restrictions, it is likely that families will not be with their loved ones at the time of their death. Restrictions also mean that the usual practical and emotional support people can physically get from family and friends following a bereavement may not be there.

We know how devestating this will be for people.

We have worked in partnership with other local authorities in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to launch a new support service for people who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.

The service is a free to call number and will allow people to talk to a trained therapist who will be able to offer emotional health and wellbeing support when they need it the most.

Anyone wishing to use the service should call 0800 048 5224 (freephone) or provide details via the Listening Ear website

If you know somebody from our borough that has lost someone, please pass this information on.

Access Bereavement support

Adult Social care recruitment

During the coronavirus outbreak, adult care services across the country have been stretched to cope with the high demand we’re now facing.

In response, Rotherham Council is running an adult care workforce recruitment campaign to recruit more carers, care assistants, cook and domestic workers to support adult care services across the borough.

Both temporary and permanent posts are being recruited to. These are paid, flexible vacancies in a range of settings, including working for home care agencies, residential care homes, care in the community or in someone’s house.

If you are interested, all you need to do in the first instance is email your CV and a covering letter to

We will check with your previous employers and set up a telephone or Skype interview.

Stay home, save lives… and share your good news!

Rotherham’s renowned community spirit is stronger than ever right now, so it’s important we make sure news about the good deeds of people in our communities is shared far and wide.

We are calling on local people to share their colourful artwork and stories of Rotherham folk helping each other (while adhering to social distancing guidance, of course!) on social media so we can capture a true picture of all the kind deeds, community spirit and gratitude being expressed out there at this difficult time.

Mention @RotherhamCouncil on Facebook and @RMBCPress on twitter when you’re posting pictures and videos using #rotherhamtogether and we’ll share as many as we can.

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