Update from RMBC on COVID – 19

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Tuesday 14 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 https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Rotherham Creative Learning

Don’t get bored – get creative!

Rotherham Creative Learning Centre – a partnership between Rotherham Council and RNN Group – is opening up its doors virtually to offer a range of learning activities for families and adult learners during the coronavirus crisis.

Activities available now include:

Creative Ideas for Familiy Learning – a range of resources and challenges to download.

The 100 activity challenge – 100 creative things to do in the home environment – tick off challenges ranging from writing a story or creating your own comic to baking a cake and learning to juggle!

Rotherham Creative Inventions Programme – including the Virtual Roscars  animation and film competition, Picture IT mobile device photo competition, Create IT art competition and Discover IT distance learning programme for adults.

Details are available on the Rotherham Creative website:

Rotherham Creative Learning Centre

And don’t forget, Rotherham Libraries can give you access to a huge range of online resources, including a catalogue of FREE e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines from the online library.

What’s more, there are lots of library activities for children available through the Libraries Facebook page , including a Lego Club challenge and storytelling.

Please don’t burn rubbish in your garden

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Our colleagues at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) are asking us to warn residents against using garden fires as a way to get rid of excess waste during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The service has reported a huge spike in the number of call-outs to garden fires.

Not only is there a real risk of garden fires getting out of control and spreading, the smoke they gnerate makes it hard for people in neighbouring properties to use their own garden or exercise and is dangerous for people with respiratory illnesses.

We know that the temporary suspension of garden waste collections has come at a bad time, but it was unavoidable if we were to keep other waste services operating normally during the coronavirus crisis. Please store or compost garden waste in the meantime.

If you’ve taken the opportunity to have a spring clean, our bulky waste collection service is available – book using this link.

SYFR is encouraging people to pledge not to burn waste in their garden by signing a pledge form on their website (click on the button below).

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue advice

Support for people undergoing cancer treatment

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK has asked us to share information about additional support they are making available for cancer patients, who can be at additional risk during treatment due to weakend immune systems, in addition to the added anxiety.

They have produced a useful online guide for cancer patients (see link below) and set up a freephone support line for patients to talk to Cancer Research UK nurses – 0808 800 4040, available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please share this link and telephone number with anyone you know that is currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer Research UK coronavirus support