Kent Association of Local Councils – Community Awards Scheme 2019

The KALC Community Award is to acknowledge and give recognition to a resident of Eastry who has made a significant contribution to this Parish over a period of years.  If you know of someone who has given this sort of service and merits an Award then please do nominate them.  The person must live or work within the Parish Council boundary.

The winner will receive a certificate signed by the Kent Association of Local Council’s Chairman and the High Sheriff of Kent.  The Award will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2019.

If you would like to nominate someone, or a group of people for this award please do so either in writing to Clerk to the Parish Council, 3 Gore Terrace, Gore Road, Eastry CT13 0LS or email clerk@eastrypc.co.uk. An application form can be found on the Parish Council Web Site:

Form in Microsoft Word format here and in pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format here.

Please provide:

  • Name of the Person you wish to nominate
  • The reason for the nomination
  • Your name and address (nomination will not be accepted without this information)

The Closing date for nomination is 4th January 2019.

Counter Terrorism News – October 2018

NATIONAL CSSC Green Message – NCTPHQ bulletin – 1 October 2018

Many of you will be aware that the ACT for Youth film and lesson plan, launched in 2017, included basic first aid techniques, written by St John Ambulance, which could be used to treat casualties whilst hiding during a terrorist attack.

This collaboration with SJA (St John Ambulance) has now been extended to include guidance for the wider adult public and has been published on the NaCTSO website.

The SJA guidance is now the official CT Policing stance on the provision of first aid, following a terrorist attack, and any enquiries you might receive should be dealt with by signposting to the SJA material.

How to administer CPR to a casualty has been deliberately omitted from the SJA guidance for the expert medical reasons outlined below and in the context of a terror attack:

•    It could potentially be very hazardous to the helper to attempt CPR in the case of a chemical incident. Professional help should be sought as soon as possible.

•    CPR in the event of an explosion or blast is very unlikely to be effective because of why the heart stopped. Providing blood is the most effective treatment for traumatic cardiac arrest of this kind. Professional help will be on the way, and securing the personal safety of survivors and potential helpers is the key priority.

•    CPR following a stabbing or a shooting  has a fractionally higher possibility of success, but professional intervention is required as soon as possible, and a positive outcome is unlikely unless blood, or some interventional means of controlling the bleeding, followed by rapid evacuation, can be provided.

The guidance stresses that following a terrorist attack first aid should only be administered when safe to do so, but this does not represent a change in CT Policing core advice for anyone caught up in a gun or knife terror attack, which remains to – Run, Hide, Tell.

It is acknowledged that the CitizenAid app also provides authoritative guidance, and although it can be referenced as part of a discussion or presentation it will not be formally endorsed by National CT Policing on any slides or other corporate literature.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/first-aid-advice-during-a-terrorist-incident

NaCTSO
National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ
New Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2JL

E-mail:     nactso@met.police.uk
www.nactso.gov.uk

If you see something suspicious, call the anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789321.

To contact the counter terrorism security advisor office with a general enquiry, please email ctsa.bouverie@kent.pnn.police.uk.

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week – ‘See it Report it, Stop it’

It’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent adult abuse and this Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (Oct 8-12), residents of Kent and Medway are urged to ‘See It, Report It, Stop It’.

During the 8th to the 12th of October, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board will highlight the problems of isolation and exploitation within the county and encourage the public to report any concerns.

One of the responsibilities of the board is to undertake multiagency Safeguarding Adults Reviews. These look at a case in more detail to establish what worked well and what can be done to further improve practice. Recent reviews have influenced the themes of this year’s campaign.

During Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week, representatives from Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and other partner agencies, will be holding events to speak to the public about how to recognise and stop different types of abuse.

Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, psychological, consumer scams, sexual, neglect, modern slavery, radicalism, hate crimes, discrimination and domestic violence.

Adults without a wide support network or who are fundamentally lonely, are especially susceptible to abuse in its various forms, such as online scams and those who falsely befriend vulnerable people to exploit them, (known as mate crime). Every year 3.2 million people hand money to mass marketing scams alone.

Some isolated adults are targeted by gangs who befriend them so they can take over their home and use it for criminal activity. Cuckooing, as it is known, is a growing problem in the south of England.

In the last financial year more than 11,610 safeguarding concerns were reported in Kent and Medway, up from 10,666 the previous year. In the same period 6,375 new safeguarding enquiries were undertaken to establish whether action needed to be taken to stop abuse or neglect.

The best weapon against abuse is to talk about it to the right people. Anyone with a concern regarding the actual or potential abuse of a loved one, a colleague, a friend, a neighbour, a child or about themselves, should make a point of reporting it.

The Independent Chair of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board, Deborah Stuart-Angus, said: “We must learn from the experience, gained from Safeguarding Adult Reviews, supported by research (Hawkley and Cacioppo, 2010), which has shown us that people who are lonely and isolated are frequently more sensitive to perceived threats, causing them to withdraw further from communities and social situations”

“The government’s call for evidence to develop The Loneliness Strategy has noted that such withdrawal can in itself can create a ‘vicious cycle’. Please help us to help others.”

To report abuse, contact Kent County Council on 03000 41 61 61 or Medway Council on 01634 334466 or if someone is in immediate risk, dial 999.  Support will be provided by specially trained people to victims of abuse and those who report it.

During the campaign, a number of information stands and one-stop-shops will be taking place across Kent and Medway, including:

Monday 8 Oct – Medway Council, Gun Wharf Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR (between 10am – 1pm)

Tuesday 9 Oct – Forum Shopping Centre, High Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3DL (between 10am – 2pm)

Wednesday 10 Oct  – Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, ME75NY (between 9am-2pm) and William Harvey Hospital, Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0LZ

Thursday 11 Oct  –  Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, 20 Alexandra Gardens, Folkestone CT20 1AU (between 9.30am – 4pm) and The Mall, Pad’s Hill, Maidstone ME15 6AT

Friday 12 Oct  –  ASDA, Mill Way, Sittingbourne (between 11am – 3pm)

For the full list of events, visit: https://tinyurl.com/saaw18

Volunteer Support Wardens

Are you passionate, enthusiastic and up for a new challenge?  Do you like meeting new people, want to learn new skills and provide valuable support to local residents?  Kent County Council are recruiting Volunteer Support Warden’s in your area.  The role will be challenging but rewarding and you’ll be making a real difference to local communities. For more information and to find about this role visit our website Volunteer as a support warden  or contact Community Wardens on 03000 413455.

 

Small Grant Applications 2018/19

2018/19 SMALL GRANT APPLICATIONS

Small Grant applications are invited from village organisations and groups. Applications can only be accepted from groups with a fully-constituted committee and a bank account in the group’s name. Applicants should be aware that only applications which serve members of the local community will be considered. Application must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 16th Nov 2018.  Grant allocation will be decided and payments made by 14th Dec 2018.

For the Microsoft Office Word version, click [here]

For the Adobe Acrobat pdf version, click [here]

or contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Mrs Sarah Wells, on: 01304 614320.

You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free here. A free Microsoft Word Viewer is no longer available from Microsoft.

Completed applications should reach the Clerk no later than Friday 16th November, 2018.

Grant allocation will be decided and payments made by 14th December 2018.

Latest Information On Care And Support

Independent guide to care and support in Kent – a crucial time for information

A new, updated, independent care services directory has been published today which gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Kent.

You may have seen there’s a huge amount in the media at the moment about the crisis in social care. If you’re growing concerned about your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may be, this directory can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Kent Care Services Directory can support you to make informed decisions.

The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Kent. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Kent, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

For a free copy of the Kent Care Services Directory contact Care Choices on 01223 207770. The directory will be available throughout the region from outlets including carers’ centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. It can be downloaded from www.carechoices.co.uk and is also available in spoken word.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short or long-term care in Kent, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.

“With the current crisis in social care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new independent directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”

Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.

Eastry Website and Blog Go “Secure”

Both the Eastry Parish Council Website and the EPC Blog now use secure https:// browsing.

Using 256-bit SHA-2 encryption and 2048-bit signing algorithm designed by the US National Security Agency, and built using a specialised (classified) block cipher, the website and Blog are now as secure as possible from malicious attack.

You can feel safe in the knowledge that whilst connected to our site any data you share with us is secure.

Costa Coffee Voucher Scam

A fake Costa Coffee voucher scam is catching people out on Whatsapp and allowing criminals to steal personal data.


The new scam starts with Whatsapp users receiving an offer for a £75 voucher in celebration of Costa’s 50th birthday. Victims are then asked to enter personal information before they can access the ‘voucher’.


Costa has confirmed the message is a scam. If you get this message, do not click on the link and do not enter any personal information. 

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

South East Kent Police

 Police Station, Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1BT 

Tel: 01233 896151 / Mobile 07584 164 348