Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with Government instructions, we have taken the difficult decision to close the Tring Town Council Office and the Information Centre to the public until further notice. However, we are working remotely and we will attempt to deal effectively with all enquiries by phone (there is an answer machine message facility), e-mail, or via this website (see ‘contact information’ page at the bottom of the list on the left). As and when we receive updated information about local services, we will add links below to keep you in the picture about the great work that is being done in the local community.
COVID-19 spike across Dacorum (posted 3 September 2020)
We have been asked by the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group to pass on an important warning about the rise of Covid-19 cases in Dacorum, including Tring and Berkhamsted. Please click on the following link to see the warning: COVID-19 spike
Coronavirus: who can get a test and how?
There have been a number of changes to the national testing programme for COVID-19. People of any age who have developed a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their sense of taste or smell, can book a mail-order or drive-through test. Use this link: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-
Update on Covid -19 Testing
Mobile testing will be available on Thursdays and Sundays at Apsley Campus. Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9DQ. Residents can also request tests by mail order. Tests appointments can be booked, or mail order tests can be requested through the online portal at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For anyone who needs additional help to book a test, or who doesn’t have access to the internet, a telephone call centre is available – ring 119 between 7am and 11pm or 18001 0300 303 2713 if you have hearing or speech difficulties.
NHS Test and Trace
The government has officially launched a new ‘NHS Test and Trace’ service across England, to help to contain and control the spread of the virus. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members and people they have been in close contact for more than 15 minutes.
If the Test and Trace service identifies you as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test, you must stay at home for 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms, to stop the spread of the virus. If you develop symptoms within these 14 days, you can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If you test positive, you must continue to stay at home for the next seven days, or until your symptoms have passed. Even if you have a test and your test is negative, you must complete the 14-day isolation period.
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|Help for people experiencing domestic abuse
The number of referrals to domestic abuse services increased during the ‘lockdown’. While the easing of lockdown restrictions might make it easier for some people experiencing domestic abuse to seek help, women, men and children will still sadly be experiencing financial, emotional, sexual or physical abuse at the hands of someone in their household. No-one should have to tolerate violent, controlling or undermining behaviour and this isn’t normal.
In Hertfordshire, if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse,
Alternatively, email Kim@mailpurple.org or go to hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org and use the live online chat facility if you are concerned about being overheard. For more information on how to deal with domestic abuse, go to http://www.hertssunflower.org
In an emergency, always dial 999. If you are unable to reply when prompted by the operator, press 5 and then 5 again to signal that you need help.
Survey for victims and survivors of domestic abuse
In Hertfordshire, we want to make sure all victims and survivors of domestic abuse are able to get the right help for them, at the right time. That is why I am asking those with lived experience of domestic abuse what services should look like, because they are the experts on what it is like to experience abuse and to try and get help.
To make sure we hear all voices, I am supporting a survey running across Hertfordshire until the 28th of September for anyone who has experienced domestic abuse or knows someone that has. Organised by Hertfordshire County Council it is completely confidential and will be used to inform what is done to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the future.
To ensure your voice is being heard we would be grateful if you could take 10-15 minutes to share your experience.
To complete this survey, please visit https://surveys.hertfordshire.
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If you have concerns about your own health and well-being in respect of Covid-19, please do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. If you need to, use the online ‘111’ service at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus – please only actually phone 111 if you cannot get help from the online service.
Here are some links to further useful contacts that you may find helpful during this crisis:
Perhaps the most important being:
“Herts Help” on 0300 123 4044 or online at Herts Help can provide a range of help and advice to members of the public, care providers, and voluntary sector organisations alike. This includes the provision of support for people who are self-isolating, and advice for people living and working in residential and home care settings. You can also tell them about someone who needs help, or who you’re worried about. They will try to find the best possible sources of help to meet your concerns.
- UK Government website
- NHS England
- Age UK Dacorum
- Alzheimer’s Society update
- Dacorum Citizens Advice
- Dacorum Borough Council
- Churches Together in Tring
- Support for Carers in Herts
You can find Hertfordshire County Council’s realtime service updates – a key source of local information – here
You can find Hertfordshire County Council’s information about benefits and financial advice for people affected by Coronavirus here
For the latest on household waste recycling centres (tips/dumps) in Dacorum, click here
It is now possible to get dental treatment. If you need to see the dentist, contact your usual practice by phone or email to make an appointment. Do not visit in person unless you have been advised by the practice to do so.
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Can you support a great local initiative?
South East Crafts for Causes have been working hard making essential scrubs and scrubs bags for local hospitals and care homes. You can donate to support their work. This money will go directly to funding fabric and threads to sew these scrubs which will be sewn by volunteers. All scrubs will be donated to NHS workers and/or the specified care home. The Facebook page South East Crafts for Causes is https://m.facebook.com/groups/589311051852612/ The GoFundMe page is http://gf.me/u/xu62yz
Calling small tourism, retail and leisure businesses! @HertsLEP and @VisitHertsUK and are offering funding to help adapt your business ready for post-lockdown measures. Find out if your business qualifies.
News from Dacorum Community Action
We are now offering those who are vulnerable, including those vulnerable people who live in Tring, the opportunity to have their shopping delivered by one of our volunteers. We are open to people who are either over 70 and able to afford shopping but reluctant to venture out, or those who are unable to do their shopping for other reasons that do not qualify them for Operation Shield support. To find out more, contact http://www.communityactiondacorum.org
Operation Sustain. If you run a charity in Tring and are in need of help, contact http://www.communityactiondacorum.org
Supporting Community Groups. We are currently contacting small pop-up community groups to help them with training and to help them to think about how they safeguard themselves and others. We also don’t want to stop people helping so we want avoid duplicating work in areas where the local community has it covered. For information, get in touch with Matt Hatton at http://www.communityactiondacorum.org
The Hertfordshire Volunteer and People Assistance Cell will write to all those Herts residents who have been shielding informing them of available sources of help and methods of contacting local services as lockdown eases. The HertsHelp telephone number remains 0300123 4044.
Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue; however, for other urgent care needs call 0300 123 4042. Service updates can be found at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/serviceupdate
Where possible, our wonderful local businesses, groups and GP surgery are doing everything they can to keep things going and provide a service to customers, even if things have to be different for a while. Click on the link to check what’s happening Tring Open for Business and More 21 October 2020
If you need information regarding bin and waste collections, please check the Dacorum Borough Council website: www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/
Police Contact Advice
- Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
- Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents.
- Alternatively, visit www.herts.police.uk/contact to report a non-emergency crime online or chat to a police operator live via our web chat service.
Please feel free to explore our website for more extensive local information. Please be aware that, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the currency or accuracy of websites to which we provide links on our web pages, particularly at this difficult time.