Author: Chelsey Lordan
Update from South Oxfordshire District Council:
People in Oxfordshire are being advised to be extra vigilant, particularly over half-term, as cases of Coronavirus continue to spread across the county.
Evidence shows that, in the past two weeks, the virus has spread to a much wider age range across the county and is no longer confined to younger people in urban areas. Hospital admissions have begun to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:31 by Chelsey Lordan
Healthwatch Oxfordshire would like to hear from people living in the Didcot area about what it is like to find and use health care and local services.
The county's independent health and social care watchdog has launched a survey asking residents of the town and the surrounding villages for their views on what works well and what could be better.
People can have their say via this anonymous online survey... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:45 by Chelsey Lordan
We can all face problems that are too stressful or complicated to sort out alone.
Last year our 150 volunteers advised over 11,000 people. We helped three quarters resolve their debt, benefits, employment and housing problems.
We now need more advisers to help us during and after the Covid-19 crisis.
Our main offices are in Abingdon, Didcot, Henley and Thame. Since March, 90 volunteers and staff have... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:38 by Chelsey Lordan
As Bonfire Night approaches, Oxfordshire County Council is reminding residents that the safest way to celebrate is to attend a professionally organised public event that is confirmed as COVID-19 safety compliant, following local and national guidance.
However, as it will not be practical for everyone to attend organised public events, particularly this year, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:56 by Chelsey Lordan
UTILITY FAILURE: A Guide to Extra Care Priority Services by Utility Companies
You can't always predict when an emergency situation may cause a disruption to your utility provision. If you register for the priority service register with your local supplier, they will do their upmost to prevent your supply from going off and, if it does, make sure that your service returns as a matter of urgency, providing... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2020 11:52 by Chelsey Lordan
One of the most serious outcomes of the current pandemic problem is that thousands of people in the UK are losing their jobs. If you are one of these people, and are made redundant or offered voluntary redundancy, it is important that you thoroughly understand your rights and options.
The first thing to do if you are at risk of redundancy is to look at your contract of employment, which will spell out... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:01 by Chelsey Lordan
Didcot is fortunate in having a wide variety of community groups and charities that contribute to the life of the town.
The hard work carried out by an army of volunteers helps to make our town a better place to live. Grant Aid is used to support organisations and individuals who work for the benefit of the people of Didcot, and for the Council's own arts and entertainment projects.
We have given grants... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:53 by Chelsey Lordan
Each October the District Councils work the Fire Service and Trading Standards to offer free electrical safety checks for older and vulnerable people who use electric blankets to keep warm during the colder months.
This year due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place, electric blankets will be collected from people's homes to be tested instead of people bringing their blankets to a venue to be tested.... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:18 by Chelsey Lordan
On 25 July when leisure centres could reopen most of the centres across the two districts were able to do so under the government's covid-19 guidance. However, with restrictions on social distancing and keeping the health and safety of staff and customers paramount not all the facilities at the centres were able to open from the start.
The first phase of reopening has gone well with many residents'... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:00 by Chelsey Lordan