Hall Green Communities and Covid-19
Community, voluntary and faith sectors, health, family support, social work, police, education, social care, early year’s providers and GPs are committed to working together to offer local help following the Covid 19 outbreak. Birmingham City Council and BVSC are leading efforts to make it easier for people to get the support they need in the neighbourhoods where they live through a number of initiatives including:
Accord Housing Association is the lead partner for NNS and Early Help for families in the Hall Green Constituency.
The Hall Green Communities Team is working across Moseley, Kings Heath & Brandwood Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Hall Green to support people of all ages in diverse communities.
* For resources intended to support community groups to resume activities following the pandemic please follow this LINK *
Covid Community Updates
Blakesley Hall Testing Site Opens
Following a delay, the lateral flow testing site at Blakesley Hall (Blakesley Road,
B25 8RN) is now open. Click here for opening times and for details of other sites, including the main testing hub at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Over 60s Now Being Offered the Vaccine
People aged 60 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Others include:
- people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people who get Carer’s Allowance.
Get Tested at the Hippodrome
The rapid lateral flow COVID-19 testing site at the Utilita Arena (formerly NIA) has moved to the Hippodrome Theatre on Thorp Street, B5 4TB. The new site is open for testing seven days a week, between 8am and 6pm. See the council website for more information on the site.
Home Testing Kits Now Easier to Order
The government has introduced a number of accessibility improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested. Home test kits can now be ordered over the phone by calling 119, without needing access to the internet. Please see the government website for more information.
Head to the City Council website to find opening times.
Pharmacy Testing Sites Available Across Birmingham
There are now 56 pharmacies across Birmingham which offer lateral flow testing to those who do not have symptoms. To find your nearest site and share the information, visit the Central Health website. (Sites taking appointments are in blue.)
City Council Launches Localised Test & Trace Service
Birmingham City Council launched a new local COVID-19 contact tracing service last month to tackle the number of infections in the city. The new service contacts residents who have received a positive test result, but who could not be reached by the main NHS Test and Trace call centre within 24 hours. A ground team made up of West Midlands Fire Service personnel will also be on-hand to make house calls when contacts cannot be reached, and to ensure welfare.
For more information, please see the City Council website page on the new service.
Lateral Flow Test Site Map
A new map has been produced to depict the locations of lateral flow test sites across Birmingham. Three more sites are being launched from the week commencing 1st Feb. Click to view, download and share the current interactive map. For further information on new and current lateral flow test sites, see the City Council website.
Ask Your Question: Local COVID Outbreak Engagement Board
You can now submit your questions online to the Local COVID Outbreak Engagement Board. Part of the Health and Wellbeing Board, this group is focused on community engagement and the local response to the virus in the city. To ask your question, got to the ‘Be Heard’ page on the Council website.
Vaccination Resources for BAME Communities
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council has compiled an extensive list of essential COVID-19 vaccination resources for BAME communities. It includes multiple videos, translated documents and news releases – along with much more. Please head to the BVSC website for more details.
Muslim Women’s Network UK Vaccination Advice
Network trustee, Dr. Iram Sattar, looks at the myths and facts surrounding the vaccine and explains why it is important for people to take the vaccine in a recent blog post. Head to the Muslim Women’s Network website to read. The network has also translated vaccine advice into Urdu and Bengali in short videos.
Birmingham & Solihull CCG Vaccination Resource Website
Birmingham & Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, who are involved in organising the city’s vaccination programme, have developed their own vaccination resource website. This includes a ‘What you need to know’ section, plus and a video walk-through of the vaccination process. Head to their website to access.
NHS COVID-19 App
On the 24th September 2020 the NHS COVID-19 app was launches as part of the governments large scale coronavirus
(COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme. In England the programme is called the NHS Test and Trace service, and in Wales it is named the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus. For more information on the app download the PDF linked below.
Important Information Regarding Local Coronavirus Restrictions
From Tuesday 15th of September 2020 new Coronavirus restrictions came into place in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull. Below we have complied a list of trusted information resources to keep you up to date on what the changes mean for you in Hall Green.
Local Birmingham Solihull Sandwell Guidance
Birmingham City Council FAQ
Q&A from Justin Varney on Birmingham Live site
The Rule of Six regulations
COVID-19 Community Update Archive
During the height of the Coronavirus pandemic our team produced fortnightly community updates with the latest news,support, resources, service changes and guidance related to Covid 19 operating restrictions in Hall Green and across the wider City. As we ease out of lockdown measures the focus of our community update has shifted, but you can view our archived Covid-19 Community Updates linked below.
Whilst lockdown restrictions are gradually easing, we understand that circumstances have changed for many and continued help support is needed by many Hall Green children, families and older citizens.
Covid 19 Mutual Aid Groups
Moseley Together – creating networks in Moseley to support those unable to leave the house by shopping or collecting prescription and befriending.
Kings Heath Volunteer Network – Kings Heath Volunteers Network aims to offer support and assistance to elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
Hall Green north/Sparkhill Covid Volunteer Group – aims to offer support and assistance to elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
Balsall Heath Covid 19 Mutual Aid – local volunteers supporting the community in Balsall Heath, making sure everyone has what they need to help them get through the Covid-19 crisis.