East Cleveland Mutual Aid Groups Initial Research Findings

As you will be aware that we have been involved in a piece of research with Teesside University looking at the impact of community groups during the pandemic. This has been with our friends and colleagues from East Cleveland Good Neighbours and Saltburn Community Response.
We wanted to provide you with an update as to how it was going and some of our initial findings.
You can get involved in participating in interviews or an upcoming focus group for people who have helped out in April by contacting Claire O’Malley at the University, or take 5 to fill in our questionnaires here: https://bit.ly/39bhvru

Loftus No Symptom COVID Test Centre Moving Location

From March 25, the test site will move to Loftus Fire Station, Coronation Rd, Loftus, TS13 4SW on the following days:

Monday: 8am – 12pm

Tuesday: 8am – 12pm

Thursday: 2pm – 6pm

Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Anyone over the age of 18 who does not have symptoms can take a quick and easy test to see if they have the virus. Most results are returned within 30 minutes.

Anyone wanting a test should book at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or ring 01642 774774. Walk-in slots are also available.

Anyone displaying the following Coronavirus symptoms should not come to the site for a test:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature; or
  • a loss of, or change, in your sense of smell or taste.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you should follow the guidance online on how to book a test – https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test – or call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm. You will also need to need to stay at home and self-isolate.

Covid-19 Impact Survey for Tees Valley Area

Residents across the region are being urged to complete a Covid-19 impact survey to help get region wide insight into the impact of the pandemic.
We recognise how difficult it has been for people to cope with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please complete our survey to help us understand more about how your day-to-day life has been affected, including health and wellbeing, work, household finances, shopping, social and leisure activities. We are keen to hear your views on vaccination, the economy and the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing.
More info – Gateshead Council Consultations

Update on current advice/situation for village halls 8th March 2021

ACRE has issued new information to help village halls prepare for reopening. Our assessment is that contrary to the government’s announcement on 22 February, village halls will not be able to reopen after Easter, except for a small number of permitted activities. Most will have to wait until 17 May before they can be hired out for many functions including exercise classes, coffee mornings, performances and celebrations.

The update, should be read alongside previous advice and information issued by the charity which provided a detailed commentary on how village halls could previously reopen following the government’s Covid Secure rules

village hall closed sign

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is now accepting applications from locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations who are working to create resilient rural communities across the UK in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for up to one year. Projects must be completed within one year of their start date and no later than 31 March 2022. Some match funding is required.
The grants will cover revenue costs that are directly associated with projects that are helping rural communities deal with the negative effects of the pandemic.
To date the funding has been used to address and combat issues such as isolation, financial pressures, and issues with physical and mental health.
Groups are advised to apply early as a large number of applications are expected and the fund may close earlier than the published deadline.
Application Deadline: 3rd November 2020.

The Prince’s Trust Countryside Fund 



Due to a change in government guidance, users of #VillageHalls will need to wear face coverings from 8 August. Some activities that would normally happen in gyms and dance studios are exempt.

If in doubt people, please contact our village halls adviser Janice McCollm.

#ACRE will be updating our information sheet for village halls early next week to reflect this change.