New Recycling Container – Shustoke Village Hall

Residents may have noticed that we have a new recycling container in the car park at the Village Hall.

It is provided by, and benefits the Salvation Army which provides an excellent service to local communities. (Depending on the volume of recycled items, the Parish Council will also receive a small commission, which will be ploughed back into facilities/services for the Village.)

Please use it as much as possible.

‘Warwickshire Switch and Save’ – Save Money on Utility Bills

Join residents saving an average of £128 on their gas and electricity with Warwickshire Switch and Save
January 21, 2019

It is great news for Warwickshire residents this week as Warwickshire County Council’s collective energy switching scheme – Warwickshire Switch and Save – opens its registration period for the February 2019 reverse auction.

In Warwickshire, over 1000 households registered with the scheme for the previous reverse auction which took place in October 2018 and the county’s Switch and Savers were combined with 37 other similar initiatives from all around the UK to create a consumer collective of over 25,000 registered households. Those residents who signed-up to the scheme were made offers representing an average saving of £128 on their utility bills.

One Leamington Spa resident contacted Warwickshire County Council after our first reverse auction in May 2018 to let them know how overjoyed he was when he received his personal offer highlighting a £401 saving on his electricity bill

Following the October reverse auction, there was one provider, E.O.N, who was able to provide residents with the best rate for their gas and electricity bills and they have been providing the following contracts to consumers:
Residents who have online billing;
Residents who have paper billing; and
Residents using pre-payment meters.

In total, 75% of people who registered for the scheme last time in Warwickshire could have saved on their energy bills if they chose to switch, meaning lots of happy residents in the county. Now that process begins again giving even more residents the opportunity to switch and save.

Users can visit the Warwickshire Switch and Save website to register their interest in becoming a saver or visit one of the ‘Bring your Bill’ events taking place around Warwickshire in January, February and March 2019
Tuesday 22 January 2019 – 9.30am to 2.30pm – Stratford Library
Wednesday 23 January 2019 – 9.30am to 2.30pm – Rugby Library
Thursday 24 January 2019 – 9.30am to 2.30pm – Nuneaton Library
Friday 25 January 2019 – 9.30am to 2.30pm – Leamington Library
Tuesday 29 January 2019 – 9.30am to 2.30pm – Atherstone Library
Wednesday 30 January 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Alcester Library
Tuesday 5 February 2019 – 10.30am to 2.30pm – Shire Hall, Warwick
Wednesday 6 February 2019 – 10.30am to 12.30pm – Kenilworth Library
Friday 8 February 2019 – 10.30am to 12.30pm – Whitnash Library
Monday 11 February 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Lillington Library
Tuesday 19 Feburary 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Shipston Library
Tuesday 26 February 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Coleshill Library
Thursday 26 February 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Polesworth Library
Friday 1 March 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Wellesbourne Library
Tuesday 5 March 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Bedworth Library
Tuesday 5 March 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm – Southam Library

Welcoming the launch of the latest registration period, Cllr Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Property, said: “This is fantastic news for residents in Warwickshire and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to work with partners and other organisations to improve the quality of life for all, particularly some of our more vulnerable residents who worry about the costs of heating their homes.
“Some residents will be paying too much, particularly if they haven’t switched supplier for a while, so I’d encourage everyone to sign up and see what offer they receive. Don’t delay, sign up today”

To sign up for the latest reverse auction with Warwickshire Switch and Save, visit: https://bigcommunityswitch.ichoosr.com/Product/index.rails?utm_medium=web&location=warwickshire

Suicide Bereavement Support Service to launch in Coleshill

A contract to provide support to people who have been bereaved by suicide has been awarded by Warwickshire County Council to The Kaleidoscope Plus Group. The two-year contract has been awarded to the health and wellbeing charity to deliver the Suicide Bereavement Support Service until at least March 2020.

The initiative will see fortnightly meetings held at venues across all five districts of the county and will specifically aim to help those bereaved by suicide to start to cope with their loss and find support from others who have experienced a similar loss.

In Coleshill planned to commence on Wednesday 18 July at The Hub which is a community space within the council building on the High Street. There is a launch planned at the same venue on the Wednesday 11 July between 1.45pm to 4pm.

Alan Savill the Suicide Bereavement Support Service Coordinator at the Kaleidoscope Plus Group, said: “Suicide bereavement is unlike no other. There is no recognised grief path and can prove very difficult for those left behind after such a tragic death.”

Alan went on the explain how through his own experience, he believes the new service can be a massive help.
He said: “My son took his life just before Christmas in 2012 and I remember the knock on the door from the police vividly and how my life’s changed since that date, but I have used my own experience to help others.
“When I speak to attendees and say that I know how they feel has proved to be invaluable to others.
“The feeling of isolation, guilt, shame and despair can be overwhelming, however these groups are designed to help with these feelings and give the opportunity to meet with others going through the same feeling so they are not alone.
“I’m honoured to be able to run the service as when I lost Ian there wasn’t really anything out there for me”

The service will initially consist of self-help meetings but The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have the ability to identify other service user needs and can either offer bespoke psycho-educational courses or signpost them to other providers in order to help with a recovery plan.
Paula Mawson, Commissioning Lead for Public Mental Health at Warwickshire County Council said: “Ensuring that people who have been bereaved by suicide in Warwickshire receive timely and effective support is a priority for us. The Kaleidoscope Plus Group is a leading mental health and wellbeing charity, and we look forward to working with them to bring this new service into the county.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Director of Operations, Claire Dale, said: “This is a really positive step forward in supporting people across Warwickshire who have been affected by a loved one, friend or colleague taking their own life. We are well aware that people bereaved by suicide will benefit from support which is tailored to their individual needs, and it will be a unique chance for people to share their feelings in a safe space with others who have been similarly affected.”

As the contract is mobilised updated information will be available on the Warwickshire Mental Health and Wellbeing webpage: https://warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group website: http://www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk/our-services

Warwickshire Pathways: Launch of New Drug and Alcohol Services in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Pathways: launch of new drug and alcohol services in Warwickshire
July 17, 2018

Following an extensive countywide consultation and engagement, service redesign and re-commissioning process, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) has officially launched Pathways, the new name for Warwickshire’s drug and alcohol services, with two stakeholder events in Warwick and Nuneaton.

Warwickshire Pathways is commissioned by Warwickshire County Council and delivered by specialist providers. The service is delivered in the following ways:

Children and Young Persons’ Drug and Alcohol Service includes an 18-25 years transition service– Provided by Compass.
Adult Drug and Alcohol Service includes an 18-25 years transition service – Provided by Change Grow Live. (CGL)
All Age Recovery and Well Being Network – Provided by Change Grow Live. (CGL)

Additionally, Warwickshire now has its own local, community-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation service in the south of the county. The development was supported by a Public Health England Grant and WCC, and is led by one of our existing providers, Experience, Strength and Hope (ESH).

The new service providers will work together under the Pathways brand to deliver a joined up and seamless approach to supporting people with drug and alcohol problems and their families. The quality of life outcomes that the services seek to improve include:

Be healthy
Stay safe
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution

The events brought together key stakeholders from a wide range of partners including the districts and boroughs, health, police, fire, the criminal justice system and the community and voluntary sector and showcased the lived experiences of those who have used Compass and CGL treatment services.

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Warwickshire Pathways is a key part of Warwickshire County Council’s commitment to keep all its residents healthy and in prioritising help to the most vulnerable people in our communities. We look forward to working with Compass, CGL and ESH through a collaborative provider network to help Warwickshire residents make positive choices and improve their health and wellbeing.

“This is a fantastic offer that we are able to deliver by working closely with residents, partners and other organisations to improve the quality of life for all our residents. We work closely with service users, their families and key partners within health, social care, housing, employment and the criminal justice system, delivering outcomes that positively impact on an individual’s health and well-being and on those of society as a whole.”

WCC previously commissioned this service in 2011 with the recent tender process running from October 2017. The contracts have been awarded for three years commencing 1 May 2018. Find out more about the services at our website: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/drugsandalcohol

Save Cash on Energy Bills – Warwickshire Switch and Save

Warwickshire residents set to save cash on their energy bills thanks to Warwickshire Switch and Save

It is great news for Warwickshire residents this week as Warwickshire County Council’s collective energy switching scheme – Warwickshire Switch and Save – reveals some of the fantastic savings Warwickshire consumers have been able to make on their gas and electricity bills.
Following a successful reverse auction between competing gas and electricity providers on the 22nd of May 2018, it has been revealed that residents signed up to the scheme are set to save an average of £177 on their utility bills.
In Warwickshire, about 300 households have registered so far with the scheme and the county’s Switch and Savers have been combined with 37 other similar initiatives from all around the UK to create a consumer collective of over 25,000 registered households.
Following the May reverse auction there were three providers who were able to provide residents with the best rate for their gas and electricity bills and they will provide the following contracts:

So Energy, supplying 100% green electricity for residents who have online billing;

E.O.N for residents who have paper billing; and

Economy Energy for residents using pre-payment meters.

Residents across Warwickshire have started receiving their personal offer letters or emails letting them know if they will be able to make savings against their current energy deal and, if so, exactly how much money will be going back into their pockets. In total, 75% of people who registered for the scheme in Warwickshire could save on their energy bills if they choose to switch, meaning lots of happy residents in the county.

One Leamington Spa resident contacted Warwickshire County Council to let them know how overjoyed he was when he recently received his personal offer highlighting a £401 saving on his electricity bill!

Welcoming the early success of this new scheme, Cllr Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Property, said:
“This is fantastic news for residents in Warwickshire and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to work with partners and other organisations to improve the quality of life for all, particularly some of our more vulnerable residents who worry about the costs of heating their homes.
“Some residents will be paying too much, particularly if they haven’t switched supplier for a while, so I’d encourage everyone to sign up and see what offer they receive. Don’t delay, sign up today”

If you have not already signed up to save, it’s not too late to register and receive a free, no obligation, quote, visit the site today: https://bigcommunityswitch.ichoosr.com/Product/index.rails?utm_medium=web&location=warwickshire

Help for Vulnerable Residents from Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme

The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis. It provides basic and essential help for food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels or with credit for energy. It is not a cash benefit.
We recognise that some families eligible for free school meals struggle financially and have difficulty covering the period when their children are off school during the school holidays. This Scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach and help those most in need by supporting families with the cost of food for their children over the school holiday period. Applications for support will be taken from Monday 23rd July to Friday 31st August 2018.

So if you (or someone you know) are registered for Free School Meals (FSM) and need some financial support over the summer holidays, please contact the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme. The telephone contact number is 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182. Applications can be made by the customer or a service provider. When calling, please make reference to the eligibility for free school meals and explain how the customer is struggling financially.

The Scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term, who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis. This includes people that are care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel, or those resettling in a community after a custodial term. Help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances. The Local Welfare Scheme will also signpost customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support. Please contact 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182 for more information.

Suicide Bereavement Support Service to launch in Warwickshire

Suicide Bereavement Support Service to launch in Warwickshire

A contract to provide support to people who have been bereaved by suicide has been awarded by Warwickshire County Council to The Kaleidoscope Plus Group. The two-year contract has been awarded to the West Bromwich – based charity to deliver the Suicide Bereavement Support Service until at least March 2020.

The initiative will run out of venues across the county and will specifically aim to help those bereaved by suicide to start to cope with their loss and find support from others who have experienced a similar loss.
Paula Mawson, Commissioning Lead for Public Mental Health at Warwickshire County Council said: “Ensuring that people who have been bereaved by suicide in Warwickshire receive timely and effective support is a priority for us. The service will provide a safe place where clients can receive support that is focused on their individual needs, delivered in a group based setting. The Kaleidopscope Plus Group is a leading mental health and wellbeing charity, and we look forward to working with them to bring this new service into the county.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Director of Operations, Claire Dale, said: “This is a really positive step forward in supporting people across Warwickshire who have been affected by a loved one, friend or colleague taking their own life. We are well aware that people bereaved by suicide will benefit from support which is tailored to their individual needs, and it will be a unique chance for people to share their feelings in a safe space with others who have been similarly affected.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Chief Executive Monica Shafaq is delighted to add this new pilot scheme to a wide range of support services the charity already offers across the West Midlands. She said: “I’m already very proud of the great work we do day in, day out for people either suffering from or affected by mental ill health; however this type of support service is something we have been advocating for many years, so to have been awarded this contract is fantastic news. It’s a great privilege to be delivering the Suicide Bereavement Support Service and I have no doubt it will help build effective links to other specialist and community mental health services too. I would encourage anyone across Warwickshire who is struggling with bereavement by suicide to reach out for our support; it really can make a positive difference.”

The first group will be held in Nuneaton and Bedworth and subsequent groups will be set up in each district and borough to allow ease of access across the county. A launch event will be held at the CHESS Centre, Camp Hill, on 24th May with the first group being held at the same venue on 31st May.

As the contract is mobilised updated information will be available on the Warwickshire Mental Health and Wellbeing webpage: https://warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group website: http://www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk/our-services