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Coronavirus – an update from West Sussex Council Council

Dear residents and partners,

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to the 17,455 people who kindly took the time to complete our pandemic survey, which closed last Sunday. We are now working through your responses and will share the results with you at the end of the month.

The government’s track and trace service is now up and running. You can read more about it here. Watch out for scams –  if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.

We hope you enjoy reading this week’s features. If you would like us to cover other subjects from across our services, please email your request to: communications@westsussex.gov.uk

Thank you for your continued support.
Volunteers’ Week
A big thank you to everyone who volunteers – you are truly invaluable, especially at this time.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Although many opportunities aren’t available at the moment because of the restrictions, get in touch and we can find something for you.

Check out some of the many opportunities on our website.

Stay safe onlineBecause our time at home has increased during lockdown, many of us are spending more time online.

You can find information on how to report online crimes and get online safety advice on our website.

Find out how to stay safe online.

World Environment DayToday is World Environment Day and this year the theme is biodiversity.

One million plant and animal species risk extinction, largely due to human activities.

However, healthy ecosystems, rich with biodiversity, are fundamental to human existence.

Find out how we work with partners to conserve biodiversity.

Shining a light on family and friend carersIn West Sussex, 10% of the population (around 89,000 people) currently undertake the role of unpaid carer for a friend or family member.

With the role of carer so intrinsically linked to our everyday, Carers Week 2020 (8th – 14th June) is the perfect time to celebrate and support those vital carers within our local community.

Find out more about what’s on offer.

Temporary cycle lane proposalsSeven schemes are being submitted to the Department for Transport to consider, in the first phase of works to help provide safe space as the lockdown eases.

If accepted, 21km of temporary cycle lanes would be provided to promote cycling as a replacement for journeys in areas across the county which, until the COVID-19 crisis, were heavily reliant on public transport.

Read more.

Help is still available
Our COVID-19 community hub team remains available every day to help our vulnerable residents.

Figures to the end of May show that the hub has received 11,680 contacts since launch.

Find out more.

Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to receive these important updates via our registration page.

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