MORE PEOPLE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 TESTS

The Government has now widened the criteria for being offered a Covid-19 test to include 25 million people. The following can now go on to the national portal and book tests to see if they currently have the virus:

• all essential workers, including NHS and social care workers, with symptoms
• anyone over 65 with symptoms
• anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home
• anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with those identified above
• social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms)
• NHS workers and NHS patients without symptoms

Testing is most effective within three days of symptoms developing, so if you think you are eligible please act quickly. Tests are being booked through a central national portal here: CLICK HERE

RICHMOND AND KINGSTON HOMESTART DONATIONS
Homestart is a national charity that provides support to struggling families in their homes. As part of the global Giving Tuesday, the Kingston, Richmond and Hounslow groups are inviting you to declutter your home and donate your unwanted books, videos, games and cds in support of their work. Using Ziffit, a free service, you can get your unwanted books, games, DVDs and CDs valued instantly. This value can then be donated directly to our fundraising activity via Virgin Money. It’s an easy process. To start, download the Ziffit app or use the website link. Shipping your items is free and done with social distancing measures.

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BANK HOLIDAY REFUSE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS
As this year’s May Day bank holiday is this Friday, May 8, instead of today, only residents whose refuse collections are usually scheduled for Fridays will be affected by the holiday. Those residents should put their refuse and recycling out for collection on Saturday 9 May.

HANG YOUR BUNTING FOR VE DAY
The bank holiday this Friday has been timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE day. As public celebrations have been cancelled, the Mayor of Richmond is asking residents to hang bunting on their houses to commemorate it. This is a chance to show your public spirit in your own creative way. The Council has planted a commemorative bedding display in Terrace Gardens along Richmond’s riverside, where bedding plants have been planted to spell out ‘VE Day, 75 Years’, along with a red poppy.

PARK IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE BOROUGH
Richmond Council has sent me an update on the works that are going on in all of the Borough’s parks this spring. There are renewal projects planned or in progress throughout the Borough. If you would like to see what is being done in your area, please have a look at this report: www.richmond.gov.uk/media/18922/parks_project_update.pdf

Sarah

Sarah Olney MP
www.SarahOlneyMP.org.uk
email: office@saraholneymp.org.uk

Earlier updates can be accessed here.