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City Nature Challenge 2021 Has Begun!

Are you ready to spot some wildlife? The City Nature Challenge has begun! The City Nature Challenge is an annual competition between cities all over the world to see how many wild species their citizens can spot over the space of four days. This year’s nature-spotting challenge began yesterday, 30th April, and continues over the bank holiday weekend, ending on Monday 3rd May.

Message from the Wildlife Trust: “Remember, taking part couldn’t be easier – simply download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or tablet and use it to upload photos of any wildlife you see from your windows, gardens or whilst out amongst green spaces. All of your records, from dandelions to dunnocks, will help us to show the rest of the world just how wild our region really is!

Will you wake up early to take in the wonderful sound of bird song on International Dawn Chorus Day (Sunday 2nd May)? Will you stay up late to try and spot a bat? Will you record the plants you see bursting through the pavement or on verges whilst out for a walk?

Whatever you’re doing, we’d love you to share it with us!” – You can find Wildlife Trust Birmingham & Black Country on Facebook and Twitter.

For full details of how to take part, and to receive updates on the City Nature Challenge, see the website here.

Moseley Iftar 2021

Join our breaking of fast with the Moseley Iftar during the Muslim month of Ramadan, this Friday 7th May at 8pm. A vegetarian selection of snacks and treats will be delivered to your door and you can engage in our vibrant Zoom gathering to connect and celebrate with our Moseley community.

Packs will include a samosa, fruit, dates and a cake, plus a surprise gift. We have 200 packs to be delivered within B13 postcodes.

The theme for this year’s Moseley Iftar is Hope, Harmony and Happiness. Full details of the virtual gathering can be seen here. Places are limited: please register in advance here. Moseley Iftar looks forward to welcoming you.

This event is made possible through the time, skills and funds of local partners: Near Neighbours; St. Mary’s Church Moseley; SFI; Moseley Community Development Trust; Moseley Together. It would also not be possible without our volunteers – thank you!

 

Caring For a Young person with SEND?

Birmingham’s “Local Offer” website is now live, here, with details of help, advice and information about the services available for children and young people from birth to 25 years with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND).

The Local Offer is the range of local agencies including education, health and social care the Local Authority has available to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and their families.  Each Local Authority has a duty to publish this information on a Local Offer Website so that it is all in one place.

 

Coronavirus Update 28.04.21

Birmingham City Council’s latest general update can be seen here. The dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 23rd April has not been published yet so we’ll send a more detailed update in a later newsletter. However, a Birmingham City Council brief summary describes total cases for the week ending 23rd April as having increased in the 0-19 and 40-59 age-groups, and cases remain highest in secondary school children. We’re reminded that testing for schools and families remains vital to prevent spread of infection to older age groups.

Our full description of the rules at the current stage of lockdown easing, including details of how to get tested can be seen here, and a poster summarising the rules is here.

As well as picking tests up at local pharmacies, everyone can now order free rapid tests to their home: details are on the government website here. Testing is a quick and easy way to make sure you are keeping yourself and others safe.

 

Over-42s Eligible for Vaccine

People aged 42 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, along with others including:

  • 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
  • informal carers (see article here)

Those who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS to book their vaccination, or you can book a vaccination, or manage an existing appointment, here. Find out more about the vaccine here.