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20th January 2021

Town Council Grants

2021 Community Grant Applications  

The Town Council operates a community grant scheme the aim of which is to ensure that public funds are used in ways to assist local clubs, societies and organisations to enable them to develop and achieve their respective aims and objectives where these benefit the town and local community.

The Council encourages applications from local community based 'not-for profit' or charitable organisations e.g voluntary groups, societies, clubs (including new start-ups), sports clubs, youth clubs and play groups within the Town Council's area may apply, those outside the Town who can demonstrate direct benefit to the residents of the town will be eligable to apply for consideration by the Council. All organisations applying for a grant must;

  • Be of a non-commercial nature
  • Have a constitution, set of rules or documented aims and objectives
  • Have a bank account with at least two signatures

The Town Council cannot give financial assistance to individuals under this scheme nor will it consider retrospective applications where the activity or project has already been carried out.

The purpose for which the grant is made must be in the interest of all or some of the inhabitants of Wem. All applications are to be made on the Town Council's grant application form which can be obained direct from the Town Council or downloaded from this website.

Applications must be received by 5pm on 31st January 2021. 

No late applications will be considered for whatever reason.

Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful in March 2021.

Grants will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting to be held in April 2021

To view and download a copy of the Community Grant Application Form click on this link  Community Grant Application Form 2021

For help completing the Community Grant Application Form click on this link Community Grant Guidance 2021

 

13th January 2021

Covid Update from Shropshire Council

COVID-19 Update

Vaccinations

“The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now underway and scaling up as we speak. But we must all keep doing our bit to stop the virus spreading while the vaccines team carry out this hugely important work. Further updates will follow in relation to vaccination centres. The vaccines give us some light at the end of the long tunnel but we still have some way to go.

There are currently 4 sites across Shropshire and Telford live as at 10th January. However, these will be followed a further nine to twelve sites across the County by the middle of February. The ambition is to have access to any site within less than 10 miles of people’s homes less than 45 minutes drive.

The roll out, began in December and has now seen over 12,000 people vaccinated in Shropshire and Telford vaccinated.

At this time the target is to vaccinate all the over 80s and key health and social workers by the middle of February along with those who are clinical vulnerable and over 70s . The aim is to vaccinate those in care homes first by the end of January.

Transport to Appointments: Should family, friends or neighbours not be able to offer a solution and a local transport provider is not available to you (e.g. a taxi), the Council, Town Council and our Health Partners are looking at ways in which we could support you. Where local transport is not available for your appointment please contact 0345 678 9028 or 01939 232733. In the first instance you should mention any transport difficulties when you have are contacted about an appointment.

Testing

If you have any of the following symptoms - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days if the result is positive. Testing sites are available across the County and from mid January the mobile site will be moving to the Bowensfield Car Park in Wem for those who have symptoms no matter how mild, book a test by calling 119 or at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

We are also offering rapid COVID-19 testing for frontline workers and those people who are unable to work from home during the current lockdown. The test is for people who do not have symptoms and must be booked in advance using the following link www.shropshire.gov.uk/lfdpublictesting

8th December 2020

Town Council Grants

2021 Community Grant Applications  

The Town Council operates a community grant scheme the aim of which is to ensure that public funds are used in ways to assist local clubs, societies and organisations to enable them to develop and achieve their respective aims and objectives where these benefit the town and local community.

The Council encourages applications from local community based 'not-for profit' or charitable organisations e.g voluntary groups, societies, clubs (including new start-ups), sports clubs, youth clubs and play groups within the Town Council's area may apply, those outside the Town who can demonstrate direct benefit to the residents of the town will be eligable to apply for consideration by the Council. All organisations applying for a grant must;

  • Be of a non-commercial nature
  • Have a constitution, set of rules or documented aims and objectives
  • Have a bank account with at least two signatures

The Town Council cannot give financial assistance to individuals under this scheme nor will it consider retrospective applications where the activity or project has already been carried out.

The purpose for which the grant is made must be in the interest of all or some of the inhabitants of Wem. All applications are to be made on the Town Council's grant application form which can be obained direct from the Town Council or downloaded from this website.

Applications must be received by 5pm on 31st January 2021. 

No late applications will be considered for whatever reason.

Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful in March 2021.

Grants will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting to be held in April 2021

To view and download a copy of the Community Grant Application Form click on this link  Community Grant Application Form 2021

For help completing the Community Grant Application Form click on this link Community Grant Guidance 2021

 

1st December 2020

2021 Census in Shropshire The Office of National Statistics (ONS) will carry out the 2021 Census on 21st March 2021. The Census will provide a picture of England and Wales, revealing the size and characteristics of the population and providing valuable information that will be used to inform policy development, funding allocations and future service planning. The 2021 census will be predominantly an online Census with paper forms made available to people that are unable to take part online.

Each household in Shropshire will receive a postcard during the 22nd-27th February 2021 raising awareness of the 2021 Census, followed by an initial contact pack (during the 3rd-12th March 2021) requesting each household to complete the Census questionnaire online or by requesting a paper questionnaire. A reminder phase begins after the 22nd March 2021 for non-respondents involving reminder letters and finally visits from field staff. Completing the Census is a legal requirement and as a last resort ONS have the option of taking court action against non-respondents.

Help will be available to Shropshire households via support centres located in the libraries in Shropshire’s largest six market towns (Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Whitchurch), via online guidance, a national helpline and via trained field staff. The questionnaire can be completed using a mobile phone and during rehearsals ONS have found younger family members have frequently helped complete the questionnaire.

ONS 2021 Census plans will be responsive to the latest guidelines from central government on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and so may be subject to change.

In order to ensure that the 2021 Census is as successful as possible, the ONS has recruited Roger Belham, a long-term resident of north Shropshire, as the Census Engagement Manager (CEM) for Shropshire. Roger is tasked with ensuring that people in Shropshire are aware of the 2021 Census and that they are encouraged and supported to take part on the 21st March 2021. This will include people living in households and people resident in communal establishments such as hospitals, care homes and student halls of residence.

ONS have identified ten key population groups in Shropshire to help Roger Belham prioritise his work which are set out below. This list is not limited, and Roger will be guided by the knowledge he is gathering locally. Recognising access to broadband and the internet may be an issue in parts of rural Shropshire he is keen to ensure enough paper questionnaires are readily available.

• People from minority ethnic groups including Eastern Europeans, where language may present a barrier

• People whose physical / mental / learning impairment may prevent them from responding

• Adults aged 80 years and over • Veterans • People living in low income households

• LGBT+ community

• People lacking digital skills aged 65 years and over

• Transient communities such as; • Bargees and continuous cruisers • Homeless and rough sleepers • Gypsy and traveller communities

Reaching out to these key population groups and encouraging their maximum participation in the 2021 Census is key to the success of the 2021 Census in Shropshire. To achieve this Roger Belham enthusiastic to work with town and parish council’s, voluntary / charitable organisations, community groups, businesses and other organisations throughout Shropshire to help build trust amongst Shropshire communities.

ONS recognise that the endorsement and influence of community leaders can help local people understand the value of the 2021 Census and raise awareness of where they can find help if needed. It is important local people understand that their questionnaire responses will not be shared with anyone other organisations and will be stored securely for 100 years for the benefit of future generations.

Shropshire Council is supporting ONS in delivering the 2021 Census in Shropshire in a number of ways including providing local intelligence and staff expertise, supporting Roger Belham in his community engagement work and raising awareness of recruitment opportunities.

Roger Belham is happy to present further information and respond to any questions that town and parish councillors may have. In particular he would welcome suggestions and contacts that he could pursue to further spread awareness of the 2021 Census. Roger Belham is also able to provide posters and other materials to town and parish councils upon request. Further information is available on the ONS website https://census.gov.uk/ and for recruitment https://www.censusjobs.co.uk/.

Roger Belham’s contact details are: roger.belham12@field.census.gov.uk 07452 928132

24th November 2020

Location Wem Scout Hut, Bowensfield Wem, SY4 5AP

Wem Food Hub Volunteers collect left over food from supermarkets which is still good to eat but can no longer be sold in the shops.

Please come along and help prevent good food going to waste

OPEN TO ALL