Adur and Worthing Covid-19 Communities Update
8 January 2021

Adur and Worthing - along with the rest of England - is now under national
lockdown restrictions which means that everyone must stay at home to protect
the NHS and save lives. These restrictions are expected to remain in place until
at least the middle of February. Full details on the current guidance, including
the limited number of reasons you can leave home, can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
We are updating the Councils website to reflect this latest guidance -
www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus.


Incidence rates of positive COVID cases in both Adur and Worthing are rising
rapidly. Confirmed data from 27th December to 2nd January is:
● Worthing - 662.9 per 100,000 (7 day incidence rate)
● Adur - 623.6 per 100,000 (7 day incidence rate )
● West Sussex - 678.5 per 100,000 (7 day incidence rate)
This rapid increase in cases means that a major incident has now been
declared across the county by the Sussex Resilience Forum. The same
decision has been taken by several other local resilience forums in the South
East. The aim is to ensure that public authorities can step up and strengthen its
response to COVID, which could include making more use of volunteer help,
preparing in detail for extra capacity needed across services and considering
requests for extra support from national government if necessary.
We are also continuing to work with West Sussex County Council and other
partners to monitor and, when needed, respond to cases locally.
Support details for our communities
West Sussex County Council Community Hub (COVID 19) is available every
day (including bank holidays), providing support to anyone that needs help
with food, utilities bills or heating. This is open each day from 8am to 8pm. Visit
https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/coronavirus-covid19-advice-and-information/community-hub-covid-19/ or telephone 033 022
27980
Employment advice and support - we have good information and guidance on
everything relating to work, including work support and the opportunity to
speak to an employment advisor at www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/help-to-work/
Self-Isolation Payments - a reminder that £500 self-isolation payments are
available for anyone who is instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
To apply visit:
https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-grants/
Wider financial advice - For those struggling with bills or worried about being
able to afford heating, Citizens Advice can provide advice and see if there is
financial and practical support which you can access. Call 0344 477 1171 or
email https://www.advicewestsussex.org.uk/contact-us/email/
Domestic abuse - For those in need of help and support the Safe in Sussex
Helpline is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm on 01903
896202.
Wider health and wellbeing services - The Councils operate a range of
services which are available to residents, including:
● Going Local (to speak to someone about worries that might be
affecting your health and wellbeing) - visit
www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/community-wellbeing/going-local/
● Wellbeing Hubs (for support with developing a healthy lifestyle) - visit
https://adur-worthing.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk
● OneStop Junction (for money, employment and digital support)
https://onestopjunction.org.uk/ please continue to use this link
For more information on mental health / emotional wellbeing (including a
referral form) visit: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/community-wellbeing
Covid specific funding and support
The Covid Winter Support Fund provides up to £5,000 to voluntary, community
and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, mutual aid groups, and town and
parish councils in West Sussex, to meet the identified winter needs of families,
children and young people. The focus is on support with food, energy and
water bills for household purposes. Visit:
https://sussexgiving.org.uk/named_funds_posts/covid-winter-support-fund/
Age UK West Sussex are providing nutritious home-cooked meals, wellbeing
and energy advice to over 50’s across West Sussex until the end of March. For
a suggested donation of just £2, they deliver delicious frozen meals and
desserts direct to your door by a friendly volunteer, along with energy checks,
information and advice on how to keep well and warm this winter. Please call
on 01903 731 800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Covid-19 advice, guidance and regulation
Our Public Health & Regulation team continues to proactively provide advice
and support to businesses, organisations and the community. Full guidance
can be viewed at: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-advice/
Businesses or organisations will specific queries about opening safely can
contact the team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Testing information
Get tested if you display symptoms (high temperature / new continuous cough
/ loss or change to your taste or smell) by visiting
https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
As always your cooperation is very much appreciated. If you have any questions on
any of the above or suggestions about how we can strengthen our community
response then please contact me on the details below.
Tina Favier
Head of Wellbeing
Adur and Worthing Councils
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