Monday 22nd June 2020

Key Updates

  • As lockdown measures ease it is important to remember that it is still the case that anyone can catch coronavirus (Covid-19) and anyone can spread it.

We still need to adhere guidance to keep a safe distance, regularly wash hands, wear masks in enclosed spaces, and self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms (new persistent cough, fever, loss of smell/taste). You can currently be tested at Stratford Park in a mobile test centre – but need to book via
  • Schools were the focus for discussion in a public meeting on Zoom, hosted by SCCR ‘What’s next for Stroud schools?’ – recording and notes as well as ongoing conversation will be available in the coming days

Requests, Offers and Updates posted in our Facebook group

  • Hannah Basson shared this campaign from Doctors in Unite: “NHS and social workers, please sign our letter urging the government to clarify its ongoing covid-19 strategy and to bring in stringent measures to prevent further covid deaths.”
  • Jenny Smith shared an event hosted by Stroud Greens: Cloud Cafe 24th June at 19:30. #BuildBackBetter 2 – This time it’s local…* Book: Join Will Mansell – Foodbank founder | Martin Large – Stroud Commonwealth | Rebecca Trevalyan – @libraryofthings | William Frazer – @NFUtweets  – All welcome! 🙂

Summary of key local, national and international news

We are now providing our main summary of local, national and international statistical data on a weekly basis rather than daily



  • The 2.2 million people who have been self-isolating in England during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1 August. From 6 July, they will be able to meet up outdoors, in a group, with up to five others and form ‘support bubbles’ with other households. 
  • Children are developing serious mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress, because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Childhood Trust has warned. In a report, the charity says disadvantage is leaving children extremely vulnerable. As well as anxiety about their loved ones’ health, many children are facing social isolation and hunger. Lack of internet access is also setting disadvantaged children back.



Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website. The following numbers may be useful:

  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
  • Mind: 0300 123 3393
  • Age UK: 0800 169 6565
  • Childline: 0800 1111.
  • NHS 111

Thanks to everyone who helped create this update through our Facebook group. If you submit posts, we will often decline posting them to the discussion directly and instead hold them till the single daily summary – to try to reduce the number of posts in the feed and make it easier for people to follow the information. Please continue to submit posts to admins for this purpose with the appropriate flag: one of REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION / COMMENTARY.