Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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11 ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 News Ensure your registrati­on details are correct so you can vote in next May’s local elections How Woodlands and Hill Brow care homes have helped reduce isolation for elderly Make sure you are registered so your vote counts THE CARE HOME GROUP HAS PUT VARIOUS MEASURES IN PLACE TO HELP FACILITATE SAFE INTERACTIO­N WITH OTHERS Facilitati­ng this has meant having additional staff on hand; and all staff are tested fortnightl­y to keep the homes clear of Covid-19. To keep residents’ spirits up and encourage further interactio­n, whilst remaining safe and social distancing, the staff have also put up gazebos and decorated them with colourful bunting. Tiny ribbons have also been tied to the trees in the homes’ gardens to commemorat­e the fight against Covid-19, so whenever someone visits, via ‘outside visiting’ or ‘window visiting’, the ribbons help illustrate ‘we are all here and in the fight together’. The Woodlands and Hill Brow team has also invested in cleaning guns and health and wellbeing testing for visitors to reduce the risk of infection. WHEN the average age of people living at Hill House, Farnham Mill, Woodlands, and Hill Brow is over 86 years old, how can we keep them safe from Covid-19 without causing social isolation? As the rest of the country seems to be coming out of lockdown, it is very hard to feel secure in the community when the risks for this age group is so high. The Woodlands and Hill Brow group of homes recognise that keeping contact with the outside world and loved ones has become more important than ever in these circumstan­ces. Social media and video technology are now part of everyday life for people living in care homes. With resident happiness as their highest priority, Woodlands, Hill Brow, Hill House and Farnham Mill have ensured that technologi­es such as Skype, Face Time, WhatsApp, and Zoom are used on a daily basis in every home to ensure families can stay in touch regularly. ANNUAL BOROUGH COUNCIL CANVASS KEEPS ELECTORAL REGISTER UP TO DATE By STEPHEN LLOYD @FleetNandM SURREY Heath residents are being encouraged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registrati­on details are up to date. With elections due to take place in the borough next May, this is an important opportunit­y for residents to make sure they can take part. The annual canvass ensures Surrey Heath Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifyin­g any residents who are not registered so they can be encouraged to do so. They would then be able take part in any future elections. Richard Payne, electoral registrati­on officer at the borough council, said: “It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from the council so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Surrey Heath. “To make sure you are able to have your say at elections in the future, simply follow the instructio­ns in the letter you receive in the post. If you’re not currently registered, your name will not Surrey Heath Borough Council, is carrying out its annual canvass of registered voters For more informatio­n, visit www. or contact Elizabeth Butt on 01252 850 236 or GRAhAmE LARTER, AN190491 of the methods indicated, by the deadline included on the form. People who have moved recently are particular­ly encouraged to look out for the voter registrati­on messages from the borough council and check the details. Melanie Davidson, of the Electoral Commission, said residents who provide the necessary informatio­n when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly, which is particular­ly helpful in the current public health situation as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers. Residents who have any questions can call 01276 707165, visit https://surreyheat­ or email vote@surreyheat­h. appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at, or we’ll send you informatio­n explaining how to do this in the post. “This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challengin­g public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.” Residents are being asked to check the details carefully when they receive their forms to make sure they are correct and follow the instructio­ns on making any changes if necessary. Residents required to respond to the form should do so using one PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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