Free home testing kits for everyone

Community testing sites across the district are now distributing free coronavirus home testing kits to anyone aged 16 and over. With some restrictions now lifted, allowing two households and up to six people to reunite outdoors at a safe distance, regular home testing offers some comfort we are not putting friends and family at risk….

Made By Sport – ‘Clubs In Crisis’ Fund – Available Soon

From next week, thanks to Made By Sport, HIWCF will be offering vital funding for sports clubs and organisations across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton to help them to continue bringing sport into young people’s lives, following the disruption caused by Covid-19. Find out more here: www.hiwcf.com/grants/made-by-sport-clubs-in-crisis-fund/

‘We’re All Together’ Fund Now Open

that the HIWCF ‘We’re All Together’ Fund is now open for grant applications from community groups, charities and voluntary organisations based in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. Grants will support projects and services that are helping local people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and the funds will close on 4th May 2021. To…

Remembering loved ones lost during the pandemic

A National Day of Reflection is being held today, Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown – to remember all those who have sadly passed away during the pandemic and to show support for families who are grieving. The National Day of Reflection includes a minute’s silence at…

Coronavirus business grants deadline set for 31 March

Eligible businesses that have not yet applied for a coronavirus-related business grant have until midnight on Wednesday 31 March 2021 when all current schemes bar one will close. Grants are available from East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) for most businesses that have been forced to close by national lockdowns and tiered restrictions during the coronavirus…

Coronavirus testing centre for workers set up at Alton Sports Centre

Residents around Alton who must leave home to work can take a coronavirus test at a new centre in the town.  Alton Sports Centre opened as a testing site on Wednesday 24 February, giving workers the chance to take regular tests for the virus.  The centre, the only such facility in East Hampshire, is one of 11 to be introduced across the county and will run for the next six weeks.   Arranged by appointment, the tests are aimed at…

Grant scheme extended to include self-employed taxi and private hire drivers

Self-employed taxi and private hire drivers licenced with East Hampshire District Council that live outside the district and have not been able to obtain a grant from the local authority they live in can apply now for an Additional Restrictions Grant. Some local rules will have excluded drivers that are licenced outside the area where…

Volunteer to help beat Covid 19 in Alton

Community First are working in partnership with the local authority to help stop the spread of Covid-19.  To do this we are excited to be recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles at Alton’s brand new testing site located in the Sports Centre. As a volunteer you will be helping ensure that essential workers can…

Free parking for vaccinations in East Hampshire

Residents who are asked to visit the vaccination centre in Petersfield Festival Hall to get their coronavirus vaccine will be able to park for free for the duration of their appointment thanks to East Hampshire District Council. The car park can be used on vaccination days while you are getting your jab or taking a…

COVID-19: Local Tracing Service

I wanted to ensure you receive early notification of the roll-out of this important local initiative in your district. The staggered launch of the Local Tracing Service for Hampshire started in December (established under the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Tracing Partnership) and the aim is to have all districts on board by the…