NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4 April 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4 April 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 21 March 2020

Dear Members,

 

Our Branch website is at www.narpo.org/branches/chelmsford
You will find lots of information about the Branch including the latest newsletters and updates as well as details of forthcoming events. You can also link to the main NARPO site which has a wide range of useful information.

Assistance

This has been an extremely difficult period for us all, and I hope you are all remaining safe and staying well. As previously circulated and during this uncertain time please remember we are here to assist you if you feel you need any help, equally if you think you are able to volunteer please email as below and join the list of volunteers who are waiting to be called on if required.

I have done some local volunteering and assisted people with shopping and just calling them for a chat and to check on their welfare and have found it very rewarding.

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4 April 2020

National Member welfare support during Social Distancing & Self Isolation

Message from Headquarters:

As we know at Head Office you provide a fantastic level of support to your individual members and have your own robust systems in place for doing so, public health crisis or not.

We know the nature of this support may have to change under the current circumstances and the need for help is already increasing as many of our members are in the vulnerable categories and are self-isolating.

We have had some brilliant emails so far from branches letting us know what they have put in place to help those members and we will continue to add submissions to the Branch Knowledge Hub on narpo.org.

In addition to this, I have collated some further ideas and resources (which I know many of you will already be aware of) to help you to support members in this very challenging time.

Online community groups

There are many online community groups for individual localities already on Facebook/Twitter, both at a town/city level and on a smaller village level, as well as those that are springing up which are dedicated to support during this public health crisis. Please consider liking (or joining if the group is private) as many of these as you can find for your branch location if you are on social media. They can serve as an excellent resource for what help is available locally from individuals and businesses.

You might also find this spreadsheet useful which has been put together at a national level and has links to many of the dedicated Covid-19 Facebook support groups across the country. Click here to view the spreadsheet.

Another good local online resource is the ‘in your area’ website – https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/

Local Council websites and social media pages

Keep an eye on these to see what might be happening in terms of the local council services that members may need to access during this time.

Coronavirus – Assistance for Vulnerable members/self Isolation

We are conscious of the fact that some of you may be self- isolating or unwell during this difficult period and may need some help. If anyone needs assistance with shopping/medication collection or anything else then please email Tim Stokes and we will endeavour to find a member living nearby who may be able to assist.

GOV.UK

As most of you will know the GOV.UK site provides all the up to date official advice on all aspects of the pandemic. They have also just launched a Coronavirus information service on WhatsApp.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.

Monday 20th April 2020 AGM – Annual General Meeting at HQ Sports Pavillion

Just a reminder if you would like to join this important meeting:

Due to the continuing issues with the coronavirus a decision has been made by the Committee to cancel the AGM in its normal format to safeguard members welfare. The meeting was scheduled to take place at 2000hrs on Monday 20th April 2020, it will still take place at this time but by way of a conference call. If you wish to join the conference call could you please email EssexChelmsford@narpo.org so I can send you an invite with details of how to join the call. If you are intending joining the call and would like a copy of the reports/agenda then please email Brian Ladd membershipsec.narpo.chelmsford@gmail.com

The meeting will be a relatively short meeting to discuss core and urgent business and the agenda will cover:

  1. Adoption of accounts for 2019
  2. Election of the Committee for 2020/21
  3. Any other urgent business

Also if you would like to nominate yourself for any positions on the committee please notify us in advance of this meeting.

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4 April 2020

Bluelight Wills Update

Please see below update if you use Bluelight Wills:

As we all know the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) is having a significant impact on how businesses are going to operate and I understand the concern that this may cause to you and your colleagues so I thought I would email out some information to keep you abreast about what Bluelight Wills have decided to carry out to enable your colleagues to still use our services.

I usually have meetings face-to-face with potential clients, but with the unfolding situation there will most certainly be an unease of clients wanting to be seen in their homes. This is what we have decided to implement at this moment in time:

  • I am looking to use Zoom and/or WhatsApp video calling; these are both are free services; this will enable me to confirm that the client is who they say they are and have meetings online to talk through their preferences and filling in forms.
  • I am going to be using a secure software such as WeTransfer when clients send through private information and their ID as well as using the post.
    With these measures above, I am looking to keep working with potential clients for as long as I can. However, in the event the situation does change we will notify you and we do email across any additional information to yourselves.

Thank you and stay safe.

Fred Clarke – Baptiste

fred@bluelightwills.co.uk
www.bluelightwills.co.uk
Mobile +44 (0) 7923 421476

Fred Olsen Cruises

Please find attached link regarding updates to Fred Olsen Cruises

Coronavirus – Retired Police Officers – National Guidance

During this national Public Health Emergency, we have received some requests for clarification of NARPO’s position on the use of retired Police officers, on a voluntary basis or potentially re-joining the Police Service in some capacity or as a Police officer.

There has been a suggestion in an article from a former MPS Commissioner, and also from the current Commissioner, that retired police officers could be used in some capacity

NARPO members account for approximately two thirds of all retired Police officers. Our view is that we know that many retired police officers already perform voluntary work for Police Forces throughout the country.

We agree that retired police officers have certain skills and experience which could assist the Police in these extraordinary and difficult times. However, we are also mindful that many of those retired officers will also fall into the vulnerable category because of their age or health. For NARPO, our members’ personal health and well-being is a primary concern.

We are also aware of many local NARPO Branches providing support to their vulnerable Members and our Business Support and Communications is putting together a guide that Branches can use.

Re-joining the Police

There are two ways to re-join the Police Service, either retiring and re-joining in a role which is materially different from that of a Police officer, or re-joining the Police as a Police Officer.

On the former there is information on our website-

Taxation of Pension Entitlement following re-employment

As Regulations stand, if someone wishes to re-join as a Police Officer, the Police pension would be abated i.e. the person would stop receiving it until they retire again from the Police.

The pension would still increase in line with CPI.

There is one Force, and there may be others, which has a scheme for re-joining the Police. However, there is no national guidance, as yet.

There are also some Forces which are asking for volunteers

Members should be directed to their individual Forces, should they wish to find further information on volunteering or re-joining the Police service.

We feel it is for each retired officer to make their own decision whether they wish to volunteer or not, taking into account their own individual circumstances and we would fully support those who wish to volunteer to assist the Police service and help the vulnerable at this challenging time.

Essex Police Position

Situation in Essex is as follows:

    • If you want come back as a fully warranted officer then you will need to go to the below email for corporate recruitment, and I suggest you send this attached application to that address. They will then progress you back or in or not. This only applies to Essex officers, if you are from another force then you would need to go to that force first.( Distances then become the big issue for you I am sure )
    • If as a former officer (any force) or staff and you want to come back to help in any of those roles listed as a volunteer then complete the application and send to; active citizen in box which has more than just me able to see and will not be missed.

There may be mileage later on for volunteers but it’s still a work in progress.

Active Citizen Essex active.citizen@Essex.police.uk
Corporate Recruitment Essex corporate.recruitment.essex@essex.police.uk

Please include somewhere on the return email that “I am happy for Essex Police to hold securely my personal details for the purpose of this crisis”

This will satisfy GDPR regulations

Also include your last collar number if you are a retired officer/support staff

The Essex police website is being updated from what it was showing yesterday and this is probably ahead of that.

Please keep my mobile below as I will try to answer any questions

Thanks again for your offers and all of you and your families stay safe.

Please find application form here

Kindest regards

Chris Heaffey

Volunteers Coordinator
Citizens in Policing
Local Policing Support Unit
Essex Police HQ F Block
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 6DN
Ext 110010
01245 491491
07715 771091

No.5 Region, South East, Online Voting Results

Update from Keith Bowman, NEC REP. & Regional Secretary:

In respect of our Regional Meetng to be cancelled; the voting requirements were carried out online. I would like to thank all those Branches that participated. I have kept a hard copy of all replies from Branches and these will be retained by me until the next Regional Meeting next year. They are of course open to scrutiny at any time.

Results – No 5 Region NEC Rep. 2020 / 2022

Mr. Ahmed Ramiz. Present NEC Representative. North Sussex Branch. 59 Votes

Mr. Richard (Dickie) Bird, Colchester & NE Essex Branch. 24 Votes

Therefore Ahmed Ramiz is re-elected as NEC Representative.

Reserve to NEC 2020 / 2022

One nomination received. Mr. Richard (Dickie) Bird. Colchester & NE Essex. Present NEC Reserve and therefore remains in post for 2020 / 2022

Scrutineer to Conference 2020.

Only one nomination received. Mr. Chris Freeman, Hampshire (Southampton)

Date of next meeting Saturday, 27th. March, 2021. Leatherhead

Restore Justice Survey

Restore Justice would like our members to participate in their survey on the attitudes to sentencing in England and Wales, the survey can be completed online by following the link below. Please forward on to your members.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RestoreJustice_sentencingsurvey/

Police Memorial Trust

Please see the below request from the Police Memorial Trust:

A very special request for help from The Police Memorial Trust charity. We have placed 50 memorials to fallen police officer across the country, this includes The National Police Memorial. Due to the travel restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 emergency we have regrettably had to suspended our programme of planned inspections of all the memorials for the foreseeable future. For the sake of the fallen officer’s loved ones and colleagues we are asking members of the extended Police Family to help check on the memorials. If you have a memorial in your police area and have reason to pass it during your working day or if you go past one of our memorials whilst you are out on your daily exercise route all we are asking is that you keep an eye on it for us. Please do not make a special journey or go out of your way to visit a memorial. Any floral tributes you see should not be moved unless they have faded and unsightly. If there are cards or notes with the flowers please preserve them for us. For a full list of the memorials and their locations please visit: https://thepolicememorialtrust.org/local-memorials/fallen-officers/

If you have any questions about this request please do not hesitate to contact us. We know this simple act of kindness will mean so much to so many people. Thank you.

Alan Lees

Deputy CEO
+44 (0) 1924 331254
depceo@narpo.org

That’s all for now, look after yourselves and please remember we have fantastic welfare officers if you need any help.

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4 April 2020

Chelmsford Narpo Coronavirus Support Network

Chelmsford Narpo Coronavirus Support Network

Chelmsford Narpo Coronavirus Support Network

Dear Member,

 

As per my recent email regarding assistance to members can I firstly thank those of you who have already volunteered to help.

If you are in need of any assistance or wish to volunteer in helping us with this very worthwhile cause then please contact Tim Stokes as below.

Click on the graphic to email Tim

Please stay safe during these difficult times and ensure you make use of this valuable resource if needed, do not hesitate to contact us however small you think your problem may be – we are here to help.

Sue

Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

email: Sue Heaton

Chelmsford Narpo Coronavirus Support

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 21 March 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 21 March 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 21 March 2020

Dear Members,

 

Our Branch website is at www.narpo.org/branches/chelmsford
You will find lots of information about the Branch including the latest newsletters and updates as well as details of forthcoming events. You can also link to the main NARPO site which has a wide range of useful information.

Cancellations

Saturday 21st March 2020 – Widows Coffee Morning at HQ Sports Pavilion

Unfortunately this has been CANCELLED we will look to reschedule this meeting once the current situation changes

Get together Saturday 4th April 2020 – at HQ Sports Pavilion

Unfortunately this has been CANCELLED we will look to reschedule this meeting once the current situation changes

Monday 20th April 2020 AGM – Annual General Meeting at HQ Sports Pavillion

Due to the continuing issues with the coronavirus a decision has been made by the Committee to cancel the AGM in its normal format to safeguard members welfare. The meeting was scheduled to take place at 2000hrs on Monday 20th April 2020, it will still take place at this time but by way of a conference call. If you wish to join the conference call could you please email EssexChelmsford@narpo.org so I can send you an invite with details of how to join the call. If you are intending joining the call and would like a copy of the reports/agenda then please email Brian Ladd membershipsec.narpo.chelmsford@gmail.com

The meeting will be a relatively short meeting to discuss core and urgent business and the agenda will cover:

  1. Adoption of accounts for 2019
  2. Election of the Committee for 2020/21
  3. Any other urgent business

Also if you would like to nominate yourself for any positions on the committee please notify us in advance of this meeting.

Saturday 6th June 2020 – Get Together at HQ Sports Pavillion

Our usual Saturday morning get together is still planned for this date at present.

Our speaker will be Geoffrey Markham, who I am sure many of you know well. Geoff will speak for approx 45 mins.

His talk will be about a young Essex man killed in the First World War whose story remained undiscovered for nearly a century. It is then almost accidentally stumbled over, thoroughly researched and has since had remarkable ramifications. An Essex school and a village church in central Essex are critical stops along the way to understanding a story which, to his mind, is at least the equal of that told in the current film “1917”.

Following this we intend having an open forum/discussion on the recent tv dramatisation of the Bamber, White House Farm murders – a debate which was suggested by a member at a previous meeting.

Simply Stride will be holding a masterclass following the meeting at 12.00hrs, which will be funded by the branch so its free for you to attend. This is not a gym workout, but a light exercise class aimed at enhancing your well being and fitness and I think will benefit members. Approximately 30 people can attend the class so please email me on EssexChelmsford@narpo.org if you are intending coming. This will be on a first come first serve basis due to the limited numbers. A few have already registered so please book in.

Message from Anne Blyde re. Cancellation of John Blydes Memorial Day

To all my family and friends,

I have had to cancel my late husband’s Memorial Service due to this dreadful virus. I just cannot go ahead knowing that people could be at risk of getting it. It was a hard decision to make, but I believe it is the right one.

I will arrange another date but it will probably be next year.

Stay safe

Love Annie xxx

Coronavirus – Assistance for Vulnerable members/self Isolation

We are conscious of the fact that some of you may be self- isolating or unwell during this difficult period and may need some help. If anyone needs assistance with shopping/medication collection or anything else then please email Tim Stokes and we will endeavour to find a member living nearby who may be able to assist.

Closure of The Police Treatment Centres

Please see here from the PTC.

That’s all for now, take care.

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 21 March 2020

John Blydes Memorial Service

CANCELLED – John Blydes memorial Service – 2nd May

Dear Member,

Please find below message from Anne Blyde

To all my family and friends,

I have had to cancel my late husband’s Memorial Service due to this dreadful virus. I just cannot go ahead knowing that people could be at risk of getting it. It was a hard decision to make, but I believe it is the right one.

I will arrange another date but it will probably be next year.

Stay safe

Love Annie xxx

Sue

Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

email: Sue Heaton

CANCELLED – John Blydes memorial Service – 2nd May

Coronavirus – Assistance for Vulnerable members-self Isolation

NARPO Chelmsford Branch
Coronavirus – Assistance for Vulnerable members/self Isolation

Coronavirus -  Assistance for Vulnerable members/self Isolation

Dear Member,

 

Coronavirus – Assistance for Vulnerable members-self Isolation

We are conscious of the fact that some of you may be self- isolating or unwell during this difficult period and may need some help. If anyone needs assistance with shopping/medication collection or anything else then please email Tim Stokes timstokes0890@hotmail.co.uk and we will endeavour to find a member living nearby who may be able to assist.

Sue

Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

email: Sue Heaton

NARPO Chelmsford Branch
Coronavirus – Assistance for Vulnerable members/self Isolation

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 16 March 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 16 March 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 16 March 2020

Dear Members,

 

Our Branch website is at www.narpo.org/branches/chelmsford
You will find lots of information about the Branch including the latest newsletters and updates as well as details of forthcoming events. You can also link to the main NARPO site which has a wide range of useful information.

Dates of next meetings and Get Togethers

Saturday 21st March 2020 – Widows Coffee Morning at HQ Sports Pavilion

An informal gathering for widows to meet and have a chat with light refreshments

Dear Members,

It is with regret that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the widows coffee morning which was due to take place next Saturday 21st March due to the coronavirus risk. This has been done purely as a precautionary measure so we do not put any of our members under unnecessary risk, by associating with others at this uncertain phase of the virus.

We will continue to monitor the advice and changing developments as they occur and as soon as we feel it is safe to hold we will organise another date.

I am sure many of you will be disappointed but we feel this is the right action to take at the moment

Saturday 4th April 2020 – Get Together at HQ Sports Pavilion

Our speaker will be Geoffrey Markham, who I am sure many of you know well.
Geoff’s talk will be about a young Essex man killed in the First World War whose story remained undiscovered for nearly a century. It is then almost accidentally stumbled over, thoroughly researched and has since had remarkable ramifications. An Essex school and a village church in central Essex are critical stops along the way to understanding a story which, to his mind, is at least the equal of that told in the current film “1917”.

Monday 20th April 2020 AGM – Annual Genera Meeting at HQ Sports Pavillion

All members are invited to this very important meeting where the future of the branch will be discussed and activities planned, I would urge you to attend and bring some ideas, light refreshments will be provided. If you intend coming please email Brian Ladd (our membership secretary) who will send you an agenda.

Saturday 6th June 2020 at HQ Sports Pavillion

Our usual Saturday morning get together will be held, speaker to be notified at a later date. Simply Stride will be holding a masterclass following the meeting at 12.00hrs, which will be funded by the branch so its free for you to attend. This is not a gym workout, but a light exercise class aimed at enhancing your well being and fitness and I think will benefit members. Approximately 30 people can attend the class so please email me on EssexChelmsford@narpo.org if you are intending coming. This will be on a first come first serve basis due to the limited numbers. A few have already registered so please book in.

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 16 March 2020

Friday 31st July 2020 at 2pm for 2.30pm – The Essex Police Pensioners Garden Party

On behalf of the Chief Constable, B J Harrington, I am pleased to announce that this year’s annual Pensioners Garden Party will be held at the Essex Police Sports Association Pavilion, Police Headquarters.

NARPO has again generously offered to sponsor this event, which means there will not be the usual £5 admission fee.

In addition to enjoying the traditional afternoon tea whilst meeting former colleagues and renewing old friendships, you will have access to the club bar throughout the afternoon.

This year’s event will be held in conjunction with our Big Family Weekend and you are welcome to stay on into the evening. We have lots of events planned for all the family over the weekend which are free for all our members, families and friends.

Parking for the Garden Party guests will be available on the sports field adjacent to the Pavilion

If you wish to attend please send an email to Sam Barkway completing the questions below as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact Sam Barkway (EPSA Club Steward) on this e-mail address. Sam.Barkway@essex.police.uk

Remember – this is an open invitation to anyone in receipt of a police pension – however, we do need to know approximate numbers for catering purposes.

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Name:

Name to appear on badge (if different from above):

Year of Retirement:

Will you be accompanied by spouse/partner/guest? (Name Required)

Will you require any special arrangements? (If so, please give details)

Do you wish to be added to the mailing list for future updates Yes/No

N.B. Unfortunately we are no longer able to provide transport

Latest on Coronavirus from Public Health England

I am sure you are all aware of the latest regarding Coronavirus but I thought I would include the latest guidance. If any members are concerned then please follow the guidance. At present we have not cancelled any of our meetings or get-togethers but will be closely monitoring the situation and you will be updated if things change.

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.
  1. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

Stay at home Guidance

This advice is for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.

The main messages are:

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started (see ending isolation section for more information)
  • this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Published 12 March 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 16 March 2020

Latest Motorsource Offers

Please see the attached latest offers from Motorsource, available on the Narpo website here

We are making a TV programme and we would love to talk to you about it

Please see the below link which may be of interest to Members.

If anyone is interested in taking part, please make contact directly with the production company

https://www.narpo.org/category/notices/

Latest Issue of Police Life

Please see the latest issue here

Police Care Newsletter

Please see the February edition here

That’s all for now , have a good week.

If you have any suggestions or items you wish me to include in newsletters, then please forward to me at Sue Heaton 😃

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 16 March 2020