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Coronavirus Keep West Sussex Safe

Local Covid-19 and vaccination update

changes to face coverings

Current Covid-19 rates remain very high across West Sussex. The latest figures show there were more than 11,800 cases across West Sussex in one week (31 December – 6 January).

Find out the latest Covid-19 rates in your area by visiting our data dashboard.

Face coverings remain compulsory in many indoor settings so if you’re popping to the shops, wear a face covering. Click here for a full list of indoor settings where face coverings are required. 

Testing

In a temporary change to government guidance, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow result you will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must still self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

You should continue to report positive rapid lateral flow results on the GOV.UK website.

Please do not leave your place of isolation to collect a testing kit. We recommend that you order a kit for delivery to your home, or ask a friend, relative, or carer to collect a kit on your behalf.

Demand for testing kits is high so please keep trying if you’re unable to get kits first time. Click here for details on how to pick up or order a free lateral flow test kit

There are some exceptions to the revised approach, which mean you may still need to take a PCR test. These can be found on the government website.

Vaccinations

We continue to work closely with our local NHS colleagues to support the vaccination programme.

Everyone aged 12 and above is now eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccination. You can find walk-in and bookable Covid-19 vaccination centres across West Sussex.

From Friday there will be a ‘week of walk-in’ clinics with even more opportunities for people to receive their vaccinations.

Walk-in sessions include a clinic at:

  • Angmering Community Centre on Saturday 15 and Friday 21 January from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Bognor Medical Centre on Friday 14 and Sunday 16 January from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Crawley – various venues on Saturday 15 January
  • Saxonbrook Medical, Maidenbower Place, Crawley on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January from 8am to 6pm
  • Durrington Health Centre, Durrington Lane, Worthing on Saturday, 15 January from 9am to 5pm
  • Sidlesham Football Club on Saturday 15 January from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Details of all the latest walk-in services are available on the Sussex Health & Care Partnership website.

If you have previously missed a vaccination appointment because of having Covid-19 your rescheduled date for vaccination must be at least 28 days since you received a positive test if you are aged 18 or above, or 12 weeks since a positive test if you are aged under 18.

You can book free travel to and from your Covid-19 vaccination appointment, if you have no other means to get there, by calling Sussex Health & Care Partnership’s travel co-ordinator on 01444 275008.

More local information on Covid-19

Discover a rewarding new career as a foster carer

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The new year can be a time to reflect and think about a new direction. A career as a foster carer could bring you huge job satisfaction and the chance to use your skills to make a difference to a child’s life.

We’re always looking for local people to foster with us and give children the safe and loving home they deserve. You’ll receive thorough training, ongoing support and become part of a large network of friendly foster carers in West Sussex.

You’ll receive a financial package of between £250 to £510 per week, depending on the age of the child and your skill level. 

Visit our website below to find out more or call us on 0330 222 7775.

Our next online information evening takes place on Thursday 20 January. Come along to hear from our fostering team and ask them questions. Book now.

Become a foster carer

Could you play a crucial role in a child's life?

independent visitor

Do you have a few hours a month to be there for a child in care?

In West Sussex, Independent Visitors play a crucial role in the life of a child in care, aged eight to 17, by offering friendship and fun through regular outings and activities.

Join us for one of our online information events this January to find out how you could join the volunteers.

Gillian has been an Independent Visitor since 2019. She said: "It’s humbling to see the difference you can make. It’s not a huge commitment, you’re encouraged to meet up once a month but you can see the difference it makes is huge." 

If this sounds like something you'd like to do please join us for one of our informal online information sessions:

Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 7pm

Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 12.30pm

Register today to receive joining information.

Questions? Contact Independent.Visitors@westsussex.gov.uk or visit the website below.

Could you be an Independent Visitor?

Make a difference by working in care

Proud to Care

Every day you could make someone’s life that little bit easier.

Knowing that you make a difference to their day provides a real sense of achievement that’s difficult to experience in any other role.

Proud to Care West Sussex, a county council initiative, can help you find and apply for a variety of jobs in adult social care across West Sussex and find out what it’s really like to work in care.

We offer a personal online matching service to help you find the ideal role for you. We’ll match your skills, background, and availability with local care vacancies.

We will also support and guide you throughout the recruitment process, from help with your CV to best practice in interviews.

Find out more about Proud to Care

Job opportunities for social workers

children's social work

We’re currently recruiting for a variety of exciting positions in children’s services.

Our transformation journey is well underway, and our new leadership team has created a culture of kindness and working together.  

If you or someone you know is a social worker looking for a new position, join us now and be part of the change that’s putting children and families first.

More info and apply for jobs

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did you know

There’s still time to take part in West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's Community Risk Management Plan public consultation which contains six proposals setting out the direction of the service over the next four years.

The consultation closes on Friday 21 January 2022 and you can take part here.


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