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Recycling centres reopening, celebrating carers, bluebell woodlands and community support

May 2020

We’re celebrating the care sector and key workers!

Thank you to all those in the care sector and to everyone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to deliver essential and flexible services. From the emergency services and armed services to delivery drivers, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, manufacturers, postal workers, cleaners, vets, engineers and all those who are out there making an unbelievable difference to our lives in these challenging times – we are grateful for all that you do!

Help us celebrate and thank our local inspirational teams by tagging us in on your photos and videos on Facebook (@OxfordshireCountyCouncil) and Twitter (@OxfordshireCC) using #ThankyouOxon.

Support for residents

Our support for residents pages have lots of information to help you during this challenging time, from help and support for people who don’t have a support network to advice for parents, from schools places and early years providers to home schooling.

Coronavirus Carer ID scheme

A Carer ID scheme is available for paid and independent Carers who are providing care and support to youngsters and adults known to our Social Care team. The Carer ID is a simple letter of authority which can be presented whilst out and about, should the Carer be challenged.

Help your local community

It’s during tough times that communities can really pull together to support each other. So, whether you are able to help shop for essentials or put the bins out for a neighbour, or even have a phone call with someone who wouldn’t get a chance to speak to anyone for weeks, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved.

We’re opening our Household Waste and Recycling Centres

On Monday 18 May we’re opening our Household Waste and Recycling Centres for essential visits, from 8am to 4pm. They’ll be open seven days a week as long as they are not overwhelmed and can operate safely.

To keep everyone safe and allow for social distancing we’ve reduced the number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time, so queues are very likely, especially at peak times like weekends. You may find local traffic restrictions around each site in order to prevent queues blocking the network, so we recommend that you check the latest information online before each visit.

There will be restrictions at the recycling centres including the size of vehicles coming in, and social distancing, and unfortunately our staff won’t be able to help with the lifting of bags.

Please only visit the site if you can’t safely store your waste at home. And to make sure you can visit safely, we’ve made changes to our site rules.

Get your waste to the right place

The Waste Wizard online tool is here to provide a magical solution to help you in your quest to solve the riddle of household waste and defeat General Waste. Type in your postcode and the name of any item to find out whether it can be reused, repaired, donated, recycled, if it needs to go into a specific bin or can be disposed of at a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Bringing nature to you

The countryside has sprung to life over the last few weeks and we have been staying at home to help save lives and protect the NHS. So for those of you not able to get out to the bluebell woodlands at the moment, we’ve brought them to you.

Could you change a child’s life?

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer, they come from all walks of life. Like the children they look after, carers come from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures and religions. It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, single, a couple, have children or don’t, you could still foster and help change children’s lives.
We need a diverse range of people with different skills and qualities to come forward to ensure that our children remain in Oxfordshire close to their families, friends, schools and the things that will be important to them.

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