Welcome to the weekly update. This update includes:
1. Coalition Update
Do you have an hour or two to spare each week? Do you know how to use a smartphone, PC and tablet? We have an exciting and rewarding volunteering opportunity for you! We are looking for volunteer Tech Angels who are passionate about helping people, are patient and calm and have good basic digital skills. You would be helping us combat loneliness and isolation resulting from digital exclusion by helping vulnerable adults learn to use technology and access the internet. We are not looking for tech gurus (though we certainly wouldn’t turn one down!) – your people skills are the most important thing that you bring with you to this role. You will be given training, will have access to lots of resources, and will be fully supported throughout by our friendly and enthusiastic team who work on the Tech to Community Connect project! For more information, and to apply, look at our website: https://surreycoalition.org.uk/become-a-volunteer-2/
2. Social/Peer support coming up
Get More Active Update – This week Katy has been looking at an e-bike conversion kit you can read all about it in the attached document or join us here on Friday at 11.30am to talk about the ways technology can assist us when we’re Getting More Active. Don’t forget the Y-Mania Jingle Bell Ball at the YMCA Redhill next week – details on the attached flyer
3. Young Epilepsy The Channel
This space provides an area for people to link up with others who have epilepsy and also it is a source of really helpful information. http://thechannel.org.uk/
4. Feel Well, Stay Well
During November 2021, all households in Surrey were sent a copy of Feel Well Stay Well, which contains details of support to improve your mental and physical wellbeing this winter. The document has also been made available in a number of alternative formats and we are delighted to attach the Easy Read, Screen Reader Accessible and Large Print versions. If you require this document in any other format or another language, please contact the Adult Social Care Information and Advice Service:
Telephone: 0300 200 1005 SMS: 07527 182 861 (for the deaf or hard of hearing) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Surrey Heartlands seeks Non-Executive Members to join new NHS Integrated Care Board
Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System is on the search for five new Non Executive Members to join the new Integrated Care Board when it comes into being from April 2022, subject to legislation. Surrey Heartlands has been a leading Integrated Care System since 2017, with strong ambitions and a successful track record in integration and improving health outcomes for local people. Covering a population of over 1.1 million people, at its simplest level Surrey Heartlands is a partnership of health and care organisations working together – with staff, patients, their carers, families and members of the public – to transform local services and support people to live healthier lives.
As part of changes being proposed through the Health and Care Bill 2021, each health and care system will establish a new NHS body – the Integrated Care Board – which will hold a substantial budget for commissioning and ensuring delivery of high-quality patient care. These new NHS bodies will take on many of the existing functions of current Clinical Commissioning Groups (which will be dissolved as part of the new legislation). Surrey Heartlands are looking for five Designate Non-Executive Members to join them on their journey, bringing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the priorities, plans and performance of the Integrated Commissioning Board, as well as the stewardship of public money.
The Surrey Heartlands independent Non-Executive Directors will play a crucial role in ensuring the voice, and needs, of local communities and patients are central to discussions and decisions, where strategies and services are inclusive and accessible to the entire population, delivering the best possible health outcomes for all.
The five roles will cover the following positions:
- Audit Committee Chair
- Remuneration Committee Chair
- Independent Member
- General Members x 2 roles
Surrey Heartlands value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Surrey Heartlands believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve and especially welcome applications from candidates of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity heritage, as our leadership is under-represented in this area. Remuneration for these roles will range from £13-16,000, depending on time and experience. The closing date for applications is 12 December for the Audit Committee role and 10 January 2022 for all other roles.
For further details including the Job Descriptions and the Application Pack please see the ICS recruitment website – Surrey Heartlands: Designate Independent Non-executive Member of the proposed NHS Integrated Care Board (ics-ned-recruitment.com)
6. Runnymede affordable housing supplementary planning document (SPD)
It is paramount that local people in Runnymede have the opportunity to live in decent and affordable homes. Securing homes for all is key to ensuring that people have decent life chances and it also helps to build strong communities and boost the economy. The Office of National Statistics publishes information on house price affordability and the latest figures for Runnymede show that the cost of accommodation in the Borough is high. Median house prices in the Borough are nearly 10 times median gross annual workplace-based earnings.
Many residents therefore often need to rent a home and the private rented market is therefore buoyant, with most rents set above the level payable by housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit. This results in households, including those in employment, being unable to access good quality rented properties within the Borough. This includes a large proportion of public sector staff and those working in retail, as well as carers, and those working in building trades and other jobs, which are essential to provide services for the residents of the Borough.
As a result, there are a high number of households in Runnymede in affordable housing need. The adopted Runnymede 2030 Local Plan therefore seeks to maximise the delivery of affordable housing where opportunities arise. The Council is committed to increasing the delivery of affordable housing, as set out in the Runnymede Housing Strategy Statement 2021-2026 (February 2021).
The Runnymede draft Affordable Housing SPD sets out the Council’s approach to securing planning obligations in respect of affordable housing from new development across the Borough. It also aims to provide clarity and guidance on implementing the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan affordable housing policy (Policy SL20) by setting out when, how and what affordable housing the Council expects in new developments. The SPD once adopted, will help to support implementation of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.
The draft Affordable Housing SPD is open to public consultation until Tuesday 25 January 2022. A copy of the draft SPD and supporting documents and how you can make representations can be found on the Council’s website at: https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/say/consultations-surveys
We would like you to send us your views electronically if possible. Representations should be sent to: email@example.com.
If you are unable to submit your comments electronically please send your written comments to the Planning Policy and Economic Development team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH to arrive by the close of the consultation period.
If you need help with your representation, please contact the Technical Administration team in the first instance on 01932 425131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.