Two Services for Young People planning their futures

There are two services available from the Council, the Connexions Hounslow Service and Ask About Apprenticeships.

You can find more information about each service by following the two links above.

Here’s the information shared by the council about each service.

Hounslow Connexions

The Hounslow 14 to 19 Connexions service will be providing an extended results day service for anyone receiving A-level or GCSE results, every weekday, starting on 13 August until 4 September.

The team will be available to provide free impartial advice a range of options available and help with the following:

  • UCAS’ clearing service
  • Finding relevant college or university courses
  • Apprenticeships and which one is right for you
  • Full time employment opportunities

Watch our YouTube video to hear from a young person who shares her experience of using the Connexions service or read our blog from a careers adviser to find out more about what help is on offer.

For more information click here or call 020 8583 5151.

Ask About Apprenticeships

Are you interested in Apprenticeships and want to find out more? Hounslow Connexions is hosting a live question and answer session in partnership with ASK about Apprenticeships on Tuesday 18 August at 2pm.

The session will cover an overview of apprenticeships, recognising your strengths, and how to write a winning application or CV. To find out more about what is on offer watch this video on our YouTube channel

To join the event live next week on YouTube click here.

Hounslow Council Videos of Test and Trace

The Council has made some videos about the NHS Test and Trace, and have them available in multiple languages.

You can watch them via the council’s YouTube channel, and the English language version of the specific video can be found here.

The videos are available in English, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu Hindi and Polish.

Update on Fusion Leisure Centres

Still no decisions on exactly when the leisure centres will be opening in Hounslow Borough. Apparently Fusion will be writing to all members to give them more information as soon as the council has agreed the measures that need to be in place before this can happen.

“We continue to work closely with Fusion to develop plans for when and how the leisure centres and public halls in Hounslow will be able to reopen, in a way that fully complies with government guidance and ensures they are safe. We are making progress towards a phased re-opening but are unable to give specific dates at this time.

“We know this is very frustrating for our leisure centre customers. I would like to apologise for this ongoing delay and thank you for your patience in this matter. Please bear with us while we develop our plans. We hope to provide a further update later this month.

“Our priority is protecting our residents, users, staff and volunteers from coronavirus and this means we will only reopen our leisure centres, swimming pools and public halls when we are absolutely certain it is safe to do so. We want people to have full confidence that the centres are entirely safe to use. As outbreaks in parts of the country and across Europe, as well as the recent increases locally, demonstrate, we cannot be complacent. Coronavirus is still out there, lives are at stake, and we won’t be taking unnecessary risk”

Local Increase in Covid-19 cases in Hounslow Borough

In a statement on the Hounslow Council website the Director of Public Health for Hounslow Counsil said,

“We are currently seeing an increase in the number of positive cases of coronavirus in the London Borough of Hounslow. Until last week reports of cases were low and steady, but over the past several days there has been 37 cases identified which demonstrates infection spread. We are monitoring Heston East in particular where there has been the most new cases. Public health officials consider this increase is likely due to wider family and friends meeting and not maintaining social distancing.

“This small increase should not cause residents to worry but it does demonstrate there is no room for complacency. We must all be responsible and vigilant at all times and adhere to government guidance to ensure the situation doesn’t escalate.

“We are working with the Heston community to advise them and share government messages through a range of channels, including a household leaflet translated in community languages, displaying banners and posters across Heston and sharing messages through our community groups.

“We welcome all support from the media, local organisations and individuals to help us spread the word that following the government’s guidance is crucial. And we are encouraging people to become Community Champions and share messages in ways which best reach and resonate with their communities.

“Our priority remains protecting our most vulnerable residents and we will consider all options to halt the spread, including a local lockdown if this is needed. This is something we want to avoid at all costs, but we can only do this with the help of residents and businesses abiding by the guidance.

“While our current focus is Heston, there are increasing numbers of cases in other parts of our borough. We are urging all of Hounslow’s residents to keep a two-metre distance, where possible, from people who you do not live with, wash your hands regularly and use a face covering in shops, on public transport and in busy places. Remember, you can spread coronavirus without having symptoms – don’t be the one who makes your vulnerable friends or relatives sick.

“We are working closely with Public Health England to monitor the figures and understand the situation, and we will take any necessary action to keep our residents safe.”

The council has said that the spread appears to be generated by family groups and friends groups not properly observing social distancing, and we would encourage everyone to pay close attention to doing so for the forseeable future in order that this doesn’t become a local hotpot and cause any lockdown measures to need to be necessary.

SpaceWaye – By Appointment Only (from August 3rd)

From the 3rd August if you want to visit and use the local refuse disposal facility in Feltham, you need to have made a booking in advance. In recent weeks we’ve heard from residents that long queues had been building up on some days, to the extent that cars were actually prevented from even joining the queue at times because demand was so high.

In response the council has adopted a scheme that we’ve seen other local councils adopt and offer a booking system for residents in cars, instead of just turning up and waiting. We’ve used the system ourselves, our booking was checked, we waited maybe 10 minutes to get in and pulled into a space and the whole trip was very uneventful.

We have heard several people express their dissatisfaction with the scheme, asking why it couldn’t just have continued as it was before, and from a few people who’ve been turned away because they didn’t realise that it now operated a booking system raising questions about how widely the information was promoted beyond social media?

You can find more information about SpaceWaye and recycling and refuse in general from the council website, https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20017/space_waye_re-use_and_recycling_centre

You can make a booking for SpaceWaye via this link: https://book.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/home/hounslow/

You’ll need to give some details about you, your car, and the items you are planning to bring with you. When you arrive you maybe asked for Photo ID, as well as proof of address alongside your booking number, however in our experience only the booking numbers was needed, and we presume they checked the car registration number.

One thing that hasn’t changed about SpaceWaye is the need to carry your refuse up metal stairs in order to drop it down into the skips, this is something that’s been wrong with the site for many years and could really do with being addressed, especially when staff are instructed not to help residents, it makes the whole process much more difficult than it should be.

Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course (Free Resource)

Today I was contacted by someone from FutureLearn who are providing a free to use course for young people who’ve found themselves with mental health challenges during the Covid-19 situation. They asked me to share the link to the course. The information they send me is below.

At FutureLearn, we provide youth mental health courses to explore and understand the mental health issues that affect young people.

I think we’d be a great fit for your page. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the University of Reading developed the COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

It would be great if you would consider linking to our course page at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/low-mood-during-covid-19