Traditionally, the Monday of this week in January is called ‘Blue Monday’; the most depressing day in the year – where the weather is cold, Christmas was a distant memory and it’s still a while until payday! But this year I was delighted to join in with the Samaritan’s latest campaign which is called “Brew Monday”. The idea was simple – encouraging everyone to stay connected with a virtual, warming cuppa, it’s about reaching out and checking in.
It was lovely to see so many Frome Town Council staff and Cllrs at our online tea break, as these days we don’t often get the chance to just have a chat as we’re so busy with zoom meetings! But it’s more important than ever to stay connected during lockdown so whether with your neighbour or a work colleague, whether you make a regular thing of it or are more spontaneous, make time to connect, it will lift everyone’s spirits and I reckon we could all use some of that at the moment!
This week is Big Energy Saving week, and as we are spending even more time at home than ever, it’s a good time to review our homes to ensure they are as efficient as possible. Did you know that spending one minute less in the shower each day could save a family of four £75 a year on energy and water bills?
It’s always good to check that you’re not paying more than you need to, particularly at this time of year, when central heating is used more. And there’s no harm in shopping around and making sure you are on the right tariff. Mendip District Council along with other local authorities across the country have been joining forces for the Big Community Switch auction (www.mendip.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch ) and you have until 9th February to sign up. This year, for the first time, 100 per cent renewable energy tariffs from wind, biomass and solar are available for electricity at competitive market prices, which if you switch to means you are supporting Frome Town Council’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.
This week we have also put out a call for more volunteers to help support the community through this lockdown. Active and In Touch are carrying on the superb work with the ShopForMe scheme which Frome Town Council set up last year, they are looking for more volunteers as they have had an increase in the need for bespoke shopping. Frome Community Drivers are doing a sterling job of helping our most elderly and vulnerable get to their vaccination appointments but could do with some extra drivers. Not to mention Purple Elephant’s children’s befriending service and some local schools needing some volunteer support. If you have some spare time and it’s safe for you to do so, please take a look at the details on our website: https://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/volunteer-in-the-new-year/
It goes without saying that I wish you a safe week, please stay home where possible, but if you need to go out then remember hands – face – space.