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Hackbridge Primary school pupil wins art competition

A pupil from Hackbridge Primary School  has been recognised by national housebuilder, Barratt London, as the winner of its recent art competition. Riley (Year 6) designed the cover of a New Homes Card, which will now be printed and delivered to all new homeowners at the nearby New Mill Quarter development, where 42 homes are now occupied on Hackbridge Road. The winning design depicted a family home and a set of new keys, featuring the message ‘May love and happiness fill your home’.

Riley, Rachel (Year 3) and Larena (Year 6), all pupils at Hackbridge Primary, came first, second and third place respectively, winning a range of Amazon vouchers, which were proudly awarded to them in a recent assembly by Nadia Yousif, Sales Manager at Barratt London.

Pam Reardon, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt East London, comments: “We are delighted to showcase Riley’s wonderful artwork on our cards. We are always looking for opportunities to engage with the communities surrounding our developments, and we believe involving local schoolchildren in the design of our New Homes Cards will also help new homeowners to feel welcomed by the local community. Riley, Rachel and Larena, should be very proud of their submissions to the competition, as should all the other children who entered. Who knows – we might be looking at the drawings of the next Picasso!”

Emma Walford, Headteacher at Hackbridge Primary School, adds: “It’s very exciting to see the hard work of our pupils celebrated by Barratt London, and I would like to thank the housebuilder for providing the children with such a unique opportunity. Primary school pupils have such a flair for creativity and we hope the artwork makes the card recipients very happy and that they enjoy their new homes.”

To find out more about the new homes available at New Mill Quarter, please visit www.barrattlondon.com. Alternatively, to speak to a member of the sales team, please call 03722912188.

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Complete survey to give your views and experiences of Covid-19

Coronavirus – Tell us more

Healthwatch Sutton wants to find out more about your views and experiences of COVID-19.

“We’ll share your responses with local and potentially national decision-makers to see if they can use your views to make improvements in the information provided and services available. If you require this survey in a different format, please get in touch with Pete Flavell on 07726 543440.

 Complete the survey. 

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Changing your GP service – help design a service that works for you

The way GPs provide health services is changing. GP surgeries are working together to provide a variety of services at a broader range of times. 

These groups of GP Practices are called Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and there are 4 networks in the London Borough of Sutton. Through their Primary Care Networks, GP Practices are working together to develop new services and improve those that already exist.

All these changes are in the early stages of development and Healthwatch Sutton wants to know what you think of these changes, so they can make the most beneficial changes to services in your area.

Have your say and help design a GP service that works for you. 

Once you’ve completed the survey,  there is a chance for you to enter our prize draw to win £100 worth of vouchers! The terms and conditions for the prize draw can be found on the website. 

Deadline for responses and prize draw entries:
Thursday 30th April 2020.

Go to SURVEY

 

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Advice to help people affected by dementia to avoid new wave of scams

Being home alone whilst self-isolating could mean some people affected by dementia are more likely to be vulnerable to financial abuse. 

 Alzheimer’s Society have worked with National Trading Standards (Friends Against Scams) to develop a shareable postcard which details different scams to look out for, as well as who to contact if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam. Please share this postcard with your networks.

 The Society has also written a blog to give further information about what to look out for. The information includes the following:

For a small group of people, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may increase their susceptibility to the risk of financial abuse due to being home alone, answering telephones and being on the internet more than usual.

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus to commit various types of fraud and cyber crime. It’s important to be cautious, as fraudsters are changing their methods all the time.

Here are four ways to avoid coronavirus scams

1. Be wary of fake online companies

There have been reports of people who have purchased protective face masks or coronavirus testing kits online that have then not arrived.

They were purchased from fraudulent sellers who have stolen money from the victims.

Tip: Check you’re buying from a real company.

  • You can search for a company’s details on GOV.UK. This will tell you if they’re a registered company or not. If you’re buying something on a site you haven’t used before, spend a few minutes checking it – start by finding its terms and conditions. The company’s address should have a street name, not just a post office box.
  • Check to see what people have said about the company. It’s worth looking for reviews on different websites such as Which? – don’t rely on reviews the company has put on its own website.
  • If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
  • Also, don’t rely on seeing a padlock in the address bar of your browser – this doesn’t guarantee you’re buying from a real company.

2. Learn how to spot a phishing email

Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed emails that appear to be from a legitimate company, government department, utility provider financial service.

They attempt to trick you into clicking on a malicious link in the email then ask you to provide sensitive information e.g. personal and financial details. This is known as ‘phishing’.

One common tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email purporting to be from research organisations affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

Tip: Be careful where you click.

  • If you get an email from a company with a strange email address or one that has never emailed you before asking you for money/payment unexpectedly, don’t click on links to download anything. Doing this could infect your computer with a virus. Make sure your antivirus software is up to date to give you more protection.
  • There is also plenty of COVID-19 information available online from reputable sources, including Alzheimer’s SocietyGOV.UK, and the WHO.

To see an example of a scam go to BLOG