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12 days of Christmas from Gloucestershire County Council

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On the first day of Christmas my council sent to me...

some car advice completely free

If you’re planning long journeys over the festive season you could get prepared by putting a winter box together for your car just in case you get stranded.


  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch
  • Phone charger
  • Blankets
  • High vis jacket
  • Jump leads
  • Food and drink
  • Empty fuel can
  • Shovel
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • Sunglasses – winter sun can be really nasty on wet roads


Don’t forget to check your tyres and top up your anti-freeze.

More winter travel advice

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On the second day of Christmas my council sent to me...

News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

No-one wants to give or receive flu at Christmas time. For lots of people the flu jab is completely free and you can get it from your pharmacy or GP surgery.

 

The flu jab is free for:

  • Children from age 2 up to school year 4
  • Over 65s
  • People in long stay care facilities such are care homes
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain long term health conditions
  • Carers and care workers

If you don’t fit into these categories but you’d still like to be protected from flu, you can buy a vaccine from many pharmacies.

More on the flu jab

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On the third day of Christmas my council sent to me...

Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

It’s Christmas and we’re getting out our fairy lights, lighting advent candles and thinking about starting up a festive blaze in the fireplace.

All this adds extra fire risk so make a few checks and relax safely this holiday.

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms on all levels of your home and test them weekly
  • Remember to check on elderly neighbours and relatives and check their smoke alarms for them
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Don't overload sockets
  • Switch off fairy lights when you go to bed
  • If you have a chimney, get it cleaned and checked before you light up your fire
  • If you smoke inside, make sure cigarettes are fully out before you throw them away
  • Make sure everyone in your house knows what to do if there is a fire - get out, stay out and call 999

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On the fourth day of Christmas my council sent to me ...

Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

Not sure about home safety?

Our fire and rescue service community safety team offers free safe and well visits to your home to look at all aspects of home safety, including your own health and wellbeing. They’ll even fit free fire alarms if you need them.

If you feel you or someone you know needs a Safe and Well visit, then contact us on 0800 180 41 40 to arrange your visit or fill in the request form online.

In the meantime a simple checklist you can use for your home's safety from fire .

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On the fifth day of Christmas my council sent to me...

A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

Don’t drink and drive.

If you’re out celebrating this festive season make sure you’ve thought about how you’ll get home. Choosing zero when it comes to alcohol if you’re driving means you’ll be sure you’re alert to potentially fatal hazards.

Tips for avoiding temptation during the festive season

  • if you’re using public transport, check the times of the last trains and buses and location of nearest station or bus stop
  • nominate a designated driver before you head out for the evening
  • stick to alcohol-free drinks
  • make a note of local taxi numbers, or book ahead

On local roads, the number of alcohol-related casualties leapt from 49 in 2015 to 92 in 2016; drug driving casualties increased from 13 in 2015 to 25 in 2016, and casualties caused by drivers who had both drink and drugs in their system increased from 57 in 2015 to 106 in 2016.

Time is the only thing that removes alcohol from your system: sleep, coffee and cold showers have no effect on alcohol blood levels. The average adult can process one unit in around an hour, but this varies from person to person.

One unit is roughly equivalent to a 25ml single measure of whisky, a third of a pint of beer or half a 175ml glass of red wine

The maths

You can work out how many units there are in any drink by multiplying the total volume of a drink (in ml) by its ABV (measured as a percentage) and dividing the result by 1,000. For example, to work out the number of units in a pint (568ml) of strong lager (ABV 5.2%):

5.2 (%) x 568 (ml) ÷ 1,000 = 2.95 units.  That’s at least three hours to leave your system.

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On the sixth day of Christmas my council sent to me...

A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

We might think of slavery as something that belongs in history but people are being exploited today and it happens right here in Gloucestershire.

So when you’re out over Christmas, whether it’s picking up a takeaway, having your nails done or getting your car washed, keep an eye out for the signs which may suggest someone is being exploited.  Here are a few to look out for:

Someone who is under the control and influence of others and appears to be frightened and not allowed to speak for themselves.

  • They appear to be tired and malnourished from working excessively long hours
  • They are living in poor conditions at multi-occupancy accommodation
  • They are not appropriately dressed for their work and their clothes are dirty
  • They have an illness or injury that appears untreated
  • They are not allowed to leave their work location unaccompanied

If you see anything usual that might indicate that someone is being exploited please report it to Crimestoppers online or on 0800 555 111

Our chief executive, Peter Bungard, chairs the Gloucestershire Anti-Slavery Partnership.

More information around the indicators of Modern Slavery and how to provide information can be found at on our modern slavery webpages

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On the seventh day of Christmas my council sent to me...

Five ways to wellbeing
A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

This time of year can be pretty stressful, so we’re sharing five ways to wellbeing to help you get through the ups and downs.

 

Part of mental wellbeing is being able to cope when times are tougher than usual. You can think about “being well” as something you do, rather than something you are – the more you put in, the more you could get out.

Five ways to mental wellbeing:

  • Connect - connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active - you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Give to others - even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word, or larger acts, like volunteering at your local community centre
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Want to find out more?

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Thanks to 2gether NHS Trust for the image

On the eighth day of Christmas my council sent to me...

Bank hol preparations
Five ways to wellbeing
A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

Stock up before the shops shut!

Don’t forget it’s a double bank holiday so make sure you have plenty of food and medicine if you need it to get you through. If you need medical help, call 111 for advice if it’s not urgent.

It’s a good idea if you have room in the freezer to keep a few meals spare incase the weather turns really nasty and you can’t get out.

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On the ninth day of Christmas my council sent to me...

An app for finding help
Bank hol preparations
Five ways to wellbeing
A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

No-one likes being ill over Christmas, so bad luck if you’re suffering. Did you know you can visit your pharmacist if you start to feel unwell? The pharmacy isn’t just a shop, there are trained health professionals who can give you advice on a range of conditions or symptoms.

If you’re ill or have an accident you can use the local asap app to find your nearest and most appropriate health services, info on when to use them and check opening hours.

It’s really easy to use and you can search by symptoms or service.

 

Download the asap app

On the tenth day of Christmas my council sent to me...

Prompts to check on friends
An app for finding help
Bank hol preparations
Five ways to wellbeing
A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

As the weather gets more and more wintery, keep an eye out for friends, neighbours and family living alone to make sure they’re safe and warm.

Pop in for a cup of tea – it can make a huge difference to their wellbeing. See if they need help getting to the shops or pharmacy.

Have they had their flu jab? It’s free for lots of people – give them a lift

You’ll feel good and so will they.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my council sent to me...

Help if you’re feeling low
Prompts to check on friends
An app for finding help
Bank hol preparations
Five ways to wellbeing
A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

The festive season can be a very difficult time for many, and sadly the risk of suicide can be greater at this time of year.

The 2gether NHS Trust has licensed the Stay Alive app (created by Grassroots Suicide Prevention) for use in Gloucestershire, and it’s free to download.

The app includes

  • quick access to UK national crisis support helplines,
  • a mini safety plan
  • strategies for staying safe
  • suicide bereavement resources
  • suicide myth-busting and more

For more information visit the 2gether website

On the twelfth day of Christmas my council sent to me...

A song from our gritters
Help if you’re feeling low
Prompts to check on friends
An app for finding help
Bank hol preparations
Five ways to wellbeing
A modern slavery warning
A choose zero plea
Safe and well stories
Fire safety tips
News of a flu jab and
Some car advice completely free

When the cold weather strikes, our highways teams work around the clock to keep the roads clear.

Meet the crew here:


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