May is national walking month and we would like to encourage everyone, to walk more, whether it’s through active travel, short walks or walking more in the office, strut your socially distanced stuff and get out there.
Walking has huge benefits to health and walking in greenspace and parks is even better.
Together with Music is a digital national programme whose aim is to lift the spirits of both young and old throughout the pandemic and beyond through music and intergenerational connections. All care home are matched with a local school, youth group, choir, orchestra, music school, community centres and more!
Care home residents and young people will have the opportunity to share songs, messages of hope and meet/greets.
Musical introduction will act as a vehicle for further connection, creativity and stronger community links. All members will have access to a bundle of fantastic resources by weekly live sessions and enrichment packs.
If you would like more information, check out our website www.togetherwithmusic.org.uk or email the Northern Ireland Regional connector at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you’re working from home, even if it’s not full-time, you can now make a tax relief claim of up to £125 for the new 2021-22 tax year.
During the 2020 lockdown, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) launched a 'microservice' which, even if you only needed to work from home for a day, allowed you to get a whole year's tax relief.
This now applies for the new 2021/22 tax year. The tax relief is provided to workers provided they have been told by their employer to work from home and provided they have not received home expenses payments directly from their organisation.
If you've already claimed for 2020/21, you MUST CLAIM AGAIN for the 2021/22 tax year, via the same microservice. If you haven’t claimed for the previous tax year (2020/21) you can do both at once.
To apply use the HMRC working-from-home microservice.
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To report a spam text forward the text to 7726.
You may get an automated response thanking you for the report and giving you further instructions if needed. You will not be charged for sending texts to 7726.
An easy way to remember ‘7726' is that they are the numbers on your telephone keypad that spell out the word ‘SPAM'.
Please see below for upcoming free virtual events, suitable for all in the rare disease community, individuals, carers, friends & health professionals.
Please share with anyone who could benefit.
On the Covid Wellbeing website you will find a comprehensive range of information, self-help guides and ways to access help to support your mental health and wellbeing. It was created by CovidWellBeingNI a partnership of 15 leading mental health and wellbeing charities and the Healthy Living Centre Alliance representing 28 Healthy Living Centres alongside the Public Health Agency, Department of Health and the Department for Communities. Their focus is on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing during and after the Covid19 pandemic.
Attached are a number of information leaflets which are designed to support mental well being during Covid 19.
Communicating Safely Online
Watch Volunteer Now's short video on how to communicate safely with children and young people online. It’s useful for staff, volunteers, parents and carers – Communicating Safely Online.
Department of Education- public consultation
The Department of Education has today launched a public consultation seeking views on reviewing the current requirement established in law that all pre-school education settings must prioritise children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ in their admissions criteria. All of the relevant documents are available on the DE website, however, a copy of the main consultation document is attached to this email for your consideration.
Stakeholders and all interested parties are encouraged to participate in this consultation and you can respond electronically at https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/de-early-years-group/pre-school-education-review-of-the-statutory-admis
Alternatively you can respond by email to email@example.com or by post to the following address:
Pre-School Education Team
Department of Education
43 Balloo Road