Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Vulnerable people

Some people are at a high risk of developing serious illness if they are exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) because they have a particular serious underlying health condition.

View a list of people who are classed as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) on gov.wales (external website)

Shielding

People who are considered extremely vulnerable should receive a letter from the Welsh Government if they have not already. You may have heard these letters being referred to as 'shielding letters'. 

The letter will explain that those who are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus should follow self-shielding guidance. This includes asking others to deliver your food, medicines and essentials.

Family, friends and neighbours should first be called upon to help with these tasks, but if you do not have anybody that you can trust it will be possible to arrange a weekly food box delivery by contacting us. This will be explained in the letter.

View guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)  (GOV.UK).

Community support and food boxes

Everybody who is due to receive a shielding letter will also be called by an officer from Denbighshire County Council to check on your wellbeing and arrange community support or food box deliveries if required. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of the call, then please hang up and call the Council direct on 01824 706000.

You can also call us on this number if you did not receive a letter but are worried about your own circumstances in relation to coronavirus and need help.

If you believe you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people and you have not received a letter, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.

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Your Community Week: 24 to 31 May

Community Arts

Community Arts is part of Denbighshire Leisure Active Communities and work to promote, support and develop arts activity for Denbighshire’s residents. Community Arts provides opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts regardless of experience, age or background.

A remote programme of activities has been developed to support people’s health and wellbeing while at home.

This work is possible through financial support from the Arts Council of Wales. For further information please visit the Denbighshire Leisure website and follow @DLLCelfArts .

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Booklets

Armchair Exercises

These armchair exercises have been produced by Denbighshire Leisure and are for anyone in the local community who wants to do light, non-strenuous exercises from the comfort of their own armchair:

Making Memories 

The purpose of keeping archives is to preserve historical records to aid future understanding of events, people and places in history. The North East Wales Archives wants to create an Archive about the impacts on the local community and the lives of everyone involved. Be part of living history, record your life during lockdown to preserve for future generations on the North East Wales Archives blog.

Become a Library Member

If you’re not already a library member, join online for free access to a range of resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and comics.

Join Denbighshire Libraries online

If you don’t know your PIN number, click on ‘Log In’ and ‘Forgot Your Pin’ to reset it.

Volunteering

Guidance on Safe and Effective Community Response

Whether you’re co-ordinating volunteers or volunteering yourself, we recommend that you explore the Covid-19 guidance and resources collated by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Registering as a volunteer in Denbighshire

Have you been inspired to volunteer?

Those interested in volunteering in Denbighshire can register to do so with Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC).

Volunteers can register online via this link to the Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) website.

Online registration is the preferred option, but if you’re unable to access the online registration, please call DVSC on 01824 702441.

Community Resource Pack

If you’d like to find out what local community support is on offer in your local area, take a look at our Community Resource Pack.

The Community Resource Pack contains information about local emerging groups and businesses across Denbighshire offering support, including information about food deliveries, grocery services and support services.

Emergency Relief Covid-19 Grants Pack

There are several Covid-19 emergency grant funds for both voluntary organisations and individuals facing financial hardship.

Visit our Covid-19 Community Resources Page to see a directory of grants available.

Food Safety for Community Cooking and Foodbanks

The Food Standards Agency have provided food safety information and guidance for individuals or groups wishing to prepare meals at home for their community. View guidance for food safety for community cooking and food banks.

Additional guidance is available from our Food Safety Team. Please contact the team on 01824 706405 or email food.safety@denbighshire.gov.uk.

Love Reading Week: 17 to 23 May 

The Love Reading Week, provides you with inspiration and ideas, put together by Denbighshire Libraries.

Become a Library Member

If you’re not already a library member, join online for free access to a range of resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and comics.

Join Denbighshire libraries online

If you don’t know your PIN number, click on ‘Log In’ and ‘Forgot Your Pin’ to reset it.

Read to Join In

Share your love of reading with other readers from the comfort of your own sofa. Join the new Online Reading Group Wales on the Welsh Libraries Facebook page. Readers vote on which book everyone will read and discuss each month using the downloadable books on Borrowbox.

Do you enjoy coming to author events, hearing authors speak about their books, and asking them questions? You can now do this by following the online live author talks hosted on Facebook by 4 independent bookshops.

Lit Hub

Take a look at the Lit Hub YouTube channel with readings, launches, interviews and discussions with authors.

Book Gig

Did you know the Book Gig website gives details of online book events, and Q&As and webchats with bestselling authors?

Hay Festival Digital

The Hay Festival Digital takes place 18-31 May, where the world’s greatest writers and thinkers will be coming live to you online.

Babies and toddlers love coming to Rhymetimes in libraries – and we know a lot of grown-ups love listening to the sessions. There are lots of rhyme and story videos on Denbighshire Bookstart’s YouTube channel. Keep in touch with younger family members online and read them a poem or bedtime story.

Read to Learn

Learn My Way is a website offering free courses to help improve your digital skills – great for helping you stay connected during these difficult times. Courses include, using your computer, internet basics and skills. Register for free using the name of your local library at www.learnmyway.com

Learn or improve your Welsh

Read Lingo Newydd - the magazine for people learning Welsh

Practice your Welsh by reading a magazine like Cara or Y Wawr – which has lots of articles on different subjects.

You can download the RB digital app and create an account with your library card to download Lingo Newydd and magazines for free.

Ancestry Library

Search thousands of documents online such as census, parish, military, birth, marriage and death records, to help you trace your family tree. You can use this service for free if are a member of Denbighshire Libraries. Log in to your Denbighshire Libraries account and visit Ancestry Library or find out how to join Denbighshire Libraries. 

Who Else Writes Like website

Find other writers who write like your favourite author by using the Who Else Writes Like website – it’s free for library members (log in with your library card number).

The National Library of Wales

Read about Wales’ past. Get free access as a Denbighshire Library member to the National Library’s digital resources such as Welsh Newspapers, Tithe Maps, Wills and Photographs. Ideal to learn and browse through our history. Visit the National Library of Wales website

Read to Relax

With Borrowbox your library is always open! Download eBooks for free, there’s a great selection to choose from or why not listen to an eAudio book instead? Download them from Borrowbox – all you need is your library card.

Magazines

Interested in gardening, knitting, cars, science, nature, history, photography or food? Whatever your hobbies and interests, there is a magazine for you. Catch up with all your favourite magazines for free, all you need is your library card - there’s a great selection to choose from. Find out more.

Poetry

Why not try listening to some poetry, there’s a selection available from Wrecking Ball Press or how about a Welsh poetry podcast @PodlediadClera

Read to Escape

Would you like to find a book set in a specific country in the world? Would you like to choose a book by its plot or setting rather than by author or title? Have a look at Whichbook – a new way to choose what to read.

Explore the world from the comfort of your armchair with the range of travel guides available on Borrowbox. All you need is your library card.

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Your community week (24 to 31 May)

Love Your Local Area week: 10 to 16 May 

Discover Denbighshire

Denbighshire offers stunning countryside and landscapes, bustling market towns, two seaside resorts, and many centuries of rich heritage. Out of all of Wales, Denbighshire has been inhabited the longest and boasts five castles and six Iron Age hillforts.

Denbighshire has a variety of historic, picturesque and distinctive towns and the city of St Asaph.

Visit the North East Wales website for more information about exploring Denbighshire

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is the scenic gateway of North Wales, embracing some of the UK’s most wonderful landscape. Covering 62 square miles of heather moorland ridge, limestone crags, woodland and farmland, 60% of it is in Denbighshire. It provides the perfect backdrop for a host of outdoor activities including walking, cycling and horse riding.

Find out more about the AONB on the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley website 

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal 

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal was awarded World Heritage status in 2009 by UNESCO. It consists of 11 miles of stunning World Heritage covering the counties of Denbighshire, Wrexham and Shropshire. It includes the Horseshoe Falls, Chain Bridge, and Llangollen.

Visit pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk for more information about this World Heritage Site

Become a Denbighshire Tourism Ambassador

This free online scheme is available to everyone and is designed to improve the local and visitor experience. A series of interactive online training modules (11 in total) with quizzes have been produced on various themes such as Denbighshire towns & city, walking, cycling, history, arts, coastal, and welsh language & culture.

There are 3 levels of awards – bronze, silver and gold, depending on the amount of modules completed. Each person will receive a certificate, pin badge and window stickers on completion of the awards.

Find out more about the Denbighshire Tourism Ambassador scheme including how to sign up

The North Wales Way

The North Wales Way follows an old trading route for 75 miles (120km) along the northern coast into Anglesey. North East Wales takes in 25 miles/40km of The North Wales Way from the border with England to the seaside resort of Rhyl.

Visit the North East Wales website to view the North Wales Way brochure which has suggested itineraries on themes including heritage, walking, landscape and golf.

Wellbeing week 3 to 9 May

Staying active

Exercise is a vital part of keeping healthy, but it’s important to do it in a safe way. If you can’t leave the house, it’s still important for your physical and mental health to keep moving. Whether that’s turning on your favourite song and dancing, undertaking housework, or finding a workout that works for you.

Find out more about keeping active during the coronavirus pandemic

Stay Mentally Active

Making memories 

Be part of living history, record your life during lockdown to preserve for future generations on the North East Wales Archives blog

Ancestry: Library edition

Search thousands of documents online such as census, parish, military, birth, marriage and death records, to help you trace your family tree. You can use this service for free if are a member of Denbighshire Libraries. Log in to your Denbighshire Libraries account and visit Ancestry Library or find out how to join Denbighshire Libraries

Free computer courses

Learn My Way is a website offering free courses to help improve your digital skills – great for helping you stay connected during these difficult times. Courses include, using your computer, internet basics and skills. Register for free using the name of your local library at www.learnmyway.com 

Learn something new

Learn the Welsh National Anthem

Would you like to learn the National Anthem? Take a look at our video with phonetics for Welsh learners starring Denbighshire’s very own Côr Sain y Sir

Get creative

Celebrating Craft and the Art of Making

Ruthin Craft Centre have created a series of packs that offer lots of ideas and inspiration to explore all kinds of craft and the benefits it can bring to all of us, even if that is through the simple and ‘mindful’ act of ‘stopping and looking’ - getting creative yourself is easy and fun to do.

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Staying connected

Get advice on how you can stay connected during the coronavirus

Keeping a routine

Find out information to help you keep a routine when staying at home