Ever wondered how you could explain explain Coronavirus to children?

Here is a great book that helps you do so.

This book was made by Nosy Crow to meet the needs of children and their families. was edited by by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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On Saturday 25th, to mark and honour the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, we provided over 100 hot meals to over 100 families across Nottingham.

The project is led by our partner GAIN Diaspora and the food is distributed to both Muslim and non-Muslim families and needy individuals. It will go on for the next four weeks.

Working with as many different and diverse communities as we can, we delivered food to groups in need across Nottingham, including refugees, asylum seekers, the destitute and those unable or untitled to access government support, provisions or funding.

For the next the four Saturdays, we will continue to provide hot meals to make sure communities are supported in these indeterminate and uncertain times. We see it as essential that all communities across Nottingham come together to help each other, spreading positivity and maintaining cultural solidarity.

Abdoulie Jah, from GAIN Diaspora has said, “There are families with children and loved ones who not only are suffering financially everyday but are often going without and lacking the everyday essentials they need. If we can feed one person then that is one less hungry person to worry about. We all need to do our bit together and we will all come out of this together.”

Across the globe local expressions of solidarity appear to be spreading as society takes it upon themselves to act on behalf of others in need.  This epoch calls on us to share our resources and step into mutual aid.

It is also important that everyone gets food that is suitable and ideal for them. Asking people to eat what they are not used to is often a difficult choice and many of people find themselves bound to make these choices.

One of the over 100 recipients was Aisha, a mother who lives with her husband, 2 kids and 2 relatives in the same household. Aisha said that:

“We are very grateful of these meals. Though they say beggars should not be choosers, the food we have been receiving is sometimes not cultural appropriate as we never know if it is Halal or not. It is also high in sugar, salts and sometimes one is uncertain of the ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, we are not ungrateful but it is vital that we all get healthy and appropriate meals especially at this time when we cannot go out and do our own search and networking to seek help for these quality meals”


Food is a sensitive issue, especially for most ethnic minorities who perceive food in a holistic manner – personal, spiritual, political and social. Eating, tasting and smelling those foods one is used to makes people feel whole and links them to their roots and history.

“Many of us are miles away from our communities, friends and roots. A taste and smell of those traditional dishes and the foods we love is a great source of nostalgia. It is a way for us to embrace our immigrant side of identity.” said Aladdin, a Sudanese asylum seeker who received the first batch of meals.

To request hot meals in the coming Saturdays during the Ramadan period, please complete this form.

GAIN Diaspora are raising funds to meet this commitment and you can help by contributing towards their fund.

To light our paths through this difficult time, the Biodiscovery Institute invites everyone at the University of Nottingham, and their family and friends, to grow a sunflower.  

By growing sunflowers on our windowsills, in our homes and in our gardens (and sharing the results), it’s hoped the local and global University community will have fun, feel closer together and share a sense of achievement. 

Now’s the time to plant sunflower seeds, which can be easily grown on windowsills or outdoors (video here).  

#WeAreUoN and #RayOfSunflower

We’d love to see photos, from seedlings to final giants – please share them on social media, tagging @UniOfNottingham on Twitter or Instagram with #WeAreUoN, #RayOfSunflower and #MillionSunflowers, sharing them on the BioDiscovery Institute’s Social Hub Facebook page.

Awards will be given for tallest sunflower (indoor and outdoor plants judged separately), and for best photo and time-lapse video.   

To take partplease enter your details 

The Biodiscovery Institute’s engagement team are distributing sunflower seeds and will make sure you can collect your seeds safely from an area near you. If you have bird feed, most contain sunflower seeds or we can give details of online suppliers still trading. 

We look forward to being creative togetherWhen we return to our workplaces, the Estates team will be ready to welcome colleagues and visitors with displays of sunflowers, while the BioDiscovery Institute will show off your photographs and also plant sunflowers around its newly extended building on University Park. 

We hope students and staff from across our UK, China and Malaysia campuses will enjoy growing sunflowers and sharing photos of their handiwork. 

Let’s bring a splash of colour and rays of sunshine into our lives.  

See the latest details on Covid-19 globally

  • Common symptoms for “mild” cases of COVID-19 include sore throat, coughing, and fever.
  • There’s no shortcut to getting over the virus other than best-practice advice such as staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and monitoring symptoms. 
  • Those at higher risk due to age or underlying conditions, or those with more severe symptoms, such as chest pain and difficulty breathing, should seek medical attention.

Self-isolation vs. self-quarantine

All nonessential workers have been advised to stay home in self-quarantine to slow the progress of the virus.

While this helps limit contact with strangers, staying home increases the amount of time spent with family members or roommates.

In these cases, it’s difficult to avoid the risk of transmission.

When is it safe to end a self-isolation?

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that self-quarantine and self-isolation can stop when it’s been 7 days since the onset of symptoms and 72 hours since symptoms disappeared.

“For those who have been exposed to a confirmed case but did not develop symptoms, we recommend self-quarantining for 14 days from the day you were exposed because you can develop symptoms anywhere between 2 and 14 days after your exposure,” Dr. Joshua Mansour, an oncologist at City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles, told Healthline.

“It’s worth noting that this is the best guidance we have from the CDC today, but we don’t really know exactly when it’s OK for someone to come out of isolation,” he cautioned. “This seems like a reasonable starting point to me, but it’s possible that this will change as we learn more about the virus.”

Dr. Nir Goldstein, FCCP, a pulmonologist and leader of the post-COVID-19 clinic at National Jewish Health, also pointed out some of the unknowns currently surrounding the virus.

“We don’t have data regarding reinfection after recovery and so for now, we should assume that it’s possible,” Goldstein told Heathline. “As blood tests develop and more data is applied, we’ll know more. In general, the viral shedding declines over time, so the longer you wait after recovery, the less chance you have of still shedding the viruses. Currently, we say at least 7 days, but there have been cases where the shedding has been reported up to a month after recovery.”

“So you should still maintain social isolation and take precautions even if you’re a week or two after recovery,” he added.

Nottinghamshire Police force will tomorrow still take part in the second ever national day of commemoration for murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence despite the Coronavirus situation.

The 18-year-old was stabbed to death in a racially motivated attack in Eltham, south London, in 1993.

His death prompted wide-spread outcry and ultimately held to sweeping changes in the way police forces across the country, but in particular in London, deal with such crimes.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the day he died, which was April 22, a special day of remembrance was set up in his name two years ago. This was to ensure that his life and death would never be forgotten.

Last year to mark this day Nottinghamshire Police force held a celebration of his life where hundreds of people attended a community event in Bulwell. The most impactful legacy of this was the setting up of the Lyrico Steede Cadet base, which was in memory of a local murdered teenager to inspire young people.

This year, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the force will still be commemorating the day, but in a more subdued way by asking the local Nottinghamshire community to take part virtually.

Superintendent Suk Verma said: “Obviously this year’s planned event won’t go ahead as we are in the midst of the Covid-19 virus, but we are working alongside the National Black Police Association to promote how people can celebrate his life online.  We invite the whole of the Nottinghamshire community to get involved.

“We are asking people to share cards on social media as part of a national campaign to tell people what a difference Stephen’s story has made to their lives. Or other ways to get involved include asking children to paint a picture of Stephen to upload to social media.

“We are also promoting hashtags to share via virtual message cards. Keep an eye on our social media pages to see the best entries which we will post. And finally we are asking people to share the two minute ‘Because of Stephen’, film which was produced by the Stephen Lawrence Foundation.

“This year, the message is clear: We all have the power to make a difference. Let’s make Stephen Lawrence Day full of small, positive actions that can make a difference.”

He added the force continues to do a significant amount of work in the community engaging with young people, despite the current lockdown situation.

This includes the force Cadets, who are young men and women who volunteer their time to learn about modern day policing and take part in community-focused initiatives, including volunteering work with the public at this critical time.

The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is the nationally recognised police uniformed youth group throughout the UK. The purpose of the VPC is not to recruit police officers of the future, but to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship amongst its members. The VPC believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of his or her background, and encourage young people from all backgrounds to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadets Engagement Officer Romel Davis added: “We are disappointed that we cannot build on the success of the event last year with another one but we will be planning another event to commemorate Stephen Lawrence day in the future.

“Please get involved with the various activities on the Stephen Lawrence Community Trust website including the #BecauseOfStephen Message cards. The whole point of the day is to commemorate Stephen, however the work of the trust and ourselves happens all year round in terms of supporting young people to make positive choices and live their best lives.”

Further information about the day can be found here. See how to get involved in the Cadets visit here.

How you can get involved this year:

Virtual gallery –Reach as many people as possible with positive messages about Stephen Lawrence Day by telling the world what a difference Stephen’s story has made to you.  Take a photo of yourself holding one of the #BecauseOfStephen cards (pictured) and share on social media accounts.  Choose from existing messages or write a personalised message, or simply write a personal message using pen and paper. Please don’t forget to use the #BecauseOfStephen hashtag.

#BecauseOfStephen Message cards – Please click here to access your own Stephen card and write your own message or take a picture with the cards.

Because of Stephen’ film. Please share the two minute video. Please view it here:

Kenya airways is offering evacuation flights for Kenyans stranded in the UK and British who want to come back from Kenya.

According to Kenya’s High Commissioner to the U.K. Manoah Esipisu, “Kenya Airways has given 211 as the minimum number of passengers for whom a chartered flight can be arranged.”

“Kenya airways offers you an opportunity to re-unite with your loved ones. Book flights from Nairobi to London scheduled for 24th April 2020 and London to Nairobi scheduled for 25th April 2020”.

The statement on the Kenya Airways website states that “ticket price is one way and not refundable and infants not occupying a seat to pay 10% of adult rate”.

The Kenyan Government states that “All people returning to Kenya are will be subjected to Covid-19 test and a 14-28 days mandatory quarantine period imposed at their own cost”.

Bookings and other flight details are available on the Kenyan Airways website. Those seeking further details on evacuation from the UK ought to contact the Kenyan High Commission via email at info@kenyahighcom.org.uk and emergency duty officer at +44 7979 973 794.

Kenyan bound flights are only open to Kenya citizens flying back home.

For British people leaving Kenya for UK, Kenya Airways is offering flights to London on Friday, April 24 at 0920 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

The British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott asked “Brits in Kenya who want to go to the UK… please get that flight to London booked!” on her twitter.

The online claim service for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched today, Monday 20‌‌ April 2020 for online applications. Within the first 30 minutes of its opening, applications for 67,000 employees had been made according to HM Revenue & Customs.

This government’s scheme to help safeguard jobs by supporting businesses to keep up pay went live today. Aimed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the scheme will allow employers to claim grants of up to 80% for their workers’ wages. The major question from most employers is, how does the scheme work and what are the rules?

What is the Job Retention Scheme?

This is a support system that allows employees to keep their job and to be able to receive up to 80% of their salary through government grant. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus millions are on the verge of losing their jobs and this support allows the economy to remain stable by reducing joblessness and keeping the economy moving.

Announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak last month, it will support businesses who are not able to continue paying their employees during the lock-down and would either cut their payment or dismiss them. It protects the economy in the long term by providing wages for staff who are have been placed on compulsory leave, furloughed, due to business closures.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak leading UK government’s daily coronavirus press conference

How much salary is available?

Employers can request 80% of their staff member’s regular monthly salary to a maximum of £2,500.

“Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Employers can offer the remaining 20% of the salary to the staff member if they are able to do so. However, employers are not obliged to pay their workers the remaining 20% of the salary.

What are the eligibility criteria?

An employee can only be placed on furlough by their employers if they were on PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020. Any entity with a UK payroll can apply, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.

Workers who started job after March 19 are not eligible for the scheme. Employees who were made redundant prior to March 19 are eligible if they are re-employed again and placed on furlough.

It is not available for self-employed and so if you are a freelance worker the best thing to do is to apply for universal credit instead.

If you have more than one job you can request to be put on furlough from all of them.

Even if you are on furlough you can still be made redundant by your employer, but your redundancy pay should remain unaffected.

The Government made it easy to apply and to receive this support, and therefore in case of struggle inform your employer about this opportunity as with it you might be able to preserve your job and receive your salary.  The scheme is aimed at protecting workers and the UK economy in the long term as the lock-down prevents life as normal.

How long will the scheme continue for?

The scheme was initially proposed to continue till end of May 2020, but it has now been extended until June 2020. It can thus be extended if lock-down restrictions are not lifted.

When will the money be paid?

HRMC states that the money is expected to be received into the company’s bank account within six working days from the date the claim application has been made.

What is required?

The government has outlined what is required by the employer to make the claim here. To apply, employers must be registered  You will also be required to provide the employees details and you can see all details on the latest government

To prepare to make your claim you will need:

  • A Government Gateway (GG) ID and password. If you do not already have a GG account, you can apply for one online or or sign in or register.
  • Be enrolled for PAYE online. If you are not registered you can for register here.
  • The following information for each furloughed employee you will be claiming for: Name, National Insurance number, Claim period and claim amount, PAYE/employee number (optional).
  • If you have fewer than 100 furloughed staff – you will need to input information directly into the system for each employee.
  • If you have 100 or more furloughed staff – you will need to upload a file with information for each employee; HMRC will accept the following file types: .xls .xlsx .csv .ods.

Remember, you should retain all records and calculations in respect of your claims. You can find more information on the scheme and eligibility to claim on the website. 

As the Coronavirus effects continue to impact on the communities in Nottingham, the Nottingham City Council is continuing to expand the support services and to inform communities of the ways they can access help.

They have released the PDF document below. This information is also available in alternative formats including plain text, British Sign Language and different language translations in the Nottingham City Council Website.

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In response to Covid-19, the Marcus Garvey Action Group (MGAG) and partners will be delivering African Caribbean cooked meals to the elderly and vulnerable in Nottingham.

These African Caribbean dishes will be prepared and delivered to people every Sunday. They include Curry chicken, Mutton, Boneless fish,  Vegetarian, White rice and Rice & peas. The standard price per meal is £2.00 but a donation of £3.50 is requested, subject to income.

The booking for meals and delivery can be done by:

  • Completing this online form
  • Calling MGAG on 07598947966 any day between 10am and 7pm
  • Calling ACNA on 07871730197 or 0115 969 1364 Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm

They also require volunteers. If you can help, please contact ACNA on acnacentre@gmail.com.

MGAG is working in partnership with Hope Fostering Services, Chayah, Go Vision, ACNA, TunTum Housing, Hyson Green Youth Club and Jamaican Diaspora. You can get more detaoffering Sunday catering and home delivery meals