Waste and recycling
Household Waste Recycling Sites to re-open from Monday 11 May
Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) will re-open from Monday 11 May, West Sussex County Council has confirmed.
For full information, including safety measures and what items will be accepted, please read the full news story on the West Sussex County Council website.
Household collections continue as normal
Household waste collections continue as normal this week. Thank you so much for all your positive messages, rounds of applause and words of thanks for our crews.
Updated guidance on testing
At present, the following people are eligible for a coronavirus test:
- all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (see the full list of essential workers)
- anyone over 65 with symptoms
- anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above
Tests can be carried out at regional testing sites, or home test kits are also available.
For more information on coronavirus testing, please visit the Government website.
To apply for a coronavirus test, click the button below.
See the hubs in action
A huge thank you to all the community groups and volunteers who are continuing to give their time to help their fellow neighbours through this crisis. Watch our video to see some of them in action.
COVID-19 appeal update
Thank you to everyone who has kindly made a donation to the Horsham District COVID-19 Appeal. The appeal has so far raised an amazing £6,311 plus Gift Aid.
The appeal has been set up to support our local volunteers who are working in Horsham District Community Volunteer Hubs. £10 will help provide calls for the lonely and vulnerable of Horsham District who are self-isolating. £20 will buy a hardship package for the vulnerable of Horsham District who are self-isolating.
Horsham Markets continue to operate well during lockdown
Horsham Markets responded swiftly to the coronavirus situation by adapting their delivery methods to click and collect and home delivery services, whilst also observing social distancing guidelines at the markets on Saturdays.
Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Paul Clarke said:
“The availability of essential produce is a vital service to members of the public. I am really pleased that by observing social distancing health and safety measures and switching their distribution methods, our market traders are being able to continue selling their goods at this difficult time.”
Read the full story
Small business grants
Not applied yet? Please get in touch
If you are a small business or a business in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and haven't yet applied for a business grant, please get in touch.
Grants are also available for organisations, not just private businesses. If you are an organisation that is liable for Business Rates on a hall, sports facility or similar please submit an application so we can see what support you might be eligible for through this grant scheme.
Apply now for the support available through the Local Authority Business Grant to Businesses Scheme
Please note this is not a loan scheme: you will not be required to repay the grant you are awarded.
Grants payment update
Our teams are working hard to allocate the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes and have paid grants to 1,775 businesses across Horsham District, a total of £22.23million.
Paper crafts from Amberley Museum
The team at Amberley Museum have created a set of activities you can do at home. Pictured here is a paper-craft project - cut out the pieces and make your own model of a 1905 Polar Bear train.
View all Amberley Museum activities
Explore museums from home
Last week, museums across the country joined together for #MuseumAtHome and shared tours, exhibitions, activity ideas and videos on their social media channels. BBC Arts shared a series of videos made in partnership with top museums.
As well as a way to support the arts sector and get your culture fix, this is a great way to explore museums you've never visited before from the comfort of home.
Check out #MuseumAtHome on Twitter
Staying at home: what you can and cannot do
Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)
How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding)
Mental health and wellbeing
Getting financial help and keeping your business safe
Self-employed – what to do if you’re getting less or no work