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Volunteers have packed 71 hampers full of essential goods to give to care leavers after an appeal by local authorities in Cambridgeshire.
Food, toiletries, baby products, nappies, cleaning products and birthday presents were among the donations given to the young people, many without family support, as they cope with the lockdown.
Re-Imagine Resource Centre in Witchford and community organisation Diamond Hampers were among the donors.
Conservative member of Cambridgeshire County Council, Simon Bywater, thanked them "for everything they are doing to make life a little easier for others".
Another council has said it wants to reopen all of its household recycling centres on Monday, 11 May.
Cambridgeshire County Council said people should only go if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home "without causing risk of injury to health or harm".
Since council recycling centre closed fly-tipping has increased. A fly-tipping reporting page told BBC Look East that cases uploaded to its site across the UK were up 75%.
The council said the conditions of opening will include:
- A limit to vehicle numbers on site
- No more than two adults to be allowed to unload any one vehicle
- No staff assistance to unload vehicles
- No vans or trailers that require a permit
It said there may be further restrictions on individual sites with more detail to be released this week.
Cambridgeshire County Council has turned to social media to recruit people to replace staff that have succumbed to the coronavirus which it said had left home care services under "intense strain".
It is asking anyone who can help to get in touch.
More than 50 musicians have joined forces to perform the theme tune of the hit US TV classic Hawaii Five-0 as part of a virtual orchestra during the coronavirus pandemic.
The creative effort, pulled together by the county council's Cambridgeshire Music Education Hub, saw submissions from across the county and as far afield as Los Angeles.
You can watch their performance below, or by clicking here.
Additional mental heath support is being offered across Cambridgeshire to help anyone suffering from issues relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Now We’re Talking campaign is aiming to combat loneliness and help anyone who might be struggling.
Lifeline Plus is available on 0808 808 2121 on Monday-Friday between 09:00 and 14:00.
The same phone number is shared with Lifeline, which is a service to provide support for those in mental health distress, which runs seven days a week between 14:00 and 23:00.
Tracy Dowling, chief executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said: "In the current climate we’ve had to adapt our services and are already offering video consultations rather than face-to-face appointments where appropriate.
"We have also increased the support in our crisis services to ensure people who need urgent help can access it quickly.”
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The chief executive of Cambridgeshire County Council has said "there is sufficient PPE [personal protective equipment]" for the county’s care home staff.
Gillian Beasley said: "The care homes now are able to source their PPE through what is called the PPE hub, which is in Alconbury.
"There are supplies there, and there was another delivery of supplies this week, and so they are able to source PPE for their purposes."
NHS trusts have previously issued public calls for more PPE during the outbreak, including the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
Fees paid to providers of adult social care in Cambridgeshire are being increased by 10%.
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council said the money would support care providers and recognise the financial pressure they are facing.
An extra £450,000 a month is going into the care sector in Peterborough, while the rest of Cambridgeshire will get a £1.4m increase.
Some of this spending will be met by each council's share of the government's emergency fund for supporting the additional costs of coronavirus.
Anna Bailey, chairwoman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s adult services committee, said: "We will get this additional money to them from the beginning of next week – and it will continue until at least the end of June."
A gin distillery has donated 10 litres of hand sanitiser to social workers and personal advisers working for Cambridgeshire County Council.
Roundwood Gin, based in Abbots Ripton, switched production several weeks ago.
"The sanitiser will ensure that frontline staff are keeping themselves and young people in care safe during visitations," the council said.
Two councils say they need more foster carers to support children during the coronavirus pandemic.
Simon Bywater, Cambridgeshire County Council chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: "While many of us have family and friends who are there to support us in these difficult times, there are many children and young people across the county who are in need of that support more than ever."
The councils said all carers would receive training, 24-hour access to support and allowances.
Peterborough city councillor Lynne Ayres said teams would adhere to government advice and social distancing rules throughout the application process.