Coronavirus Information Hub


Latest News & Changes

Monday 4th January, 2021: With the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 infections and the alarming rise in admissions to hospitals around the country, England, along with many of the other nations of the UK, will return to near-full 'Lockdown'. You should follow the guidance immediately ( summarised below ) and it will put into law with effect from Wednesday 6th January. More detail will be posted below as available.  In the meantime, see the gov.uk web site where more information is available. That link has much information, including guidance on shielding, how these changes affect education settings, etc.

Key Points ( from gov.uk web site as linked above ):
... You must stay at home unless covered by exemptions as listed. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You MAY leave home to:
> shop for basic necessities, for you or for a vulnerable person.
> go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
> exercise with your household ( or support bubble ) or one other person; this should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area.
> you may meet your support bubble or childcare bubble ( see guidance for definitions ) where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
> you may seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm ( including domestic abuse ).
> you may attend education or childcare where eligible ( see guidance for full regulation ).

... Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open ONLY for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers: all other childrens will learn remotely until ( at least ) the February half-term holiday ( nominal restart after half-term is Monday 22nd February ). Early years settings will remain open.
... Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February (at the earliest) for all except future critical care worker courses.
... If you clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or it it is essential. You should not attend work.
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IF YOU DO LEAVE HOME FOR A PERMITTED REASON, YOU SHOULD STAY LOCAL IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE YOU LIVE: HOWEVER YOU MAY LEAVE YOUR LOCAL AREA FOR A LEGALLY PERMITTED REASON, SUCH AS WORK, ATTENDANCE AT HOSPITAL, TO GET A COVID TEST ETC.
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Wednesday 4th November: If you are classified as " Clinically Extremely Vulnerable " ( to Coronavirus ), then you can register to get access to priority supermarket deliveries, ask someone to contact you about local support that's available and update your details as required: you can register on your own behalf, or on behalf of someone else (e.g., a relative who lives some way away): use the links on the gov.uk web site to get more information and register for support.

Wednesday 4th November: list at the bottom of this page of some local shops / services that can .. on a 'best endeavours' basis .. home deliver if you can't get out and about.

Tuesday 3rd November: ST. MARY'S COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAM RE-ESTABLISHED!
During the first lockdown in March 2020, St Mary's Parish Church formed a Community Support Team offering to get shopping or prescriptions for those who were (then) shielding. Although 'formal' shielding is not being advised this time around, there will be folk who will have difficulty with the renewed restrictions. The Community Support Team is back up and running and available to help. If you require assistance please contact the Team Co-ordinator John Reid on 01202 861 533. ( This information added to the 'Contacts' section below. )
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Do YOU need help?

If you feel you need help the 'Contacts' section of this web page (below), has a listing of useful telephone numbers of those who can help. If you find difficulty contacting any of these organisations, please contact me via email.

Keep up to date with Dorset Coronavirus news

Public Health Dorset issue regular updates regarding the situation across Dorset Council area ( also Bournemouth - Christchurch - Poole / BCP ) and these can be accessed on their web site; the updates are usually issued on a Thursday or Friday & will open in a new browser window.

 

Sources

Here is a 'central' listing of some useful / reliable web sites that you can access - just click on the listing below: they will be kept under review ( let me know if they fail - I'll sort it soonest! ):

This first page/link is VERY IMPORTANT: it is the Dorset Council 'Community response resource'; it attempts to cover all aspects of supporting vulnerable / isolated people across the county: in particular, if you want to volunteer, are healthy & able, have a look at the entry " I want to help - who can I contact? ".

Dorset Council: " Dorset Together " - community response

Dorset Volunteering Centre: for individuals and organisations to register availability 

NHS main Coronavirus information page
UK Government source for essential background documents & advice
BBC Coronavirus information page
Dorset Council: latest news and advice
[ this link reset 23/01/2021 ]
This is the Dorset-wide advice source for all matters relating to support for business, education & community facilities. This page also has useful links to reliable / official sources of further information.
- Dorset Council have published a " Dorset Council Local Outbreak Plan " and this can be accessed via this link.

And, if you're having difficulty understanding what the local regulations are ... the BBC have produced a useful application that will help out: just enter your postcode
Local rules - Covid-19 - in your area. BUT REMEMBER, if you move 'outside' your postcode area, say into Bournemouth or further afield, then the regulations may be different! There is now a gov.uk guide to the regulations - with a 'postcode' checker, available via the UK government link listed above.

If anyone has difficulty accessing the documents / pages above, please contact me via email.

Contacts

See the list of organisations below who can help at this time.

Pinehurst Community Church: Community Support

PCC are offering to supply non-perishable food for those who are struggling to afford it - donated by individuals around the village; please use the Facebook / Messenger account ( links below ) or call 01202 892 776 to arrange a convenient time to collect. They, as are all churches locally, there just for a bit of support! See the Churches page on this web site for links.

St. Mary's Parish Church: Community Support Team

As during the 'first lockdown' St. Mary's church have organised their 'Community Support Team' to help with such as shopping, getting vital prescriptions etc., if you are unable to get out and about. Telephone John Reid on 01202 861 533, who is the Team Co-ordinator, to request assistance: for more detail as to how to contact this and other Churches, see our dedicated web page on this site.

AgeUK have been playing a coordinating role across Dorset: from late summer, the main contact point for our area is now the " Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset ( BPED ) " section: contact them on:
01202 530 530 ( main telephone number ),
01202 523 300 ( Information & Advice Line)
[ 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday ]
or email enquiries@ageukbped.org.uk

Dorset Council's COVID-19 Response Hub is there if you don't have family, friends or other support network that you can call upon - there is a dedicated help line which can be reached at 01305 221 000 ( 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday - Friday ), contact them via the on-line Contact Form on their 'Emergency Response' page or you can email communityresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Citizens Advice are still active, but obviously with the current distancing restrictions, they are not able to offer 'face-to-face' advice / guidance & will be very busy. Call or email them as follows:
Dorset AdviceLine on 0800 144 8848 ( free call ) or as a back-up, 0344 411 1444 ( local call rates )
or ( for East Dorset ) email wimborne@eastdorset.cabnet.org.uk

NHS Volunteer Responders/ Voluntary Royal Service are providing support from the large pool of volunteers across the country that came forward in late March. If you are in one of the categories listed on the NHS Volunteer Website, then call 0808 1963646 ( 8.00 am - 8.00 pm ) or contact them via their NHS Volunteer Responders web page. [ entry updated 14/11/2020 ]


Facebook links

Several local organisations are using Facebook extensively at this time to make information available: the list below can be used to access those sites if required.

Pinehurst Community Church
Spotted West Moors (community-based)
St. Anthony of Padua RC Church
St. Martin's United Reformed Church
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church
West Moors Town Council

Local retailers / services who've indicated that they will try to deliver to West Moors residents
[ Only very basic information given: contact as under to discuss availability, costs etc. ]

BTH Pet Supplies
: T: 01202 872 746 ( best time to call later in the morning or during early afternoon )

Golden Hands: [ Knitting / Sewing supplies ] T: 01202 639 360 or via a message on Facebook

Gullivers Farm Shop: T: 01202 619 891, W: (weblink).

Penn Court Bistro/Cafe: T: 01202 911 037 - take-away and delivery
Tuesday - Sunday: 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Seafoods Fish & Chips: T: 01202 893 717 - take-away and delivery
Deliveries available ( subject to other factors ) Thursday - Saturday, 5.00 - 8.00pm
Order between Noon and 2.00 pm as that's the best time to ensure service.

Webbs Butchers: T: 01202 855 817, message on Facebook, or E: webbsbutchers@hotmail.co.uk Free ( minimum order for free delivery £20 West Moors, £30 surrounding area ): call before 1.00 pm Wednesday for deliveries THURSDAY afternoons. (also stock such as bread, milk etc.)