Coronavirus Information Hub


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 

and of course these are important sources of information ....

UK Government 12th October Update

 - This is a MAJOR CHANGE in the virus control regime: it introduces the ' 3-Tier ' system across England: Medium (Tier 1), High (Tier 2) and Very High (Tier 3); currently West Moors, along with Dorset & BCP are in the 'Medium' category - and this means that, effectively, there is no appreciable change from the measures introduced on 22nd September ( summarised below ).

The 22nd September update mandated: pubs/bars and restaurants now have to close at/by 10.00 pm ... table service ONLY ... Names / contact details MUST be given ... people are once again being encouraged to WORK FROM HOME where possible ... face coverings compulsory for bar staff, shop workers and waiting staff ( in addition to the mask-wearing requirements in health, transport, retail, public-facility environments ) ... limit on guests at weddings REDUCED from 30 to 15 ... all plans to allow fans into sporting venues 'paused' ... only 6 people allowed as regards indoor team sports ... and gatherings of more than 6 people forbidden in indoor & outdoor settings ( unless part of a support 'bubble'.

Please refer to the documentation for a list of exemptions & applicability regarding these regulations. You should refer to community groups, clubs, hospitality venues etc., to find out how they will interpret the changed law.

NHS main Coronavirus information page
UK Government source for essential background documents & advice
BBC Coronavirus information page
Dorset Council: latest news and advice
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 futher information.
- Dorset Council have recently published a " Dorset Council Local Outbreak Plan " and this can be accessed via this page.

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.

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 0344 411 1444
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 ).


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