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[ Inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States ]
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Coronavirus is significantly impacting upon the lives of all of us; this page is intended to be a single point-of-information for the local area on all matters related.
It goes without saying that we must look-out for those among us who are isolated, vulnerable, not able to get to the shops, not 'in touch' via on-line services etc. This latter point needs emphasising: not everyone is online!

With a bit of common sense and community spirit, this emergency will be successfully dealt with - WE WILL COME THROUGH THIS!

A pdf version of this page is now available on this web site.

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

[ information / links last updated: Tuesday 7th April ]

 Do YOU need help?
Are you isolated or otherwise unable to get out? Need help with shopping, staying in touch, transport for urgent medical reasons etc.
Then scroll down to the 'Contacts' section of this web page, where there is a listing of useful telephone numbers, for both individuals and organisations, who can help. A quick summary of telephone numbers is also available to download.

 Can YOU offer help?
As well as the locally organised listing of useful telephone contacts ( see under 'Contacts' ) County, Charity & NHS organisations are now offering support: they obviously depend upon volunteers (who are fit and able) to populate the services. See the entries under 'Sources' for links to appropriate coordinating concerns.

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? ". 

The advice on this page will keep changing ... so keep coming back to that link .... in particular, there are now several posters you can print-out to display including for the following categories: " Self-isolating ", " Weak immune system ", " Lockdown " and " Staying safe if someone else is doing your shopping ". Scroll down to near the bottom of that page …..

%% Dorset Council: " Dorset Together " - community response

... and, as of Tuesday 24th March, the NHS are coordinating a volunteer scheme 'nationwide':

%% NHS Volunteer Responder scheme: the link will give you more information and let you sign up to one of four categories ... and

%% Dorset Volunteering Centre: for individuals & organisations to register availability ( telephone 01305 269 214 or email them )

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

%% NHS main Coronavirus information page
%% UK Government source for essential background documents & advice
%% BBC Coronavirus information page
Dorset Council: latest news and advice

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

There is a list of organisations and individuals below that have offered to help .... pass on to anyone you know my email address if they want to help and I'll add them in. We're 'feeling our way' on this one: the important thing is .... no one should feel abandoned!
Entries below are provided by volunteers who have indicated that, on a ' best endeavours ' basis, they will help out by doing some emergency shopping, collecting prescriptions etc. The entries will 'self-delete' after 3 weeks - if you have volunteered and want to continue, let me know at the end of that period - I'll attempt to contact you as well, either via telephone or email, just to see how things are working out. The list is growing  - nothing 'ordered' about it as yet - we're doing our best to make sure that as many aspects are covered as can be; also I've now added three local businesses who have indicated that they will deliver (if possible) to your home - call them to find out more: to have your name added, use my email address
* AgeUK are playing a coordinating role across Dorset: Each request will be individually assessed and categorised according to the individual's level of need. If you think they can help, contact them [ 9.00 am to 5.00 pm / 7 days ] on 01305 269 444 or email them
* 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 ( 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days - this number changed from that shown previously ) or you can email them.
* 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. For an 'East Dorset'-based response, call 01202 884 738 ( Wimborne office, limited availability ) and leave your name, telephone number etc., and they will contact you ... or email them; alternatively try the Dorset AdviceLine on 0344 411 1444 ( this number has changed from that shown here previously! )
Churches in particular are playing a strong role in this crisis: they offer not only the day-to-day support in terms of shopping (as do the individuals listed below) but also they can provide important personal contact - people will be very worried - the situation is changing rapidly - we've not seen anything like this for decades. A friendly voice on the end of the phone for a few minutes can work wonders. Pass this list along to anyone you know ( print out and put through the letter-box ) so that those not 'on line' don't miss out. 

In addition, Pinehurst Community Church have arranged for the printing of 'contact cards' and are coordinating distribution: DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE SUPPORT CARD ( pdf format - should open in a new window ). If you decide to duplicate and distribute from this source, please liaise with Adam Parrett at Pinehurst Community Church ( telephone number below ) to avoid duplication.

Area .... Telephone number ... date of expiry/review
These churches have set up networking to provide support: contact the number shown and they will pass on the need as soon as possible.
Pinehurst Community Church .... 01202 892 776 .... 26 April
St. Mary's Parish Church (Support Team) .... 01202 861 533 or 07890 717 136
.... 28 April
West Moors .... 01202 873 786 (evenings best) .... 26 April
Abbey Road .... 01202 897 403 .... 26 April
Forest Road .... 07769 555 164 (but telephone chats/support ONLY).... 27 April 
Glenwood Way .... 07712 741 624 .... 28 April 
Hardy Road .... 07889 396 544 .... 28 April 
Station Road .... 07788 967 092 .... 28 April 
Bond Avenue .... 07881 301 824 (evening/weekends best) .... 11 April
Pinehurst Road (but all West Moors if necessary) .... 07730 049 861 .... 15 April
West Moors .... 07780 774 770 .... 15 April
Braeside/Moorlands Road .... 07714 269 941 .... 16 April 
Bridges Close .... 07932 722 075 (prescription collection ONLY) .... 27 April 
Businesses ( local, who have indicated that they will attempt to deliver goods & services during the current emergency - talk to them to find out what is on offer - remember, items may/will be limited): 
BTH Pet Supplies (Riverside Court) …. 01202 872 746 
Gullivers Farm Shop (Station Road) …. 01202 619 891 [after 12.30 pm] 
Pandora Bakery (Pinehurst Road shops) …. 01202 874 504 
Webbs Butchers (Station Road) …. 01202 855 817 
This page is provided as a central information log only: we don't have the ability to monitor the efficiency, security or otherwise of the volunteer scheme above: never interact with someone you haven't verified as a genuine volunteer. 
 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. 
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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

Bulletin of local progress of Emergency (can be printed as an information sheet for distribution: latest issue at top):

Issue 01 (Monday 23rd March 2020)
Issue 02 (Monday 30th March 2020)
Issue 03 (Monday 6th April 2020)