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Coronavirus Latest: Dorset Update

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2020 10:40 PM

Archdeacon Penny is in daily contact with Dorset Council.

The latest Council information can be found here.

But these are the headlines:

The Dorset County Council website is being frequently updated with all the latest local information. This is your first port of call if you need help or advice.

Volunteers are very welcome to help vulnerable people receive medication and food. Please sign up yourself or your group on the Volunteer Centre Dorset web-site who are co-ordinating volunteers throughout the county. Please don’t set up independent groups.

Volunteer Centre Dorset have put in place protocols to keep both volunteers and vulnerable people safe when interacting. These include DBS checks, safe distancing protocols, and advice on hygiene.

Age UK will continue to provide support through their Good Neighbours scheme. This includes small maintenance jobs such as changing light bulbs, and access to trades people for larger jobs. Search Age UK Dorset for a local group.

There are national plans to look after those who are super-shielding and they will be contacted directly about arrangements.

The Council is very anxious that vulnerable groups are protected. There are already strong links with the Gypsy and Traveller Community, and with those working with people with addictions. If you are aware of any other vulnerable groups who need special help please, email with details.

Weymouth Crematorium remained open on Tuesday pm, but the situation is very fluid, so check their web-page for updates.

Although caravan parks are now closed to visitors, the County Council is aware that for some people the mobile home is their primary residence at this time. Arrangements are being made to make sure that these people have a safe place to park up.

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