Welcome to the Bourton Community Support Group
Our purpose is to support residents of Bourton, Dorset during these unprecedented times. We are here to support anyone in isolation due to being in an at-risk group, is isolating for other reasons or who are unable to manage due to whatever circumstances they find themselves in.
We will help you with the essential things like fetching and delivering your prescriptions, emergency shopping, getting your dog to the vet in an emergency. If we can’t assist then we will help put you in touch with those who can. And, of course, we are a friendly voice at the end of a telephone line if you just need a chat. You can contact us by phone, email or completing a form on this site.
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IMPORTANT : LATEST NATIONAL LOCKDOWN GUIDANCE
As published on 30 March 2021https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
Click here for the very latest official updates and announcements of measures to address coronavirus.
See the Latest News, posted below.
Do you need help? Click here to find out what is available through Dorset Council.
Click on this link here for the latest advice on shielding from COVID-19.
This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.
Including the changes that occured on March 18th.
This is national guidance that applies to England only , including the changes that occured recently. People in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local restrictions page , or click on the image below, to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.
Did you experienced hardship as a consequence of the lack of Free School Meals over half term and school breaks? See News Update page. Alternatively, the ‘Leave No Child Behind‘ campaign gives you an opportunity to show support.Please email us for advice and assistance.
Click here to access the latest news from the gov.uk News and Communications web pages.
Since March the world has been a very different place. We hope that between the current and previoius periods of lockdown, you were able to make use of the reduced restrictions on movement and the accompanying freedoms to go out and about and to see friends and family.
We will keep you informed through this website of the latest changes to the SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES which helps keep us ALL safe. New and evolving elements are regularly introduced to help us achieve a safe and as much as possible ‘normal’ way of life as shops and workplaces continue to adapt to keep us safe.
As time goes by, people have been able to regain more independence again and this is excellent news. So, whilst demand for the Bourton Community Support Group’s services have reduced, please remember as things change, your needs might change too.
Since March we have continued to offer individual support to those who require some ongoing assistance with essentials. We are continuing to collect medications on behalf of individuals still wishing to avoid pharmacies and surgeries and doing welfare checks and individual shopping where there is a particular need.
Now we have returned to a third and even stricter lockdown than the one in November, but we would like to remind you that you are not alone and if you do need support then please do get in touch.
We will be here for the community to provide essential support and advice for any further waves of Coronavirus, local spikes or changes in circumstances.
With best wishes, keep safe and take care.
Our revised list of scheduled services can be seen by clicking here. Please share this with your neighbours and friends who may not have internet access.
Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’
● hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
● face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
● space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely (updated at 30 March).
In the National News……….Other useful links available here …….
A range of local businesses who are able to supply goods and services to Bourton, safely.
We’ve collected a variety of informative, useful, and trustworthy websites.