Message from Sovereign’s Chief Executive about services from 5 November
“As you’ll all know, from Thursday the country is going back into lockdown for at least four weeks. Restrictions on our normal lives will probably be in place for some time and it may prove to be a tough winter.
“I want to reassure you that at Sovereign our primary focus is on delivering for you, our customers over the next four weeks and beyond.
“As far as possible it will be business as usual for most of our employees and for our services. We’ll be sharing more detailed guidance soon around any changes in services you might expect, including the closure of communal areas in our housing for older people schemes and a pause on some planned refurbishments where we’d need to be in your home for an extended period. But we’ll do everything we can to continue providing services – including mutual exchanges and lettings.
“Keeping you safe and protecting our employees remains our highest priority and I’m very grateful to you for following the guidelines on social distancing as well as the basics of regular handwashing and face coverings when needed.
“I’d remind you as well of the importance of getting a coronavirus test if you have symptoms and of following the government’s guidance around self-isolating if you or someone in your household’s tested positive or has symptoms and is waiting for a test. It’s especially important that you keep us informed if we might be visiting you, so that we’re not putting our employees or other customers at risk.
“As I hope you found in March, we’ve proved able to adapt fast to very challenging times in 2020. We’re doing all that we can to continue to deliver services and to meet your needs over the coming weeks and months. If you have concerns, please get in touch. In the meantime, I hope that you and your families stay safe.”
For details about how Sovereign can help you, together with details of the support and advice they have available for you to access now, please refer to the Sovereign Housing Association section in this website. Click here…..
Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) is an independent race equality charity in Dorset that has been operating in Dorset since the 1990s. It is based in Bournemouth but covers the whole of the County. Its aims are as follows:
- To support people from different ethnic backgrounds who feel they have been discriminated against because of their race or their religion
- To challenge racism and any kind of prejudice
- To promote and celebrate the cultural diversity of Dorset
- To work towards the reduction of the inequalities of access to services encounter by certain groups within the Dorset communities
- To support statutory, voluntary organisations and local businesses to embed the Equality and Diversity agenda in their activities
Over the years DREC has developed trust and good relationships with settled ethnic minority communities, especially in the conurbation. However, DREC is conscious that there are constant changes in the population make up and that more and more families from a different ethnic background now prefer settling in the more rural parts of Dorset. This makes it difficult for DREC to engage individual families or small group of individuals who are not necessarily closely linked to a established and structured ethnic minority community group.
As a community group, we would like to share information about DREC with you. If you are interested in discovering more about this organisation, you will be able to find more information on the DREC website at www.dorsetrec.org.uk.
‘The NHS in Dorset would like to thank you for everything you are doing to support our staff during the global coronavirus pandemic. We are incredibly proud of all that our amazing NHS staff have achieved with the help and support of other key workers’Thank you from your local NHS in Dorset
In the letter from NHS in Dorset (which you can download by clicking on the button below). They share with us an update on the way they’re having to deliver local health services, explaining that it will need to continue to be different and that returning services quickly to how they ran before this pandemic is not possible.
It will take time, and as we know coronavirus is likely to be with us for a while.
Download the letter.
HERE FOR YOUR HEALTH & WELLBEING
Live Well Dorset are a public health service funded by Dorset Council.
They are here to support the health and wellbeing of residents in Dorset.
LiveWell Dorset supports you on your journey to a happier, healthier you through FREE advice and coaching. Want to become more active, lose weight, quit smoking or drink less alcohol? Click here….
Making a lifestyle change is tough. Seven in ten of us have two or more unhealthy habits. Two-thirds of us are trying to lose weight most of the time. You are not alone! Live Well Dorset are here for you. Daily, they will hear stories of their clients overcoming mountains to achieve a goal of a healthy lifestyle.
Making a lifestyle change is possible. Live Well Dorset are here for you. Take your next step to LiveWell by registering today.
Every adult in Dorset can receive free healthy living advice and coaching.
Newhouse Farm Diary are a family business, delivering milk and fresh produce since 2001.
It is based at Madjeston, Gillingham and delivers fresh milk and associated products to a number of local villages. The milkman already delivers to customers in Zeals, Wolverton, Bourton, Penselwood the the surrounding areas. They deliver a variety of items, including eggs, butter, cream, yogurts, cheese and a variety of other quality goods. and the latest doorstep delivery stock and price list is available by clicking here.
Due to the present situation they are finding that there are more people looking for a regular doorstep delivery service. Could that be you?
Newhouse Farm Dairy deliver 3 days a week in the early hours of the day so that the products are fresh for use first thing. In most cases they ask for a cool box or similar to be placed on the doorstep or drive, bills are delivered with the product at the end of the month with payment via bacs or cheque. As the products are fresh, and with a short shelf life, customers are encouraged to have a standing order over the week, which enables the milkmen to carry the goods for delivery on a pre-ordered basis. Orders can be changed via phone or email but with 48 hours notice, so that we have the stock in our fridges prior.
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Richard & Wendy Pike Newhouse Farm Dairy 01747 822700, or visit the website at www.milkandmore.co.uk
Can’t get out for essentials?
Morrisons will now bring them to you.
The new Food Boxes from Morrisons are designed to provide you with everyday essentials, without needing to leave your home. With a choice of groceries or prepared meals, we offer convenient delivery directly to your door.
A box contains £30 of groceries and Morrisons offer convenient delivery directly to your door for £5.
Choose from a range of boxes including meat or vegetarian groceries together with household essentials, or opt for a Market Kitchen box – a collection of hand-finished prepared meals. Simply choose a box that best suits you.
If you want to find out more , like what you can expect inside the box, the types of boxes available and all the full details, then please click on this link https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/.
You can place an order via this website, or you can order by phone on 0845 611 6111 ; between 8am – 11pm Monday – Saturday
‘It is important in this uncertain time that we follow the advice provided by the Government and Health experts. This advice is likely to change daily based on the evolving situation.
As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work. This should be done as infrequently as possible. When outside it is important to stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
When you return home, wash your hands immediately, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
The Government has announced new measures to help tackle the spread of Coronavirus. This is called social distancing and is particularly important for people who:
– are 70 or over
– have a long-term condition
– are pregnant
– have a weakened immune system’This important information has been shared from
To read more, please visit our MP’s website
Our local Member of Parliament, Simon Hoare, shared this information with the community via the Blackmore Vale Magazine (27 March publication). We have been in touch with his office and offered to share the details of our local MPs excellent website.
The website contains some very useful links to a variety of governement and other trustworthy resources. This provides access to important informtaion on several topics that are key during this period of uncertainty. We would like to thank you for providing this.
This includes information about and relevant to :
- NHS / Coronavirus
- Businesses (including HMRC/Business Rates)
- Employment and jobs (Self-employed/Employees/Employers)
- Dorset County and Town Council Services, etc
- Education and schools, etc
- Travel Advice, Citizens Advice, volunteering, suport groups, etc
- ……….and much much more
You can get to this, using the link here: https://www.simonhoare.org.uk/covid-19-latest-advice
For those who wish to keep in contact with the Parish of Upper Stour at this time there are several innovative ways. One is the recently introduced Parish e-newsletter. You can see the current and latest newsletter here . This month features the Holy Week and Easter celebrations, together with an exploration of a very unusual Lent. The articles are accompanied by some joyous photgraphy.
Included is a link to the Holy Week and Easter 2020 booklet which helps you follow through from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.(Click Here – Holy Week). The booklet was produced by the Diocese of Lichfield. The Rev’d Ben hopes it will be helpful for us all as we keep this holy time together, but in different places.
There is also some support for our volunteers and those many individuals who have been helping the community at this time.
I am delighted that so many are rising to the challenge to help one another! This month’s Parish Magazine outlines some of the help that is being provided, and I would also like to draw your attention to the Bourton Community Support Group, details of which can be found here.Rev’d Ben Rundell-Evans – Priest in Charge, Parish of Upper Stour
The Reverend Ben will also be sending out an e-newsletter on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. If you discover that someone would like to receive these e-newsletters who hasn’t yet, then please encourage them to sign up here.
We will hopefully be able to feaure them here again in our News Posts.
For those who want to find out more, we’ve also put in the contact details for the Parish of Upper Stour on our Contact Info page.