► NSH VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS
[New sign-ups paused] https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
► DORSET VOLUNTEER CENTRE
ASK FOR HELP
► REGISTER AS VULNERABLE
Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
This service is free. You can register yourself, or for someone else.
FOR THOSE WITH M.E.
If you have M.E. and need assistance please keep in touch with https://www.actionforme.org.uk/ or the M.E. Association https://www.meassociation.org.uk/ who are aware of the difficulties you are experiencing in getting essential necessities during this crisis, and will do all they can to help.
► FINANCIAL SUPPORT
OUR SUMMARY FOR BUSINESSES & HOUSEHOLDS:
DORSET COUNCIL & AGENCIES:
► DORSET COUNCIL DEDICATED HELPLINE: 01305 221022
If you are self-isolating or know people who are in need of help, call Dorset Council's dedicated helpline, open 8am-8pm 7 days a week.
► DORSET COUNCIL COORDINATED RESPONSE
For all you need to know about what's happening in the Dorset Council area:
Register as a Dorset Council COVID-19 Community Volunteer
► DORSET COMMUNITY ACTION
Committed to helping charities, community groups or social enterprises through these unsettled times.
Dedicated Helpline, open between 11am and 4pm Monday to Friday to answer questions you may have regarding Coronavirus and your organisation - 01202 847609.
Visit www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk for regular updates.
► BENEFITS & FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS
► GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
► CITIZENS ADVICE
Contact the Dorset Adviceline on 0344 411 1444 or email your local branch:
CENTRAL (North Dorset, Sherborne, Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland)
► AGE UK
► HELP & KINDNESS DIRECTORY
In partnership with Dorset Healthcare, Dorset Council, Dorset Volunteer Centre, Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau, Dorset Community Action and voluntary groups in the community, #HelpAndKindness is a useful portal, listing support that is available during the COVID-19 emergency in Dorset.
Visit the site and search for your local area:
Search results for Sherborne area:
Search results for Dorchester area:
Search results for the Dorset area:
► BEAMINSTER COMMUNITY SUPPORT:
For details of Beaminster's Community Resilience Team visit:
► BRIDPORT CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT GROUP:
Bridport Town Council has launched its COVID-19 Community Support Network. A single phone number – 01308 808900 – provides access to advice and practical help provided by a host of local organisations from across the Bridport area, supported by around 150 volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer in Bridport Tel: 07401243585. The phone will be manned for one hour a day from 10am to 11am to receive calls and will otherwise go to answerphone.
Download, print or share the Bridport Coronavirus Support Leaflet
► CUPBOARD LOVE BRIDPORT:
Access and download USEFUL CONTACTS in Bridport
► DORCHESTER COMMUNITY KITCHEN
Providing food boxes for vulnerable people, families in short term financial hardship, carers and anyone who needs a little help right now. If you are unable to get to their donation drop off due to isolation, mobility issues or lack of transport, they can help.
Click here to > self refer < to Dorchester Community Kitchen
► DORCHESTER CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT GROUP
Connect via facebook
t: 07562 389519
► DORSET CARERS HUB
► DORSET CARERS HELPLINE
► LYME REGIS COMMUNITY SUPPORT:
Search on Facebook or call Cheryl Reynolds on 01297 443814 or 01297 691492.
► PUDDLETOWN AREA VOLUNTARY GROUP:
The Puddletown Area Parish Council supports a voluntary group of residents from its four parishes, Athelhampton, Burleston, Puddletown and Tolpuddle. The aim is to assure that everybody who needs it gets the food and medicines they need, and nobody suffers loneliness. Coordinated by:
Julian Hubbuck (Parish Council) Tel. 07881 678126 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Hillman (Vicar) Tel. 01305 848784 email email@example.com
► SHERBORNE VIRAL KINDNESS:
On Facebook @sherborneviralkindness or call on 07884 115 987
► SHERBORNE COMMUNITY KITCHEN:
FREE meals (to re-heat) delivered each day for local NHS staff or those in need:
e: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07531 198791
► YOUR LOCAL FOODBANK
If you want to help a local foodbank or ask for support, visit Dorset Council's Directory
FOOD & DRINK DELIVERED
► FOOD BUSINESSES & VOLUNTEER GROUPS
All of these producers, suppliers and businesses are either OPEN for business or offering local DELIVERIES
Listings include food banks, local voluntary groups such as SHERBORNE VIRAL KINDNESS, restaurants, producers, farm shops & delis plus local collaborations:
More local response groups at #HelpandKindness:
DIKE & SON FAMILY-RUN SUPERMARKET - STALBRIDGE inc DELIVERIES
Is somebody doing your shopping for you? How to stay safe:
- Do ask for help – work with trusted organisations and volunteers
- Make arrangements for help over the phone with a trusted organisation, not with a stranger on the doorstep
- Don’t hand money over without having your shopping and a receipt
- Have your food left on the doorstep, do not let the person in your home
- Put money in an envelope and give to the volunteer at a distance
- Ensure you keep a 2 metre distance from the person delivering your shopping
- Wash your hands (for 20 seconds) and surfaces after unpacking the shopping
- Thank your lovely volunteer
Download a poster about staying safe is somebody is doing your shopping (via Dorset Council)
Read Government guidance on how to stay safe when helping others: