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31 March 2020

Coronavirus - who can help?

Who can help you during the coronavirus pandemic

Last updated at 11.05am on 30th March 2020.

UK Government & NHS

The UK Government coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you up to date with how the government is responding, and includes guidance on social distancing and staying at home. Please ensure you stay up to date on the latest announcements and guidance from the government. 

The UK NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health related information. This page gives clear information on when people need to self-isolate and how long for.  

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply: www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Dorset Council

Please click here to visit Dorset Council’s main coronavirus webpage.

Guidance and information on the co-ordinated community response in Dorset can be found on Dorset Council’s website here: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/co-ordinated-community-response.aspx

Dorset Council’s business support page can be found here: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/businesses-and-employers.aspx

Dorset Digital Hotline

If you’re feeling a bit lost in this new digital-only world, help is on hand from the Dorset Digital Hotline. From Monday 30 March the new helpline will be available from 10am to midday each weekday – with no question too small.

Do you need help to use eConsult to reach your doctor’s surgery, or wonder whether video conferencing, like Skype, could keep you in touch with your grandchildren?  Are you working out how to work from home, or how to use online computer resources to help your children learn? 

Anyone can call the Dorset Digital Hotline with an IT question on 01305 221048. More information about this scheme can be found here: https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/03/27/digital-champions-ready-to-help/

NHS Volunteers

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerrespondersto become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as: 

– delivering medicines from pharmacies;

– driving patients to appointments;

– bringing them home from hospital;

– or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

To find out more, please click here: www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

Dorset Community Action

Dorset Community Action is a charity that exists to support charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises across the local community. They are committed to helping your charity, community group or social enterprise through these unsettled times. They have set up a dedicated coronavirus helpline, which can be found here alongside further information and resources: www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/covid-19-updates/

Volunteer Centre Dorset

If you would like to volunteer to support your local community and local organisations, please contact Volunteer Centre Dorset: www.volunteeringdorset.org.uk/covid19

Weymouth Community Volunteers

Volunteers are on call to help with shopping requests or possible dog walking. The phones are only being answered between 10am and 11am for requests: 01305 830255

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