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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.

Scroll down for the latest news and regular updates.

Latest News on the UK Government COVID-19 Winter Plans. See News and gov.uk

Click here for the very latest official updates and announcements of measures to address coronavirus.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.

Do you need help? Click here to find out what is available through Dorset Council.

Whether it’s paying the rent or mortgage, keeping up with bill payments, redundancy, free school meals, benefits, mental health or relationship support, speak to someone now.
We are working with Dorset Citizens Advice, and often a chat with a specialist adviser is enough to set you in the right direction.
We want you to know you’re not alone, there is a range of help and support available. Specialist advisers can help you with immediate problems and help plan for the longer term.
Call Dorset Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848
Call the Dorset Citizens Advice line freephone on 0800 144 8848 or textphone 0800 144 8884. All advice is free, confidential and impartial. Citizens Advice will not charge you to call the helpline, however your service provider might do.See more about Citizens Advice call charges.
FOR THE VERY LATEST UPDATES CLICK HERE: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
As winter approaches, we’ll be spending more time indoors. This will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.
Don’t forget: Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. Read more ……….

Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, get a free test by calling 119 or visiting NHS.uk.
Together, we will control the virus and stop the spread.
Don’t forget, Hands, Face, Space.

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 November 5th 2020.

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.

Click here or on the picture above to access the Dorset Council website

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 second lockdown, 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.

Take care and keep safe.

Contact Us

Whether you need help or advice there are several ways to get in touch.

Local Services

A range of local businesses who are able to supply goods and services to Bourton, safely.

Useful Links

We’ve collected a variety of informative, useful, and trustworthy websites.

Latest News

UK Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan

Announced on November 23rd, the UK Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan presents a programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going and providing a route back to normality. The plan sets out the Government’s approach to ending the national restrictions on 2 December. Full details are availble […]

Neighbourhood Watch

If you didn’t already know, there are local Neighbourhood Watch groups active in Zeals and Bourton. Neighbourhood Watch believe in and help promote a caring society that is focused on trust and respect, in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch supports individuals and groups to create safer, […]

Sovereign Housing Association

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 […]

Halloween

Advice From Dorset Police This year Dorset Police are asking everyone, whatever they are doing for Halloween, to take extra care. There are some alternatives suggested below. In Bourton a number of houses are having spooky window displays for you to see. More information is available via the village facebook group. If you decide to […]

Taking care of your Mental Health & Wellbeing

It is so important to look after your mental and physical health and overall wellbeing during these difficult times. This guide, produced by Public Health England (PHE) for Her Majesty’s Government, provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak1. For other guidance on how to protect yourself […]

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