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.

As winter approaches, we’ll be spending more time indoors. This will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.
The following reconstructions of everyday environments show why washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping at least 2m apart is vital in controlling the spread.
Coronavirus can live for more than 24 hours indoors.
You could pick up or pass on the virus by touching a contaminated surface.
Washing your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing it on.
Coronavirus can be found in tiny droplets coming out of your nose and mouth.
Wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth reduces the spread of droplets carrying the virus. This means if you have it, you’re less likely to pass it on to others.
Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch. Spreading the virus through droplets is most likely to happen when you are less than 2m apart.
Smaller droplets called aerosols can stay in the air for some time, especially if there is no ventilation.
So when you are with people not from your household, you must keep at least 2m apart.
The risk of spreading the virus through smaller droplets is much less outdoors, where there is more ventilation.
Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. These are the three most effective ways we can all control the spread of the virus.
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 here to access the latest news from the gov.uk News and Communications web pages.

Click here for the 22 September 2020 announcement of further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus.

Click on this link here for the latest advice on shielding from COVID-19.

Including the changes that occured on September 29th 2020.


This is national guidance that applies to England only , including the changes that occured on October 9th 2020. 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.

We hope that since early July you have been 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 now have the ‘Rule of Six’ which helps keep us safe. Many elements have been introduced to help us get to a more ‘normal’ way of life with many people eating out and returning to work.

Many people are able to regain their independence again and this is excellent news. So, whilst our need to help out has reduced, 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.

Should there be a return to lockdown, a second wave of Coronavirus, local spike or change in circumstances we will aim to return to the levels of support provided previously.

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.

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.

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