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Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Group

Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support group logoA new Facebook has been set up. It is expressly aimed at Ferndown residents and businesses. It is the Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Group.

This Facebook group has been set up with the express aim of helping the local community adapt to the changing daily circumstances we all face as we fight the Covid19 pandemic.

Their mission statement reads as follows:

“To provide physical and emotional support to those who are or may feel socially isolated as a result of the current COVID-19 virus outbreak.”

Over one thousand individuals and businesses have joined the group since the 15th March. While it is a private group it is open to local residents on application. This application process is simply a device to exclude those who would otherwise seek to exploit the group for personal gain. The group welcomes both local individuals and local businesses and those with an family or other similar interest in Ferndown.

Joining this group is highly recommended.

Local Ferndown Town Councillor Mandy Willis is involved with the group along with Cathy Lugg and Mike Parkes from Dorset Council. However it is worth emphasizing that this group set up and run by local residents committed to supporting the community. It is not associated with Ferndown Town Council or West Parley Parish Council.

How to Join Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Group

If you have a Facebook account just navigate to the group Facebook page.

Their URL is …. https://www.facebook.com/groups/139388397456610/

Click the link “+ Join Group” is all you have to do. You will be quickly vetted when your application is received. Unless you are some form of rogue you will be accepted. You will receive an email when you are admitted.

The Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Facebook page is a mine of information. Scroll through the posts and you will find many local businesses that will deliver food. There is even a spreadsheet (hat tip to Claire Johnson) listing all the local businesses that have stepped up to provide food and services during this difficult time.

During these difficult times we all need mutual support. Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support is one of the excellent new community based vehicles providing this support to us all.

Covid19 Information: Bypassing the Main Stream Media

Many people are feeling a little disenchanted with the main stream media (MSM) and their reporting of the Covid19 crisis. It often feels like some journalists/presenters are more interested in making a drama out of a crisis rather than providing people with the Covid19 information that they need.

You can however completely bypass the MSM. Instead get the latest government Covid19 information delivered directly to your email inbox. You can set the delivery to be on a daily, weekly or even an hourly interval if you so wish.

While this Covid19 information is purely what the government wants to present and so lacks any third party analysis, it also lacks opinionated MSM interpretation as well.

If you would like to sign up to receive the government email click the link HERE.
All you need is a valid email address. You can select how often you receive the email in the sign up process.

For further information on local Dorset action against this virus, Dorset Council have a dedicated and regularly updated page HERE. It in turn links to many other pages. Each page tackles a dedicated topic and is a mine of information. We first reported on this new Dorset Council initiative HERE but even in the short period of time since then the data was improved and increased.

Dorset Council also have two new warning two posters. They are designed to warn visitors that the person is either self isolating or has a compromised immune system and so will not answer the door.

Covid19 Information Posters

The posters are available as PDF’s. The posters are A4 in size and look like the images below. Download the PDF from the links below and then print it out.

Covid19 information: self-isolation poster

Covid19 information: weak immune system poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Self-Isolating Poster is HERE

The Weak-Immune Poster is HERE

Remember to stay safe and keep your distance.

Keep washing your hands!

Covid19 Virus: Dorset Action

The unprecedented actions taken by central government to control and contain the covid19 virus have left many people floundering for further information. There is also a considerable number of people who would like to lend a hand in defeating the virus. We are all very concerned for our more vulnerable residents and I am sure many would like to help out in whatever way they can. But until now little coordinated information has been available.

self-isolation posterNow Dorset Council has set up a webpage specifically aimed at combating the Covid19 virus on THIS LINK. This webpage gives guidance on a number of areas that have been impacted by the virus. The page also provides useful information of services that have had to change due to the virus.

There is also a link to a useful poster warning those approaching your house that you are self isolating. (like the image on the left in this post) If you would like to print off a copy for yourself then a direct link to it is HERE.

But the whole Dorset Council webpage contains much useful information and is highly recommended.

Volunteer to Fight the Covid19 Virus

Towards the bottom of the page there is a link to Dorset Volunteering Centre where those interested in helping their communities can sign up.

Have a look. A direct link is HERE:

Hopefully there will be a number of community groups set up in Ferndown to see us through this dreadful virus. If you have already set one up (Good for you!) then there is also a link to register your group. The idea is that the groups and individual volunteers will get some coordination and resources from a central source which feels like a good idea. The community group sign-up link is the second one on this page.

Remember to stay safe and follow the governments guidelines. We will keep you informed of any new information we come across.