A 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.