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Need support? Together We Can, our COVID-19 community response helpline, is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday for people in vital need of food and essential household items. Phone 0300 123 7052.

*new* 12 January 2021:

*new* 5 January 2021: England is now in a nationwide lockdown

*new* 14 December 2020: COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults

This leaflet explains who is eligible and who needs to have the COVID-19 vaccine to protect them from coronavirus.

There is also a message from the British Islamic Medical Association concerning the COVID-19 vaccine:

Government information

All government COVID-19 information:

Visiting arrangements in and out of care homes: (updated on 12 January) (updated on 12 January)

Guidance for the clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable: (updated 31 December)

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions and how to make your own: (updated 4 December)

Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under government guidance:  Local bus operators are offering free assistance cards to show to the driver to avoid confusion.  Visit morebus and Yellow Buses to find out more.

Get COVID-19 support as an extremely vulnerable person:

'Test and trace' - free service launched: 

How 'Test and trace' works:

NHS information

NHS information on COVID-19:

Local information

BCP Council's local information:

Dorset Council's local information:

Independent advice on health and social care from Healthwatch Dorset:

Advice for people with dementia and their families

Advice and support from Age UK for people affected by dementia:

Dementia UK advice for people with dementia and their families:

Supporting a person with dementia at home:

Support for a person with dementia living alone:

Supporting a person with dementia from a distance:

The IDEAL Programme has leaflets about how people with dementia can stay well during the coronavirus epidemic, and also one for family members or friends supporting a person with dementia on how to support someone with dementia during the coronavirus epidemic.

Advice for people with autism/learning disability, their families and professionals

Advice for families and professionals supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities: Social Care Institite for Excellence > COVID-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults


Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin:  

Information and advice is changing rapidly, and information contained on these pages was correct at time of publishing. However, if you discover anything has changed, please use the 'give feedback' button to let us know.

Page last updated: 14/01/2021 09:35
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