Government guidance from 11 May 2020 is to stay alert – control the virus – save lives. This means:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Work from home if you can.
- Limit contact with other people.
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible).
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Communities in the Wiveliscombe and 10 Parishes area are doing a great job to help people stay safe and cope with the unusual temporary restrictions. Look after yourselves and others too.
Information for Wiveliscombe area: lots of advice at www.wiveliscombe.com/coronavirus on many things, including coping with being at home, local shopping and food delivery.
Help in Wiveliscombe and 10 Parishes: a register for those needing and offering local help is being maintained by Wiveliscombe Area Partnership – contact the Community Office on 01984 624 777 (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, answerphone at other times) or by email at email@example.com.
Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do, including protecting yourself and others, financial support, schools, childcare, businesses and organisations, healthcare workers and carers, travel and public services.
Somerset Coronavirus Support – Council Helpline – 0300 790 6275 for Coronavirus-related support from Somerset West and Taunton Council and Somerset County Council. Open 8am-6pm, 7 days a week. Help offered includes: emotional support, financial support, personal care, support getting essential food supplies and prescriptions, housing advice, transport advice for urgent medical appointments, waste collection and disposal. Advice and information also offered online – see below.
NHS advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Lister House Surgery: news and guidance
Mental health information from Somerset County Council (good advice on looking after your health, wellbeing and safety): www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-mental-health-information
Mindline Somerset – Coronavirus emotional support helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Mind in Somerset on 01823 276 892
Somerset West and Taunton Council advice online includes businesses, help with housing benefit, council tax, rent and mortgage payments, staying safe online, health, tenants and landlords, bereavment, planning and a Community Support Pack: www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/coronavirus
Somerset Waste Partnership service updates and disposing of waste for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus
Somerset County Council: Latest Coronavirus updates, including school meal home delivery, early years childcare, shielding hubs update, self isolation, education, volunteering opportunities, trading standards advice for hospitality businesses, appeal for protective equipment, virtual training for foster carers, hospital discharge, registering a death and encouraging activity at home
Somerset County Council services affected by the Coronavirus: www.somerset.gov.uk/covid-19-our-affected-services
BBC website is good for answering questions and providing the latest news: www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers
I will continue to update this list with important and reliable sources of advice. Please contact me if you need any additional help and I will do my best to assist.