Dear Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole,

We need your continued help, now.

As set out in the Prime Minister’s announcement our NHS services are under great pressure.

The new COVID-19 variant is spreading fast.  We all need to play our part to stop the spread. The single most important actions we can all take now are to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We are urging all Dorset residents to play their part and please stay at home. If we all follow the measures set out by the government, we will reduce transmission, and protect the most vulnerable in our communities, and our local NHS.

Please help us to help you. We all have a role to play, whether looking after our own health or accessing services wisely and safely. It’s important to remember that your local pharmacists, GPs, Urgent Treatment Centres and Minor Injuries Units are still here for you if you need them. Minor Injuries Units/Urgent Treatment Centre in Weymouth, Bridport, Swanage, Shaftesbury and Wimborne can be reached direct by calling their dedicated phone number:  If you require urgent mental health support call the 24/7 Connection helpline on 0800 652 0190, or NHS 111, and you will be signposted to the right service for the support you need.

Please continue to attend NHS services for your booked appointment or procedure unless you are notified by us. If you cannot attend because you are self-isolating or do not want to attend, please contact the number on your appointment letter.

The health and care system in Dorset has been working extremely hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme to local people. We are delivering the vaccine in line with the national guidance which means those people who are most at risk will be invited first. The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, please don’t contact us to seek a vaccine.

While the roll-out of the vaccine in Dorset is great news we must make sure all other measures are still being followed such as regularly washing hands, wearing face coverings and keeping a safe distance from people not in our household.

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Thank you for your continued support.


FERNDOWN U3A : CoronaVirus Update 5th JANUARY 2021 


Dear U3A Members      IMPORTANT  –  PLEASE READ

What are England’s new rules?  

People in England will have to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons. Primary and secondary schools will move to online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable and keyworker children.

  • Reasons to leave home include:

    • Work or volunteering where it is “unreasonable” to work from home. This includes work in someone else’s home, such as that carried out by social workers, nannies, cleaners and tradespeople
    • Education, training, childcare and medical appointments and emergencies
    • Exercise outdoors (limited to once a day). This includes meeting one other person from another household in an open public space to exercise
    • Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
    • Communal religious worship
    • Meeting your support or childcare bubble. Children can also move between separated parents
    • Activities related to moving house

    Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be advised to limit the time they spend outside the home. They should only go out for medical appointments, for exercise, or if it is otherwise essential, the government says, and not for work or education purposes.

    International travel, or travel around the UK is only permitted for essential reasons.

    Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants and non-essential shops must close, as must indoor and outdoor sports facilities including gyms and tennis courts.

    Essential businesses and services can stay open to the public. These include:

    • Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and garden centres
    • Places of worship
    • Petrol stations and MOT services
    • Laundrettes
    • Banks and post offices
    • Doctors and dentists’ surgeries and vets
    • Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds

However, we are delighted to say we are continuing to offer our Something Every Day Programme via Zoom. Please contact the group leader to join any of these groups. Details on the Something Every Day page.

Keep Safe,

Your Committee