Dorset Rapid Community Testing

Public Health Dorset, on behalf of BCP Council and Dorset Council, is setting up a Dorset Community Rapid Testing Service. This will aim to offer weekly asymptomatic testing to employees of businesses, charities and voluntary organisations (<250 people) and the self-employed across Dorset who cannot work from home due to the nature of their role.

One in three people who have Covid-19 show no symptoms and can therefore spread it without knowing.

To qualify for testing, your business must either provide an essential service or support the vulnerable.

This service is for people who don’t already have access to asymptomatic testing. If your organisation wants access to the rapid testing service you must register its interest online

Find out more here.

Cabs 4 Jabs from PRC Streamline Taxis

PRC Streamline Taxis  are currently working  with the local community to raise funds to provide over 1000 free cab rides for those in the  Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne, and Ferndown areas who cannot afford to pay to travel for their Covid – 19 vaccinations.

Some people are concerned about using public transport, exposing themselves to more people than they would in a taxi so we want to make it safer for those who are more vulnerable and the elderly to travel alone or with one other person from their household or bubble. Public Health Dorset would rather they didn’t ask neighbours, not in their bubble, for lifts as this might also spread the virus. We already provide discounted fares for vaccination trips but having seen Cabs4Jabs on the TV, thought that we should go the extra mile and get involved.

PRC Streamline are not in a position to offer this service for free as drivers are already working on a much lower income due to the pandemic and the reduction in work. We are working closely with many of the vaccination centres in the BCP area and beyond so  please get in touch  as soon as you receive your Covid appointment.

We’d like to thank those who have donated and would be grateful if you can all share the link and spread the word to others who can donate and support this initiative.

We are working closely with many of the vaccination centres in the BCP area and beyond so  please get in touch  as soon as you receive your Covid appointment.

If you want to book a free cab to get to your Covid Appointment please call  01202 37 37 37. You’ll need to confirm your appointment time and location please.

PRC Streamline Cabs for Jabs fundraising team will only use your donation to pay for taxi fares for local older and vulnerable residents who require assistance getting to and from their Covid vaccination appointment only.

Donate here: Go Fund Me Cab 4 Jabs

Furloughed? Volunteer to end COVID-19 in Dorset

This is an exciting opportunity to join The Community Action Network (CAN) and play your part in history by protecting the community and saving lives.

Community Action Network, is a local infrastructure charity with a mission to
empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and involve communities across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Working in partnership with Volunteer Centre Dorset, they inspire and support people to  volunteer in the Dorset Council area.

The NHS in Dorset have asked CAN to help them make sure people coming for their vaccinations feel welcomed, comfortable and safe.  CAN is recruiting, training, deploying and supporting Volunteer Marshals to help make this happen.

Interested in becoming a Marshal?  Read for more and register here.

BCP Council: Live COVID-19 broadcast on Thursday, 26th November

BCP Council has teamed up with Public Health Dorset and Dorset Council to broadcast together this coming Thursday,  26th November, after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once the current national restrictions end on 2 December.

Join BCP Council for the live broadcast via Microsoft Teams from 7pm. You will need to ensure you have downloaded the free Microsoft Teams app to your device to be able to join the broadcast.

BCP Council would love you to submit a question, but please note this needs to be done in advance using this form

If you are unable to join at 7pm on Thursday, be assured that the briefing will be recorded and available to watch back on BCP Council’s YouTube channel afterwards. Over 2,200 people watched the last COVID-19 broadcast on our YouTube channel following the live session on 29 October.

Cllr Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for Covid resilience and Public Health for BCP Council, Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe and Aidan Dunn, Executive Director for Corporate Development at Dorset Council will be hosting the session. They will outline what the latest restrictions mean for local areas, council services and will answer residents’ questions.

Director of Public Health Dorset, Sam Crowe, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, we know that people across the BCP areas will want to understand what the latest rules from Government mean for them and their families. Many people live and work across both council areas, so we wanted to hold a live session as soon as possible to discuss what the next few weeks will look like and hopefully answer some questions that people may have.”