A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset needing Coronavirus-related support from their councils:  0300 790 6275

GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service WhatsApp.  This free to use service offers official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).  To use the GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

During the COVID-19 outbreak we are, together, facing a loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Two important new resources are now available to help people through these distressing times.

  1. A Bereavement and Coronavirus Guide has been produced to help with practical information such as how to register a death, through to planning a funeral and information on bereavement and grief. There is also a section on further advice and support.  If a person who has bereaved would like a paper copy of the guide, please telephone 0300 790 6275 and ask for the bereavement booklet to be sent to them and give their name and address
  2. Together with the booklet, Somerset has developed additional bereavement support services that have a quick and easy referral process.  If anyone would like to talk to someone about their loss then please contact the Marie Curie Helpline  0800 3047 412 Monday – Saturday 09.00-17.00. They are there to help and would welcome your call.  The service also has qualified bereavement support workers available for more in-depth support if needed. Professional referrals can be taken with the person’s permission.

Two posters have also been produced that can be downloaded below:

Keepsafe have developed a range of posters for people with learning disabilities.  These include:

  • Coronavirus Vaccine – follow Liz Hunt as she has her COVID-19 vaccine while in hospital
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – follow Bradley Whitaker as he goes for his COVID-19 vaccine
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – who gets it first?
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – please don’t call
  • Vaccines are coming
  • Coronavirus – too many deaths
  • The NHS is open
  • Back in lockdown
  • Keeping safe
  • If you get ill
  • Being on your own
  • A support bubble
  • Why we wear PPE
  • Get tested
  • Food banks
  • Domestic abuse
  • Shielding