Help from Citizens Advice and Foodbanks – 20th March 2020

This information from Dorset Council – 20th March 2020

Citizen’s Advice

Citizens Advice are continuing to provide free, independent and confidential advice and information to residents experiencing hardship in anyway. They have a full range of employees and volunteers who are operating their service from home so are not currently adversely affected by self-isolation.

They will continue to offer a full range of advice including help with:
Benefits entitlement and claims
Debt management and budgeting
Employment advice, including Statutory Sick Pay and rights when laid off work
Advice for the self employed

Contact information can be found on our DC’s Co-ordinated Community Response webpage.

Food banks

To ease the predicted increased demand for local food banks, Dorset Council have connected with all foodbanks in the Dorset Council area and given an initial support payment of £1000. Work is also underway to ensure they are able to access all the resources they require and to ensure they all will take electronic vouchers to make the ease of getting this food out to our most vulnerable residents as soon as possible. Find your nearest food bank.

Please adhere to national guidance on social distancing when donating your items or delivering to residents. More information can be found on our (DC’s) website or contact your local food bank for advice.