Support for vulnerable people

12:25pm - 15 January 2021

Volunteers from across North Somerset are continuing to work hard during this lockdown to ensure the most vulnerable residents are cared for.

The North Somerset Together support network was established last year to ensure residents can continue to get the help they need during the pandemic.

All towns and the larger parishes throughout North Somerset now have access to the network, with former volunteers continuing to help and new volunteers coming forward.

If you have concerns about how the new lockdown might affect your ability to access essential support at home for yourself or a loved one, visit North Somerset Together on the council’s website or call 01934 427 437.

Anyone aged over 70 who registers with the National Shielding Support Service and indicates that they need additional support will also be referred to the council’s wellness service for an assessment.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you must shield again, only going out for medical appointments or exercise if it is essential, and not for work activities.

People who are shielding are also entitled to free Vitamin D supplements through the NHS.

Everyone is advised to take vitamin D during autumn and winter to keep their bones and muscles healthy and support their general health. This is particularly important if you’ve been indoors over the spring and summer as you may not have been getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.

More specialist support is also available via North Somerset Together from organisations such as Voluntary Action North Somerset and Alliance Homes.

Through this lockdown, the free school meal provision is continuing and there is better access for remote learning.

Remember, you can contact Citizens Advice Bureau if you need advice or feel your employer isn’t treating you fairly.

Free laptops for loan

A free service aimed at increasing the level of basic digital skills and abilities among North Somerset residents is now available.

North Somerset Council’s digital inclusion project Get Connected is open to low-income residents on Universal Credit or with few or no qualifications, particularly in areas where digital exclusion levels are high.

There are 120 laptops available for loan for up to 12 months to eligible residents, who will be supported through the year and encouraged to sign up for courses.

Find out more about the scheme and whether you are eligible by emailing Jane Goodison or calling 07990 805 512.