Coronavirus: 11,000 letters sent to residents in Bridport

Coronavirus: 11,000 letters sent to residents in Bridport

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:26am 5th May 2020.

More than 11,000 letters have been posted through letterboxes in Bridport, signposting where vulnerable people can get support.

The letter points residents towards the Town Council's helpline, to make sure those without an internet connection still know how to access the help they need.

The number is:  01308 808 900

Over 20 organisations and 170 volunteers are offering to help, with Bridport Town Council coordinating support.

They're offering help with:

  • Food
  • Prescriptions
  • Social Well-being
  • Mental Health support

And, in some cases:

  • Dog walking
  • Fixing boilers

Will Austin is the Town Clerk, he said:

"The Town Council has been at the forefront of all this. We pulled together the organisations. 

"Some were looking for a bit more coordination so we felt like we were pushing at an open door."

He says there have been some difficulties along the way:

"The main challenge for us has been getting the word out that this service is available. 

"To support that, we've arranged for a leaflet to be delivered through 11,500 front doors in the area."

They are also circulating a postcard in retail outlets and pharmacies to make sure the message is getting through.

You can get in touch with the helpline on:

01308 808 900