Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Each year we hold an Annual General Meeting. If you would like to read about what was discussed in 2019, please email us to get a copy of the minutes from the meeting.
Coronavirus COVID-19 update (new resources added 2.4.2020)
People First Dorset is following current government advice in order to keep staff, volunteers and the people we support safe.
All staff are working from home. Meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. We will be posting updates on our social media pages or you can contact us for the latest updates.
Please stay safe, stay home and follow government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
What you MUST do:
1. Stay at home.
2. Only go outside for food, and as little as you can or for health reasons (like picking up medication from the pharmacy or helping a vulnerable person).
3. You can also go out for exercise once a day. This must be alone, or with members of your household.
4. Whenever you have to go out, stay 2 metres (about a broom length) from other people.
5. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms, so stay away from other people. It’s people who spread the virus. It doesn’t spread itself!
You can find the latest information here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you have symptoms – a high temperature and a new, continuous cough:
Use the 111 corona virus service. You can find more information on the NHS website here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms-and-what-to-do/
If you cannot get help online, call 111.
Do not go to the hospital, GP surgery or pharmacy.
You must not leave the house at all, for at least 7 days or until you are better. Stay away from others in your home. If you can, use a different bathroom and do not share towels or toothbrushes.
Everyone else in your house must also stay at home, all the time, for 14 days.
Drink plenty of fluids. If you are able to take paracetamol, this may help.
If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Learning Disability England have lots of information, which you might find helpful here: https://www.learningdisabilityengland.org.uk/what-we-do/keeping-informed-and-in-touch-during-coronavirus/resources-that-can-help/
These are some things that we thought were useful:
World Down Syndrome Day 2020
Hear Management Committee member Jack talk about inclusive participation at People First Dorset at the 2020 World Down Syndrome Day Virtual Conference. Jack was due to deliver this presentation at the United Nations in New York, until it had to be cancelled. The good news is that the conference still took place online. Watch our video here and see more on the Down Syndrome International Blog page.
Thank you to the Watercress Company, who have supported our work again.
We will be organising a visit to find out more about watercress later in the year, including a bbq!
Keep checking our social media pages for more information.
We’ve made lots of films about some of the work we do at People First Dorset.
Find our videos on the YouTube website and search for ‘People First Dorset’.
What do you think of our music video about the barriers that people with learning disabilities face? Do watch our Glitter Ball video, and see how our members organised the Ball.
Dorset Echo Column
We are delighted to support two of our members Emily and William, to write a weekly column in our local newspaper, the Dorset Echo.
As far as we know, they are the only people with learning disabilities in the UK to write regularly in any newspaper. Each week they choose a topic to write about, which are incredibly varied. Recent past columns have included Brexit, asparagus, plastic, affordable housing, acts of kindness, weather, stains, respect and manners, speeding, losing things and cooking disasters!
You can find their column in the letters page each Tuesday of the Dorset Echo (Weymouth edition) or online here:
Communities Against Cancer
We have just been successful in applying to Communities Against Cancer, supported by Action Hampshire. This will be delivering workshops in 2020 which support members to help reduce their risk of cancer, be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, and seek help at an earlier stage.
Find out more about these in our next newsletter. For more information about the Communities Against Cancer programme as a whole, click on the button opposite.