Dorset will be one of four new council areas to take up the government’s 30 hours free childcare offer early, before it rolls out nationally in September.

This is great news and just adds to the success Dorset has in accessing alternative sources of funding for proven plans, those which are really going to make a difference

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Child abuse and neglect, we all have a role to play when it comes to reporting, tackling abuse together

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News from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

Please find attached the link to the monthly news from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue.  There are some fantastic initiatives with many partners across the area, keeping people safe and importantly, putting in prevention to help people as early as possible.

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Clinical Commissioning Group Consultation on Clinical Services, have your say

Here is the link to the CCG’s Clinical Services Review – have your say, by the end of February 2017.  Make your view count.

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue launches Help you Home with Dorchester Hospital


Fantastic joint working,

Fire Service and Dorset County Hospital launch Help You Home



Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is joining forces with Dorset County Hospital (DCH) and Dorset Adult & Community Social Care on a trial Safe and Well campaign called ‘Help You Home’.




Working closely with the British Red Cross, ‘Help You Home’ builds upon their ‘Support at Home’ campaign by using DWFRS volunteers to help deliver the swift and safe discharge of patients from DCH to get them home, then providing support to allow them to return to independence.




The pilot scheme will work with three wards in the hospital and will include the patients being offered free Safe and Well checks from DWFRS. If successful, the scheme is expected to be expanded across the hospital.




The level of support on offer ranges from helping patients home, to collecting prescriptions and daily visits to check they are able to cope at home and that they have a suitable amount of food in the house.




With a broad network of dedicated volunteers in and around Dorchester, DWFRS are perfectly placed to work alongside DCH and the British Red Cross by delivering this interim service, which includes patients being offered free Safe and Well checks by the Service.




Head of Prevention, Lorraine Hunt said: “We are very fortunate to have exceptional volunteers who dedicate their time to help DWFRS make a positive difference in our communities. This is one area where we know we can help to make a real difference at a personal level and within the wider health care system.”




The service is free, flexible, strictly confidential, and is provided by skilled and trained volunteers all of whom have had an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


If you’re interesting in becoming a dedicated ‘Help You Home’ volunteer, or fulfilling a more traditional volunteer role for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, please email or call us on 01722 691000.




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Sprinklers in schools, 

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service promotes sprinklers in schools

Date: 12th January, 2017
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is again urging all local schools to have sprinklers fitted.
Early on 3 January, the Service attended a serious fire at Avenue Primary School in Warminster.
On arrival, firefighters from Warminster, Westbury and Frome found a well-developed blaze within a temporary classroom block. Sadly, the damage was extensive but crews were able to stop the spread of fire to the nearby main school buildings.
Chairman of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Rebecca Knox, said: “Fires in schools are really disruptive to children’s education, and they are very distressing for them, their teachers and their families due to the uncertainty that arises as a result. Impacts can include school closures, longer travelling times, disruption of classes and after-school activities, inadequate facilities and, of course, the potential for key classwork to be destroyed.
“Sprinklers can really help avoid this; against the societal costs of loss of jobs, buildings and cost of replacement, a sprinkler system has roughly the same cost as carpeting a school. Nationally, over 635 fires occur in schools each year in the UK, which is more than one a day.”
Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell added: “In Dorset and Wiltshire, we know only too well how devastating school fires can be and how difficult they can be to deal with, not only for firefighters but also short and long term for the children, teachers and their families.
“Sprinklers within a school building limit the spread and growth of fire and allow for the quick evacuation of children and staff. Our Fire Safety team will now be working with Avenue School to offer advice and ensure that pupils and buildings are safe from fire.”
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Local Government Reform

Presentation today to Councillors, lots of opportunities but the focus from councillors must be on communities and services.  

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