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Millwall 1-4 Bournemouth: Cherries coast to seventh consecutive league win

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 19:07
Bournemouth comfortably beat Millwall to register their seventh consecutive Championship win and climb to third in the table.
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Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 17:51
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.
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Body of a woman found in sea off coast of Lyme Regis

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 16:56
No reports of missing people fit the description of the woman found near Lyme Regis harbour.
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We all need some ‘time out’ now and then – latest blog by Amanda (one of our brilliant foster carers)

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 16:36

Easter, a time of new-born lambs, fighting the urge to break the diet and hoping the kids come down from the ceiling after the massive post sugar rush of chocolate eggs.

You know you should always make a list of where you hid the eggs, but you also know you can’t be bothered and will be finding mouldy, melted chocolate in several books and crannies for several months after.

Boy R, who is being assessed for autism, wants to know exactly what brand his eggs are, how many and where I will hide them as he hates surprises.

My foster girls are anxious about getting the same amount of eggs in case it means that I don’t love them as much as my other children.

My boy H had several melt downs because I ‘deliberately hid them’ where he could not see them.  He hunted for three minutes before he decided how unfair it all was.  Will I do the same thing next year?  Yep, probably.

Moving onto more serious matter.  I want to write about getting to the point where you feel burnt out, or compassion fatigue as some call it.  It’s not to be taken lightly.  All of us whether carers or not will find the need to ‘switch off’ at times.

How do you know when you reached the need for a complete time-out?  Quite simply you just know.  You feel unusually tired, disengaged and sometimes just sad.

Feeling and understanding the need for ‘time out’ is not a weakness, it’s a significant strength.  Would anyone continue riding a bike with a punctured tyre?   Sorry that’s a bad description, possibly because earlier this month I reached that point.

It’s been 18 months since my mum passed away, and my brain is just starting to process the traumatic way in which her life ended.  Two of my childhood friends lost their mum way too early as well and a close friend also lost her beautiful son; a young man who had inspired a whole town with his determination to live life to the full.

This, coupled with my girl’s brave acceptance of their court case outcome and the frustration of lockdown, pushed me to needing to shut the bedroom door a few times this week and read two awful werewolf romance novels on my kindle.  Never again.  Whoever wrote this dire drivel should be congratulated.  The utter nonsense gave me several hours of mindless me-time.

So where was my tribe when I retreated to the land of paranormal?  

Did I leave them to survive on their own ‘Lord of the Flies style’?  No.  I’m lucky I have a husband who will entertain them while I pretend I’m sleeping, and my great parents in law who don’t mind the little ones rampaging through their garden for several hours.

For those who don’t have the luxury of family babysitters, there is respite.  We have some fab Dorset respite carers who make sure the children feel like they are on holiday rather than somewhere to go when the carers need a break.  Needing Respite is not a weakness, but rather a strength to realise that time with another carer will be beneficial to all at a certain point.

We also need to remember that our borrowed young people may need ‘space away’ from us too. Their trauma is huge and the need to switch off probably greater than ours.  

My boy R will come straight in from school and watch the same video clips endlessly for hours. Yes, that’s probably an ASD trait but it’s also his way of taking time out from us and processing the day.

So, what else has been happening apart from me running around the house in a slightly feral state?  We are entering out into the bright new world a little more as lockdown relaxes.  My teens have kissed the ground floor of Primark and spend several hours indulging in retail therapy.

I’ve ventured into a shop with a child in tow for the first time in possibly a year and we went to look for bears in Wareham forest. No bears were found but we did have several tantrums on the walk (kids not us honest!)

I’ve also not had a washing machine for several weeks thanks to my brand- new machine deciding to have a hissy fit.  I would never recommend having no washing machine and eight kids.  NEVER EVER.  If the engineer can’t fix it on Friday, I will let the kids drag him to the computer and play eight hours of Roblox.

Until next time x

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A new activity programme is released

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:47

Dorset Council has released the 2021 Activate Coast and Greenspace programme. It will help local people to get and stay active through a range of activities in green spaces.

The programme, which offers activities in eastern Dorset and surrounding areas including Blandford, was put on hold during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Activities are planned to re-start from the 19 April.

Get back in the Saddle, Nordic Walking and Get into Golf are some of the instructor-led courses available. There are also group-led Couch to 5k, Orienteering tasters and Fresh Air Fitness classes for beginners. For those wishing to benefit both body and mind, Outdoor Yoga, tai chi and mindfulness sessions are also available at Moors Valley Country Park and in Wimborne. Activities will follow strict covid-19 guidelines to keep participants safe, with the added re-assurance that all sessions are delivered outside, enjoying plenty of fresh air. Advance booking is essential for all activities.

The programme also includes a range of free volunteer-led Health Walks and Health Cycle rides within the community. These sessions are planned to re-start in May with restrictions, although it is likely that some locations may start later than others. Booking will be essential for these sessions which were previously just turn up.

Are you interested in becoming a Health and Activity Volunteer? Just get in touch by emailing activate@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or phone 01425 480811.

The new Activate Coast and Greenspace Outdoor Physical Activity Guide for 2021 can be found at local community hubs or viewed at Activate Coast and Greenspace programme – Dorset Council

Further information can also be requested by emailing activate@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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Golf programme will help recovery

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:42

A new programme to encourage local people to get into golf for their health and wellbeing is being launched. It’s is being run by Dorset Council’s Health & Activity Team, who are based at The Moors Valley Golf & Activity Centre. Supported by England Golf and UK Active the programme is open to anyone who has a health condition or who is recovering from an illness or injury.

The programme consists of 12 sessions that take place over six weeks and forms part of the Active 4 Health offer for the Eastern Dorset area.

Each session includes 45 minutes of golf tuition, following a structured programme, and a 30-minute group activity to support participants with their active journey.  Topics will include ways to keep you motivated and increasing your energy levels.

The course is perfect for golfing beginners, but also past golfers returning from an illness or injury.  Led by a qualified Golf Professional and supported by the Councils Health & Activity Team participants will learn or refresh their golfing skills and technique within a safe and supported setting.

The next course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday 20 April through to Thursday 27 May 2021 at 2-3:30pm for £15 (part funded by England Golf). All equipment will be provided.

To book onto Referral Golf, please phone the Health & Activity Lifestyle Coordinator on 01202 795141. Booking for this activity must be made in advance.

This activity is one of many of the Activate Coast and Greenspace programme, which offers activities in eastern Dorset and surrounding areas including Blandford. The new Activate Coast and Greenspace Outdoor Activity Guide for 2021 can be found at local community hubs or viewed digitally at Activate Coast and Greenspace programme – Dorset Council.

Further information can also be requested by emailing activate@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. All activities are Covid-19 secure and follow current Government guidance.

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Decision expected on new school and centre of excellence

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 12:51

Ambitious plans to create a new special school for around 280 pupils and a leading national centre of excellence, near Shaftesbury, will be decided later this month.

Councillors will meet on 29 April to consider plans to use the former St Mary’s site to deliver high quality education for Dorset children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and reduce future costs.

Dorset Council’s Cabinet will rule on the future of the important site after carefully considering the views of local people. The council heard feedback from local people and groups and an overwhelming 92 per cent of the 1,427 people who took part in the consultation said it should continue to be used for education.

Creating a new special school would save money in the long term. Needs are growing in Dorset and our special schools are at capacity.

This means more than 250 Dorset children have to be sent away to independent special schools – at a cost of around £14 million a year. This is because it costs around £60,000 per child, per year for independent provision, compared to around £22,000 for high quality provision at one of Dorset’s own excellent special schools.

The 55-acre site, which has extensive educational facilities, was bought earlier this year after Dorset Council spotted its potential.

If approved the new school could be at the heart of a new centre of excellence on the site, with complementary facilities for vulnerable children, young people and adults. The council’s ambition is also to create a leading learning environment where professionals from across the region, and possibly nationally, can come together to learn, research and improve their practice. The centre could further be used to provide short breaks and respite care for vulnerable children and adults, as well as great facilities for our Dorset children in care and our care leavers.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said; “The plans we are considering are very ambitious. We have listened very carefully to local people’s feedback. We know the overwhelming majority of people want to see St Mary’s continue to be used for education. Thank you to everyone who shared their views.

“In Dorset we are invested in our children and young people with SEND. Cabinet will meet to make a decision, and I believe that St Mary’s can be used to provide high quality education for Dorset pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. We want nothing less than to make Dorset the very best place to grow-up, so children and adults thrive.

“If these plans get the go-ahead they will also save money in the future. St Mary’s has wonderful facilities and there is no doubt that it would have cost a great deal more and taken several years, to build such an amazing facility from scratch.”

If you would like to keep up to date with the project please sign-up for our St Mary’s Shaftesbury update here.

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Dorset NHS sites set to be sold in services shake-up

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 10:56
Major plans are being drawn up to "reconfigure" healthcare services in Dorset.
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Coronavirus: Case rates in Dorset

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 08:41
The latest number of cases of Covid-19 across the county.
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Covid: When can I go on holiday abroad or in the UK?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 16:08
A traffic light system ranking foreign countries by coronavirus risk is to be introduced - the rules on UK holidays are also easing.
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What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:56
Pubs and gyms will reopen in Scotland on Monday, as lockdown restrictions ease significantly.
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Three fall in Weymouth Harbour ahead of railings work

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 11:50
Railings are being installed along the quayside ahead of a predicted summer influx of visitors.
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Nikki Grahame: Hospital investigating Big Brother star's death

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 11:38
She died at the age of 38 earlier this month, after spending three weeks in Dorset County Hospital.
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Covid: Restaurants and pubs have reopened, but what are the rules?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 09:02
Pubs, cafes and restaurants in England are open for customers seated outdoors.
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Covid: UK town crier championships to be held in silence

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 05:32
This year's British Town Crier Championships will be judged only on the quality of written entries.
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Surrey cyclist's 5,000-mile challenge inspired by barefoot walk

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 14:54
Josh Garman is aiming to cycle around the coastline of Great Britain for charity.
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Red Arrows pilot's widow to run ultra-marathon for charitable trust

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 09:02
Dr Emma Egging, whose husband died in a crash in 2011, is raising funds for his charitable trust.
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Would universities call parents in a mental health crisis?

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 23:50
Bereaved parents call for universities to contact students' families to reduce risk of suicides.
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Norwich City 1-3 Bournemouth: Danjuma & Kelly strikes help beat promoted Canaries

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 21:48
Strikes from Arnaut Danjuma and Lloyd Kelly help Bournemouth beat promoted Norwich and close in on a Championship play-off place.
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County Championship: Hampshire need six Middlesex wickets on final day

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 18:01
Hampshire require six more Middlesex wickets on the final day to make it back-to-back County Championship wins.
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