Coronavirus response

This is a worrying time for many of us, not only because of the immediate risk to health and the health of loved ones, but also because of the consequential pressure on other aspects of our lives, such as accessing food and provisions, job security, and navigating the benefits and sick pay processes. 

A prepared community is a strong community.

We need to approach the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with compassion, not fear. Compassion for ourselves, family, community, and especially those who are vulnerable.



If you are self-isolating you can post a simple request for help to the Yatton & Claverham Community Support group on Facebook.

If you are especially vulnerable or have more complex needs, NORTH SOMERSET TOGETHER is a new service offered by North Somerset Council to help residents who have no support from family or friends and who are socially isolated access the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Requests for support are assessed and escalated to the Council’s Care Connect service or passed on to our community support leads for Yatton and Claverham, who will allocate a trusted volunteer to support you.

For those who do not have access to the internet, a telephone service will be launched imminently. The number is 01934 427 437


See this page for ways you can help.

information & guidance

North Somerset Council information and service updates. Updated daily

Government advice and guidance

I’m also posting a lot of local updates on Twitter

Mendip Vale Medical Practice ‘hot site’ in Congresbury.

North Somerset LIFE digital digest

Other community support groups in North Somerset

List of organisations offering community support in North Somerset. List maintained by Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS).

2nd April

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is inviting local people to submit their questions concerning the Coronavirus and the impact on policing to put to Chief Constable Andy Marsh. The PCC wants local people to share their questions and concerns with her ahead of a Facebook Live session with the Chief Constable on Friday 3rd April at 12.30pm. If you have any concerns regarding Covid-19 and policing, please submit your questions throughout the week by tweeting the PCC @AandSPCC or by sending the PCC a Facebook message at @AandSPCC.

31st March

You may have received a letter from the NHS, or been contacted by a clinician telling you that you’ve been identified as…

Posted by Mendip Vale Medical Group on Monday, 30 March 2020

30th March

Dog Waste Bin Problem
The contractor who empties the bins has withdrawn the service while the Covid 19 lock down is on….

Posted by Yatton Parish Council on Monday, 30 March 2020

Avon & Somerset Police are asking parents and guardians to ensure that children are maintaining social distancing protocols at all times when they are out. Despite the government’s recent strong messages regarding gatherings, the police are concerned that they are still finding groups of young people ignoring the instructions. As always, the police are asking that you know where your children are and what they are doing at all times to ensure their safety and that you have discussed with them the importance of social distancing. For those who do not comply the police may instruct them to go home, leave an area or disperse using their strengthened enforcement powers.

Police flyer

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is writing to every UK household to urge us all to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

28th March


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27th March

From Monday 30th March First West of England will be running special timetables on most routes, including an X2 service every two hours.

25th March

24th March

I’ve published an update on the Council’s household waste services.

So, the Prime Minister’s ‘lockdown’ announcement at 8:30pm last night was one of most-watched TV programmes ever – with more than 27m viewers tuning in to watch the broadcast ‘live’. Extraordinary times.

23rd March

Great visual representation by @SIOUXSIEW of the effect of ‘social distancing’ (which we really ought to call ‘physical distancing’) on the spread of COVID-19.

20th March

I’ve been listening to the Coronavirus Newscast for my updates. Good stuff.

19th March

This video is worth 8 minutes of your time…

Residents in North Somerset are being warned to be on their guard against coronavirus scams.

Sue Mountstevens – the Police and Crime Commissioner of Avon & Somerset – has released a statement.

New Yatton Co-op opening hours…

17th March

Jon Nunes wrote again to parents giving information on how the situation impacts the Backwell School community. Further advice for parents.

15th March

Statement from North Somerset Council following news of the first confirmed COVID-19 death in North Somerset.

13th March

Coronavirus: How to safely clean your smartphone – BBC video

If you’re feeling anxious or worried about Coronavirus the charity Mind has published some great advice and guidance.

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health – BBC

YoungMinds has also tweeted some brilliant advice for young people.

12th March

UK government’s coronavirus advice – and why it gave it – excellent summary by The Guardian

Source: Mona Chalabi

‘Masks’ image credit: Ada Yokota

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