COVID-19 Emergency Info & Business Support
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as
infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
Wellington Town Council staff are continuing to work from home, and our office is closed.
We are still replying to emails and you can also contact us on weekdays between 9am and 2pm on any of the following mobile numbers:-
David Farrow, Town Clerk: 07983 697740, Annette Kirk, Deputy Clerk: 07496 528389 and Alice Kendall, Assistant Clerk: 07983 697740
Important information from the Wellington community
Community support groups
A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils.
The number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people to access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.
It links together the district and county council contact centres and will be operating seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, making it the one number you need to remember for Coronavirus-related enquiries. The district and county councils’ usual phone numbers will be running as normal alongside the new number for non-Coronavirus related issues.
The new number does not cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the 111 NHS online service and only ring 111 if they cannot get help online.
Food, deliveries and essentials
November Lockdown Business Support
Following the Government announcement for a second round of lockdown restrictions, the Town Council have re-instated the free advertising scheme as part of it’s £10,000 coronavirus budget commitment. The adverts will run for a period of 6 weeks, finishing the week before Christmas.
If you are interested in taking up a free advertisement, phone Nick Grabham at the Wellington Weekly News on 01823 664633 or 07800 608205 (mobile).
Wellington Town Council Business Support
WELLINGTON Town Council and your Wellington Weekly News have joined together to help support the local economy through the coronavirus crisis and into recovery.
The WWN is providing and collating the advertising space at a substantially discounted cost to the council to support this joint initiative. The move is part of the council’s £10,000 coronavirus response fund which it agreed just before the current lockdown was ordered and non-essential businesses were told to close. The initiative will run for the next month when the council will assess the position and decide whether to continue for a longer period. The free advertising is intended to give a helping hand to affected local businesses and charities to reach the community served by the council and the newspaper, and let people know what products and services can still be provided and how to access them.
Would you like to be included in the next local economy support initiative page?
Phone Nick Grabham at the Wellington Weekly News on 01823 664633 or 07800 608205 (mobile).
A message from our Mayor
Town councillors recognise that in these circumstances we need to show swift and decisive community leadership and take decisions which will allow the council to provide as much help as possible for the people we represent.
Naturally, we take our lead from the Government, which is guiding the nation through this crisis, and so, just as the Prime Minister has told the country, we will do whatever is needed to support our town.
We have released £10,000 of funding for a package of measures which will be the first phase of our actions, and we will provide more funds as and when required.
When this crisis is over, we do not want to be looking back and saying that we could have done more if only we had provided more funding.
We have a solid team of councillors who each know their community extremely well and who are supported by our dedicated staff, and I am so proud of the way they have immediately stepped up to offer to do whatever they can.
While the urgent response to this crisis will be led by the larger authorities above us, town councillors stand ready to give whatever support is asked of us and to ensure nobody in need should fall between any cracks in the system.
This is going to be a lengthy and demanding crisis which will test us all, including our councillors and staff, who face their own personal risks.
But I know that we are all working together to achieve the best results for Wellington, and together we will all get through this if we follow the official advice on keeping safe and if we all support each other.
There have already been many acts of kindness around the town which has been heart-warming to see and shows how close and caring is the community in which we live.
Please, we urge everybody to stay safe by following the official advice as it is updated, and should you need help from your local councillors, please contact us using the telephone numbers or email addresses provided in the leaflet we are making available and through our website and local media.
God bless you all.