The UK’s PSTN will switch off in 2025
British Telecommunications (BT) announced in early 2017 that the existing analogue Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), together with their Integrated Services Digital Networks will close with effect from 31st December 2025; moving to a fully digital network-based Internet Protocol platform for the provision of its services. BT has provided a series of FAQs on their website detailing as to how the impacts / implications of this change will affect you and / or your business and what you may need to do in the meantime.
Volunteers, we thank you!
Thousands of people across the county have provided an invaluable contribution to the emergency services and public services response during an unprecedented and challenging time. Public sector organisations across Dorset are paying tribute to all volunteers who have given their time and expertise for free during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
Public services across Dorset are working together to keep the public safe and informed during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Our ask to all residents, businesses and students in Dorset is to ‘do your bit’ and stay alert to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 and Public Event Planning
To ensure events are able to go ahead safely and in accordance with what is permitted at each step of the COVID-19 Roadmap, specific risk assessments must be carried out if you are organising a public event. Risk assessments will need to be submitted to your Local Authority's Safety Advisory Group (SAG), along with the normal event management documents. For further information, please visit your respective local authority's website and search 'event planning'.
Join the ‘jabs army’ in the BCP area – sign up through CAN
Local charity Community Action Network are recruiting volunteers locally instead of the Royal Voluntary Service. The CAN Team of over 1,900 volunteers are doing an amazing job working in partnership with NHS Dorset HealthCare at the BIC in Bournemouth, and at other local pharmacies and GP surgeries across Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, where over 1,500 people a day are getting their jab. BUT we are getting really busy so need more volunteers to play a part in history by stepping up to support the vaccination effort.
COVID-19 Vaccine Text Scam Alert
We have been alerted by different sources, to a scam that is now in wider circulation, that starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine. Users are then invited to click on the link in the text message, are taken to a web page and are then asked for some personal information. Recipients are advised to report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Business in the Community Local Resilience Support
Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business.