During the coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of organisations who are helping to provide support and supplies to those who are social distancing or are in self-isolation.

On this website, we’ll be signposting to those supporting the people of Essex.

If You Need Information

A dedicated Facebook page and Facebook group have been created by Essex County Council and the Essex Public Health Team to provide you with accurate and timely advice and support.

Essex County Council have also created a dedicated page on their website.

If You Need Help

If you are in need of specialist advice, or are in need of help with food or medication deliveries, please contact the Essex Welfare Service team on 0300 303 9988 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm).

You can also register for coronavirus support on GOV.UK if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. By doing so, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If You're Vulnerable and are Shielding

The Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) is made up of all the county public sector organisations, and is ensuring that people with the most serious health conditions across Essex, Southend and Thurrock, are shielded from social contact for 12 weeks during the peak of the epidemic. These people have been written to directly by the Government and told to expect food packages to be delivered to them.

A distribution hub has been set up by Essex County Council in Witham in central Essex, with two other hubs set up by Southend and Thurrock Councils. From the end of March, food packages will begin to be dispatched to vulnerable residents.

If You Need Deliveries

To find delivery services of food, medicine, and other essentials in Essex, please click the link below:

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If You're Bored

To find activities that you can do at home, please click the link below:

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If You Need Homeschool Help

To find homeschool activities and resources, please click the link below:

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If You Need Business Help

If you’re looking for support to keep your business operating during the coronavirus outbreak, please click the link below:

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If You Want to Volunteer

Essex County Council are coordinating volunteer offers across the county as part of Essex Coronavirus Action. If you or your organisation would like to volunteer your help during this time, please complete one of the forms below:

Local CVS organisations across Essex are also working to co-ordinate activities in their areas – please click here to find your local CVS organisation.

The NHS are working with GoodSAM to recruit NHS Volunteer Responders who will help in their local communities by delivering medicines from pharmacies, driving patients to appointments, and regularly calling people who are on their own. To sign up, go to: www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

Essex Befriends are recruiting volunteers to speak with isolated people in their area via telephone, video, or email. Their usual face-to-face befriending service will resume after the Coronavirus outbreak. To find out more, head to essexbefriends.org.uk

Furlonteer are linking people who have been furloughed and want to volunteer with charitable organisations and projects in need of help. To find out more, head to furlonteer.com

If You've Been Furloughed

If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

Your employer could pay 80% of your wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

You’ll still be paid by your employer and pay taxes from your income. You cannot undertake work for your employer while on furlough, although you can volunteer for a different organisation or within your community.

Visit the government website to find out more.