During the Coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of organisations who are helping to provide support and supplies to those in self-isolation. On this website, we’ll be attempting to signpost to as many of those serving Essex as possible.

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.

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).

If You're Vulnerable and are Quarantined

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.

Volunteer to Help

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

Self-Isolation Activities

For organisations providing activities, please add the “Coronavirus” tag to your listings so they appear on the page below:

Self-Isolation Deliveries

For organisations providing deliveries to those self-isolating, please add the “Coronavirus Deliveries” tag to your listings so they appear on the page below:

Homeschool

For organisations providing homeschool help to those self-isolating, please add the “Coronavirus Homeschool” tag to your listings so they appear on the page below:

Business Help

For organisations providing business help to organisations affected by Coronoavirus, please add the “Coronavirus Business” tag to your listings so they appear on the page below: