Coronavirus Community Services
This Community page is for notices submitted by organisations, groups, businesses and individuals, that may assist residents coping with the present health restrictions on free movement. You are encouraged to seek information from as many other sources as possible as this page will only carry details sent to the Parish Council for inclusion.
The above link is the primary source for online information from the NHS concerning the ongoing coronavirus emergency.
ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL update, Monday 30th March
Introducing Community Shield
People across Essex are doing an amazing job supporting their family, friends and neighbours who at the most risk from coronavirus because they are older, vulnerable and have health conditions.
From now, public services across Essex are stepping up support for people who may not have help from their nearest and dearest.
Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said:
“The way Essex has rallied around the vulnerable across the County has been incredible and I would like to thank each and every person who is helping friends, neighbours and relatives stay home and stay safe. You are literally saving lives across our great County because you are protecting our NHS.
“Now Councils, the NHS and all our public and voluntary sector partners are stepping up to try and make sure no-one who needs help is missed out. It has been a huge effort, involving round-the-clock work. I am very proud of what is being put into place to shield our most vulnerable residents.”
Essex County Council is supporting the national effort to get food and supplies to the County’s most vulnerable residents.
How will it work
The Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) made up of all the county public sector organisations, is tasked with 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 this weekend, food packages will begin to be dispatched to vulnerable residents.
Given the importance of social distancing and the most at risk being able to stay in their homes, ERF members and the voluntary sector are also mobilising resources across the county to provide assistance to a larger group. These are residents who are also vulnerable during the peak of the epidemic, and includes people over the age of 70 or pregnant women, who do not have the support of friends, family or neighbours.
Councils across the county are working with supermarkets, delivery companies and other organisations on developing supply lines to people.
District Councils will also use their local hubs, which have been established in every district, borough and city council area, using volunteer support.
How will they be contacted
These residents will be contacted by the NHS, or their GP surgeries, starting from early next week, week commencing Monday 30 March.
The message will set out the instructions for those people who do not have the support of friends, families and neighbours, to register with the Essex Welfare Service (EWS) (part of PROVIDE, a health and social care provider), should they need food deliveries.
They will be able to contact the EWS via essexwelfareservice.org and by calling 0300 303 9988, Monday to Friday between 8am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday between 10am to 2pm.
We recognise not all of residents identified will need support, and many will have organised their own arrangements already. However, Community Shield’s aim is to ensure that no-one slips through the net. If you need support and have not received a message, please contact the EWS directly.
Updates will be posted on the Essex County Council website and via social media.
Essex Coronavirus Action
A Facebook page has been launched to help Essex residents during the Coronavirus outbreak.
To access the Facebook page click hereor paste the following into your browser https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=104370547862769&id=104361277863696
Essex Coronavirus Action is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook group administrators. It will offer;
- A service to ASSIST vulnerable members of your local community who may need help if they are self-isolating through putting them and their carers/families in touch with individuals or agencies who can assist.
- Advice to help PREVENT people from undertaking activities which may put them at risk.
- Content to INFORM people on updates to the official advice and counter any misinformation.
Registration is now OPEN for any residents or businesses who want to volunteer in their local area. Via the forms below, details will be passed directly to the group or groups that are operating near to you:
INDIVIDUALS - http://bit.ly/ecaformvolunteers
BUSINESSES - http://bit.ly/ecaformbusinesses
The key aim is to rapidly build a large database of volunteers to support those in Essex who will need the support of their wider community.
The page has been 'Blue Ticked' by Facebook which indicates its official status.
Following advice from the Chief Medical Officer, no further public meetings of the Parish Council will take place until the coronavirus emergency is resolved.
Members and officers of the Parish Council may still be contacted in the usual way by telephone or email.