Community support

I can understand why many are worried about the elderly, our loved ones and our neighbours. It is important that help is provided to those in need and that the negative effects of isolation such as loneliness are mitigated. Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Essex County Council is coordinating volunteers to help with such issues and have created The Essex Welfare Service. The Essex Welfare Service is a new single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the Essex area who is in urgent need of help during the coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone who you are concerned about. Click to register with Essex Welfare Service.

Our borough Councils also offer further localised support and information to assist those in need supported by £1.6 billion of national funding. Click to see what Basildon Council can offer. Click to see what Thurrock Council can offer.

Basildon Community Resource Centre is also pleased to offer help via the telephone and online with housing advice and benefit guidance, including the completion of online applications, letter writing and queries particularly concerning Universal Credit. Contact either Linda on 07762 189698 or Debbie on 07526 000430 (weekdays 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-3.30pm) for their support.

Volunteer: Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team and local Facebook groups have set up Essex Coronavirus Action, a voluntary organisation to ensure that support and assistance reaches the people who need it the most during the outbreak.

If you are an individual who would like to volunteer to help the vulnerable and those self-isolating in our local community please register here.

If you are a business owner/manager who would like to volunteer to help the vulnerable and those self-isolating in our local community please register here.