Call our coronavirus helpline on 01992 564088 or see our dedicated coronavirus webpages for changes and updates to our services.
Find out what your local community is doing and how you can help.
News 26 March – The UK Government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.
There are many community groups offering help and advice on social media.
- Essex Coronavirus Action
- Loughton, Epping, Ongar and Surroundings Covid-19 Support Group
- Loughton and Buckhurst Hill COVID-19 Mutual Aid
- Nextdoor – a forum offering advice on everything in your area
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service
On behalf of Essex County Council and the NHS, Virgin Care and Barnardo’s provide a range of child and family services throughout Essex that are free at the point of delivery.
Keep Active at Home
Staying active is really important for all of our mental health and wellbeing. Active Essex have compiled some ideas and videos on how you can keep active when you’re at home, if you are well enough.
Essex Libraries have thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-comics, e-magazines and e-newspapers available through Borrowbox, RBdigital and PressReader.
Essex Youth Service
Loads of online activities for young people. Most are aimed at 13+ but they do offer some activities for younger children.
A helping hand from Digital Unite
From using online health services to staying in touch with friends and family, Digital Unite have some digital guides to help you and your learners during these challenging times. Stay safe.
Health & wellbeing
- Email and Skype
- Social media
- Remote working
- Hobbies and interests
- Online shopping
- Indoor activities with kids
United in Kind
United in Kind are people around Essex who are committed to tackling loneliness and isolation through acts of kindness.
#ViralKindness is a postcard aimed at helping people who are self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. The shareable cards allow people to offer help to their neighbours.
- ViralKindness self-isolating form (pdf 40KB)
- BBC news – Coronavirus: Postcard bid to help self-isolating neighbours