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Credit to the Perthshire based Community Larder for the concept! Thank you.

For updates on what’s happening locally and changes to BDC’s services, visit the dedicated coronavirus webpage: www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Befriending
There is no doubt that the coronavirus and the need for self-isolation and social distancing will have an impact on people’s emotional health and well-being.

Whilst there are befriending services across the county that we can refer to we have also pulled together a list of services that we can signpost people to. Please email people’s details to our Community Services team at communityservices@braintree.gov.uk.

Volunteering
If anyone asks about how they can support or volunteer with Community Shield they should register via Essex Welfare Service: 
https://essexwelfareservice.org

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR1lb_8qKALweff4Q2ITnAgI1yIBQIOPzNKgNCyGYWTXszj9uks2z8g0RGE


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Braintree District Council Community Shield initiative update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For updates on what’s happening locally and changes to BDC’s services, visit the dedicated coronavirus webpage: www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus

We are encouraging our communities to sign up to receive regular bulletins and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

For the latest NHS advice visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Community Shield update
Last Friday, Essex County Council announced it is supporting the national effort to get food and supplies to the county’s most vulnerable residents.

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 contacted already by the NHS and offered food package deliveries.

A distribution hub has been set up by Essex County Council in Witham, with 2 other hubs set up by Southend and Thurrock Councils. At the weekend, food deliveries from these hubs began to be dispatched to the most 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 include residents over the age of 70 and pregnant women, and who do not have the support of friends, family or neighbours.

These residents have already started to be contacted by the NHS or their GP surgeries.

For those people who do not have the support of friends, families and neighbours, they can register with the Essex Welfare Service (EWS), part of PROVIDE (a health and social care provider), should they need food deliveries. People can sign up for help or to volunteer via their website.

Updates will be posted on the Essex County Council website www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Befriending
There is no doubt that the coronavirus and the need for self-isolation and social distancing will have an impact on people’s emotional health and well-being.

Whilst there are befriending services across the county that we can refer to we have also pulled together a list of services that we can signpost people to. Please email people’s details to our Community Services team at communityservices@braintree.gov.uk.

Volunteering
If anyone asks about how they can support or volunteer with Community Shield they should register via Essex Welfare Service: 
https://essexwelfareservice.org

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR1lb_8qKALweff4Q2ITnAgI1yIBQIOPzNKgNCyGYWTXszj9uks2z8g0RGE


A message from Essex Police’s Borough Commander:

Essex Police Colchester are trying to reach as many people as possible to provide reassurance and regular updates to keep everyone feeling safe. We are putting regular updates on social media and would ask that where you have an account would you please follow us and share our posts with your friends, family, contacts, colleagues in the area and ask them to do the same. If you know people who do not have social media please pass on our messages to them so everyone feels safe.

Our accounts are
Facebook: Essex Police – Colchester
Twitter: @CInspHuddleston

I want to reassure you that Essex Police are out in the community help people, protecting people, and ensuring we disrupt criminals.

Wishing you all the best
Rob Huddleston
Chief Inspector 1385
Colchester District Commander/North Local Policing Area/Essex Police

Stay safe and keep well.


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