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SEPC – Community Larder CLOSING – 26th July 2020

I think we can all agree that the Phone box Larder, in Silver Street, has been a huge and much needed success during this Covid19 pandemic. This is primarily due to the hard work of Cllr Dawn Holmes, along with assistance from other Members of Silver End Parish Council  with funding and premises provision from the Parish Council itself. We are now in a situation where Dawn will be returning to work, the need is becoming less and thankfully life is slowly returning to some sort of normality. With this in mind the Larder will be closing on 26th July.

However it is important to recognise that there is still likely to be a need for some residents in the village and we do not want to leave
them high and dry. The Braintree Foodbank (part of the Trussell Trust partnership) are ready to step in when the Larder closes. They are  set up to ensure that the residents of Silver End do not go without food. Vouchers for food parcels are provided by Health Visitors, Community Agents and the Citizens Advice Bureau, via the Foodbank, to those that are in need, following an assessment to determine the level of that need. They have strongly advised against an individual foodbank continuing in Silver End in the longer term as it would interfere with the work that they are doing and could result in help going to the wrong people. It would also affect the Foodbank’s access to donated food locally as they work alongside all of the supermarkets in the local areas and receive independent donations throughout the district.

If you are struggling to feed yourself and your family please call the Braintree Foodbank and they will ensure that you are given the support that you need. They will start the process as soon as you make the call: 01376 330694.

If you need someone to shop on your behalf and drop it to your door please contact the Witham Hub: 0845 860 7648

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Dawn, on behalf of Silver End Parish Council and the residents of Silver End, for her hard work, compassion and love for her community. She truly has been an angel to so many people during these unprecedented times.

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

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

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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
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Colchester District Commander/North Local Policing Area/Essex Police

Stay safe and keep well.


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