BDC News April 4th 2020

Apr 7, 2020
Braintree District Council
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Thank you

We want to say a huge thank you to you, our residents and businesses for your continued support during these tough times.

We want to let you know that we are still here, to help and support you. Our teams continue to work around the clock to keep things going, providing critical services, supporting our communities and businesses.

Your first point of call for the latest service updates is our dedicated web page at where we have also have a range of Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice.


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With a sunny weekend and Easter fast approaching, we know it's hard being indoors - but it's more important than ever to stay at home and follow the government guidance, to protect everyone and help the world beat Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Please keep safe and don't go out except:

  • for your daily walk, cycle or run
  • to get to work if you can't work from home
  • for medical needs
  • to get essential supplies. 

help us help you

Help us help you - Please use your local recycling banks correctly

It’s great that residents are keen to recycle and in response to the amount being taken to local recycling banks, we have increased our collections. 

However we’re urging residents to check the bins first as we have seen a number of items left on the floor around some of our bins, whilst the bin is not full. Leaving boxes and bags on the floor by the bins looks unsightly and can give the impression the bins are full, encouraging others to do the same.

Nobody should leave anything on the ground. This is important for the health and safety of the public and our crews. Clearing extra waste from recycling bank sites also causes delays in other vital areas of our service. Please use the banks correctly and take your empty boxes and bags home to use again on your next visit.

If the bins are full please take your items home again. We will continue to empty the banks as often as current circumstances permit, but please help us to help you.

Charity shops

We are asking residents to keep hold of any items that they may wish to donate to charity shops for the moment, and not leave them outside the shop.

We have only received limited reports of examples where waste is starting to accumulate outside charity shops but we want to stop it before it becomes a problem.  

Here's a reminder on the Government guidance that you should not leave your home unless:

  • You are shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • exercising, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.                                                                                                       

Essex Welfare Service

This new service, set up by Essex County Council, is a 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.

The NHS or GP surgeries will be contacting these residents who are vulnerable to coronavirus. This is because they are over the age of 70, are pregnant, or have underlying health conditions. These are people who may not have the support of friends or family or neighbours.

As a district council, we have set up a virtual community hub where we will receive calls from the Essex Welfare Service about vulnerable people within our district and organise the distribution of support to these people in need.

If you do not have support from friends, family or neighbours or your local, district and community support groups, and are currently self-isolating because of age, pregnancy or a pre-existing medical condition, the Essex Welfare Service can help you get food, medicine and essential supplies.

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

Community360, an independent charity who lead on local community action to improve quality of life, have put together a dedicated webpage of useful services in our district and contacts to support you over the coming months, including:

  • pharmacies
  • doctor surgeries
  • accessing hospitals
  • befriending services
  • home to home calls
  • travelling.

Looking after your mental wellbeing 

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April marks Stress Awareness Month and in this current climate, it is more important than ever to take care of our mind as well as our body and get support if you need to.

So we have put together seven simple steps to help you look after your mental health while at home. Visit the Livewell website to find out more.

Follow Livewell on Facebook or Instagram for tips and advice throughout this month. 

Act like you've got it / National Government Covid 19 public information