ECC News 24th April

Apr 24, 2020

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Coronavirus update

 

Delivering essential supplies to those most at risk

Do you, or someone you know of, need help getting food, medicine and essential supplies while self-isolating?

The Essex Welfare Service is offering a helping hand to those most at risk, including people who are over 70, pregnant or have underlying health issues.

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If you are vulnerable and don't have help from friends, family or local support, we have volunteers that are happy to help - it's easy to request support.

If you know someone in need, refer them for support.

Thank you to our volunteers

The Essex Welfare Service is grateful for everyone who has signed up to volunteer and help vulnerable people in their communities. Nearly 2,800 people are already helping with tasks like grocery shopping.

There has been overwhelming support and interest from the kind residents of Essex. We are thankful so many of you have stepped forward and hope that you continue to volunteer with us.


Every Family Matters – keeping your child safe online

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Technology can provide young people with a window to the world, offering them lots of different opportunities to learn new things, have fun and stay in touch with friends and family.

Staying connected is important right now and if your child is not currently at school, you might find they are spending more time online at home, playing games, scrolling through social media, or chatting to friends.

While it’s important that young people maintain social contact and have regular down time to relax, it’s vital that they know how to navigate the internet and social media safely. Visit our website to find out how you can keep your child safe online.


Financial support available for Essex businesses

Essex businesses are encouraged to take action and apply for Government funding. 

So far, more than £175million has been handed out to more than 14,000 businesses* across Essex during the pandemic.

However, more than 9,000 businesses (around 40%)* are yet to apply and Essex County Council is urging them to make sure they don’t miss out.

If you wish to apply for a small business grant or the retail and hospitality grant, visit our website for details. 

*Figures quoted are as of 19 April 2020.


Don't call, click...

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Our website is regularly updated with changes to our services. Whether you need to report a concern about an adult or are unsure if you can still book an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA), you’ll find the information you need on our website. It’s quick, easy and accurate.

Help free up our phone lines, so that those who are more vulnerable can get reach us more easily. Check online for updates.


A financial lifeline for sports clubs and community organisations

Over 120 sports clubs and community organisations in Essex could qualify for emergency financial support during the pandemic.

The Sport England Community Emergency Fund is a £20m support package aimed to help community sport and physical activity organisations experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Clubs can request a grant up to £10,000 to provide emergency funding until the end of July. Active Essex provides useful tips on how to apply, eligibility and what costs the fund could cover.

For more information, visit support for the sport and physical activity sector on the Active Essex website. Alternatively, email lee.monk@activeessex.org or call 07917 651667 if you require individual support.


Home learning resources

The Department for Education has information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home, along with a list of online resources for education at home.

We've also updated our website with resources to support home learning.


Changes to our services

Our website includes information on what you should do, the latest changes to our services and how you can get help in your community.