Health and Wellbeing

The Essex Welfare Service is delivering food, medicine and essential supplies to people most at risk of coronavirus. If you do not have help from friends, family, neighbours or local organisations, and you are over 70, pregnant or have underlying health issues, register for support at

14th May 2020 - The Government has announced an additional £600 million of funding for social care to give the sector the support it needs to deal with the coronavirus and continue to save lives.

  • Councils across the country are continuing to play a critical role during this pandemic - we have already provided councils with £3.2 billion of additional funding to help deal with the crisis and this additional funding will help continue to deliver frontline services and support to those who need it most.
  • The fund will support measures to reduce staff movement between care homes, protect wages and provide training. It will also ensure that each care home in England will be given a named clinical lead to fast-track the care of residents and staff.
  • We will continue to provide whatever support councils, our social care workers and residents of care homes need through this crisis and will continue to safeguard those most vulnerable in society.

Specialist sector advice from trusted UK organisations

Whilst the overall NHS advice remains largely the same for all people a range of trusted UK charities provide excellent advice for specific subject areas and COVID-19 (coronavirus). This list will be updated as more information and advice is provided.

Advice for people with asthma

Asthma UK

Advice for people with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

Advice for people with cystic fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Trust UK

Advice for people with diabetes

Diabetes UK - The British Diabetic Association

Advice for people with heart or circulatory disease

The British Heart Foundation

Advice for people with lung conditions

British Lung Foundation

Advice to help you stay mentally well

Mind - the mental health charity


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