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 www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk
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
Advice for people with cancer
Advice for people with cystic fibrosis
Advice for people with diabetes
Advice for people with heart or circulatory disease
Advice for people with lung conditions
Advice to help you stay mentally well
Advice available from the British Red Cross
British Red Cross’ free coronavirus support line is open 7 days a week for anyone needing emotional support, feeling lonely or worried, and in need of speaking to a friendly voice. The number is 0808 196 3651 and the line is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
The British Red Cross have created a bank of resources to sign-post to, on how to help yourself and others cope with loneliness.
British Red Cross' resources page includes helpful tips for providing basic life-savings skills during Covid-19. It also includes their free to download and easy-to-follow first aid app which features skills for a range of first-aid situations, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.
For up-to-date information regarding what support is available, please click here.