To confirm, as of Thursday 5th November you must stay at home unless you are leaving for essential purposes. This includes medical reasons, exercise, and essential shopping. Support bubbles are still allowed but the 'clinically extremely vulnerable' should limit social contact. The lockdown is said to end on Wednesday 2nd December, where we will return to the tiered system on a local and regional basis.*

We know the news of a nationwide lockdown will bring understandable worry and concern for many. But just as ever, our service is here to support you and your loved ones.

How can we help?

Using our volunteering service, the most vulnerable Essex residents are able to register a request for support. Once you've been added to the system, one of our 3,000 registered volunteers will pick up your request and be in direct contact.

Vulnerable members of the community may request support for some of the following:

  • Food Shopping

  • Collecting / Delivering
  • Medicines

  • Exercise

  • Transportation (for essential purposes) 

  • Dog Walking

  • Supporting a Carer
Being a Facebook Friend
  • Being a Phone Friend
  • Safeguarding doorstep check

We understand many are anxious for their physical and mental health but please don’t suffer in silence, we have a wealth of resources to support you.

Can you help?

If you're able to, you can help the Essex community by registering to become a volunteer where you will be provided with various training opportunities such as safeguarding and how to become a dementia friend. You will also have a dedicated person who will support and answer any questions you may have and receive an invite to our Facebook support group.

We believe this is a mutually beneficial exchange as it always feels good to do good - as well as expanding your own social skills.

Where do I sign up to volunteer?

Please complete our volunteer registration form by following the button below.  You will also need an up to date digital photo, digital proof of address and if you have one an up to date DBS certificate.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a car. Volunteers without access to transport will be offered a telephone support role.

If you would like to speak to someone before signing up please contact our Volunteer Co-Ordinator at

Register as a volunteer

*For more detailed information on the restrictions, please visit the Essex County Council website.

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We know that many in our community don't have the benefit of close family, friends and neighbours on hand to help with everyday essential tasks. That's why our volunteers are on hand to step in and support the most in need and vulnerable across Essex.

EWS Volunteer Handbook

Download our Volunteer Handbook for guidance and information on what's involved in becoming a volunteer for the Essex Wellbeing Service.