We understand that it’s disheartening to enter into a New Year and still feel like you’re hearing the same news. Yes, another lockdown. But we mean it when we say this lockdown matters more than ever.

Firstly, we just want to say, this is a tough time and you’re doing great. Even by clicking onto this article, we know you care, and that’s what should be fueling your energy right now.

This time, the return to normality really is in sight with the news of not one, but two vaccines available. 

These vaccinations give us the opportunity to have an even better to chance to save lives. But remember, these are vaccines and not cures. This means we need to follow these rules very closely, to reduce infection and ensure each and every one of us has the chance to be protected against this deadly virus before we become infected.

As Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, says:

"It is absolutely essential to protect the NHS, and all of us, from the new variant of coronavirus.

"In Essex, we have witnessed the growing pressure on our NHS acute hospitals and the wider health system during the past few weeks. Last week a major incident was declared. We are not yet through these pressures and we and our colleagues in the NHS are working night and day to ensure the viability of our health services."

We know it’s difficult, but you must be motivated by the end goals: save lives, everyone receives their right to be vaccinated and life starts to return to normality. 

And whilst tiers change, our help and support do not. You’re not alone. Since the start of the pandemic we have been there for you - that’s not about to change.

How can we help?

Using our volunteering service, the most vulnerable Essex residents can register a request for support. Once you've been added to the system, one of our trained 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
  • Healthy Lifestyle Advice
  • 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.