Coronavirus volunteering: Your neighbours need YOU!

Coronavirus volunteering: Your neighbours need YOU!

Essex County Council has issued a rallying call to everyone in Essex to help your neighbours and volunteer to support the county’s most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.

There are a huge range of ways you can help at the moment. Calling in on neighbours to check if they are okay, picking up shopping, fetching prescriptions and walking dogs are all ways you can support others around Essex.

If you want to volunteer in your local area, we are encouraging you to do so using the links below. Please then stand by to be called on.

Last week, we set up the Essex Coronavirus Action Support Group on Facebook, working with local community Facebook group admins to create a group of volunteers willing to help those in need.

The Facebook group has already encouraged 3,000 people to register as volunteers, but more are still needed.

Leader of Essex County Council Cllr David Finch said: “We have been amazed by the kindness shown by the people of Essex in this difficult and uncertain time. Family, friends, neighbours and communities are going out of their way to help each other. It just shows what wonderful people we have in our county.

“We have already seen more than 3,000 people sign up as volunteers to help the county’s most vulnerable, but we need more. So please, sign up. And in the meantime, remember to check on your neighbours to see how they are.”

If you are already supporting your neighbours, friends and family, you should follow the government's latest social distancing rules. This means not going into other people’s houses and leaving supplies on doorsteps if needed.

Updates about the volunteering scheme will be posted on the Essex Coronavirus Action Support group on Facebook. You can also visit the Essex Welfare Service to get support or volunteer.

The latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the Public Health England (PHE) and NHS websites and in our coronavirus news hub.

You can also check our website for impacts on our services.

Last updated 26 March 2020