Support for residents

Work and finances

If your work or financial situation has changed due to coronavirus, you can find information and guidance on GOV.UK in their work and financial support section.

If you're struggling and need help, contact the Essex Wellbeing Service (EWS):

Essex Wellbeing Service (EWS)

Tel: 0300 303 9988

Open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm

Visit our pages on money, debt and benefits for further advice.

If you need employment support or advice contact ACAS.

Financial support if you are self isolating

If you’re asked to self-isolate you may be entitled to a payment of £500 from your local authority under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

Finding work

You may have found yourself out of a job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

GOV.UK has guidance for people who were employed, but have lost their job due to coronavirus.

Some employers are actively recruiting staff as their goods and services are in high demand. Here are some of the main websites offering job opportunities:

'Talk to Paul' is a tailored service from the Department for Work and Pensions which helps Essex residents find a job. Email or find out more from the Job Centre Plus Essex Twitter account.

Visit our jobs page for opportunities at Essex County Council, schools and links to local district and borough councils' jobs pages.


Volunteering is a great way to keep busy as well as learn some important skills that may help you find a new job or even change career. Not to mention the huge impact that it has on the community as a whole.

Here are some volunteering opportunities you could explore:

You may also find other opportunities on our volunteering page.

Developing new skills

If you are unemployed, or have some spare time, this could be a great opportunity to learn a new skill, gain knowledge or develop your existing skills.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a National Careers Service Skills Toolkit offering access to free digital and numeracy courses for individuals who have been furloughed and want to learn new skills, who are out of work and want to improve their CV, or those who just want to improve their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

Here are some more ideas:

See also our employment support and training page.

Considering a new career?

You may wish to use this time to consider your future career options. The National Careers Service may help.

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