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School Closure Support

We are aware that many families who are self-isolating or social distancing are in need of support for vital supplies or their wellbeing. This page will provide you with links to support and guidance in the community.

Colchester Borough Council have created a comprehensive guidance document for members of the community in Colchester which summarises key information and support. The two main contacts if you need food and prescriptions delivered or any other support during this time are:

 

Essex Welfare Service

https://www.essex.gov.uk/get-help-in-your-community

Contact - 0300 303 9988 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)

essexwelfareservice@nhs.net

 

Community 360

Email: information@community360.org.uk or call 012016 505250

20.04.2020

Local Support

 

Ideas for staying active at home: https://www.activeessex.org/

 

https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/chat-health/ - This includes details of school nurse text support service for parent/carers and young people.

 

ECC Every Family Matters - Every Family Matters is a dedicated campaign aimed at supporting and reassuring parents, carers, children and young people in Essex during the coronavirus outbreak.  We will be signposting to relevant guidance and resources on the ECC website across three key areas – children’s mental health and wellbeing, young people and social distancing as well as online safety, using our own and shared channels.

 

 

NSPCC 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers. Whether you're working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, the NSPCC have got tips and advice for you.

NHS Support

If you are a vulnerable person and have received a letter from the NHS telling you to socially distance for the next 12 weeks you can register on the government website to get support during this time, including the delivery of medicine and food.

 

Register here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Hot Meals from the Community Centre

The community centre are doing a hot meal service home delivery at £6.50 for a 2 course meal. Meals can be booked on 07967550167.

Boaz Food Project
Unity Primary Academy have been working with Elizabeth and her wonderful team for a while. The Boaz Project will be preparing food parcels for vulnerable families. If you need support please call Elizabeth on 07940441756. Thank you Elizabeth !

Essex Welfare Service

A new Essex Welfare Service is now available for those in the county in need of urgent support during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone in the Essex area who you are concerned about.

 

Contact - 0300 303 9988 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)

essexwelfareservice@nhs.net

 

Domestic Violence Support

Next Chapter (formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Tendring and Colchester. They provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.

 

You can access via a webchat service to our website which we can respond to Monday to Friday, between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, and 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm which is a good way to get some support but remaining anonymous to start with.

 

Contact - 0330 333 7444 

Mental Health Support

Looking after your mental health during this time is really important. Here are some ideas and places to reach out to for support if you feel overwhelmed or anxious.

 

Check in with people regularly
Being at home can be isolating; ensure you and your friends/family have regular check-ins by phone or online. Sometimes a friendly voice makes all the difference.

 

Look after your body
Your physical health really affects how you feel. Try to make sure you and your family eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, sleep well and exercise regularly. Try and get outside for a walk or a run.

 

Do not stay glued to the news
Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone. Perhaps set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day. Use trustworthy sources – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.

 

Take time to relax
Youtube has a range of free online yoga classes and guided meditations. Try to set aside time in a space in the house away from the family - perhaps a hot bath or to read a magazine.

 

Keep your mind active
Now is the time to learn a new skill, or continue with something you never usually have time to do. Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete Sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting.  The BBC are helping you learn a new language http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

 

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