COVID-19 Support Contacts

GOVERNMENT ADVICE & MEDICAL ADVICE FROM NHS ENGLAND:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

GOVT & NHS HELP WITH DAILY TASKS FOR 'EXTREMELY VULNERABLE' PEOPLE:

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

APPLY FOR A COVID-19 TEST IF YOU DISPLAY SYMPTOMS:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL WELFARE SERVICE:

Tel: 0300 303 9988

Email: provide.essexwelfareservice@nhs.net

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ADULT SOCIAL CARE:

Tel: 0345 603 7630

Email: socialcaredirect@essex.gov.uk

HELP WITH DAILY TASKS AND FOOD SHOPS IF SELF-ISOLATING:

Community 360 offer support to those who have nobody to help them with daily essential tasks, such as food shopping, if they are self-isolating: 

Telephone: 01206 505250

E-mail: information@community360.org.uk

DOMESTIC ABUSE HELPLINE:

Refuge provide a free-phone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Alternatively, you can visit the Refuge website: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Remember, if you are suffering from domestic abuse and flee your home, you will never be in-breach of Covid-19 restrictions.

FOREIGN OFFICE HELP / COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVICE:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus#covid-19-travel-guidance

Foreign Office Consular Team Tel: 020 7008 1500 (or +44 20 7008 1500)

COVID-19 AND CLAIMING BENEFITS:

https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay/eligibility

https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Universal Credit Helpline: 0800 328 5644

FINANCIAL CRISIS HELP:

Visit the Living Well Essex website for urgent help with money and food: https://www.livingwellessex.org/money-and-legal/managing-your-money/budgeting-loans-and-local-support-payments

Christians Against Poverty helpline: 0800 328 0006

Colchester Food Bank: 01206 621998 / info@colchester.foodbank.org.uk

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION COVID-19 CONTACTS:

Tel: 0800 046 8687 (8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday).

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

BUSINESS SUPPORT:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Tel: 0300 456 3565 (9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday)

HMRC Helpline: 0800 015 9559 / 0800 024 1222

If your business is able to provide any support to the Government in this national effort, please use the following form: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

SELF-EMPLOYED SUPPORT:

For further information on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme