Helpline launched for local community that need support

Published Friday, 27th March 2020

Southend Coronovirus Action. Prevent. Inform. Assist.

The Southend Coronavirus Action (SCA) helpline has been launched.

Local people who are vulnerable and do not have friends and family or local support in place at this time should call 01702 212497.

The helpline will be open seven days a weeks, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Southend Coronavirus Action was set up last week to provide the local infrastructure to deliver supplies to people and ensure that no-one slips through the net. It has been recruiting volunteers through a social media campaign, with over 400 local people and businesses signed up already to help out.

This local effort supports the national work which starts tomorrow (Friday 27 March 2020) to ensure ensure that people with the most serious health conditions are shielded from social contact for 12 weeks during the peak of the epidemic.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, says: “I am very thankful to all our partners, staff and volunteers who will deliver this on the on the ground through Southend Coronavirus Action, and ensure that people without support will be looked out for and looked after.”

“We have been overwhelmed by the response we have had from the community, our partners and staff who are being redeployed into supporting this.

“SCA is a friendly team on hand to answer your questions, or help you get the support you need, whether it's a few essentials from the shop, or someone who cares that can call you regularly for a chat, to make sure you're alright.

“You are not alone and if you do need us, we are here for you.”

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