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National Covid-19 Alert 

Remember: wash hands, cover face, make space

GOV.UK – Coronavirus Advice and Guidance

The Basildon Community Hub continues to  support the vulnerable people of the Borough

The Community Hub of which BBW CVS is part of will continue to support the most vulnerable and isolated residents in our community with food and medication deliveries, hearing aid battery replacement and a befriending service, as well as giving general advice and guidance to borough residents during COVID-19.

The Community Hub can help if you do not have the support of family and friends and…

  • you still need support with essential supplies now that deliveries from the government shielding service have ended

  • you are self-isolating due to showing COVID-19 symptoms

  • you are self-isolating due to having been advised to do so by the COVID-19 Test and Trace service.

To contact the Community Hub

Email: – (recommended for an early response)

Phone: 01268 533333 (select option 1)

NHS COVID-19 app

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

Based on an Apple/Google privacy framework, the app has a number of tools designed to help us protect those we love, including: contact tracing, checking into venues through an in-built QR code scanner, risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.

Downloading the app is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from the virus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones.

Download the app now from any of the following links:

Essex Coronavirus Action as it is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook group owners to provide three main services during the Covid-19 outbreak; Prevent, Inform and Assist.

Join the Essex Coronavirus Action Facebook Group for more information about what help is going on in the borough and further afield in the County.

Lets Keep COVID in Check Campaign

Following on from the Health Protection Board ECC have been working on a behaviour change campaign – Let’s Keep COVID in Check. The aim of this campaign is to embed prevention behaviours as restrictions ease. Working with a specialist behaviour change agency to develop a strategy and a creative look and feel to the campaign, based on using research and user testing.

ECC comms are now delivering this integrated campaign across organic and paid channels. As part of this implementation they have also produced the attached toolkit to help partners support and amplify the campaign. It includes an explanation of the campaign focus, information on the three campaign strands – each with a messaging framework, plus social media posts and newsletter content together with a We Transfer link to creative assets.

LKCIC_Partner Toolkit_June21


COVID-19 Information Links

GOV.UK – Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Public Health England have produced action cards which detail what action should be taken should a member of your staff or a customer test positive for COVID-19. It details what you should do and who you need to notify. The steps are in place to try to contain any cases and prevent further spread of the virus.

Essex County Council

Basildon Borough Council


Charity Commission

Civil Society – Coronavirus: What charities need to know

Children’s Commissioner: children’s guide to coronavirus

Training for Coronavirus Volunteers – British Red Cross

How to pay volunteers helping with shopping during coronavirus lockdown – look for grants available for individuals as well as checking benefit entitlements

Small Charities Coalition Guides: Charities, individuals and COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource Hub:Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

Online Chat: Women’s Aid:

Coronavirus and Your Charity – Key Legal Issues to Consider video

Remote Working Advice for Charities

Help Reopening

Whilst not exhaustive, the following websites may be of assistance in carrying out risk assessments and making arrangements for returning to work and re-opening facilities when the time comes.

Mental Health Resources

Living Well UK Mental Health Live Chat

Lloyds Bank Partners with Mental Health UK on Mental Health & Financial Wellbeing

Samaritans Mental Health Resources

NHS Every Mind Matters – 10 Tips to Help If You Are Worried About Coronavirus

NHS Every Mind Matters – Self Care Tool

The British Psychological Society – Working From Home Guide

Future Learn Training:  Youth Mental Health: Helping Young People with Anxiety and Helping With Anxiety in Children and Young People During COVID-19

Help Staying Fit

NHS Fitness Studio workouts created by fitness experts here

Sport England – Stay In Work Out

BBC Sport – Stay fit with free videos

Active Essex Online workouts


Help With Learning

Essex County Council – Free courses you can access while libraries are closed here.

Department of Education Free On-line Learning Platform to Boost Workplace Skills here:

BBC Bitesize – UK curriculum content, all ages

CBeebies Radio  – Listening activities for children under 5

Nature Activities – Activities that can be done in garden as a family

Mystery Science – Home science ideas, all ages

The kids should see this – Child friendly science videos

Operation Ouch – Engaging science and medical (STEM) videos for all ages

Crash Course Kids – Educational YouTube videos for Primary level (EYFS – KS2)

General Resources 

Money Savings Expert “Paid-For Things They’ve Made FREE

Vegetarian for Life Self Isolation Survival Guide

BBC Self Isolation Podcast

Citizens Advice Basildon digital tool, ‘Making Every Penny Count’

Essex Wildlife Trust – Wildlife TV

OLIO – Never waste food again

Too Good To Go – Rescue unsold food from shops and restaurants so it doesn’t go to waste

8 million+ people in the UK struggle to put food on their tables every year – that’s the size of London. Bankuet is here to help make it easier to donate to your food banks.


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