Why we are supporting Essex Welfare Service
Essex Welfare Service was mobilised in March 2020 in response to the Coronavirus crisis. The Service is commissioned by Essex County Council and delivered by Provide CIC in partnership with Priority Digital Health - a truly local service for local residents.
It is designed for people who are without the support of family, friends or neighbours and the aim is to quickly and safely co-ordinate requests and referrals for support from vulnerable people in Essex and connect them to a fully vetted volunteer who wants to help their community during this difficult time.
The service also delivers a remote stop smoking service and other community services previously delivered by the Essex Lifestyle Service.
Who can volunteer and what are the jobs?
Essex Welfare Service needs volunteers to help with simple but essential jobs including driving people to and from hospital, and delivering food and medication.
Please note, to comply with the UK’s current ‘Stay at Home’ rules you can only volunteer to carry out those tasks which involve leaving your home if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:
You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anybody in your household You are under 70 You are not pregnant You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus Guidance for those at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus can be found here on the gov.uk website.
How do I volunteer? Just complete the form here then you will then be asked to select from a list of tasks you can help with. Once we have completed the necessary checks, you will be trained how to use our platform - the hub for picking up support jobs.
How do I get support? Simply fill in the form here or if you are making a referral for support here and we will connect you very quickly with a volunteer who can help with your request.
How is this different from the NHS Volunteer Responder Service? This is a community service just for Essex in order to meet wider demand for community support. It is being delivered by Provide CIC, one of the leading providers of wellbeing and community services in Essex.
Are you looking to volunteer?
We have lots of volunteering opportunities available to support people who are vulnerable or in need during this period.
Register as a volunteer
In need of some assistance?
If you are vulnerable or in need of some support during this time we have lots of volunteers that are happy to help.
Register for help
Do you know someone in need of support?
If you would like to refer someone else on their behalf to receive support during the COVID-19 situation
Make a referral now