Halstead Town Council Community Volunteers

During lockdown due to the pandemic, Halstead Town Council set up an emergency volunteer force to help those who were vulnerable through age, disability or ill health, and were not able to leave home. Residents of Halstead came forward immediately to help, and a group of 40 volunteers was formed, which has been able to help up to 90 vulnerable people on a regular basis over many months.

When lockdown was eased, a survey was carried out of both volunteers and those they helped. It was decided to make the volunteer force a permanent feature of Halstead Town Council.

If you need help with shopping, or the collection of prescriptions , there are many people who can help you. Please contact townclerk@halsteadtowncouncil.org.uk   or call 07808 547290

Coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country.

This means that:

  • you can socialise indoors with up to six people or two households, including overnight stays
  • up to thirty people can meet outside
  • some businesses remain closed or must operate under restrictions
  • cinemas, pubs, restaurants, theatres, museums and other venues can open indoors
  • you should continue to work from home if you can
  • hotels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday
  • when travelling within the country, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance

Although shielding is paused, if you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should be aware of the shielding guidance .

How to take care of yourself 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

The latest information and advice can be found on the following websites

Braintree District Council advice & Guidance

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Essex County Council Website

NHS Advice Site 

Essex Welfare Service webpage 

 

 

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