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Emergency help with bills, food, and other items

If you find yourself in need of some help this winter, the Essential Living Fund can help pay for heating, electricity, water and food. We can also help you get essential household items like a fridge, cooker or table.
To get a grant you must
• Live in Essex, Southend or Thurrock
• Be aged over 16

Follow the link to see if you are eligible and how to apply

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:23 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Notices

Digital Chat & Support (Online)

Digital Chat & Support (Online)

CBC's Digital Access Support Team are pleased to let you know they are hosting Digital Chat & Support (Online) Sessions, and are now encouraging residents of the Borough to join them, the first one of 2021 being on Wednesday 6th January. These sessions will give individuals the opportunity to chat with a Digital Access Support Officer and ask any digital or technical questions they may have.

The... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 11:09 by David Lines

Tags: Community, IT, Services

Find food support and advice

There is a wide range of support available within Colchester. Businesses and organisations are offering free meals, as well as fun activities for children during the school holidays. Find businesses and organisations that are local to you by following the link and using the map on the Colchester BC website

This also includes three venues that are providing activities with a meal.

Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:28 by David Lines

Tags: Borough Council, Christmas, Community, Covid-19, Services

Residents across north Essex with urgent medical problems will now be expected to call NHS 111

Earlier this year a pilot scheme was rolled out see to what extent A&E patients would be impacted if they had to first book an appointment.

The move was made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and after experts concluded it would make more sense to triage patients by phone rather than having them sitting in waiting rooms.

Following a successful trial, residents are now being told to call the NHS... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:39 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Health, Notices

Giving Tree appeal from Colchester Police

Giving Tree appeal from Colchester Police

An appeal from Colchester Police for donations of unwrapped gifts to be passed to vulnerable children in the Borough and brighten up their Christmas. Sainsbury's Tollgate is our local drop-off point, with the appeal closing on December 19th.

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:24 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Police

RESIDENTS WARNED OF FAKE BT CALLS

Residents are warned to be alert to a spate of calls claiming to be BT outreach that result in a computer takeover by the criminals.
Essex Police is aware of reports by residents that have received a call claiming to be from BT and stating that there is either an issue with the broadband in the area, or that the residents internet access is due to be cut off unless they follow the callers instructions.... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 09 Dec 2020 17:13 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Crime, Police

Volunteers needed to support local COVID-19 vaccination programme

Your local NHS is getting ready to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination programme and they need your help.

They are looking for volunteer stewards across Essex and Suffolk to be at the forefront of the local fight against the virus – you could be part of it!

As a volunteer steward, you will help the vaccination process run smoothly and safely.

Local vaccination stations will be open from 8am-8pm seven... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 09 Dec 2020 17:05 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Covid-19

HMRC Self Assessment Scams

Self assessment customers are being warned to be vigilant following reports of a number of HMRC scams ahead of the return deadline on 31st January 2021.

Scams use the deadline to panic customers into sharing personal or financial details. Criminals contact customer via SMS text message, email or phone calls pretending to be HMRC offering financial help, tax rebates or refunds.

Customers are also warned... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:07 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Covid-19, Crime, Notices, Police

Darker Nights leaflet from Essex Police

Can you spot an empty house? The burglar will.

During winter, houses are more likely to be burgled in the early evening. Put lights on timers in the rooms you use most to make it look like you're in. The attached leaflet gives a few more tips

Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:52 by David Lines

Tags: Community, Crime, Notices, Police

Christmas Card appeal

Colchester Borough Council are working in partnership with FaNs Network and ASDA to spread festive joy to local care home residents this Christmas.

They would love people to help support this special community project, which is working to ensure 831 local care home residents receive a personalised Christmas card.

From today, a special post box will be located at the exit foyer of ASDA Colchester. All... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:55 by David Lines

Tags: Christmas, Community, Covid-19, Services

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