Chelmsford unites to help people in need

April 5, 2020 1:30 PM

Coronavirus food parcelVolunteers are swinging into united action to help Chelmsford residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelmsford City Council and the Chelmsford Voluntary Service are working together with local people to provide a complete package of support for anyone who is particularly isolated or in difficulty. The organisations are part of Essex Community Shield, the countywide effort to get supplies, advice and aid to those who need it most.

The service is expected to be especially helpful to anyone who is self-isolating or shielding and who cannot get support from friends and family.

Need help?

If you need help of any kind, you should call the Essex Welfare Service on 0300 303 9988. This could be practical advice, assistance with getting essential supplies or even help with feeling lonely.

When somebody needs help with a practical task, the Essex Welfare Service contacts an organisation or volunteer group close to the person's home that is best equipped to assist. There are many local volunteers in Chelmsford who can be called into action to help when needed. They can call you for a chat if you are isolated, deliver your food shopping to your door and even support you with looking after your pets.

Councillor Stephen Robinson, Leader of Chelmsford City Council, said, "Nobody should have to worry about getting basic supplies or suffering loneliness at home while they're doing the right thing and staying in. Help is available in Chelmsford for those who need it and it's wonderful that so many volunteers have come forward to help their neighbours.

"If you can get help with deliveries and pets from family or friends, that's brilliant: this service is for people who have no other means of support. So please do call 0300 303 9988 if you are in real need."

Want to volunteer your help?
Hundreds of volunteers have signed up to be part of Essex Community Shield, including a 'pool' of over 70 people on call for the Chelmsford Community Hub.

Councillor Marie Goldman, Deputy Leader, added, "Everybody is facing difficult circumstances right now, from key workers and NHS staff, to people who are shielding themselves and their loved ones from the virus. It is absolutely vital that we all think about others in order to get through this.

"If you want to volunteer your help for people in need in your neighbourhood, please sign up at"