Updated 14th January 2021, first published 27th March 2020 

For the latest information on local testing locations and how to book an appointment / request a home test kit please click here and scroll down / follow the links on that page. The government’s lockdown restrictions (what you can an cannot do) are published at www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.

Here at Southend Labour we know that local people are still worried about the effects of Covid-19 and how they will manage, even more so now that another lockdown is in force again.

We have a group of Labour members able to offer help and support to people across Southend who are self-isolating or finding it hard to manage. If you need help shopping for food, medicines, toiletries, baby items etc we have volunteers able to do those tasks and deliver to you for no charge apart from the cost of the shopping . If you live alone and are feeling lonely we can give you a call and have a chat. We have members who live in all parts of Southend.

If you would like a volunteer to help you, or if someone you know would like our help, please call or text message the scheme’s co-ordinators: 07474 222584 or email: southendwestcampaigns@southendlabour.com

When you ask us for help, we will pass on your name and what you need to one of our volunteers so that they can get in touch with you.

Local food banks and soup kitchens are likely to get low on supplies because people can’t always spare the donations they usually can and the closure of restaurants which donate food makes a difference too. If you are able to make any donations – items like pasta, long-life milk, tinned goods and toiletries – we can arrange to collect these from you to take to Southend’s food banks and emergency food providers so that people in desperate need can be helped.

Please feel pass this information on to your friends and neighbours – we are here to help in our community.

For the latest official guidance, information on testing, financial assistance and help for victims of domestic abuse please visit www.southend.gov.uk/coronavirus

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