Library Service Update

Following latest Government guidelines, all libraries will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday 4 January 2021. Sixteen sites will remain open to offer Registration
appointments, Blue Badge assessments and emergency public computer access by
appointment only.
Please check individual library opening hours to see what services are available.
Unfortunately click and collect service is not available at this time.
What this means for your library account/loans:
• Items due on or from Monday 4 January will have their loan period
extended until Monday 1 February
• Reservations – you will be still be able to reserve items but will not be able
to collect them until libraries are open
While library services are limited please continue to use the fantastic range of e-resources that we have on offer, including e-books, e-audio, e-comics, newspapers and magazines.
These are all available from our catalogue home page.

Urgent Request for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to provide support on critical care and respiratory wards to help staff in turning and positioning (not lifting) of patients at the Mid and South Essex Hospitals.

Approximately 40 volunteers are needed to work across the hospital sites to cover shifts 24 hours a day. 

Please share this request with partners and voluntary services with contacts who have “hands on” experience with people, for example St Johns, Red Cross, Fire Service or Police as volunteers will be working on the wards helping turning and repositioning patients. See Request for Volunteers for further information

Residents Urges to Follow New Lockdown Measures

As a new national lockdown is called by the Prime Minister, residents and businesses in Tendring are being urged to follow the rules.
On Monday (4 January) new restrictions were announced across England with people told to stay at home except for a few permitted reasons.
In summary people must only leave their home for specific purposes (such as getting food and medicine, medical treatment, or for work if they cannot reasonably work from home); can only exercise once daily, and only with one other person; and no household mixing except for support and childcare bubbles.
If exercising people should stay local to their village or town, while shielding resumes for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. Schools and colleges are closed, except for vulnerable or key worker children, and all non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure venues are closed except for takeaway, delivery or click-and-collect services.

The full guidance can be read online at, and restrictions are expected to be in place until at least mid-February.

With Tendring placed into Tier 4 of local Covid-19 measures last month, many of the restrictions were already in force in the district.
There are no new significant changes to Tendring District Council (TDC) services, but updates can be found at

Those who are shielding, or otherwise struggling to get supplies, can also call the Tendring Shield helpline on 01255 686700 for support.

Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, said it was now more important than ever to follow the national restrictions.
“I am not a fan of continued lockdowns or restrictions, which are damaging to people’s mental health and livelihoods – but we are now nearing, I hope, the final hurdle,” Cllr Stock said.
“As the Prime Minister set out last night we now have a road map to the lifting of restrictions, thanks to the vaccination programme, and we need to tighten up on restrictions now to protect the NHS until we get to that point.
“So let’s do everything we can to reach that goal – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives, and if you must go out then remember hands, face, space. Stay local – we have fantastic beaches, parks and playgrounds right across the district, so there is no need to travel far to access beautiful open space.
“Together – as a council, as a community, as a country – we can get through this.”

The Chancellor has also announced this week a new package of business support grants, and TDC officers will be working through the details in the coming days to passport these to local businesses.

Details of new business grants, which come into effect as a result of the move to Tier 4 on Boxing Day, will go live this week; details can be found at

Cllr Stock added: “Just as it is vital we stay home to save lives, we also need to love local to support our economy. So please think of your local shops, whether for your essentials or when shopping online for other goods.
“Our Facebook group is still running – – where local businesses can post up how people can access them online, and I’d encourage people to use it.
“We know how important these business support grants are, and our team is continuing to work hard to process all of the applications to all of the schemes as quickly as possible.”

National Lockdown

National lockdown: stay at home

You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not leave your home unless necessary.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.

For more information see the Guidance issued by HM Government

Useful Links

Possible Grants for Local Businesses

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs.


for advice and information including:

  • one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Covid-19 preventative behaviour and symptoms study

Help us to better understand COVID-19

Have you changed your day-to-day life to prevent you, or a loved one, from catching the Coronavirus? If so, we would like to know how and if you think your actions worked.

Have you become ill with Coronavirus or Coronavirus-like symptoms since the pandemic started? If so, we would like to know the treatments you have tried and if you think they helped.

To help beat COVID-19 and to take part in a survey by the University of Southampton – please click here:

As a thank you for your participation between now and March 2021 we are awarding over 60 vouchers (ranging from £5 to £500) as prizes to be won. See the survey for further details.

See RTO-Covid19 invitation with QR Code for further information or contact:

Dr Richard M Clarke
Research Fellow (RTO Covid-19 project)
Primary care, Population Science and Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
University Road
SO17 1BJ
Email: [email protected]

Support for Residents of Essex


The Samaritans are a wonderful registered charity which aim to provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom, often through their telephone helpline. Whatever your residents are going through, a Samaritan will face it with them. They’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are well trained for the rise in reports of suicidal thoughts which happen during the Christmas period. Call 116 123 for free to get help. You can also email [email protected] and you will receive a response within 24 hours. The Samaritans also have a self-help app which can help you keep track of how you’re feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis. NHS 111 can also give you someone to talk to in the event that you are having suicidal thoughts and would like to seek different approach to accessing support.


The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a leading movement against suicide. Through this challenging time they are currently supporting more people than ever before through by taking far more calls and web-chats than usual. If you need help, are worried about someone, need support after someone you know has committed suicide or need help and support on some other specific issue then CALM can help. Please find the following link to learn more about CALM and access expert counselling: Alternatively, call 0800 58 58 58 from 5 pm to midnight, 365 days a year. Text ‘SHOUT’ if you need immediate support from a mental health counsellor.

Bills, Food & Household Essentials Support

If you’re struggling to pay household bills because of the pandemic this Christmas, emergency help is available. You can apply to the Essential Living Fund for help with energy and water bills, food and household essentials. For more information, visit Essex County Council’s Emergency Support page or call 0300 7900124. Other support for residents is available on their website over this period.

Essex Wellbeing Service

The Essex Wellbeing Service offers free support with practical tasks, mental health, feelings of loneliness, debt, housing, employment, caring responsibilities and more. Please visit the Essex Wellbeing Service website or call 0300 303 9988 for more information and details of how you and your residents can access support over the coming weeks. Please also find attached a toolkit the Essex Wellbeing Service have produced to help local Councils inform residents about community welfare this Christmas. It provides a number of resources which can be emailed to residents and posted to social media.

Community Led Support

Please remember to look out for your neighbours and local community members. It is perhaps one of the most fundamental, but most forgotten parts of supporting residents at the moment. Please encourage your residents to ring up their neighbours and check in on how they’re doing. Encourage them to do the Christmas shop for those who are elderly, disabled or otherwise unable to do it themselves. Make sure also that the neighbours receive a call on Christmas day to give them some social interaction and stop them from feeling too lonely. In addition, it is very important that older residents who struggle with technology can be kept informed. Please therefore ensure that Council notice boards are fully updated before Christmas and reflect support numbers which residents can access.

Live Well, Link Well

Live Well, Link Well can really help residents to get non-medical support which can improve their lifestyles and help them to lead longer, happier lives. This number will give you access to Community Agents, Learning Disability support, Blue Badges, Mental Health support and lots. There is one number to call, and then the resident will be triaged to the correct agency. Please contact 0300 303 9988 to access this support.

Christmas Mental Health

Not everyone feels in the festive mood over Christmas at the best of times. After the year we’ve all had, more of us may find our mental health affected by loss, loneliness, family, work or financial stress. Feelings of grief, anger, confusion, anxiety or being overwhelmed are natural, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Essex County Councils Adult Mental Health team is working up to the close of business 24th December and is then open again on the 30th & 31st December. Access to emergency services and crisis support are available throughout. Please visit their website to find out more about:

Government Guidance

Changes in government guidance over what the tiers mean for residents and what is permitted over Christmas can change very quickly. We won’t therefore provide advice on the new rules as the information is fast changing and may quickly become outdated. Please instead find the following link to the governments guidance for the Christmas period:

Essex County Council

To see the latest news and updates from Essex County Council on Covid-19, the Christmas period and various other areas of public interest, please visit This website is updated on a daily basis.

The National Association of Local Councils

To see the latest news and updates from the National Association of Local Councils on Covid-19, the Christmas period and various other areas of public interest, please visit This website is updated on a daily basis.

United in Kind

Social isolation and loneliness can have a devastating effect on our Health & Wellbeing (particularly over Christmas). Research has shown that over 60% of adults in Essex consider themselves to be lonely or socially isolated from their Communities. United in Kind are therefore interested in helping those individuals who are most at risk over the coming weeks; the elderly and carers as well as those with mental health issues, learning disabilities/ special educational needs and Autism. Details of district based contacts can be found below.

Basildon District – Ali Perrott: 07458 300899, [email protected]
Braintree District – Jayne Laken: 07458 300903, [email protected],
Brentwood District – Donna Reilly: 07458 300901, [email protected]
Castle Point District – Anna Wilson: 07458 300 [email protected]
Chelmsford District – Stella Scrivener: 07458 300902, [email protected]
Colchester Borough – H Goodwin: 07458 300894, [email protected]
Epping Forest – Nick Robinson: 07849 087920, [email protected]
Harlow – Sarah Ayling: [email protected]
Maldon District – Amy Melton: 07458 300900, [email protected]
Rochford District – Corrina O’Donnell: [email protected]
Tendring District – Suzanne Howe: 07458 300898, [email protected]
Uttlesford District – Kim Clark: Tel: 07849 087991, [email protected]