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From Saturday 1 August, the Government paused shielding, and instead is advising that vulnerable residents should follow strict social distancing measures. Food parcels provided by the government, as well as the requirement for local authorities to fill any gaps, will stop.
Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA), a partnership led by Thurrock Council with Stronger Together Thurrock and Thurrock CVS, continues to function. TCCA supports Thurrock residents who are self-isolating due to having COVID-19 symptoms, are following guidance from NHS Test and Trace, and who do not have family and friends who can help.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said:
“The TCCA helpline has had over 4,720 interactions with residents since Wednesday 1 April and support has been provided to them, whether this be: shopping for food, social interactions, medicine collections, signposting to other support and so much more.
“COVID-19 is still very much part of our lives as we adapt to new ways of living, please take care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble and continue to follow Government and Public Health England advice.”
Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive at Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) said:
“The community response to the TCCA has been incredible. I would like to thank all of the volunteers and voluntary organisations who have helped set up and supported this vital service throughout the pandemic which will not be stopping for our most vulnerable residents or those that need additional support during these continued challenging times.”
To contact the TCCA please call 01375 511 002, the helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, or for more information and to complete an online enquiry form visit: www.thurrock.gov.uk/coronavirus-action
The latest Government shielding advice can be found on the Government website.
If residents feel they need support with their mental health at this time, support can be accessed online via Every Mind Matters, or by contacting Thurrock and Brentwood Mind or inclusion Thurrock.