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The Essex Welfare Service, which was launched in quick response to Covid-19 in March and successfully recruited thousands of volunteers to help support vulnerable residents who were shielding, is building on its success by relaunching as the Essex Wellbeing Service from this month.

Almost 9,000 vulnerable people across Essex have received support during the Covid-19 pandemic from specialist providers and from over 3,000 volunteers.

The new Essex Wellbeing Service, delivered by local community interest company (CIC) Provide, will now link all Essex residents including parents and families with the practical, emotional and social care support they need as they adapt to ‘the new normal’ of their lives as lockdown eases. Volunteers will continue to play an active role in the success of Essex Wellbeing Service working with local, neighbourhood responses to requests for support.

Councillor Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Communities, Essex County Council, said: “As Essex moves out of nationwide lockdown, the Essex Welfare Service will be building upon this incredible success by evolving into the Essex Wellbeing Service, giving our county’s residents a simple way of accessing advice and support for all their wellbeing needs.”

The website for Essex Welfare Service, which was launched in under a week for people to register requests for support during Covid-19, or offer their help as a volunteer, has been rebranded as Essex Wellbeing Service. The website will be further developed by Provide with its digital partner Priority Digital Health to become a powerful digital platform which supports all Essex residents with easy access and referral to services they need.

The helpline for Essex Wellbeing Service is already live and residents can access services immediately by calling 0300 303 9988. Visit www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk