UPDATE 7th January 2021
There have been a number of changes to Government guidance over the past four weeks with the Maldon District moving from Tier 3 into Tier 4 and a third national lockdown which this time affects school closures as well as hospitality and other businesses.
On Monday 4th January Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a return to shielding nationally however the National Shielding Support Service was already active in Essex having been put in place when Maldon District entered Tier 3 and reconfirmed just before Christmas when the “Stay at Home” tier 4 instruction was given. The Essex Welbeing Service and health organisations contacted all individuals classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) with information on how and where to get help.
As a result the local helpline line has not seen a huge rise in new requests for support although there is some increase. At the current time the levels of demend are manageable within the core team of MDCVS, the Salvation Army, Maldon District Council and the Moat Foundation and the community hub volunteers.
The Community hub volunteers have also been fantastic in their support to the vaccine roll out taking place at Maldon District Council Offices from mid December. Three local surgeries have worked extremely hard to begin the process of vaccinating the districts most vulnerable residents and by the end of January all GP surgeries, working within their Primary Care Network clusters, will have systems in place to roll out the vaccine
With the continued roll out of the vaccine and the increasing infection rates there maty be a time where more resource is needed within the community response and the response team will put the call out for help from the community with details of where the need is.
In the meantime the helpline remains open between 10am-2pm Mon-Fri for anyone to contact for help with food supplies, medicines or accessing services. The response team is able to provide food parcels for people who cannot get out to shop whether this be due to shielding or as a result of a postive test or a requirement to self isolate. Up to 2 weeks food can be provided as required.
For the time being the safe space has been paused and we hope this can reopen once infection rates begin to fall in the district. Buddy walkers for people who would like support or company one to one to get out of the home are still available and online coffee mornings are being held every week.
The next Community Forum meeting will take place on the 13th January anyone who wishes to attend is welcome. This forum will be an opportunity to share expereinces and give feedback on issues within the local community. For more details and joining instrictions visit
If you have any questions or comments on any of the above please contact the MDCVS team on 01621 851891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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