News

This is where we’ll post third sector news and important updates that are useful for your organisation.

Promoting Your Work During the Coronavirus Outbreak

We’re passionate about helping our members to do what they do best. That’s why we created The Essex Map – to help charities, social enterprises, and community groups to promote their work for free.

With the changing climate that coronavirus is bringing, we’re upping our efforts to help our members and our local residents to find the help they need. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated coronavirus landing page: www.essexmap.co.uk/coronavirus

We’ve also launched social media profiles for The Essex Map on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll be using these platforms to promote the services, groups, and activities available to the people of Essex.

If you’re still operating during the coronavirus outbreak, we ask that:

  1. If you haven’t already, add or claim your listing on The Essex Map (www.essexmap.co.uk/register)
  2. In the “Description” box, add the details of what you’re offering residents during the Coronavirus outbreak (please include as much information as you can)
  3. Utilise the dedicated coronavirus tags:
    1. “Coronavirus Deliveries” for home deliveries
    2. “Coronavirus” for activities
    3. “Coronavirus Homeschool” for educational support
    4. “Coronavirus Business” for business support

When posting about your offering on your own social media pages, please tag The Essex Map so that we are notified and can share your posts.

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Furloughed workers can volunteer but not for their own organisations, government says

Content from Third Sector


Furloughed workers will be able to volunteer while they are not in their usual jobs, the government has said, but not at their own charities.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, announced by the government earlier this month, will enable employers to claim for 80 per cent of furloughed employees’ wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. Read more…

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Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1 March 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers can use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period. Read more…

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Amazon Smile Now Available on Mobile

Your supporters can now help you to raise money via Amazon Smile when using the Amazon shopping mobile app on Android devices.

Amazon Smile is operated by online shopping service Amazon, and donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation selected by the user. Read more…

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Community Shield

People across Essex are doing an amazing job supporting their family, friends and neighbours who at the most risk from coronavirus because they are older, vulnerable and have health conditions.

From now, public services across Essex are stepping up support for people who may not have help from their nearest and dearest. Read more…

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Urgent Appeal for PPE

An urgent appeal has just been launched by Essex County Council for any small businesses to donate any unused Personal Protective Equipment they may have within their stock.

Read more…

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Beware of Coronavirus Scams

Essex Police have issued a warning residents to:

“Be vigilant following reports that fraudsters are attempting to take advantage of the current climate by carrying out crime online and at people’s doorsteps.

“Fraudsters will go to extreme lengths to get access to your hard earned money, including posing as government officials by text message, online or by knocking at doors.”

Read more…

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New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak

Content from the Department of Health and Social Care


People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.

  • Public Health England guidance will give helpful tips on how to look after your wellbeing, alongside advice for parents and carers on children’s mental health
  • Leading mental health charities given £5 million to expand support services
  • Plans endorsed by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of their commitment to mental health

Read more…

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