Coronavirus Helplines


"Over the past few weeks, I have been contacted by a huge number of people asking for advice on issues related to the Covid-19 outbreak. I and my team are here to do everything we can to help answer your questions."


Contact Sir David


Telephone: 020 7219 3452

Twitter: @amessd_southend


Government Helplines

Business support and ventilators: 0300 456 3565

HMRC: 0800 015 9559

Universal Credit: 0800 328 5644

Education: 0800 046 8687

Foreign & Commonwealth Office: 020 7008 1500


Medical and Government Guidelines

Up-to-date advice can also be found at and

If you think you have coronavirus symptoms you should visit

In a medical emergency dial 999


Local Helplines

If friends and family aren't nearby or able to help and you have no local support, please call:

Southend Coronavirus Action Helpline: 01702 212497

The Council is offering a range of help and advice to local residents and businesses:

Southend-on-Sea Borough

For practical advice on a range of issues contact:

Southend Citizens Advice Bureau: 01702 456352 and 01702 456354 and

If the local Southend services cannot help please contact:

Essex Welfare Service: 0300 303 9988 and


Other useful contacts

SAVS (Southend Association of Voluntary Services): and 01702 356 000

Leigh Lions Club:

Trust Links (Southend based mental health charity): 01702 213134

Harp (Southend based homeless charity): 01702 430696



Samit Biswas is offering free taxi rides to the hospital for people within the hospital postcode, and a £10 discount on journeys from outside the postcode. The taxis are wheelchair accessible. Call 0800 8606 727 or email for more information.



If you feel that you could volunteer your services with the Southend Coronavirus Action Group, please email Jocelyn Astle at

Hospital volunteers can contact Erica White at



National Supply Disruption Response Centre: 0191 283 6543 and

For general offers of commercial help, please contact: 

For offers of help to make ventilators: click through from this page for the form, or contact 0300 456 3565 or