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Community support

We understand that the current pandemic can be a worrying and difficult time. We would like to reassure you that we will be supporting our residents who need help, advice and reassurance at this time.

If you are shielding at home due to being clinically extremely vulnerable you can contact the Community Hub for help and advice with accessing food and prescriptions.

Harlow Community Hub is a run by Harlow Council and Rainbow Services to offer support, reassurance and advice to the most vulnerable in Harlow - primarily for those without internet access or support networks.

You can contact them on 01279 927005 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. You can also contact the hub by email

If you need help outside of the Community Hub opening hours, you can contact the Essex Wellbeing Service on 0300 303 9988 for support.

For details on how we will handle your personal information at the hub, you can read our Community Hub privacy notice

You can also read more about the support available in Harlow and how to look after yourself during this pandemic in our coronavirus community support booklet

Rainbow Services are working with community groups and local authorities to create a digital register of all those in need of help in Harlow and Epping, and those wanting to give help.

If you think you may be able to offer your time to support the community, you can register your interest to volunteer as an individual

If you run a business and you think your organisation could support the response, you can register your interest to volunteer as a business

If you are a voluntary or community group and want to share what you are doing or log a request for volunteers or resources, you can also use the voluntary services and community groups form

If you want to help support others in the community, you might find the government's advice on how to help safely useful.

There are a range of Harlow based organisations who are offering to help support people with staying active:

((Bounce)) delivers mini trampoline fitness classes for all ages and abilities, which are low impact and high cardio - visit the ((Bounce)) website for more information and to book online classes

Gregory Fit is delivering a full programme of their usual exercise classes via Facebook. There are also special offers for key workers, self-employed people and residents aged 60+.

Harlow Combat Team is a martial arts school delivering online classes in the member’s only section of their Facebook page

Harlow Leisurezone is offering Lee Mills online fitness classes free of charge to Silver and Gold members.

Hip Hop Pop is an award winning dance school with a focus on street dance - you can book online classes on their website

Kazen Kai Martial Arts provides a programme of classes focusing on fitness, self-defence, karate and kick boxing - you can view the classes on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook or on the Kazen Kai website

Makin Steps is a performing arts academy delivering 20 online classes per week covering a wide range of dance styles - you can get more information on the Makin Steps website

Mike Varney Physiotherapy Ltd is offering free telephone and video consultations to give advice and exercises to help restore movement and function if you have an injury, illness or disability - you can get more information on their website 

Paringdon Sports and Social Club is posting short easy workout sessions every Monday on Facebook and Instagram - you can find out more about Paringdon Sports and Social Club on their website

SV Sports Therapy specialises in the treatment and prevention of injuries and is currently delivering video consultations - you can find more information on their website and hints and tips on their Instagram page.

SWEAT Harlow is delivering online classes on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook to help you get fit, dance, tone and have fun while burning calories.

Elements Rehab Led Pilates are running a free, social pilates class at 3pm every Saturday from their Facebook and Instagram pages as well as Tuesday morning pregnancy pilates and Thursday evening stretch classes.

If you deliver sport and physical activity and are now delivering online or in a way that complies with coronavirus government guidelines you can let us know by emailing

It’s natural to feel worried in unpredictable times. It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that this situation is temporary so, for most of us at least, these difficult feelings will pass.

You might find the following resources helpful:

Mindfulness and meditation can be really helpful tools for managing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. There are lots of resources available online:

  • read the NHS advice on mindfulness 
  • use one of the popular guided meditation apps (such as Headspace or Calm, but others are available)

If you need more support with your mental help, Mind in West Essex are continuing to offer counselling sessions through video and telephone sessions. You can find out more about registering on the Mind in West Essex website

You could also use the Health Minds service which provides access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments.

If you find yourself with very poor mental health while isolated, remember you can call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time of the day.

We have advice for victims of domestic abuse on our website

If you are a victim of domestic abuse:

Cruse Bereavement Care have a particularly helpful guide to dealing with bereavement and grief during coronavirus

The NHS also have advice on coping with bereavement

You may be able to get a Funeral Expenses Payment, if you receive certain benefits, to help pay for a funeral you're arranging.

Parndon Wood Crematorium is currently closed to all visitors, but they are still open for funerals or burials. 

You have to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as supermarkets and shops, public transport and other places where social distancing is difficult. You can check the full list of the places you need to where a covering on GOV.UK

Some people are exempt from wearing a face covering, such s children under 11 and people with a disability that makes wearing a mask difficult. You can check the full list of face mask exemptions on GOV.UK

If you are exempt from wearing a mask, you can bring a something that says you do not have to wear a face covering if it makes you feel more comfortable - it is not necessary in law. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

If you would like to use an exemption card you can use the PDF attachments on GOV.UK

Harlow Civic Centre is part of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme. You can also use a sunflower lanyard and card from Hidden Disabilities to let people know you are exempt.

You can get free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues, including applying for Universal Credit from Citizens Advice Harlow. They have stopped giving face to face advice, but you can still get advice: