SCAM ALERT – BE AWARE

If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud –

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101. Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.  
OFFICAL UPDATE RE. GOV.UK TEXT MESSAGES   “The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”
  If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud – www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing  

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will launch on Friday 27 March.

Thurrock Council in partnership with Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations are working together to safely coordinate support to residents in need and to help ensure voluntary work is carried out in a safe and co-ordinated way across the borough.

The priority of Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is to help residents who have been contacted by Government and Public Health England in regards to shielding, these are residents who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and must stay at home and self-isolate for 12 weeks due to underlying health conditions.

If you fall into this category and have received a text or letter from the NHS this week please follow the link in the message and sign up for support. Volunteers for Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will be in touch with these residents in due course to confirm their individual support needs.

For residents who do not fall into the shielding category but require additional help and support at this time, more information will be coming out from Monday on how to access help from Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “As the coming days and weeks become more difficult, self-isolation and access to help may be a source of worry for many of our residents. I urge residents who have received a text or letter from the NHS this week to follow the link in the text and sign up for support as soon as possible.

“Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will be providing our most vulnerable residents with help to access food, medicines and social contact. Thank you so much to everyone across the borough who is volunteering to support our communities at this challenging time.”

Stronger Together are developing a local volunteer network to support this activity. This will include help for individuals and groups who would like to volunteer but will also provide information online enabling people to say how and where they can help. With connections to other local organisations, Stronger Together will coordinate and link volunteers with roles within the community but also provide signposting for people to help themselves and others.

Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive at Thurrock CVS, said: “It is clear that many people across the borough want to do something to help others and I would please ask anyone who would like to help out, to register their interest in volunteering through the website detailed below so we can co-ordinate a fast and effective response and get food, medicine and other essential items to those who need them as quickly and safely as possible for all, whilst sticking to social distancing measured.”

To register your interest to volunteer please visit: https://help.timetospare.com/thurrock

For more information on Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action visit: www.thurrock.gov.uk/coronavirus-action

Additional information is available via http://www.strongertogether.org.uk and https://thurrockcvs.org

Support for the community is also on where there are details of support through a dedicated Facebook page and Facebook Group to give a platform for residents to share resources and receive additional local information.

What Coronavirus like

This fella works at the London Borough of Camden. Up to a week or so ago he was fit, played football a couple of times a week. He is the head of repairs and has coronavirus 19. He wants people to know what it’s like and why we should be complying with the government advice. Please pass on so people get the seriousness of coronavirus.

I have the coronavirus also known as covid-19. My friends are worried that people are not taking it seriously. They asked me to make a video to show what the virus is like and make people aware of the signs and symptoms.

How to spot a LoanShark

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of high financial pressure for many people, and is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but also friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. A victim of a loan shark should contact the team for help. Visit the website here for more info and support

Anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened by an illegal money lender can find out more about the different ways the team can help here.

Loan sharks are not your friends – these criminals are highly manipulative and want you under their control. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of illegal money lending here.

You can check if a company is authorised to lend money at www.loansmart.org.uk

These links may also be useful:

Citizens Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Money Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Stepchange – Coronavirus and your finances

Over 10,000 plastic bottles removed already this year

We have already picked 10,000 plastic bottles along the estuary this year. This is the first time we have picked so many bottles in less than a 3 month period… more proof that what we are doing is really important.

Following DP World London Gateway’s decision to stop any external meetings by their employees, their involvement in the litter picking event on Wednesday has reluctantly been withdrawn.

On Wednesday Jamie from the RSPB will be holding an event starting at 10:00am at the Visitor Centre. So rather than run two events I suggest we all support the RSPB event. They will be picking along the foreshore lower path and on the reed beds.

Please contact the RSPB if you plan to attend so they can ensure the right amount of equipment etc. Hope you can join us on Wednesday, I will bring the good weather!

Currently Thurrock has no known cases of the virus, but to reduce the risk of contamination may I suggest you bring your own gloves and you ensure you wash your hands before and after the event. Also consider the 2 metre distance where possible during the event.

Wednesday 18th March – meeting at RSPB Rainham Marshes Centre in Purfleet RM19 1SZ at 10:00. This is an RSPB organised and run event. Please make sure you register your interest with the RSPB before attending on 01708 899851.

Other events are currently continuing as planned, if this changes I will advise.

Wednesday 25th March – meeting at old St Clements Church RM20 4AL at 10:30 to 13:30. We will be picking along the Graffiti Wall. This event will include up to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event and forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Wednesday 1st April – meeting at St. Margaret’s Avenue SS17 0SH to pick Mucking Creek at 10:30 to 13:30. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event and forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Sunday 5th April – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the café. Grays Beachcombers is a monthly Thames21 River Action Group family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6 years and older. On this occasion it forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Wednesday 22nd April – as part of Earth Day 2020 we will be meeting at Grays Thurrock Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:30. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event in partnership with Tilbury Green Power Station employees.

Grays Town centre Consultation

On Tuesday the 3rd of March JTP feedback on the community consultation they had undertaken on Feburay the 28yth and 29th
It was a very powerful presentation and the two halves can be seen below

Click here Part 1 and then you may have to press the play button
then to see part two Part 2, and you may have to press the play button. You can stop it and start via the play button

50 bags of Rubbish from Grays Beach

Another massive haul at Grays Beach on Sunday morning where 28 of us picked up 50 sacks of rubbish including 247 plastic bottles and 2 bags of plastic gems for use in a mandala to be constructed in Grays in July by Kinetika during this years T100. (More details to follow nearer the time.)

Upcoming Events

Thursday 5th March – meeting at Purfleet Railway Station RM19 1PP at 10:30 to 12:30. We will be picking primarily plastic bottles on the other side of the seawall and bringing them back to the road for collection. This event will include climbing fixed ladders over the 2m high seawall so comfortable walking shoes/boots are essential. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event. 

Friday 6th March – meeting at RSPB Rainham Marshes Centre in Purfleet RM19 1SZ at 10:00 to 13:00. This is a Plastic Pollution – Seashore Guardian Beach organised and run event. Please make sure you register your interest with the RSPB before attending. 01708 899851 or rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk .

Friday 13th March – meeting at old St Clements Church RM20 4AL at 10:00 to 14:00. We will be picking along to the QE2 Bridge with Coca Cola employees. This event will include up to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are essential. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event. 

Saturday 14th March – meeting in John Street RM17 6ED at 09:00 to 12:00. This is the regular Orchard Forum back alley clean-up. All welcome especially local residents.

Wednesday 18th March – DP World Event – meeting at RSPB Rainham Marshes Centre in Purfleet RM19 1SZ at 10:00 to 15:30. Like last year DP World employees are going to us, this time at the RSPB centre. Feel free to pop along for just some of the event.

Wednesday 25th March – meeting at old St Clements Church RM20 4AL at 10:30 to 13:30. We will be picking along the Graffiti Wall. This event will include up to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event and forms part of the Great British Spring Clean. 

Wednesday 1st April – meeting at St. Margaret’s Avenue SS17 0SH to pick Mucking Creek at 10:30 to 13:30. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event and forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Sunday 5th April – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the café. Grays Beachcombers is a monthly Thames21 River Action Group family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6 years and older. On this occasion it forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Wednesday 22nd April – as part of Earth Day 2020 we will be meeting at Grays Thurrock Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:30. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event in partnership with Tilbury Green Power Station employees