A HELPLINE to support a community during the coronavirus outbreak has been launched.

Harwich Helps is an official helpline residents from Harwich and its surrounding villages can use to ask for support during this period of difficulty.

The churches of the Harwich Peninsula, Harwich Town Council, Tendring Council, Harwich Connexions, Harwich Homestart, and Harwich Foodbank are all offering support to residents.

Harwich councillor Ivan Henderson and Essex Fire Service community builder Les Nicoll and many other community groups are also giving out olive branches to those in need.

The hotline is for residents who need someone to talk to, need practical help or have been affected by Covid-19.

Call the hotline if you have no food due to your financial situation, are struggling to access food essentials due to self isolation, need someone to talk to, require help and support for any family related issues, require transport to the shops or medical appointments, or need forms of practical assistance.

The helpline numbers to call are 07708 124661, 07716 866927 and 01255 554115.

Lines are open between 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

If you would like to donate to support others in the area go to Just Giving and search Harwich Helps or send a cheque payable to The Salvation Army, George Street, Harwich, CO12 3ND.

All money donated will only be used to support local people.