Services over Christmas
Remember – your bin collections change over Christmas and New Year. Check your collection calendar for your revised collection dates.
We have provided a range of useful information from what to do with your Christmas tree, using up festive leftovers, to finding out about recycling centres in the district.
Prepare yourself for winter
Get yourself ready for winter. We have provided information about staying warm and energy switch, links to school closures, weather warnings and advice about staying safe on the roads.
Stay well this winter
Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That’s why it’s important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist. Visit the livewell website for more tips and advice on how to keep yourself and your family well during the winter months. You can access GP services, nurse practitioners and healthcare assistants at extended hours and over Christmas via four local Hubs. Pharmacy opening times over Christmas.
Change That Counts
A new partnership has formed between local homeless charities Hope House and The Salvation Army New Direction, supported by local agencies and the Braintree District Community Safety Partnership, to help those who are sleeping rough locally.
Donating money to local charities is the best way to provide long-term, effective support for those sleeping rough, as they are equipped to support people with a range of complex problems, and are able to help them end the negative cycle of homelessness.
Good neighbours this Christmas
Christmas is a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends, but for some people it can be their most loneliest. If you know someone on their own why not invite them in for a cup of tea and mince pie or simply check on them during the festive period. You might make someone’s Christmas a little bit better.