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Self Care for Carers

Staying Active

Whilst it can be difficult as a carer getting some ‘me time’ – the positive effects cannot be overstated.


If you haven’t been able to get out and about for a while it can seem overwhelming and easier perhaps just to stay put.

But there's lots of ways to begin getting active in a gentle way. Here we've collected some useful resources which we hope will help you.

Women Practicing Yoga Outdoor

Essex Carers Support runs Time 4 You – this project is especially designed for people to start thinking about how they can have a bit of ‘me time’ and will even make a contribution towards the cost to get you started.

Find out more about Time 4 You

Essex Carers Support has created a short Information Sheet all about Keeping Active which you can download. 

Download the Keeping Active PDF document

NHS Get Fit for Free have a number of free resources for getting moving from exercises for back pain, 10 minute workouts and Couch to 5K - a programme for those of us who would like to be able to go out for a run but don't know where to start.

Visit the NHS Get Fit for Free website

Active Essex have ideas and over 200 YouTube videos on their website if you want to get more active but aren't sure where to start. They have some good ideas for Gentle Exercise.

Visit the Active Essex website

The Essex Map is a free database designed to bring our communities closer together by helping to find voluntary and community services, groups, and activities available in your area.

Essex Directory (

Your local Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) will be a mine of information about what is going on locally and what might be of interest to you. Walking groups as well as other opportunities to get out and meet others.

In Tendring you will find these services at Community Voluntary Services Tendring 

Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST)

For Colchester you can find them at Community 360 

Colchester Community 360

Essex County Council Adult Community Learning (ACL) run courses that can give you the chance to learn something new. You can go on your own or come with your friends. They run a wide variety of courses like pottery, languages and cake decorating and also qualifications such as Access to Higher Education, accountancy, barbering, counselling and GCSEs.

Visit the ACL website

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