Self Care for Carers

Social Connections

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.


So, here we've collected some ideas to help you think about increasing your social connections...

Friends Having Coffee

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

My Social Prescription is a community based scheme led by Community 360 to connect people in North East Essex to voluntary and community services to improve health and wellbeing. It is hosted on the Connects Well website.

Visit the Connects Well website

For other areas, you can find more information on the Essex Connects website.

Visit the Essex Connects website

Live Well Link Well is the local social prescribing project for people in the Tendring District. It has been funded by Essex County Council and developed with the help of a wide range of health, social care and voluntary organisations. Live Well Link workers work across Tendring. They will give you time, and can help you to find out about what is going on within the local community.

Visit the CVS Tendring website

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.

Visit the Essex CVS website

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