Self Care for Carers

Support Groups

You may find that friends and family who have not experienced being in a caring role themselves cannot always understand the demands and stresses of caring. If this is the case, it might help to reach out and connect with other carers in your position.

If you’re picturing a somber meeting room full of miserable faces, think again! Carers support groups come in a wide range of styles and activities, from coffee and cake meet ups to outdoor adventures and free yoga classes! 

To find out more about Carers Groups run by Carers First that are meeting locally in Colchester and Tendring click here.

Action for Family Carers deliver activities and groups specifically for carers.  If you want to find out more about what they are doing in your area click here.


With funding from Essex County Council, Action for Family Carers are delivering volunteer befriending services across the county as part of Essex Befriends. Services available include telephone befriending, face-to-face meetings within the local community, home visits, Skype calls, email contact and group activities.You can find more information on their website by clicking here

A number of other organisations support carers of people with specific conditions:

If you are caring for someone with dementia, for information about what support there is in your area click here to access he Alzheimer’s Society.

Or you might prefer to contact the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connects Service; for more information on their website click here.


If you are caring for someone who has MS you might find the resources on the MS Society webpage helpful.  Click here to access their website: