Essex Carers Support provide a wide variety of flexible support services directly to family carers.
As a community based organisation we work closely with a wide variety of health and social care services to promote and advocate for carers to make sure that their experiences are taken into account and used to improve services when they are being designed and delivered.
We are working at a very local community level developing innovative and creative ways to connect with family carers. We focus on connecting with community groups to identify and reach out to people who may not identify themselves as a carer and/or be connected to support services. If you are a community group who suspect you may have members who are caring for others, we might be able to help you to help your membership.
Time 4 You
We are keen to work with carers to achieve truly personalised break opportunities. Our Time 4 You project is available for Carers who live in Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon and Tendring. Carers are asked to identify ways that they can carve out some time for themselves in their caring role - either individually or, alongside the person that they care for and a small grant is available to support these to become a reality.
Carer Respite Break Scheme
In partnership with Colchester Catalyst Charity
Working in partnership with Colchester Catalyst Charity we can help carers who live in the CO postcode area to access grants of up to £600 to arrange a break from caring, specifically where assistance is not available from statutory organisations.
Self Care for Carers
Carer Breaks are an essential part of maintaining health and wellbeing. At Essex Carers Support we believe breaks from the caring role don’t always have to mean a break away from the person that you care for, something that is particularly difficult at the moment. We've compiled a number of resources that Carers can tap into that provide information about the support that it available and to help to connect to the world outside of their caring role.
In partnership with Summit
2Can is a partnership project delivered by SUMMIT and Essex Carers Support in Tendring, Essex. Together we help support the health and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable people and their carers who may be at risk of harm and self-neglect and enable people to identity the solutions, support and services that will assist their recovery and support their long term wellbeing.