Carer support groups can be a source of information, advice and practical support for people that care for their elderly parents. Being a carer is a demanding role, and it is helpful to know about all the help that exists to assist you in your caring role. On this page we run you through some of the organisations that provide support to carers in Essex, and give you some information on how to organise a Carer’s Assessment from Essex County Council.
Getting a Carer’s Assessment in Essex
A Carer’s Assessment is a means of Essex County Council finding out how they can best support you in your role as a carer. This support may include a personal budget to use for your caring needs, connections and access to local support, or free carer training. To apply for a Carer’s Assessment you should contact the Essex Adult Social Care team on 0345 603 7630 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Carer Support Groups in Essex
Carers FIRST Essex
Carers FIRST provide a comprehensive range of services to carers in Essex, including emotional and practical support, information and advice, access to training, social activities and more. They offer one-to-one help, meaning your support will be personalised to you. They recommend that you register with them at their Carers Hub, which you can do using this online Self-Referral Form.
Visit Carers FIRST Essex Website
Telephone: 0300 303 1555
Carers Choices are an Essex-based charity that provide support to carers through day care centres and in-home respite care. If you get in contact with them they can also help you to organise and prepare for a Carers Assessment, and access other local support.
Visit Carers Choices Website
Telephone: 01268 881130
Action for Family Carers
Action for Family Carers (AFFC) offer a range of services for adult carers in Essex. This include practical advice, help accessing local services, and assistance in preparing for a Carer’s Assessment. AFFC also offer a free, confidential Counselling Service, and a Befriending Service for carers who need someone to speak to.
Visit Action for Family Carers Website
Telephone: 03007 708090
Community Agents Essex
Community Agents Essex is an initiative that links professionals and volunteers who support older people and unpaid carers to plan and carry out independent living solutions from within their local community. Their Community Agents will come and meet with you and your relative to discuss any problems that you are facing and help to devise solutions that work for you both.
Visit Community Agents Essex Website
Telephone: 0800 9775858