Day Respite Centre Out And About!
Day trips and outings have continued into the summer season, with visits to the WWI Aerodrome at Stow Maries (museum) and the Abberton Reservoir visitor centre, being enjoyed by clients from the Maldon Day Centre.

The sun shone on the Mersea outreach group as they enjoyed a day out on the sea front at the Mersea Lion’s Club Beach Hut, an excellent facility that we look to run further outings to.

Coming in the near future are visits to the Maldon Museum of Power and a re-arranged visit to Paper Mill Lock tearooms and canal cruise (previously scuppered by flooding).

A Star In The Making
Mersea Super Star Volunteer and leading actor Steven Brandon invited staff and Volunteers to the London Premier of his award winning film “My Feral Heart.”

A moving tale of a man with Down Syndrome suddenly forced into a group care facility when his elderly mother dies.

Garden Party
Fiona Langridge of Action for Family Carers talking to Jean Hudspeth, President of District 24 Inner Wheel, at a Garden Party held in the grounds of Jean’s house to raise funds to support Young Carers in Harlow. Jean’s Garden Party raised £500 enabling Young Carers to enjoy a day out in Southend.

Chosen By You
Action for Family Carers were delighted to receive a cheque for £500 from the Asda store in South Woodham Ferrers.

The money has been put towards the refurbishment of the Day Centre.

Golden Garden!
Our Garden went one better this year winning GOLD in the Maldon in Bloom Competition thanks to our brilliant team of Staff and Volunteers.

Summer Draw Winner!

Congratulations to Mrs Daly who was delighted to receive £110 cash for winning first place in the Summer Draw.

Many Thanks!
To the Trustees of the William John Cook Charity, a late Maldonian whose generous legacy has benefitted a number of local charities, in their very kind and generous donation of £4000 towards the Maldon Day Centre. From all of us at Action for Family Carers, a big thank you.

Rejuvenated Day Centre!
Everything out and everything back in, all in the space of a month. The Day Centre had a new damp course injected, a new kitchen fitted and the installation of a new treatment and wellbeing facility – thanks to all involved.

On this subject, are there any volunteer hairdressers, manicurists, complimentary therapists out there who might like to help us in providing services for clients in this new facility.

Help Required!
Does anybody out there have a wheelchair that they no longer have use for? The Day Care Centre at Maldon have need of a wheelchair to assist in the movement of our Day Centre Clients. We would gladly collect if you think you are able to help. Please call 01621 851640 and talk to Nick Daws or Jayne Hare.


Celebrating Our Amazing Young Adult Carers!
Our 2nd Young Adult Carer Celebration Event was held in August at Essex County Cricket Club to celebrate our Young Adult Carers, a beautiful day in a lovely setting highlighted the great spirit of the young people we support. An award ceremony took place which acknowledged the achievements that our young people had made throughout the year. Example of which include Essex youth awards and Essex art awards. The awards were presented by James Clarke (Chief Executive Officer) Denise Fielding (Trustee) Tim Frances (Essex County Council) Robert Macauley (Rotary Club Colchester) we were also joined by Councilor Maddox.

After the ceremony a BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all with a market place of youth supporting organisations including the Prince’s Trust, Mind, Provide, Anglia Ruskin and Children’s Society.

Lunch was followed by self-esteem, self-confidence and team building workshops: Beer Goggle challenge (using your team mate to successfully negotiate an obstacle course, whilst their vision was impaired), Bin bag challenge (working as a team to create fashion designs out of bin liners and Lego building challenge (Trying to build a model by memory). Many thanks to all that helped make this happen and all the support we had from other organisation’s and retail outlets and to Essex Cricket Club for providing such a great venue.

Overcoming Fears And Team Building On The River!
In June 15 Young Adult Carers spent the day kayaking at Redricks Lake in Sawbridgeworth. Following safety checks and briefings they were let loose on the River Stor with our very patient instructors.

A few capsizes later and they were off; a very determined bunch of young people covered at least 2-3 miles! A great day was had by all with a welcome BBQ lunch to end the day. Well done to all who took part.


Recognition For Our volunteers!
More of our Fantastic Volunteers have received awards and recognition over the last few months so congratulations to Elaine Spicer who won the Carers Trust South East final of the Marsh Awards, to Steven Brandon “Who will care” award winner along with Sue Witney and Marion Lewis for their commitment and support to the Macmillan Pod, Broomfield Hospital, Suzanne Sprenger and Rebecca Loader, and also to Sue Lawrence for her commitment to the setting up and supporting of the Befriending telephone line.

Action for Family Carers celebrated their amazing Volunteers with an evening event in July filled with music, singing and awards.

Sue Lawrence Telephone Befriender

Marion Lewis receiving a certificate of recognition from James Clarke on behalf of herself and Sue Witney

Beverley David with James Clarke

“A Picture Paints A Thousand Words”
Young Adult Carers met for an Art Workshop Day at the URC Church Hall in Maldon.

The title for the piece of artwork they were to create was “My Caring Role”. The first part of the day was spent discussing and sketching ideas for their finished piece.

Young Adult Carers enjoyed lunch then moved onto to work on their canvas. The whole day was very calm and relaxed giving Young Adult Carers a much needed respite from their caring role.

It was also a great opportunity to share their worries and concerns over their future education plans. The artwork will be displayed at the Professionals Conference in September and also locally in Maldon.


Macmillan on the Buses!

The Macmillan Team have been helping out on the Macmillan Info Bus – giving information and support to people in Essex concerned about the symptoms, effects and treatment of cancer.

Macmillan Team at Walthamstock Festival!
The Action for Family Carers Macmillan team were at the Walthamstock festival - a local festival held in the gorgeous village of Great Waltham. This year the theme was Feel the Love - a fun filled family day with bands, holistic stalls and lots of delicious food and drink. The event raises much needed funds for local charities and totally sold out this year with over 1500 people attending!

Macmillan Mighty Hikers!
Congratulations to Jenny Goodson and Nichola Faiers who successfully completed the 26 mile Macmillan Mighty Hike at Hadrian’s Wall on Saturday 25th June - they have medals, and had blisters and stiff muscles to prove it! Between them they raised over £1000 for Macmillan.



Basildon Support Group

Basildon Carer Support Group is newly formed and is looking for new members to join. Here the group are enjoying their lunch at The Five Bells Harvester.

4 Good reasons to attend a Carer Support Group:

1. Socialising with others in a similar situation.

2. Accessing information and support relative to you and your situation.

3. Gaining support from a knowledgeable support worker who can listen and give advice.

4. The opportunity to try new activities!

If you would like to join the Basildon Group, contact Donna King on 0300 7 70 80 90 or see listing on the back page.

Fun with Flowers at The Dengie Carers Support Group!

The Dengie Carers Support Group recently enjoyed a flower arranging session which involved creating a gerbera display, learning how to display flowers to their best advantage and watching a beautiful bouquet being made.

Many thanks to Jenny Black (who works for Action for Family Carers in the Young Carers Team) who donated her time for free.

Future activities include a visit from the Carers’ Advocate, a talk on ‘The Adventures of Bee-Keeping’ and a presentation from Maldon Community Voluntary Service.

We currently meet in the newly refurbished Station Room at Burnham Station on the 4th Wednesday of the month. We also offer tea, chat and support.

New members are welcome - please contact Gillian Woodham - Adult Carer Support Worker for Maldon and the Dengie.


New Projects!

The Adult Carers Team has recently started two exciting pilot projects to assess how best to provide support to unpaid family Carers in different NHS settings.

Above is a picture of Jayne Moscow, West Essex Office, with one of the Nursing Team at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. offering support to Carers of inpatients at St Margaret’s and at Saffron Walden Community Hospital.

GP Project
This photo shows Mel Perry who is working in GP surgeries across the Castlepoint and Rochford Districts.

Mel is pictured with Denise, Head of Reception outside Great Wakering Medical Centre where we are trialling a drop-in with bookable appointment slots each Thursday morning from 9.30 until 11.30 as well as a similar service at Audley Mills surgery in Rayleigh on Wednesday mornings.

Essex Success Regime
Carers may be aware that the Department of Health has decided that Mid and South Essex will work together as part of a Success Regime, aimed at both achieving financial sustainability and improving clinical outcomes for patients.

Potentially there could be changes to health services, both in the community and in hospitals affected (Broomfield, Basildon and Southend).

Carers should play an important role in helping to have these conversations so do watch the local press/media for details.

Most of the web-based information is being hosted at but there will be opportunities to comment in person, by post or by other means during the coming weeks.


A Few Words from the CEO
There has been so much going on that we can’t fit it all in this newsletter! Looking back over the summer we had a very busy Carers Week in June culminating in a very successful conference in Chelmsford to recognise the achievements of the first year of our countywide Supporting Carers in Essex.

We set very high standards for ourselves and there is always more to do, for example to ensure that working carers are able to access support, and to support carers with mental health needs.

We held a Celebration Event for Young Adult Carers in July. We have also run a series of trips and activities for Young Carers including trips to the zoo and to Thorpe Park. Our summer activities ended with our Supporting Young Carers in Essex conference in Colchester on 9th September.

We are constantly looking for improved ways of targeting our services to where they are most needed. Currently this includes pilot projects running in GP practices in Castle Point and Rochford and working within the community hospitals in West Essex. We will also be expanding our telephone befriending service from October – and we are always looking for volunteers to help us with this.

James Clarke, Chief Executive Officer

Free Service Helps Residents ‘Rally Round’ A Loved One
An innovative pilot project across Essex is using technology to help families and carers share the load of caring for a loved one. RallyRoundMe is a free website that enables family members, friends and carers to create and organise support for someone they care about.

People can create a network of trusted friends and family around them, so that tasks can be shared to the individual’s personal network. The pilot is being run in partnership across Essex with Action for Family Carers and anyone with an Essex postcode can sign up – whether they are a carer, or the person needing help. You can find out more at RallyRoundMe.


When We Were Young!
Maldon Promenaders, a local group dedicated to entertaining local people and raising money for local charities, have nominated Action for Family Carers as one of their charities this year. Promenaders will put on their annual show at Maldon Town Hall on Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th of November. The show this year is called ‘When we were Young’ a musical and humorous look at the 50s and 60s.

Tickets will be available from Maldon Tourist Information Centre in early November. Please come and support the efforts of the Promenaders to raise money for AFFC and enjoy an evening out.

Do you need respite care?

We can offer Carers in Maldon and Chelmsford a few hours break by looking after your cared-for in our day centre or one of our outreach venues.

Trained Care Assistants are available to provide a variety of activities and a Carer Support Worker can offer support to Carers.

Brickhouse Farm, Poulton Close, Maldon. CM9 6NG.
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Lunch will be provided and transport is available if required.

Burnham on Crouch
Carnival Hall, Arcadia Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex CM0 8BS.
For adults, every Thursday, 10.00am - 3.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.

The Salvation Army, Tendring Road, Harlow CM18 6RN. Wednesday 10.30am – 3.30pm.
Enquiries to Fiona Langridge, 01279 308314.

Springfield, Chelmsford
St Augustines Church Hall, Beardsley Drive, North Springfield, Chelmsford CM1 6DQ.
For adults, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Mersea Island
Harrison Court, Greys Close, West Mersea CO5 8QR.
For adults, every Thursday, 10.15am – 2.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.

If you would like any more information please contact Jayne who will be happy to be of assistance.

Our phone number is 01621 851640.

Office hours Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm


Adult Carer Support Groups

1st Friday of the month – 1-3pm Archers Community Centre

2nd Monday – 12pm-2pm The Artichoke

Chelmsford CVS
1st Tuesday – 2-4pm Chelmsford CVS, Covall Lane

Chelmsford Evening Group
2nd Wednesday – 6:30-8:30pm The Angel Pub

4th Wednesday – 10:30am-12:30pm The Station House, Burnham on Crouch

2nd Thursday – 1pm-3pm – Jack Silley Pavillion

4th Thursday of the month – 1-3pm Colne View Residential Care Home

2nd Tuesday – 10:30am-12:30pm Great Parndon Community Centre

Harlow Care to Chat
Last Thursday of the month – 1-3pm Museum of Harlow

1st Monday – 10:30am-12:30pm West Maldon Community Centre

Maldon & Dengie Stroke Group
Once a month on a Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm – Fullbridge Church, Maldon

4th Monday – 10am-12pm – Wickford Community Centre

2nd Wednesday of the month – 2-4pm Witham Leisure Centre

Basildon Carers Support Group
3rd Thursday – 12pm-2pm Five Bells Harvester


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