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.
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.
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