Nichola’s Charity Run
Nichola Faiers set herself a challenge to thank each of the three charities that supported her father throughout his journey, after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last year by raising money for them. Nichola sadly lost her father on the 24th September. ‘‘He fought a very brave battle and with the fantastic help of Action for Family Carers’ I was able to support him in so many ways of which I am truly grateful for. It has been an extremely emotional and challenging 2013 however I look back and smile at all the great memories that my friends, family and I had the privilege to make with him.’’

Congratulations to Nichola Faiers and her friends Ben Guilfoyle, Gemma Guilfoyle and Jennie Burton for running 10KM through Chelmsford Town Centre on Saturday 1st March 2014 to raise money for Action for Family Carers. They raised £300 which is fantastic! Thank-you to Nichola and her friends for their support.


Raising Money At The Spring Ball
We held our Spring Ball on Saturday 12th April at Three Rivers golf club, with the objective of raising the profile of Action For Family Carers, raising much needed funds and of course getting together with colleagues, friends and family for an enjoyable evening. The Ball was attended by over 100 guests including The Mayor and Mayoress of Maldon, our Chair, Trustees, Members of staff, Volunteers, Carers and Cared for and many other guests.

The staff at Three Rivers looked after us very well but the highlight of the evening was the mock auction under the auspices of Colin Bennett, one of our Trustees. We raised in excess of £3500 and would like to thank all our generous donors and volunteers, particularly the ladies from Provide who masterminded the auction prize fund. There is no doubt that without the generous help and enthusiasm of so many helpers, the evening would not have happened! We apologise if we have omitted to mention somebody but we have had lots of positive feedback especially about how enjoyable the evening was – so Thank You.


Carers Week 2014
Do you, or someone you know, care for a family member, relative or friend?

National Carers Week 2014 runs from 9th-15th June and this year Action for Family Carers will be raising awareness in the Maldon district.

Come and meet our staff, volunteers and trustees in Promenade Park or outside All Saints Church in Maldon High Street on Thursday 12th June from 10am-4pm to find out more about how we can help family carers.

Outside All Saints Church, Maldon High Street 10am–4pm
In Promenade Park, The Hythe 10am–4pm

This event is sponsored by Maldon District Council

Action for Family Carers is a Registered Charity 1127164 and Company Limited by Guarantee in England and Wales 06680960.

Action for Family Carers on the radio!
In the run up to Carers Week we are making efforts to raise our profile. Our advocate, Caroline, has her own show on Maldon’s local radio station Saint FM and she will be interviewing some of the team managers to raise awareness of what we are doing.

You can hear these broadcasts at 2.00-3.30 pm on Mondays 12th and 19th May and Mondays 2nd and 9th June. If you live in the Maldon area you can listen to Saint FM is on 94.7 FM. Outside this area you can go to their website and listen to the live broadcast.

If you have any questions for Caroline to put to the team please email


On the 16th April the Young Carers team took 42 Young Carers and Young Adult Carers to Southend Adventure Island. This was a very successful day out and everyone had a fantastic time going on all the rides.

The Young Carers and Young Adult Carers out did the staff and went on RAGE! The fastest and highest rollercoaster at Southend Adventure Island. All the feedback from the Young Carers and Young Adult Carers was very positive and they are all looking forward to future trips.


Three years Children in Need funding confirmed for Young Carers
Action for Family Carers have been awarded £73,000 by Children in Need to fund our Young Carer support service in Colchester over three years. BBC Children in Need awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. A third of all applicants fail on the first stage and only 40% of those going forward to stage two are successful. So, Action for Family Carers are delighted that Children in Need understand the importance of the support we provide for Young Carers. Thank you Pudsey!!!


£42,000 grant given to Maldon & Colchester Young Adult Carers
Action for Family Carers was delighted to have successfully applied for a £42,000 grant from the Cooperative through Carers Trust. This will allow us to continue our service for Young Adult Carers in Colchester and Maldon.

James Clarke, CEO of Action for Family Carers, said: “Young carers are often the glue that hold families together and thanks to this money we can develop the services these young people need and deserve.”

The newspaper interviewed Young Adult Carer Andrew Adams, 19, of Heybridge, who cares for his 22-year-old sister Rebecca, who has epilepsy and pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), an extreme inflammation of the joints which can lead to tumours.

Andrew said about the great news “I’ve spent a lot of time helping my sister with her seizures that she would have daily and I help out while she attends many of her hospital appointments. I’ve developed with the help of Action for Family Carers – they have given me the confidence to live my life”. Andrew is studying for a BA in psychology at Staffordshire University and he also said “I wouldn’t be in the position that I’m in today without Action for Family Carers. I’m a quiet person anyway but they have given me the confidence to go out and to make friends, I’m pleased this can continue.”

The money will be used to enable our Young Adult Carer Support Worker to work with these young adults to tackle feelings of isolation and provide much needed breaks, information and support. Several local newspapers have published stories about this success including the Maldon & Burnham Standard and the Essex Chronicle.


The young adult carers in the Braintree and Chelmsford district were extremely excited in April when they were presented with a donation for their project from The Heybridge Slimming World group.

The slimmers had been looking for a charity to support for their ‘slim for good’ programme. They had a presentation from the Young adult Carer support worker and immediately chose to support them hoping to raise enough money where they could send the young people off on a night out.

Over six weeks they had managed to lose a total of twelve stone between them and raised an amazing three hundred and thirty pounds. An outstanding achievement which will now enable the young adult carers to have some much deserved respite and fun.

Donations from Greenfields WI

Carrie-Anne and Carrie of the Young Carers Team attended the Greenfields WI Group meeting, where we were donated with a generous amount of craft materials and games.

The donations will be used with in the respite sessions that take place throughout the year.

It was a lovely evening, with a WWII Theme, tea, cake, and a WWII Singer.

A Huge thank you to all the donations received, and the invitation to attend.


The Parish Rooms, Church Street, Tollesbury CM9 8QJ. A respite group is run each Friday from 10.00am until 2.30pm. Clients have a chance to meet people outside their family circle, have a chat and a laugh and at the same time give their carers a break.

Vivien and Jenny arranged for Clients to celebrate Easter by making Easter flower baskets to take home – a lovely splash of colour to brighten up any room – the clients also had some Easter eggs to enjoy. We are very fortunate that Colchester Community Service (CVS) provide a very efficient transport service and we are grateful to the volunteers who give their time for free to help run the service.

If you would like some more information please ring Jayne or Liz at Action for Family Carers on 01621 851640.


State of Caring Conference 2014
On 7th May 2014, Carers UK hosted the State of Caring Conference in London to bring professionals from statutory and health services, voluntary sector and Carers themselves together to learn from each other and share information on the changing landscape in social care and health.

The day consisted of presentations and workshops on topics such as The Care Act 2014, Prevention and Public health: making it work for carers, Assessments and eligibility – what’s new for adults, parents and young carers and a very moving talk by carer, Norman Phillips, who shares his experiences in a video on the Carers UK website. For more information, please go to the website where you can learn more about the conference and results of the recent national carers survey, conducted by Carers UK.


Vicky Vollam, Adult Carers Services Manager
State of Caring Conference, London 2014

Gavin Williams, Manager in Business, Development & Innovation team Carers UK and
Tim Anfilogoff, Integration Lead, NHS Herts Valleys CCG

Action For Family Carers Young Carers team is now offering a Family Liaison Service to Families with Young Carers in the Colchester and Maldon district.

Following on from a pilot project in Maldon, Family Liaison workers will work using the whole family approach to identify issues within a family. By then identifying family’s strengths we empower them to overcome their issues.

For more Information or a referral, contact Amanda or Alex on 01621 851640.


WATCH THIS SPACE Brickhouse Farm Respite Centre at Maldon – 5th Day
Action for Family Carers are pleased to say that we have plans to open the respite centre on a fifth day – ie on a Thursday, in the near future. This is good news for carers and their cared-for as the centre gives carers a much needed break and, at the same time, provides their cared-for with a day out in safe surroundings. Times will be from 10.00am until 3.00pm, lunch will be provided and trained staff will provide care and entertainment. Places are open to both social care and private clients. Plans are underway to provide transport for respite clients, however, we are awaiting confirmation of arrangements.
If you would like to know more please contact Jayne or Liz on 01621 851640.


Adult Carer Support Groups


1st Friday of the month (Between 1 and 3pm)

Braintree Baptist Church, Coggeshall Road, Braintree CM7 3DA


4th Thursday of the month (Between 1 and 3pm)

Colne View, Dame Mary Walk, Halstead CO9 2FF


2nd Wednesday of the month (Between 2 and 4pm)

Spring Lodge, Witham Community Association CM8 2HE


2nd Monday of the month (Between 12 and 2pm)

Various Locations


4th Tuesday of the month (Between 10am and 12pm)

Plazma Bar/Lounge, 54 High Street, Wickford


1st Monday of the month (Between 10.30am and 12.30pm)

West Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way, Maldon


3rd Thursday of the month (Between 10.30am and 12.30pm)

Fullbridge Church Hall, The Causeway, Maldon CM9 4LE


4th Wednesday of the month (Between 11am and 1pm)

One Place, 1 High Street, Burnham on Crouch


4th Thursday of the month (Between 10.30am and 12.30pm)

Akhurst Court, Melrose Road, West Mersea CO5 8JB


2nd Wednesday of the month (Between 6.30 and 8.30pm)

The Angel Pub, Broomfield Road, Broomfield CM1 7AH


1st Tuesday of the month (Between 2 and 4pm)

CVS Chelmsford, Burgess Well House, Covas Lane, CM1 1FW

Maldon Drop In

3rd Wednesday of the month (Between 10.30am and 12.30pm)

Blackwater Medical Centre, Princes Road, Maldon


A Few Words from the CEO
Carer’s Week is nearly upon us! This year the theme is a Carers Week Quest to reach out to more carers and the week runs from 9th June. We will be raising awareness with the public about unpaid carers plus we have invited current carers on a trip for lunch or for afternoon tea on a Thames sailing barge on Thursday 12th June. Also, Friday 13th June marks the first ever Young Carers Awareness Day. If you are unable to attend an event please try to tell at least one person that week about unpaid carers and about the support that is out there for them.

The week before Carer’s Week is Volunteers Week, which has now been running for 30 years and provides a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate all those that have given up their time to support this charity’s work for unpaid carers. This year we will be inviting all volunteers to join us for afternoon tea at The Lock Tea Rooms, Heybridge on Thursday 5th June. Our volunteers range across all age groups and very different roles from making tea in the day centre to helping us with graphic design, not to mention being a Trustee – all volunteers, for which I thank you all!

Finally, we will shortly start delivering a new service based at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. We will be supporting carers of older patients to be better informed and involved in the discharge process and the future care of the person they care for. This is our first venture into West Essex and reflects our desire to ensure that all carers in Essex have access to high quality information and support. Best wishes for a pleasant summer, James Clarke

Who am I? Well I’m just a local lad who started off in Wickham Bishops, attended Great Totham County Primary School, passed the then 11+ exam and moved off to the former Maldon Grammar School by which time my family were living in Maldon. I had a career in Personnel (now Human Resources) in the public sector primarily with Essex County Council and then a London Borough.

Since retiring I have become an Associate Mental Health Act Manager for both the North Essex NHS Partnership and The Priory Hospital in Springfield; in this role, I sit on Panels to determine whether people who have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act should continue on Section or be discharged. I am also an Independent Custody Visitor (visiting people in Police Station cells to ensure they are properly treated), Clerk of a small Charity which has two almshouses in Maldon, and a community mentor at The Plume School.

I have also been very interested and involved in various sports mainly playing soccer and cricket until I was far too old for such activities! I was Chairman and subsequently President of Maldon Cricket Club (and one of its predecessor Clubs) for over 40 years and for most of that time I played as an opening batsman. One young man who also played and opened the batting at Maldon during my time is currently the Captain of the England Test team; Alastair Cook started his adult cricket career at Maldon Cricket Club at the age of 11 when he scored 61 runs in his first match and when not at residential school he played for the Club for the next 7 or 8 years.

Notwithstanding these activities, it came as a huge surprise to me in 2006 when I received a letter from the then Prime Minister advising me that it was proposed to award me with an MBE “for services to sport and to the community in Maldon, Essex”. I asked one of my daughters, who was not particularly a Royalist, whether she would like to attend the Presentation and, if so, would she behave; after some consideration, she advised me that she would like to attend and that she would not have a custard pie in her handbag!! I duly attended Buckingham Palace with my wife and two daughters where I had the honour to be presented with the award by Her Majesty the Queen.

Subsequently, Kathy Leggett, the former Chairman of Action for Family Carers (and before that of Maldon Carers Centre) asked me if I would like to be a Trustee and here I still am having graduated from the position of Minutes Secretary to Company Secretary and the Lead Trustee for Governance.

So the one thing I have not mentioned is my experience of being a Family Carer – the reason is, unlike many of the other Trustees, I have no such experience. I’m just here to do my best on a Trustee Board where, trust me, there is a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to make this organisation one of the very best.
Colin Philpott, Trustee and Company Secretary

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 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 - 2.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.

The Parish Rooms, Church Street, Tollesbury CM9 8QJ.
For adults, every Friday, 10.00am – 2.30pm.
Lunch will be provided.

Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Meadgate Church Centre, 162A Meadgate Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7LJ.
For adults, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.00am – 2.30pm.

Springfield, Chelmsford
St Augustines Church Hall, Beardsley Drive, North Springfield, Chelmsford CM1 6DQ.
For adults, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of month, 11.00am – 2.30pm.

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 or Liz who will be happy to be of assistance.

Our phone number is 01621 851640.

Office hours Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm


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