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Content Supplied by NHS Choices There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home

Health Facilitation Carers Prompt Sheet

 pdfAccompanying a person to the doctors - Carers Prompt Sheet


Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Online Enquiry Form

Carers support groups

North East Essex Cluster Carers Site

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.


         pdf North East Essex Carers Leaflet




New Support Groups

  • Abbotts Activity Centre - Ladbrook Drive, CO2 8RW - Second Tuesday of the Month starting 13th June 2013 2pm-4pm
  • Lion Walk Activity Centre, Eld Lane, CO1 1LS - First Tuesday of the Month starting 4th June 2013 2pm-4pm


Essex Carers

Maryland Wellbeing & Activity Centre

Are offering free hearing loss advice and equipment sessions at :- 43 Shrub End Road, Colchester, CO3 3UE, Telephone: 01206 571862 on these following dates:-

  • 27th August
  • 24th September
  • 29th October
  • 26th November
  • 7th January


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