We have been very pleased to reopen our Activity Groups, Day Care and other face to face activities such as Young Carer Clubs over the last few months.
We now run a new Activity Group and a Young Carer Club, both in Witham. During the summer months we have been leading more outdoor activity across Essex including a trip to the farm for Young Carers and to Hyde Hall as part of our Feeling Good Caring Well programme.
We have additional support available for people to access reliable information, vaccines, testing and any other issues or concerns related to Covid-19. More information can be found on our website. Look out also for information on the booster vaccine such as here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/most-vulnerable-could-be-offered-booster-covid-19-vaccines-from-september
We are always seeking volunteers – particularly as some return to work from furlough - and we have a real need for volunteers in our befriending service (can be as little as one phone call a week to a lonely or isolated person), in our Day Care, Activity Groups and Young Carer clubs. We now deliver a countywide Counselling Service for Carers and so we also need more qualified or part-qualified volunteer counsellors. Please call us on 0300 770 80 90 if you think you might be able to help.
Most importantly we want to hear from you if you look after someone, or know someone that does. Tell us what help and support you need and we will do all that we can to help you. Cal on the number above or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chief Executive Officer
Our Essex Befriends service is continuing to support Carers, older people and people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. We are also working with the Essex Welfare Service, particularly supporting people with mental health issues, who are often suffering increased anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Our Essex Befriends volunteers work extremely hard to keep in touch with all our clients across Essex. All our volunteers receive training before they start befriending and are well supported by staff if any difficulties arise with clients.
If you would like to volunteer for our Essex Befriends service, please visit our website www.essexbefriends.org.uk