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A few words from the CEO…

Christmas is a time for family and friends to come together and Action for Family Carers tries to ensure that Carers and their families are also able to enjoy this time of year. That includes hosting Christmas parties for older people who use our Day Care services and for Young Carers we support as well as continuing to deliver our usual support services.

We are also experiencing very high numbers of referrals into our Essex Befriends service. That is a reflection of the many vulnerable people in Essex who are feeling lonely or socially isolated. We are so grateful to all our volunteer befrienders who make regular calls to carers, older people, those with mental health conditions or a learning disability – for some this may be the only regular social contact they have.

Looking forward to 2020 I am pleased to share that we will be taking over running activity groups for people with dementia in West Essex from January building on the excellent work of the Alzheimer’s Society to establish the Active Minds and Keeping Active Together groups in Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford. For more information call us on 0300 770 80 90.

Thank you for your support and may I wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year

James Clarke
Chief Executive Officer

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

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Kane’s superpower!

kane.jpgKane is a Young Carer who is also living with an eye condition called nystagmus. This means that Kane’s eyes dance about which affects the way he sees things. Kane also suffers from anxiety and worries at school.

Kane attends our Young Carer club which he says is a great place for him to meet with others who understand his caring role and accept him for who he is. He joins in all the activities and clearly benefits from the club.

Kane and his mum have also been working on ways to reduce his anxiety and relax his mind. They discovered he loves photography and notices things that others may not notice. His mum says this is a superpower of having anxiety. With his eye condition, Kane has to concentrate hard when taking pictures to stay in focus and overcome hand/eye coordination issues.

We are pleased to share Kane’s Facebook page, “Within my Eyes”. Please check it out and help to increase Kane’s confidence with every “like” he receives.

 Click here to visit Kane's page, "Within my Eyes".

“Nothing in my moving eyes is impossible now, and I use this to my advantage, the more I have to concentrate the more i see the beauty and detail around me. Please like and follow my page and follow me on my photography journey.”  Kane, aged 10

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