This section contains a list of services providing:

  • Information and guidance for carers
  • Financial, emotional and practical support
  • Respite opportunities

As a carer you could be eligible for a range of support. Ask your local authority for a carers’ assessment. This determines what help you might be able receive from social services.

Carers Assessment

Carers Allowance


Action for Family Carers

Provide help and support to young and adult carers in Essex.

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Essex Carers Support

A charity that is dedicated to helping unpaid carers in Essex get the support they need. They offer a carer respite break scheme, community outreach, personalised break opportunities and more.

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Essex Carers Network

Website for families caring for a family member or a friend who has a learning disability and autism in Essex and for those who support them. 

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Carers Choices

Respite for carers in Essex, one of their highly qualified care workers can visit you at home or your loved one can attend one of their excellent day centres.

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Carers First

Delivers the Essex Carers Service across the county, supporting carers and families by providing emotional and practical support, advice, information and guidance, and opportunities for carers to access training, social groups, activities, trips and more.

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Families in Focus

Periodically host special indulgence days for parent/carers of children with special needs. Also provide fun activities for brothers and sisters (age 8+) of a child with a disability or special needs.

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Pact for Autism 

Hold monthly support and information meetings for parents and carers in Harlow and occasionally on Zoom.

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Special Needs Counselling Service 

Supports individuals in Colchester with disabilities or health conditions and their family members and carers. Provides a safe, confidential space in which to talk, to assist in developing coping skills, promoting the ability to resolve problems, or to cope with things which cannot be changed. 

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Young Minds 

Provides mental health support, information, advice and training for young people, parents, carers and professionals.

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Suffolk Family Carers 

Help family carers of all ages across Suffolk get the support they need to live fuller lives. They provided information, advice and support to thousands of family carers each year.

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Carers Matter Norfolk

Free to use service that provides support to unpaid carers in Norfolk. Their helpline is free, independent and confidential.

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