Family Support Service
In conjunction with Essex Mencap, Southend Mencap and Colchester Gateway Clubs are able to offer a Family Support Service for all people with a learning disability. They can support people who might not otherwise find an independent voice and/or might be ignored or forgotten.
They can ensure people know their rights and have the information to make informed choices. They can empower people to speak up for their rights, making sure that their needs are met and the services they need are provided. Some of the issues they can help you with include:
day services/access to other services
choices eg holidays
conflict resolution with families
conflict resolution within the immediate communtiy
sexuality and relationships
Family Support Workers follow a code of good practice and will always discuss all information in the strictest confidence.
The Family Support Workers offer free confidential and independent information on virtually any issue, which impacts on the lives of people with a learning disability and/or their carers, including older carers. Support will be given in an effective and practical manner, by the most appropriate means, either over the telephone, via email or by home visits.
Southend Area including Basildon
Tel 01702 334514
Colchester and Tendring Area
Tel: 07710 177050
Do you look after someone?
In Essex, around 180,000 people provide unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend, either in their own home or somewhere else. It can be difficult to recognise yourself as a carer; you might think your're just being a good friend, neighbour or spouse and are 'just doing what needs to be done'.
'Caring' for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.
'Supporting Carers in Essex' can offer you support in carrying our this role - why not take a look at their website www.carersinessex.org.uk or give them a call on 03007709090, they offer a range of services and skills that you may find useful in difficult times
If you are registered on the housing register with Braintree District Council please be aware that you need to re-register every year.
There are currently 2500 people on the register an Braintree District Council recieve around 200 applications for housing per month.
Registered Charity No: 1108097
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Changing Places - Toilet Facilities
Its not nice to get caught short looking for a toilet when you are out and about but its even harder if you have someone with you who has a disability and needs somewhere different to a standard public loo. Well the answer could be just around the corner by accessing a Changing Places toilet - take a look at their website http://www.changing-places.org/ where you will find more information. You could also print of a list of locations in Essex by clicking here
Local Action Groups - LAGs
Local Action Groups (LAGs) were set up throughout Essex by the County Council over 10 years ago. They are independent of the Council and they are asked to identify gaps in services and to help with developing solutions to problems and improving access to services for people with a learning disability and their families.
LAGs try to bring together everybody who provides or uses services in their area. They make recommendations to the Council about improvements which are needed and are used by the Council as a sounding board for changes which are proposed.
The Council made the decision at the outset that people chosen as Chairs of LAGs should be entirely independent. Membership includes parent/carers, people with a learning disability, and representatives of social services, health, Local Council Housing, voluntary organisations and providers of services. Meetings are open and public and so anybody interested in the way learning disability services are run is welcome to attend. Please see below details of LAG groups in your area and a list of forthcoming meetings - please feel free to attend any meeting to either listen, take part in discussion or to raise an issue.
For information regarding meeting venues, dates and times please take a look at Local Action Group page under Local Groups on this website.
B & Q Community Reuse Scheme
The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local community groups for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. For more information please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager.
Will Writing Service
Over 67% of UK adults don't have a valid will. Making a will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death.
Wills are not just for the elderly or wealthy. By using a regulated professional to write your will or help with estate planning will provide both ou and your family with Peace of Mind. Your Will allows you to instruct your eecutors on how to distribute your estate on your death.
Anglian Will Writing is offering a discount to Essex Mencap members wishing to plan for the future - Contact Antony Tregenna, Estate Planning Consultant - 07484 738659 - firstname.lastname@example.org or take a look at their website www.anglianwillwriting.co.uk
Free Advice Service in the Uttlesford Area
Family Mosaic offer free Advice and Support in the Uttlesford Area, to find out more click here
Help is offered to anyone in need on the following subjects:
Housing related problems & those threatened with homelessness
Getting support for drug & alcohol problems
Support with managing rent arrears/debts
Getting support for mental health
Multi Agency Centre - Loughton
Free support and advice for all in the Loughton area on the following subjects:
Dealing with debt
Help with budgeting
Risk of eviction
Council tax arrears
Support with Mental Health Issues
Affected by Benefit Cap