Adult Carers - Essex

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.

It is estimated there are over 145,000 people in Essex providing care for a relative or friend, the contribution to the UK economy being worth around a staggering £2.8 billion (Carers UK: valuing carers 2015)

If you are new to caring or have yet to register with us, please call our Carers Hub, or you can complete our online referral form and someone will call you back as soon as they are able.

There are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK with three in five of us becoming a carer at some point in our lives. 

For many, caring is a rewarding and positive experience, but for others, without the right help and support caring can feel                      overwhelming. For some, caring can trigger feelings of loneliness and frustration and many often find their physical and emotional health, work or finances affected. You don't have to wait until you are struggling to talk to someone about your caring role and the help you can get.

If you are aged 18+ and support a relative or friend with tasks such as washing and dressing, paying bills, transport, emotional support, health appointments, medication and domestic tasks then we can help you with your caring responsibilities.

How can we help?

When you are caring it can be easy to feel isolated.  Our team are not office based, meaning Carers FIRST can provide emotional and practical support for you in your community to help you with your caring role, so you feel less alone and more in control. Carers FIRST will support you on a one-to-one basis to understand your situation and do what we can to make things easier for you by:

  • Providing information, advice and guidance specific to you as a carer and an individual

  • Supporting you with conversations with people including GPs,  hospitals and social care professionals
  • Offering opportunities to access practical training to help you with your caring role through workshops
  • Supporting you to maximise you household income by providing information about welfare benefits and financial support
  • Providing the opportunity to talk in detail about your caring role and help you access and prepare for a carers assessment
  • Providing opportunities to attend support groups and activities where you can meet others in a similar situation to yourself
  • Staying in regular contact through our Carers Hub phone line, website, monthly e-bulletins and regular “What’s On” guides
  • Providing access to talk to other carers and share peer support through our on-line Carers Forum
  • Offering support for carers to plan for now, the future and emergencies

  • Providing opportunities for carers to become involved in helping develop and improve services for carers