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charging for adult social care

  First of all on behalf of Essex Mencap and the Essex Carers Network, we would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who responded to our survey on the revised charging system introduced by the County Council. It highlighted some alarming situations….

Essex Carers Network celebrating 10th Birthday!

Our meeting in March was a slightly overdue celebration of the networks 10th Birthday. We had a great meeting with invited speakers from The supporting carers In Essex partnership – Sonja Watts and The Hamelin Trust – Rachel Rafferty, who talked about how they could…

# I am Thomas

Today at our management meeting we remembered Thomas, a young man with down syndrome and autism, he didn’t live in Essex he was from Bradford and had been staying in a treatment and assessment unit in Sheffield. Thomas didn’t want to be there and his…

The Care Act – what will this mean for us as family carers

Currently, carers don’t have a legal right to receive support, although local authorities can provide support at their discretion. This means that access to assessment and the range of support on offer can vary considerably. The Care Act, which comes into force in April 2015, gives local…

ECN – The future

We have met as a management team recently to begin to really explore where we want to be in the next five years. We know getting this right is going to take time and we have more meetings planned.

The system is not working with us: Learning from Family Carers in Essex

We wanted to update you on discussions which are taking place between Essex County Council and families caring for working aged adults with learning disabilities.  Earlier this year, the Council invited Essex Carers Network and Essex Mencap Society to work with them to plan improved…

New Website

Welcome to the new Essex Carers Network website. A few things have changed, take a look around and see whats new.