Essex Carers Network is celebrating Carers Week. We are celebrating because we feel as carers we do a great job with little recognition so we want to celebrate what we do.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The theme for Carers Week 2023 is ‘Recognising and supporting carers in the community’. 

We have a full packed week, something for everyone!


On Monday we kick off Carers Week with Wendy Burt-Coordinator of Essex Carers Network at Chelmsford City of Mencap. She will be speaking to families about their rights as a carer.

Wendy’s presentation will be available on our social media and website at 8 pm.

If you would like to attend Carers Connect- a monthly information and advice session (6.30-9 pm) at Mencap Centre, 56 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0DZ, email

!!Keep an eye on our social media and website for the launch of an exceptional campaign!!

On Tuesday morning at 10 am Wendy will be on our Facebook page for a live Q&A. (You can use the link for Essex Carers Network Facebook below).

Also on Tuesday, we will have a ‘Mindful Doodle’ session on Zoom in the evening. You will need a sheet of paper and a pencil.


On Wednesday we have a morning session of ‘Mindful Doodle’ on Zoom. You will need a sheet of paper and a pencil.

On Thursday we have an online quiz night 6.30-8 pm. The winner will receive a £30 shopping voucher. It is FREE to enter.

We are giving away a little treat box to the first 30 people to book on the quiz night and 3 random boxes will also contain a £10 gift voucher!

These boxes will be available on a first come basis-don’t delay-GET BOOKING!!

To book any or all of the activities in Carers Week, use the booking link below. You will receive the Zoom links a few days before Carers Week.

What matters to you?

This Carers Week we will be sharing what matters to you quotes from families on our website and social media. If you would like to feature on our social media and share what matters to you, download our speech bubble, and write what matters to you. You can send a copy of the picture of yourself holding the speech bubble or just the speech bubble to

If you are supporting Carers Week, use the #Carersweek #ECNWhatMattersToMe

By sharing your images with us you are giving us permission to share them on our social media.


In Essex, there are other community Organisations alongside us that support families, offer activities, support groups, Time4You grants and so much more.

Essex Carers Support

Essex Carers Support provides a wide variety of flexible support services directly to family carers.

As a community-based organisation, they work closely with a wide variety of health and social care services to promote and advocate for carers to make sure that their experiences are taken into account and used to improve services when they are being designed and delivered.

Carers First Essex

Carers First help carers and people who look after someone. They are your first point of contact for information, advice, and guidance. They can offer emotional as well as practical support.
If you’re an unpaid carer, aged 18 and over, supporting someone in Essex, they are here to help with online help and advice, as well as practical and emotional support. Remember, you don’t have to wait until crisis point before asking for help – the earlier you ask, the bigger difference it can make.

Action for Family Carers

Action for Family Carers is an Essex charity which, for 30 years, has been providing information and support for Carers who have unpaid caring responsibilities for others.

We are the only Carers Trust Network Partner and Centre of Excellence in Essex and we have been awarded the Trusted Charity Mark at Level 2, NCVO’s highest quality mark for charity management and governance.

We provide information, advice, befriending, employment, counselling, activity groups and respite day care across the county. We also work with Young Carers and professionals in schools.