May

North Essex Day Opportunity Feedback Meeting

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฑ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž.

๐…๐š๐œ๐ž-๐ญ๐จ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž
๐Ÿ“… Wednesday 1st May
โฑ1pm-3pm
๐Ÿ“ at Kingsland Church, 86, London Road, Colchester, CO3 9DW.

To book your place:
๐Ÿ“ฉ email: info@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk or
โ˜Ž๏ธ telephone: 01255 554029 or
๐Ÿ“ฒ text: 07360 690839

Colchester Carers Creative

Meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the One Colchester Community Hub, we enjoy a tea or coffee and biscuits, then using a suggested theme we create something with the art/craft materials supplied. The group is free to join if you are a member of ECN.

๐Ÿ“… Thursday 2nd of May
๐Ÿ•™10 am to 2 pm ๐Ÿ•‘
๐Ÿซ–โ˜•๏ธ Refreshments provided
๐Ÿด๐Ÿฅช Please bring your lunch

This monthโ€™s theme is โ€˜Mindful Craftingโ€™ and will include an introduction to mindful doodling and airdry clay modelling.

If you would like to attend this group, booking is essentiall. email Paula@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk .

Mid Essex Day Opportunity Feedback Meeting

๐‚๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐…๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐ข๐ ๐„๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฑ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฑ.๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝ

๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฑ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž.

๐…๐š๐œ๐ž-๐ญ๐จ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž
๐Ÿ“… Monday 13th May
โฑ10am โ€“ 12noon
๐Ÿ“at Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN.

To book your place:
๐Ÿ“ฉ email: info@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk or
โ˜Ž๏ธ telephone: 01255 554029 or
๐Ÿ“ฒ text: 07360 690839 or

This is the last meeting for Day Opportunities for Families and Carers. In the coming few months there will be follow up meetings for our families, so we can feed back to our families.

Craft & Natter Group

Our next Craft & Natter Group is on Tuesday 14th of May from 6.30 pm โ€“ 9 pm.

๐Ÿ’œWould you like to meet other family carers?

๐Ÿ’œWould you like to try some art or craft?

๐Ÿ’œWhy not join us?

Booking is essential, so please do get in touch if you would like to give this group a try.
Email ๐Ÿ“งinfo@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk

If you are working on a project, you are more than welcome to bring this along.

We are really keen to host meetings in other areas in Essex too, if you would like us to do something in your town or village please get in touch, if you know of any suitable venues that would be really helpful too. Email: info@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk or call: 01255 554029 or text: 07360690839

A Place To Call Home Conference
The Essex Carers Network are pleased to be hosting their A Place To Call Home Conference.
Families have told us they donโ€™t know what all the possibilities are when it comes to their family member with a learning disability moving out of the family home.

This online event will give you the chance to hear about the various options available in Essex and hear from some families who are using some of these options.

This event will benefit:

  • Families who are starting to consider where their loved one will live in the future.
  • Families who are supporting their family member to make those decisions themselves.
  • Families who are exploring the options now.
  • Families who think their family member might not be in the right place now, who want to know what else is available.
  • Workers who support families and would like to grow their knowledge of what the housing options are in Essex.

What will the day look like:

In the morning (9.45am-12noon) you will enjoy a whistle stop tour of the various options interspersed with snippets from families talking about what has worked for them.

In the afternoon (1pm -3.50pm) you will be able to choose 2 from the following four options:

  • Lets start from the very beginning โ€“ Christine, from Together Matters, will give you ideas to think ahead for the time when your relative may move home. Doing some general planning and information gathering will help them, and all of you as a family, to feel more prepared when thinking about places to live.She will also suggest ways to begin conversations with your relative to find out what would be important to them when choosing a place to live.You will hear about what’s in the planning guides she has developed called ‘Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families’, ‘I’m Thinking Ahead’ and ‘Shaping My Future’. They have all given information, structure and tools to families when thinking about housing and can be downloaded at https://www.togethermatters.org.uk/resources-and-information.
  • Lets talk legal โ€“This workshop aims to be a family carer guide to Power of Attorney, Deputyship and Appointeeship, the differences of each and when you might need them in covering future planning for the person you care for, considering supported living and direct payments in particular. We will also talk a little bit about family carer estate planning and Wills and Trusts โ€“ what you need to consider. Finally we will touch on The Mental Capacity Act and health and welfare issues and how you should be involved and what authority you have into adulthood.
  • Letโ€™s get on the housing register โ€“Peabody Essex Outreach service will be talking about how to apply for housing and give an overview of their service, supporting residents across the county with a housing need. Peabody Essex Outreach Service is a free short term service, funded by Essex County Council. Supporting Essex residents to live independently in a safe and secure home. The service can not give you a house, they aim to help you navigate the pathways into finding a home. This may be via a social housing landlord or council. A private rented property or supported accommodation. Once you have a home, we know it can be difficult to budget, pay bills and sustain a tenancy. The Essex Outreach service can help you apply for grants to furnish your home. Offer budgeting support to make sure all your bills are paid and help to claim benefit entitlements. They also support residents to find volunteering opportunities, explore training and employment. The workshop will talk about these services.
  • Lets talk eligibility An overview of Adult Social Care with opportunities to ask questions:-What is Adult Social Care and what do we do?

    -What to expect from a Care Act Assessment?

    -How can you prepare for the Assessment?

After the workshops you will hear about the accommodation hub at Essex County Council and its role. We will be rounding up the day with a Q&A panel where some of the experts attending will be answering the questions that have been raised during the event and in live time.

We really hope you will sign up to this FREE online event. Please feel free to share with others who you feel may be interested in attending.

Last Pilot Seated Stretch & Well-Being Class

As a family carer, we all agree that putting time aside for ourselves is last on our to-do list.
Self-care for carers is really important, so we do not burn out.

๐Ÿช‘We are piloting a 3-month trial online well-being class for our family carers who care for a loved one with a Learning Disability (which could include Autism and other Disabilities). These sessions are now available to all unpaid family carers.

๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑThe online Zoom session will be delivered by Sheryl from SWEAT HARLOW and Angela from Butterfly Effect WELLbeing CIC.

๐Ÿช‘๐Ÿง˜The first 30 minutes will be seated stretches followed by 30 minutes of breath work, meditation, and drumming.

(No equipment needed, just a comfortable seat of your choice).

๐Ÿ•ฅPrompt start at 9.30 am and finish at 10.30 am

๐Ÿ•ฆFrom 10.30 am to 11 am we will stay online for anyone who wants to stay for a chat with us.

๐Ÿ’ทThe sessions are FREE to family carers.

Our last pilot session is on Wednesday 22nd of May. We will be recording this session, in case family carers are unable to attend on the day and if they would like to do the session again. The recording will only be sent to family carers that have booked the session.

Use the link button below to sign up. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact: rita@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk or telephone 07360 689075.

June 2024

West Essex Day Opportunity Engagement Event

We hosted a number of face to face meetings along with an online meeting last month for families whose family members use day opportunities or families that maybe considering to use day opportunities in the future.

The West Essex meeting was postponed and we now have a new date.

๐…๐š๐œ๐ž-๐ญ๐จ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž
๐Ÿ“… Monday 10th of June
โฑ 1.30 pm-3.30 pm
๐Ÿ“ at Butterfly Effects Well-Being Centre, Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way Harlow, CM18 7BL.

(There is free car park on site.)

To book your place:
๐Ÿ“ฉ email: info@essexcarersnetwork.co.uk or
โ˜Ž๏ธ telephone: 01255 554029 or
๐Ÿ“ฒ text: 07360 690839

Sharing your voice with us will help to shape day opportunity service for our loved ones in Essex.