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29-31 Alexandra Street 

01702 393933
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
August 2019 
Welcome Southend Carers August e-Newsletter. 
We hope you enjoy reading it!
In this edition:
Southend Carers...

Open Day ~ The Haven Community Hub on Saturday August 10th at 138-140 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff. 
The Haven Open Day Fair - 11:00 - 4:00pm

Join us at the Haven Older People's Community Hub to find out more and help raise money to finish their final stages of its transformation!

Look around this historic building and enjoy craft stalls, games, advice and information from local community groups and charities and much, much more.
  • Southend Carers will be there, come along and say hello!!!

There is also a band playing in the evening called The Boomers, click on picture to find out more.
Feedback from a Carer
“Since speaking to Southend Carers I cannot stress enough how much happier I feel.  I was really struggling with my mum on my own but since speaking to you, Joan and Anne, I feel back in control.  I am very grateful and look forward to starting the various things I am signed up for.  It’s a great relief knowing there is help out there so I can have some me time, and knowing I am getting support put in place for if, God forbid, I was run over or something, mum would be looked after.”
Counselling Service...
If you would like to access any of our Counselling & Wellbeing Support Services please contact Sally our Counselling Service Manager on 01702 393933 or email

Southend Carers Emergency Planning Service
What would happen to your loved one if you had to go into hospital/respite care or you if become ill?

The Carers Emergency Planning Support Service supports you in making a plan as to how you would like the person you care for to be supported - if you were to experience an emergency. 

All you need to do is call Southend Carers on 01702-393933 and we will assist in exploring options with you for your peace of mind, should an emergency occur and develop a plan. 

Carers Counselling Service
At Southend Carers we are able to offer a free confidential supportive environment for carers to come in and chat to a trained professional about the emotional impact of being a carer within our Carers Counselling Service.

Contact us on 01702 393933 or email
Quote of the week
"Southend Carers is a friendly and supportive atmosphere and I would recommend it to my fellow students who may be looking for a placement while they are studying".

' Southend Carers Counselling Service are proud to provide a placement opportunity for the BA (Hons) Counselling Programme at South Essex College and have passed our audit for the 3rd year running'

Health & Wellbing Group...
Pier Walk Thursday 15th Aug 2019 ~ 11am – 1pm
  • Meet at the front of the Pier 10.45am 
Carers are invited to come along and walk the pier or walk and ride.
To book your free place or for more information, please telephone Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email
(In order to attend these events you need to a carer within the Southend Area or your Cared For must reside in the Borough of Southend).
Young Carers...

  • After school club
  • Monthly fun events
  • Holiday club
If you know of a Young Carer who would love to mix with other Young Carers in a fun environment, contact
Samantha Lee - Young Carers Support Co-ordinator
01702 393933 or
Kate passed a St John’s Ambulance Pediatric First Aid Course a few weeks ago.

A BAT-TASTIC evening exploring Belfairs Woods - August 15 ~ 7:00 - 9:00pm

For explorers age 8-16 who are most definitely not afraid of the dark!
  • For Young Carers aged 8-16 years only
PLEASE NOTE ** Although this event is for 8 years and above, your child must be confident in the dark as obviously this is a Young Carer event where parents do not accompany the children.

More Summer Holiday Fun for our Young Carers - Saturday 24th August ~ 1:30-3:30pm

Bounce Village Trampoline Party

Jump up and down and get excited for our Bounce Village Trampoline Party!
  • Places are limited to 20 children – if we are oversubscribed, names will be put in a draw and announced on Monday 12th August.

The School Summer holidays are here!!!
Wondering what to do with the kids during the Summer Holidays?  Well we’re here to help with our Forest School Summer Club for Young Carers!

For kids who love playing outdoors, they’ll get the chance each week to try all sorts of fun stuff including bug hunts, den building, making woodland crafts, playing woodland games and much more – the only limit is their imagination!  Places are limited each week, so don’t delay –  Click here to book
Our Young Carers celebrated the start of the Summer Holidays with a Criss Cross Sports Party at Christopher's Cottage Sports Hall in Leigh-on-Sea.  The kids enjoyed loads of indoor and outdoor fun plus celebration cake and goody bags to keep their energy up!  
Useful Information... 
Plan a Journey and Save your favourites!
If you are planning to travel outside your local area then the Changing Places map will quickly show you all the Changing Places toilet locations along your route.

Days out
Visitor attractions and leisure facilities may offer discounts to you and the person you care for.  Get in touch with them, just give them a ring before you go and find out what help they can offer you. Visitor attractions should offer you free entry if you are supporting the person you care for.

Southend Advantage Card
The Southend Advantage Card is a scheme that gives you discounts and reduced rates on a range of activities.

It offers ongoing value for money and is exclusive to residents living within the Borough of Southend-on-Sea.

There are just so many things to do on a Day Out in England by Train!
Days Out Guide has over 300 2FOR1 offers across the country and because there are also lots of free things to do, a day out really needn't be as expensive as you think!
What's coming up in August...
Sports for Confidence have recently launched two new exercise classes for carers of all ages within the Southend locality.
  • Drop in multi sports session for carers on Thursdays 11-1pm at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre, Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend SS2 4FA (£2.50 per session)
  • Seated Exercise for carers on Mondays 11.30pm – 12.30pm at Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh on Sea SS9 1SP (£2.00 per session)

National Allotments Week 12 - 18 August
National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. The campaign week is still thriving 13 years later and interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables has never been stronger since the WW2 Grow for Victory campaign.

The Golden-Oldies Sing & Smile Charity
Singing the popular hits of the 50s onwards people are encouraged to dance, smile!!, sing and relax with a cup of tea and a chat with their session leader and other participants. These social groups, NOT choirs, offer opportunities for older people to make new friendships attending our singalong daytime sessions. We also hold fundraising concerts and Big Sings where local groups meet up and sing together.
August 28th / September 25th / October 23rd / November 27th


Coming up on 11th September - Eating Disorder Support Group for Carers
Trust Links welcome all parents, partners, carers and friends caring for a loved one with an Eating Disorder Caring for someone with an Eating Disorder can be an enormous burden, bringing with it feelings of anger, fear, anxiety and isolation.  

Carers need to look after their own wellbeing as they play a very important part in, and can have a positive effect on, the recovery of those they look after.  
  • Sessions are held monthly on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm.

To book any of the events below - please contact us
01702 393933
or email us at
We have various groups running throughout the year for our registered carers. 

To view all the dates/times etc please click on the calendar below.

The types of events are:
  • Care to Read Book club
  • Carers Anxiety Management Group Suitable for carers with anxiety or those caring for someone with anxiety
  • Cooking for Carers Workshop 
  • Craft and Chat Take part in a wide range of crafting activities. Share your knowledge or learn new skills
  • Drop In Café
  • Eating Disorder Group Support and advice for those caring for someone with an eating disorder
  • Health & Wellbeing Group
  • Knit and Natter Learn to knit, or share knitting skills with others
  • Meditation Group Learn how to relax and take time for you
  • Monthly Carers Group for carers of those with mental health conditions
  • Active Carers Exercise Group Enjoy a fun chair based exercise group and friendly cuppa
  • OCD Group Suitable for people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) or those caring for someone with OCD
  • Walk and Talk A gentle stroll with refreshment stops
  • Waves Group, A small intimate group setting to find out ways to manage the emotional ups and downs of being a carer
  • Yoga Group Relaxation and gentle stretching.  No prior experience necessary
  • Young Carers 
What's on in Southend this August...

The Southend Carers Hub is a partnership of specialist local charities who have joined together to create a one-stop-shop for carers.

Commissioned by Adult Social Care (Southend Borough Council), we believe that by working together, we can make it much easier for Carers in Southend-on-Sea to access the right practical, financial and emotional support.

Registered charity number 1093240

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