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About St Helena
We help local people face incurable illness and bereavement, supporting them and their families, friends and carers.
We also support children and adults who are facing bereavement.
We reach out to members of our community, helping them make their own choices and live with dignity. By focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we aim to bring comfort and relief to all those who need it, offering the people of North Essex individual care and total support, regardless of their diagnosis or personal circumstances.
We rely heavily on the help and generosity of our fundraisers, donors and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be here.
We all share a common goal: to be here every step of the way for everyone who needs us, helping life to go on in the face of dying, death and bereavement.
Founded in 1976 SUMMIT is the registered trademark of Tendring Mental Health Support, a company limited by guarantee. Our mission is to improve people’s lives by giving control back to them, right across the spectrum, and empowering them in the process, restoring their self-belief, self-reliance and self- worth. Our aim is to help vulnerable people find their own voice and to stand up for their rights- creating a culture of enablement, not dependency. We work in partnership with the people we support to develop and deliver meaningful services that reduce marginalisation, promote inclusion, foster independence and address health inequalities.
SUMMIT have a range of bespoke services for adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism and adults who have entrenched Mental Health Disorders. Our mission is to support the most vulnerable in our society.
We help people to lead full and meaningful lives by helping them to access the services they need such as advocacy, outreach work for the isolated, correspondence support, providing therapeutic and self-development services, supporting them through medical and diagnostic assessments, connecting them to other organisations and services whilst assisting them to obtain their right to fair treatment and inclusion.
Gaynor Jarrett (CEO) [email protected]
Noeleen Broughton (Service Manager) [email protected]
Whatever you’re facing, a Samaritan will face it with you. Every seven seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And we encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives. We offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. In prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same.
The Colchester branch of Samaritans first opened its doors at Vineyard Street in May 1964, supporting the community in Colchester and the surrounding CO post code areas. In 2011 we moved to our current premises in Walsingham Road.
We currently have over 100 listening volunteers, some having been with us for over 40 years. We also have over 30 support volunteers who help with a vast range of duties to ensure the ongoing running of the branch. We open for around 70% of the hours in a week including through the night, supporting callers who contact us suffering with emotional distress and despair in a number of ways: by phone, email and also face-to-face.
We work in partnership with Essex Partnership University Trust, the Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester Borough Council, Greater Anglia and Colchester Pride, as well as providing talks in schools, community and health groups. We also regularly travel to various parts of the community to help raise awareness and offer emotional support, including in Clacton, Harwich, Sudbury and Walton-on-the-Naze.
SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness, following the overwhelming public response to a series of articles published in The Times entitled The Forgotten Illness.
Written by the charity’s founder and chief executive, Marjorie Wallace, the articles exposed the neglect of people suffering from mental illness and the poverty of services and information for individuals and families.
SANE’s vision has remained consistent throughout its history: to raise public awareness; excite research; and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.
SANE is a UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANE has three main objectives linked to our aims and outcomes:
To raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and fighting to improve mental health services.
To provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public.
To promote and host research into the causes and more effective treatments of mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness.
SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline, Textcare and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.
These services are provided by our team of volunteers who undergo rigorous training and in many cases give hundreds of hours of their free time each year. Our Caller Care service led by professional staff provides ongoing support to help people alleviate a crisis phase or get through difficult circumstances.