Charity Partners of Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex
- Charities in Colchester (13)
- Charities in Tendring (9)
- Children & Families Charities (2)
- End of Life Care (1)
- Mental Health Charities (17)
Home-Start Colchester is a local children and family support charity committed to making a real difference to the lives of local children and families.
Home-Start Colchester is responsive to need, designing family support around individual families when support is requested and wanted. Providing parent mentoring, along with information, guidance and practical and emotional assistance. Our approach is as individual as the people we’re helping. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support.
We work alongside parents, often in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children. We also provide opportunities for children to build skills and reach their full potential. We also have volunteer opportunities for local parents to join Home-Start to offer peer parent mentoring, receiving valuable preparation training to increase skills and prepare for the role.
Home-Start Colchester is part of a national network of home- Start schemes delivering across all four nations of the United Kingdom, 13,500 home-visiting volunteers support over 27,000 families and 56,000 children to transform their lives.
We are currently operating in Colchester and South Tendring.
The Ark Methodist Church, Jack Andrews Way, Highwoods, Colchester Co4 9FF
Office 3, The Mill 355-357 Old Rd, Clacton-On-Sea CO15 3RQ
Community Voluntary Services Tendring has been in existence for nearly 50 years.
Our mission is ‘leading and supporting voluntary action in Tendring’ and our core functions are to support, promote and develop the community and voluntary sector and to encourage liaison and connections between organisations, agencies and businesses.
CVST represents the sector providing a broad overview of needs and giving a neutral and objective viewpoint ensuring the sector has a voice and thereby is assisted toward sustainability. To support other voluntary sector representatives to have their say. To act as a strategic partner with local councils, funders, health providers and government in order to influence policy, plans and strategy.
To contribute and facilitate consultations, to advocate and challenge the design and provision of local services. We do this by participating in a range of strategic boards and committees including but not limited to the Tendring Health and Wellbeing Board, the Essex Compact Steering Group, the Older People’s Forum, the Voluntary Sector Forum, the Essex Voluntary Sector Alliance, Essex CVS, North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Alliance System Resilience Group, Suffolk and North East Essex (SNEE) Integrated Care System (ICS), SNEE ICS Cancer Board, SNEE ICE Suicide Prevention Board, SNEE VCSE, Social Prescribing Partnership, Essex Carers Partnership and various multi-agency partnerships.
Because of its unique position in the community, CVST works closely and collaborates with partners and stakeholders from all sectors to identify and share knowledge of unmet local need and help to set up new initiatives in order to meet gaps in services or help develop and extend services with existing providers.
CVST promotes the work of the voluntary sector through one to one contacts from its multi-skilled staff and volunteer team with extensive knowledge and experience of the local sector and services, meetings, in the e-bulletin, website, social media and through our exhibitions, conference and activities.
CVST brings together communities in liaison in a range of ways including hosting regular network breakfasts, coffee drop-ins, exhibitions, cafés, focus groups or organising fundraising events such as the ever popular Annual Victorian Christmas Market.
Through our Community Information Centre in central Clacton and our Dovercourt & Harwich Hub, we offer a social prescribing service, funding advice, information and guidance, training days, regular newsletters packed with charity information, beach hut hire, training, volunteer opportunities and a range of accessible meeting rooms and equipment available to hire at reasonable rates to local groups.
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.
Colchester United Football in the Community (CUFITC) is the official charity partner of Colchester United Football Club.
We aim to get our community engaged in the wide range of activities we offer and in turn lead active and healthier life styles through our four main strands of delivery Sports Participation, Education, Health and Inclusion, and Facility Development.
Currently delivering our services to 7,500 people over 450 hours of provision each week, CUFITC impacts people positively using the power of sport we play a key role in our local community.
‘’To enrich the lives of the people within the communities we operate through physical education and the brand of Colchester United’’
Aims and Objectives
• To promote sport and learning to the wider community.
• To place Colchester United FC at the heart of the community by increasing sports participation and engagement with the Club.
• To help grow the supporter base of Colchester United through positive brand representation.
• To champion health and wellbeing throughout the operational region.
DO YOU SUPPORT OR LOOK AFTER SOMEBODY?
In Essex around 18,000 people provide unpaid care or support to adult family member or friend, either in their own home or somewhere else. It can be difficult to recognise yourself as a carer; you might think you are just being a good friend, neighbour or spouse and are ‘just doing what needs to be done’.
Caring for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.
Carer Respite Break Scheme – in partnership with Colchester Catalyst Charity
If eligible, grants of up to £600 per year are available for carers who live in the ‘CO’ postcode area to achieve a carer’s break; specifically where assistance is not available from statutory organisations.
To find out if you are eligible to receive a grant please contact our Project Manager, Margaret Andrews. You may be able to identify a short break opportunity that can be taken now or you might want to make plans for later in the year.
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We look forward to hearing from you!
contact us on 01255 474410 or email, [email protected] www.essexcarerssupport.org.uk
2-can Project – is a partnership project delivered by SUMMIT and Essex Carers Support in Tendring. Together we help support the health and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable people and their carers who might be at risk of harm or self-neglect and enable people to identify the solutions, support and services that will assist their recovery and support their long term wellbeing.
Community Outreach – We are working at a very local community level developing innovative and creative ways to connect with family carers. We focus on connecting with community groups to identify and reach out to people who may not identify themselves as carers and/or be connected to support services. If you are a community group who suspect you may have members who are caring for others, we might be able to help you help your membership.
61 Station Road, Clacton-On-Sea
y.e.s. provides a confidential, non-judgemental and informal service for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 within Colchester and Tendring, who are facing difficulties in their lives.
If you are facing homelessness and need housing advice, if you are having family problems, if you are feeling low, depressed or suicidal, if you need advice about debts or would like to check you are claiming all the benefits you are entitled to, if you are teenager and are pregnant, if you are a young family who needs support, or if you need a CV, training or work advice, then y.e.s. can help you.
y.e.s. can provide help and support with many problems that you may be experiencing – and if we can’t help you ourselves then we will find someone who can, and will support you in getting that help.
Colchester’s very own early Youth Enquiry Service has been serving the community for 30 years now and here’s what we have learnt:
1) The issues facing young people are increasing in severity and impact
2) The attitude towards mental health has positively progressed within our community, but is not gaining enough support at government level
3) Our early intervention services have helped thousands to avoid crisis support services later in life, saving millions in social care
4) The people we see are not constrained to any specific demographics
5) Sometimes all people really need is someone to listen and encourage
6) Children today are exposed to innumerable more influences through social media than ever before
7) A couple hours in a garden can be all it takes to bring out a long-forgotten smile
“If you need help, the answer is y.e.s. – supporting young people.”
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]
The centre at Holland on Sea is owned and run by TSSS for its stroke rehabilitation activities. Our daily groups at both Holland on Sea and Dovercourt provide tailored programmes for people with stroke, focused on reducing disability and increasing the prospects for a more fulfilling life. Our friendly staff are trained and committed to improving and enhancing the quality of life for Tendring stroke survivors carers and families.
The services are run by experienced qualified professional staff, and dedicated trained volunteers. The organisation works closely with health professionals. TSSS liaises with the Anglian Community Enterprise speech and language therapists. A qualified Art Tutor facilitates a weekly art class. In addition, a Consultant Physiotherapist provides advice and guidance with regards to mobility concerns.
The Stroke Survivors and Carers’ Support Service offer domiciliary visits, telephone helpline, practical and emotional support. Primary and secondary stroke prevention information and advice is available to all members of the community.
We are here to help
Tendring Specialist Stroke Services is a registered charity, originally set up over 30 years ago. We are partly funded by the Care Commissioning Group (previously partially funded by the now defunct Primary Care Trust). We provide help and support to people affected by stroke. We do this in a number of ways:
We promote understanding of stroke and its effects.
We provide information about the effects of stroke on stroke survivors, their carers, and families. We publish a range of booklets and leaflets containing information about aspects of stroke that will be helpful to those directly affected, plus professionals, and members of the public.
We support the individual, carer, and the family over a continuum.
We encourage independence, independent living, and the regaining of life skills as well as building confidence.
We raise insight and self awareness, self worth, and self esteem.
We encourage social and therapeutic activities.
We can access benefits advise, and also provide advocacy services.
We have a visiting consultant Physiotherapist and Speech and Language Therapist and work closely alongside other health professionals.
Tendring Specialist Stroke Services Staff
Our team consists of:
13 paid members of staff, supported by trained volunteers at our centre in Holland on Sea and our groups in Dovercourt.
At present, the organisation is PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations) compliant (stages 1 & 2). This ensures we are delivering a standard of service to the required level.
We have also achieved ISO 9001 Accreditation (International Standardisation of Organisations), a quality mark that is recognised worldwide by health professionals.
Colchester Gateway Clubs are… an independent local charity, providing social clubs and activities for adults with learning disabilities. The main aim of our clubs is for people to enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. The Charity is established to enable people with learning disabilities to access leisure and social activities in the community and the opportunities for personal development including self advocacy.
The Charity campaigns for and with people with learning disabilities for the rights of people with learning disabilities and works with other organisations and groups for the benefit of people with learning disabilities. Colchester Gateway Clubs actively promote campaigns that are important for, people with a learning disability. We have been involved with the “Stay up late” initiative, Essex Safeguarding Adults, “Its my life”, Safe Relationships project, Anti Bullying and Anti Discrimination. In addition, service navigation, referral and advocacy is available where appropriate. These objects are supported by entrance fees, donations and fundraising activities.
The Charity employs professional staff who carry out the week-to-week running of the clubs. Members of the clubs are from the age of eighteen upwards with no age limit. All are appropriate for this age group. Colchester Gateway Clubs are dedicated to respect all individuals regardless of backgrounds, abilities and beliefs. Equal access is provided across the charity regardless of race, age, culture, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender.