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1800 new independent living homes with 24 hr care and support on site by 2021.  Building work has begun with ECC investing £27.7m in Harwich, Walton and Saffron Walden.  0345 6037630 (Social Care Direct) www.essex.gov.uk/inddyliving

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GP Care Advisers are attached to some GP surgeries in North East Essex who facilitate people to access social care, welfare benefits and self-help support and visit them in their homes helping patients and carers.  Referrals can be made by your GP, the practice nurse, district nurse, relatives, friends or of course yourself.

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Dept of Health survey on how to support carers further.  Complete and return by 31.07.16!  See above under latest news.

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Southend and Leigh on Sea Dementia Cafes Alzheimer’s Soc.  Leigh on Sea – St Peters Church Hall, Eastwood Rd North, SS9 4BX Tuesdays 2-4pm, 5th Jul, 2nd Aug, 6th Sept / Southend on Sea – Plaza Centre, 600 Southchurch Rd, SS1 2PT Mondays 2.30-4.30pm: 25th Jul, 22nd Aug, 26th Sept. Call 01702 345156 / 343121 … Continued

Ageing without children.  1 in 5 people over 50 don’t have children and by 2030, there will be 2 million people over 65 without children.  This organisation aims to help people ageing without children live a later life free of the free fear of ageing alone and being without support.  www.awoc.org

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“My Social Prescription” is a phone, face-to-face and online service that can help you: meet new people, find self help groups, clubs, befriending agencies, share your skills with others, receipt support or become a volunteer. 0800 7311 655 email: msp@ccvs.org    Visit essexconnects.org.uk

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Debt problems? Christians Against Poverty are passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes through their services, which are all run through local churches.  www.info@capuk.org  01274 760720

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Share educational, creative and leisure activites in a friendly environment. University of the Third Age is a learning cooperative of older people contributing to members’ overall health and wellbeing.  It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and run entirely by volunteers.  www.u3a.org.uk   020 8466 … Continued

Need to de-clutter?  Don’t know where to start? Contact YourLivingRoomcic.co.uk – A community interest company providing a personal home organising and de-cluttering service for clients that are affected by a hoarding disorder, which is impairing their quality of life. Tel: 0560 002 3662

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Heating, equipment, pension – Need help with fuel bills to prevent cold home? Need a grant for equipment in the home that is a necessity?  Need pension advice?  Your local CAB, Citizens Advice Bureau can help.

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