Useful Services

Essex libraries – run a host of services – IT learning groups, home library service etc.  Check them out.

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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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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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Dementia.  Alzheimer’s Society offers people with dementia and their carers: Drop In Dementia Cafes, Support Groups, Activity Groups, Bowling Groups.  Reminiscence, Seated Exercise and Singing for the Brain groups in the Chelmsford, maldon, Braintree, Witham and Boreham areas.  01245 260011 or email midessex@alzheimers.org.uk

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Bereavement Officers in Hospital offer practical and emotional support to the families and friends of patients who died within a trust’s care.

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Chaplain service is accessible to all in a hospital.  The spiritual care team is there for everyone not just those who belong to a faith or belieft group.  If you are lonely, confused, frightened and want someone to speak to or your relative does to they are there to provide support. Referrals by healthcare team … Continued

Coping with end of life diagnosis or life limiting illness? Remember there may be free help and advice 24 hour a day by your local hospices.

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Bladder/Bowel Problems? ‘Just Can’t Wait’ toilet card; a wallet sized card, with universally acknowledged image of a toilet, designed to help you gain access to toilets when you’re out and about.  Card states that holder has medical condition and may requier urgent use of toilet.  www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/resources/toilet-card/ 0845 345 0165

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Discharge Drop-In’s.  Dedicated spaces for carers within hospitals.  Great idea, we need more!  Colchester, Ipswich and Bedford Hospitals have such spaces.  Quiet time, cup of tea, information, chat.

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Red Cross Support at Broomfield.   We understand a referral to a Red Cross worker is available operating out of the hospital (inc Emergency Assessment Unit) to provide equipment, and deliver to the elderly who live alone prior to discharge, also help to go home with an elderly person who lives alone.   These schemes exist in … Continued