Young Carers

Support for children and young people aged under eighteen whose life is in some way restricted due to a caring role.

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Adult Carers

Do you  provide help and support for a partner, child, relative, or friend who otherwise couldn't manage?

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Day Care

Providing a regular day out for older people  who need help and support.  Giving  family carers a few hours break. 

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Activity Groups 

Keeping Active and Active Minds groups for people with mild to moderate dementia or memory problems.

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Action for Family Carers remains committed to supporting Carers and their families to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations and be able to take Covid-19 tests.

We will support Carers and their families in every possible way to get their two vaccinations and be able to take regular home tests. This could include:

·       Help with online form filling

·       Transport to the vaccination centre

·       Someone to be with the person looked after while getting a vaccination

·       Reliable, genuine information if there are any concerns

For more information about how we can help you please call us on  0300 770 80 90,  email or complete the form via Contact Us on this website.

Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Action for Family Carers  is your local charity for unpaid Carers and families in Essex. All our staff and volunteers live in Essex - this is our community and we care about it and the people and families that live here. 

We continue to support Carers and families across Essex throughout the pandemic and lockdown whether over the phone, using online platforms such as Zoom or face-to-face where  safe to do so. We closely monitor the changing situation and follow the current public health information and advice. 

We recognise that this is an especially difficult time for Carers and their families. We are pleased that we can now start to reopen our face-to-face activities including Day Care for older people and Activity Groups for people with dementia.  We are reopening our centres with full commitment to keeping everyone safe and well with social distancing, full use of appropriate PPE and strict cleaning regimes. 

Services that continue to run as usual include our countywide Feeling Good Caring Well programme, Carer counselling and Essex Befriends services which all help improve Carers' health and wellbeing. We continue to support Young Carers and to bring them together online and now face-to-face again. 

We rely on volunteers so please contact us if you are  able to help in any way - even a single phone call a week can make a huge difference to a person feeling lonely or isolated, as many people and families do at the moment.

For more information about how we can help you please call us on  0300 770 80 90,  email or complete the form via Contact Us on this website. If you or the person you look after is feeling unwell with symptoms similar to those associated with coronavirus please see the information on the NHS website and NHS 111 online and follow their advice. 



Action for Family Carers

Action for Family Carers is an Essex charity, which for almost 30  years has been providing information and support to carers who have unpaid, caring responsibilities for others.

We are a Carers Trust Network Partner, Centre of Excellence and hold NCVO's Trusted Charity Mark at Level 2, the highest level. 
We provide information, befriending, counselling, volunteering opportunities and respite day care across the county,
working within schools and a variety of community settings.


How You Can Support Us

There are 180,000 unpaid Carers in Essex that need our help and support. 

Over 30,000 Carers in Essex provide unpaid care for over 50 hours per week. Please help us to give them support - and to give them a break! Thank you


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