You Don't Know What You Don't Know!
There are so many wonderful services, groups and charities locally who can support and help you...but it can feel overwhelming trying to find them and if you don't know what's out there you don't even think to look!
For example...did you know...
- There is community transport which can help you get out and about
- There are lots of interest and social groups locally
- There is support to stop smoking
- There is support providing advice around healthy eating / living
- There are charities who can help you with your hearing aids
- There are organisations who can help you complete complicated forms you may have received, or can help identify if there are any benefits you could apply for to help you
- There are support groups for people living with a wide range of different medical conditions and their family e.g. Dementia, Cancer, Diabetes, Carers
- The list goes on and on
Social Prescriber - Care Navigator - Sign-poster - Service finder
We are fortunate to have a Social Prescriber at Whitley House. She has a wealth of knowledge about local services and can sign post you to what is available - call reception and ask for a phone call or appointment with her
Please click here for a poster of what she can help with Social Prescriber Support
Directory of Services
Please find below a directory of some local services in the area.
Please note there may be a small charge for some of these.
Care Navigation - Local Directory of Services
Community Agents Essex is a countywide network of agents and volunteers who support older people and informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their local community.
It is an innovative new partnership:
- Promoting health and independence
- Reducing social isolation
- Finding practical solutions to daily living
- Providing confidential trusted Information
- Informing choice and reducing confusion
- Increasing individual and community resilience
Patient visit their GPs for a range of different reasons and sometimes these issues can be caused by non-medical matters such as loneliness, anxiety, unemployment, illness or debt. Your GP or practice nurse may be able to offer advice or medication to manage the physical or mental impact of these concerns, but they often cannot always help to deal with the underlying problem.
Social prescribing links patients with appropriate support and guidance. In the same way that a patient with a prescription can get their medication easily from a pharmacist, they will be able to quickly access the services that will help them improve their wellbeing.
Live Well Link Well is a free and confidential social prescribing service that provides practical or emotional support of a non-medical nature.
Our team, of friendly Live Well Link Well workers work in partnership with GP surgeries across mid Essex. They will give you time, and can help you to access appropriate support within the local community which will:
- Help you make positive changes to your personal wellbeing.
- Identify and link you into appropriate support in the community.
- Assist you in developing personal goals focussed on what matters to you.
Live Well Link Well can help you to access support with the following
- Healthy living
- Weight management
- Lifestyle advice
- Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing
- Supporting independence] mobility and equipment
- Looking after someone
- Getting out and about
- Home adaptations
- Money worries
- Social inclusion
How do I access this service?
If you are living in mid Essex and aged over 18, you can contact the service directly without having to go through your GP.
Call 0300 303 9988 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm) or email email@example.com.
Dementia Support Clinics
The Alzheimer's Society offer free practical and emotional monthly support clinics at the surgery. These are run by their Family Navigator Service who are able to offer tailored information and advice and link you up with local professionals and services. For more information and an appointment please contact reception.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Foundation (LGBT Foundation)
LGBT Foundation's Helpline Service provides thousands of hours of advice and support to thousands of people every year, both over the phone and via email
Need a supportive ear to listen to you?
Struggling with your mental health?
Thinking about coming out?
Questioning your gender identity?
Need to know how to get an STI health check-up?
Being harassed at work because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
Need to report a hate crime?
Want to know about our services?
Our Helpline has been running for nearly 45 years, and is staffed by a team of dedicated staff and volunteer operators all of whom receive extensive training and support.
Call us on 0345 3 30 30 30, Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm. Outside of these hours you can email us for further information and support
Email support: You can email the helpline anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply to you within 10 working days.
If you feel you need immediate support then please try calling our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30
Email us at email@example.com
Healthwatch click here is an independent voice for the people of this area. They gather and represent your views about health and care services in the county to help improve them. They are also there to provide advice and information about health and social care services locally.