Additional support and help during lockdown

Updated 28.5.20

Below is a list of organisations and small businesses who could provide additional support during these challenging times…

Chelmsford Counselling Foundation Counselling 01245 284890  

Essex Mind Mental Health 01206 764600

Essex Counselling at Home Organisation Counselling for over 50’s 07935 261223

Kids Inspire Family counselling 01245 348707

Renew Counselling (Chelmsford and Basildon) Counselling 01245 269335

Essex Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse Abuse rape 01206 769795

Samaritans Mental health 116 123

Oils by Jo Oil massage therapy

World Healing Project Weekly Yoga sessions – Friday 12pm

Maddogg Designs Crystal healing and meditation

Mandala by Monika Mandala drawing View document here; Mandala HRCC

Ahoy There Fun Meditation

Juliette’s Kitchen Plant therapy and meditation

The Wellness Barn Weekly live yoga session – Tuesdays at 10.30am via Zoom link upon request; Text the word YOGA to 07730 209442

Just Being Live guided meditation

European Buddhist-Hanmi Association Weekly live mindfulness session – Fridays 12pm via Zoom link upon request; Text the word MEDITATION to 07730 209442

Healthwatch Essex, are taking enquiries from members of the public and professionals about topics of all kinds within health and social care including, but not limited to, COVID-19.

They can be contacted by phone on 0300 500 1895 or email

Read more here:

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Online support from the Feeling Good Caring Well Project





TELEPHONE SUPPORT – Monday – Friday (9.00 – 4.30)

Speak to one of our Experts, one-to-one

Carers First are also working hard to give telephone support to Family Carers. You can get in touch with them on: 0300 303 1555.

Dementia Adventureare offering their excellent Carer Events online:

To view their interactive event and support map:

Email the project: or call them on: 0300 770 80 90.

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence.
T: 0800 999 5428

Partners have collaborated to create a directory of resources which include cultural and physical activities – explore the Northern Lights, visit an art gallery or support your mental wellbeing. It is split into sections and includes Nature, Arts, Cultural, Mental Wellbeing and Physical Activities. There are some which are suitable for people on their own, others within are good for families and/or care homes;

Abuse helpline
The stay at home measures has put pressure on the home environment and can cause additional anxiety for those who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic abuse. Help and support is still available to you. If you are being abused, are concerned about family, friends or neighbours, or are worried you may commit domestic abuse, please seek help, either from the police or from support organisations.

Isolation and loneliness

Relationship support during lockdown;

Mental health database by postcode;

Supported Virtual Learning.
The Supported Learning team from ACL have been working hard to adapt all their accredited courses to distance learning. They have also set up virtual learning spaces for learners and tutors to access. This will provide the resources learners need as they continue their education and reaching their learning goals. For more info please visit; 

Free Mental Health & Wellbeing Courses;

Essex Police are reminding people to be vigilant following reports that fraudsters are attempting to take advantage of the current climate by carrying out crime online and at people’s doorsteps;

Activities, ideas and things to do from home;

Essex Family Support Service is now live and accepting referrals;

Heads Up supports people who are having time out of work including unemployment or caring for loved ones. They offer support by providing training courses or just peer support and practical advice;

Help for young people, children and families with homeschooling;

A new crisis mental health phone line has launched across Essex. The 24-hour service offers immediate and specialist support to adults aged 18 or over experiencing mental health crisis. Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2).