Essex County Council has a keen interest in improving the quality of life for older people living in residential care and actively supports the care home sector in accessing training and leadership development opportunities. The County Council encourages care homes to be open to their local community and in doing so, improve the quality of life for all who live and work in them.
As a sponsor of My Home Life Essex (MHLE) and the MHLE Community Association’s FaNs programme (Friends and Neighbours) the County Council acknowledges the benefits of working together in a positive, supportive and empowering way to help ensure the well-being of older residents living in residential careVisit the Essex County Council website
Age UK Essex started in 1949 as Essex Old People’s Welfare Committee and aimed to set up clubs and organise social activities for older people to combat loneliness and isolation.
Since then, the organisation has developed a range of activities to support older people, and while remaining independent as a charity became part of Age UK in 2011.
To reflect some of our shared concerns about services for older people in Essex, since February 2012 Andrew Gardner the Chief Executive attends our Community Association Board meetings as a representative of Age UK Essex.Visit the Age UK Essex website
Independent Age provides information, advice and support for older people, their families and carers throughout the UK. It recently merged with two other older people’s charities, Counsel and Care and Universal Beneficent Society to provide a broader range of services.
The national advice and information service provides advice on social care, including care at home, finding and paying for residential care and advice on entitlements and welfare benefits. The advice workers also direct callers to other services for older people as appropriate.
Since March 2012, Independent Age has provided the Advice Line service which responds to all enquiries made through the My Home Life Essex Community Association (MHLECA) advice line number. This service is provided by redirection of the MHLECA telephone enquiries to the Independent Age advice workers, who are trained and knowledgeable staff offering both initial information and reassurance to callers and expert, personalised advice and support for more complex enquiries.
Independent Age offers free membership to older people over pensionable age who would like to be visited or contacted on a regular basis. Independent Age provides a variety of support and communications, depending upon what the member would like, including befriending by a volunteer, a quarterly newsletter (In Touch), a twice-yearly members’ magazine (Golden Link), copies of written information (Wise Guides) and ongoing caseworker support if required.Visit the Independent Age website
Essex is one of the UK’s top ten universities for research quality and is in the top 20 universities in the world that are under 50 years old. We are an international-oriented, research-intensive university with a commitment to excellence in research and research-led teaching, to the personal development of all our students and to offering an outstanding campus-based student experience
We are very pleased to be working with My Home Life Essex Community Association. In March 2014 academics from our Faculty of Social Sciences and School of Health and Human Sciences produced a comprehensive evaluation of the Community Visitors Project with support of funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.Visit the University of Essex website