Essex Welfare Service (EWS)
A reminder of the EWS, a service to help vulnerable people in the community in need of support and unable to access it at this time: https://www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk/ If you are having difficulties you are able to 'self-refer' via the website.
EWS Contact details:
Phone: 0300 303 9988
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm
Managing your Well-being: Support for Adults
Please see the resources and links below to help manage well-being and anxiety for adults.
Helping Children to Cope with Bereavement
Below you will find a range of advice and resources to help you help your child cope with the loss of a loved one.
To help out families at home Griffin OT will be doing a daily fine motor activity for children to follow. This will be posted at 11am each weekday. They will need playdough for Wednesday's session.
YouTube - GriffinOT
or Facebook @GriffinSensoryOT
Free Children's audio books - https://stories.audible.com/discovery
Coronavirus- Books for Children
Below are a couple of books that have been written to help explain coronavirus and school closures to children.
Useful Contact Numbers and Links
Below is a list of useful phone numbers and links for services that may be able to provide advice and support to families.
Harlow Council Housing 01279 446655
(previously known as Family Mosaic) offers advice and support around housing, mental health, budgeting, benefits, substance misuse.
0800 288 8883 or 01268 498500
online advice and legal services about housing & homelessness.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Free advice on benefits, housing, money etc. Drop ins Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm
0344 477 0808
support for homeless including a day centre.
List of which local organisations give out vouchers, where to collect them, times etc.
Delivers fresh surplus food to local organisations including schools, holiday clubs and local people in need.
Benefits & Debt Advice
Harlowsave Credit Union
Smart advice, budgeting. 1st floor of Central Library, Harlow Mon 12pm-2pm, Tues 10am-2pm, Weds Closed, Thurs & Fri 10am-2pm.
What’s available, how to apply, who’s eligible.
Multi Agency Centre (MAC) various organisations in one central place offering support and advice. Every second Thursday 10am-12pm Harlow Jobcentre.
Support for Children/Families
EWMHS (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service)
For Southend, Essex & Thurrock. Parents/carers can refer their child directly.
0300 3001600 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
0300 5551201 Crisis Support day or night
Email referrals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex Effective Support
Website that details support available for children and families in Essex. If you have concerns about a child's safety please use the contact number below.
The Children & Families Hub 0345 6037627
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service
Offers a range of child and family services throughout Essex that are free at the point of delivery. This includes school nurses, health visitors, Jade’s Pathway referrals, occupational health, CDC.
0300 2470122 – West Essex
A charity helping to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. It provides info for children, young people, parents and carers.
Parent helpline 0808 8025544 Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm
A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults
CAFCASS (Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)
They represent children’s needs, wishes and feelings in family court cases.
St Clare Hospice
Bereavement support and counselling for children and young people via the Echo Counselling Service.
Charity that provides help and support to families that are struggling.
Offers support to families via a home visiting volunteer or group work as long as there is a child under 5 living in the home.
Parenting Together Support Programme
A range of programmes available to support parents in dispute, they can be intact or parenting separately and the referral questionnaire determines suitability.
Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE)
A national charity supporting parents and carers of exploited children.
General enquiries 0113 2403040
A parent and carers toolkit is available to download and has resources to print and use too. There are lots of ways parents and carers can support them in doing these things safely. This toolkit provides three resources that offer practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online. They can help support parents and carers of any age child to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
Support for Adults
Provides a wide range of free talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems, includes self help and self referral.
0300 2225943 or if in crisis call 999, your GP or 0330 7260110
Mind in West Essex
Provides information and support to anyone affected by mental health problems however this is a paid for service.
Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Latton Bush Centre, Harlow.
Support for mental health 116 123 24 hours a day, every day.
Support for mental health
0300 3047000 4.30pm-10.30pm every day.
NHS Live Well
Advice on healthy eating, sleep, exercise, mood etc.
Essex Specialist Treatment & Recovery Service (Essex STaRS)
Delivering care to substance misusers in the community.
Support back into work or training.