Useful links

As well as Mid and North East Essex Mind’s services you may find the below organisations can offer you support.


POhWER – enabling your voice to be heard, speaking for you when you can’t and supporting you when you can


Autism Anglia – provides a range of services to enable people with autism to live as independently as possible
t: 01206 577678

Benefits, budgeting and money management

Government information on current benefits

Step Change Debt Charity
Tel: 0800 1381111


CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau)

Search for your local Citizens Advice Bureau here:

Money Advice Service

Care and Wellbeing

Essex Cares – supporting people to live safely and independently within their homes and local communities. From older adults to those with learning, physical, sensory or mental health needs


Essex Carers
t: 01255 474410

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Society – to find your local area office please visit

Essex Dementia Care
t: 01245 363789

Drug and alcohol

Open Road – provides support for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol across Essex and Suffolk
t: 01245 284772
t: 01255 434186
t: 01206 766096

Domestic violence and abuse

Safer Places – domestic abuse support services in mid Essex
t: 03301 025811

Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge
t: 01206 500585

Women’s Aid (24 hour helpline)

Survivors UK (male rape and sexual abuse)

Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA)
t: 01206 769795 (24 hour answer phone)


National Careers Service

ACAS – providing information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.


Adult Community Learning in Essex


Braintree Foodbank
t: 01376 330694

Chelmsford Foodbank
t: 07512 574542

Clacton Foodbank
t: 01255 431760

Colchester Foodbank
t: 01206 621998

Health and fitness

Travel costs for NHS appointments, including Health in Mind


Shelter (the housing and homelessness charity)
Eastern counties:
t: 0344 515 1860
Search for your local support here:

Gateway to Homechoice, a choice based lettings system, advertising Council and Housing Association properties in the local authority areas of Babergh, Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich, Maldon, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney.

One Housing, Essex Floating Support Service
t: 0300 123 1921

Colchester Emergency Night Shelter
t: 01206 549885

Chess (Chelmsford) – seeking to relieve homelessness and related hardship and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex, through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation

Swan Housing – supported housing, including accommodation for people with learning difficulties or mental health conditions 0300 303 2500

Sanctuary Supported Living – supported housing, including accommodation for people with learning difficulties or mental health conditions

Learning disabilities

Essex Mencap


Outhouse East – Providing oppoortunities for LGBTQ+ people in Essex 

Mind Out – Online support for the LGBTQ community 

Mindline Trans+ – A UK wide service offering a confidential, non-judgemental listening space for people who identify as Trans+, nonbinary and their friends and families to talk.
t: 0300 330 5468

Older People

Age UK

Age Concern Colchester – provides various services including advice, befriending, care and emotional support and Dementia support.

The Silver Line – free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year 0800 4 70 80 90

Community Agents – supporting older people and informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their local community 0800 977 5858 or 01376 574341

Independent Age – can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility
t: 0800 319 6789


Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

Home-Start Colchester
t: 01206 865349
Home-Start Maldon
t: 01621 858467
Home-Start Harwich
t: 01255 556230
Home-Start Chelmsford, Witham, Braintree and Halstead
t: 01245 421222

Personality disorders

The Haven Project



Community 360 (For Colchester and Braintree) 

Colchester t: 01206 505250
Braintree t: 01376 550507

Volunteer Bureau for Tendring
t: 01255 470847

Maldon and District CVS
t: 01621 851891

Chelmsford CVS
t: 01245 250731