Festive Opening Hours

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Here you can find our opening hours for December 2022 and the New Year.


Monday 26 December: Closed

Tuesday 27 December: Closed

Wednesday 28 December – Friday 30 December: Open

Monday 02 January: Closed

Tuesday 03 January: Open and back to normal hours


Support over the holidays


Our Mid Essex Sanctuary is open throughout the festive period. The Sanctuary is open to the residents of Mid Essex every evening between 6pm – 1am. Access to support is by referral pathway via NHS 111 (Option 2).


If you feel like you are not coping and need to speak to someone straight away, or you feel like you may want to harm yourself or are having suicidal thoughts there are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe:

  • Tell someone you trust how you are feeling so they can support you to get the right help
  • Call your GP
  • Visit A&E if you feel like you might seriously harm yourself
  • Call NHS 111 option 2



Samaritans local helpline: 01245 357357 (Chelmsford & Mid-Essex area) 01206 561234 (Colchester & North Essex).

Samaritans national helpline: 116 123

The Samaritans offers a listening service to those going through a personal crisis and wanting to talk about their despair or suicidal feelings. There’s someone to talk to 24 hours a day and it is open to anyone. Calls made to the national helpline are charged at local call rates from anywhere in the country.