ESSEX WELLBEING SERVICE
The Essex Welfare Service (EWS) was established in March 2020 to ensure the most vulnerable in society were supported through the extended periods of self-isolation to stay healthy and well as a result of COVID-19.
EWS was originally designed for people without the support of family, friends or neighbours and thousands of volunteers were mobilised to support requests around shopping and prescriptions. Support is now also provided through more provision for caring responsibilities, mental wellbeing, debt, housing and employment queries, matters concerning children, young people and families and keeping physically active and emotionally well. The focus is very much on promoting the wellbeing of people, preventing needs from escalating and reducing demand on health and social care services.
Whether you are feeling lonely, isolated, stopped doing things you once loved or generally lack in confidence; we are here to help.
We offer a range of support including telephone, face to face and email befriending. You can start to build confidence, develop new connections and get back to doing something you love or find new interests.
Essex Befriends offers befriending services to people over 18 years of age and who are carers, older people and those experiencing mental ill health or a learning disability.
CONNECT WELL ESSEX
Connect Well Essex is an online self-care self-referral tool containing over 400 local activities and services. ‘Social prescribing’ links patients with appropriate, non-medical support and guidance. In the same way that a patient with a prescription can get their medication easily from a pharmacist, they will be able to access the services that will help them improve their wellbeing here on Connect Well Essex.
This site features activities that can help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking to voluntary and community groups and other non clinical services that can help them to feel more involved in the community, meet new people, make some changes to improve health and wellbeing.
Midlands and East Veterans Transition, Liaison and
Intervention Service (TILS)
NHS TIL Service is a new service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge as well as for veterans. The service will help to recognise some of the early signs associated with mental health difficulties and will provide access to a number of interventions, therapeutic treatments for complex problems and psychological trauma and prevent patient reaching crisis point. It will also help tackle some of the most common mental health and substance misuse problems such as alcoholism, anxiety and depression and join up services across the board, working with local authorities and charities so that the whole of a person’s needs and their families are looked after.