Welcome to Carers Choices, your local independent registered Charity and Carer Organisation for South Essex.
If you are looking after a partner, family member or friend, supporting them in some way we can offer some help and assistance. Look at the range of carers services we offer particularly to help you carry on your caring role.
We can help you get an assessment and access to Carers Payments that will help you purchase some of the Respite Services we offer. With over 35 years experience supporting Carers and the people they care for in Essex we can ensure that you get the individual support and advice you need.
View our latest annual report and accounts from 2015-2016 here.
**New Carer Support Group** to be held in our new Cafe, The Coffee Grind on Thursday 6th July from 11 - 12 noon then the first Thursday of every month. Come and join us! for more details click on the Advice bar above.
Our Community Fridge is the first one to open in Castle Point. Read more here.
The Coffee Grind
The Coffee Grind can be found in The Green Room behind Castle Point Council Offices in Kiln Road, Benfleet. The previously run down building has been transformed into a bright and modern environment with thanks to grants from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund and Screwfix along with money raised by Carers Choices.
Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council attended to officially open the café at a special event on Friday 16th June along with other special guests Rebecca Harris MP, Mayor of Castle Point, Cllr Brian Wood, and Leader of Castle Point Council, Cllr Colin Riley.Paul Ramsden, Chief Executive said "We are extremely pleased to be able to open the café and it is fitting to do so during Carers Week as it will help us raise funds to support carers. It will be the venue for our Carers Support Group and we hope other community groups will also make use of it for community events and meetings."
For more information about forthcoming events and offers sign up to The Coffee Grind email newsletter.The café will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and is largely staffed by volunteers. It is also home to the first community fridge in Castle Point which aims to reduce food waste.
Donations and Legacies
Carers Choices support getting people with learning disabilities into work. Here is a short film produced by Disability Rights and Seevic College.