Health and Wellbeing, Counselling and Listening Services
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Carer Counselling Service
At Southend Carers we offer a FREE Counselling service to carers to be able to speak to a trained counsellor in confidence in a comfortable setting.
Carers are a unique group of people who provide free care for their loved ones, friends or neighbours often resulting in the carer themselves becoming unwell due to exhaustion, stress, frustration, anxiety, isolation and sometimes financial pressures, due to the heavy demands of their caring role. If you would like to access this service call 01702-393933 to book a place or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contact our Carer Counselling Service.
Monthly Health and Wellbeing Groups
This is an information and socialising group for carers. We have speakers on various subjects relevant to caring such as Dementia, Cancer and Parkinson’s and the carers are welcome to ask questions afterwards.
We also have more light-hearted sessions such as bingo and quizzes to enable carers to have fun and socialise – all with lunch thrown in! If we have the time we end with a raffle with donated prizes from the carers and staff.
Our weekly ‘Carers Waves’ group
A small intimate group exploring ways to manage the emotional ups and downs of the caring role and how it affects you on a day to day basis.
End of Life Service Emotional Support Service
At Southend Carers we know the challenges carers face when caring for someone with a life limiting condition.
You may need to talk to someone or need information to help you.
Southend Carers offer a service to assist you with additional respite, someone to talk to and help with planning.
Emergency Planning Service
‘What would happen to your cared for if something were to happen to you?
All too often this scenario is not planned for and this service gives the carer peace of mind by being in receipt of a carers card which, once activated in an emergency provides a limited access to the respite service.
The Carers Emergency Planning Support Service supports you in making a plan as to how you would like the person you care for to be supported were you to experience an emergency.
All are FREE to carers registered with us
Placement Provider for local students
We provide a placement opportunity for local students to be able to obtain their counselling hours towards their qualification. Whilst in placement here the students gain beneficial insights into therapeutic work and valuable work experience required by their respective local colleges with whom we have a good working relationship. We provide an in house mentoring service with a qualified counsellor and mentor in order to enhance the students support service.
‘ Southend Carers Counselling Service are proud to provide a placement opportunity for the BA (Hons) Counselling Programme at South Essex College and have passed our audit for the 3rd year running’
What our Student Counsellors say about us…
- “I feel safe working in this organisation, yet challenged and encouraged to reach my potential”
- “I have hit a goldmine with my placement as I feel very supported”
- “It feels like riding a bike with stabilisers, safe in the knowledge that they will come off one day when you are ready”