It is estimated that there are over 145,000 people in Essex providing care for a relative or friend. If this is you, did you know that you don’t have to wait until you are struggling or there is a crisis before you ask for support?

Carers First provides help and advice so carers can live their lives to the fullest.

They say, “Anyone’s life can be turned upside-down as a result of ill health, disability or frailty of a member of our family or a friend. Even before the pandemic, three in five of us could expect to become a carer at some point in their lives. During the pandemic, this figure has increased and the need for information, timely support and practical help for family carers has become even more crucial.”

To find out what support Carers First provide in Chelmsford, visit the Carers First website. You can also contact them by phone on 0300 303 1555 to register for support, then one of their helpline staff can discuss your Carer’s Journey with you.

This article is brought to you by the Livewell Campaign in Essex.

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By Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at or on 01245 606984.

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