Links to available support

Local support groups

Healthwatch Essex

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Suffolk Resilience

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Home-Start is a Family Support Charity working with families with children aged 0-12 years across Suffolk and North East Essex. Our network of fully trained, compassionate and non-judgemental volunteers support families as they navigate through difficult circumstances including Mental Health, illness, disability, bereavement, domestic abuse, poverty, isolation and much more by providing weekly 1-1 support through home-visiting, telephone or video calls offering practical help and emotional support.

Suffolk – To make a referral please call 01473 621104, email or visit

Mid and West Suffolk – To make a referral please call 01379 678552, email or visit

Colchester, Jaywick and Clacton– To make a referral please call 01206 854625, email or visit

Harwich – To make a referral please call 01255 556230, email or visit

National support groups

Leading charities and organisations have published guidance for people with long-term conditions. Visit the below websites for information on how to manage your condition during the coronavirus outbreak.


Including how to manage your asthma to reduce the risk from COVID-19 and what to do if your asthma is getting worse.



Including what you should do if you have COPD and how to manage your COPD well at this time.


Carers First

Carers First is a UK registered charity working with unpaid carers to provide practical information and advice. We understand the challenges unpaid carers face and offer services designed to make it easier for them to continue living their lives to the fullest.

Phone: 0300 303 1555

Carers UK

Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

Other lung conditions

Including what should people with a lung condition do now and how to cope with staying at home.


Heart disease

Including how COVID-19 can affect people with heart disease and information on COVID-19 and heart medication.



Including staying at home and managing diabetes.



Including staying active when you’re at home and managing your mental health.


Power of attorney

Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak

Multiple Sclerosis

Including practical advice for managing MS and information about disease modifying therapies and COVID-19.



Including advice for families looking after someone with dementia, and coping without support groups or day centres during the COVID-19 outbreak.



Including advice regarding managing pain at home and looking after your wellbeing.



Including examples of exercises that can be completed in the home and some practical advice on maintaining health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engaged Communities

Transport support

Essex County Council: Community transport | Essex County Council (

Colchester: Community360 provides transport services in Colchester and surrounding areas: Community Transport – Community360

Tendring: Tendring Community Transport: Public and community transport | Tendring District Council (

Connecting Communities: Connecting Communities (

Register as a Family Carer for your Vaccine

If you are an unpaid carer (aged 16+) and would like to be registered for the COVID-19 vaccination, please contact Suffolk Family Carers (SFC) via the link here. If you are already registered with SFC, or are recognised as a carer by your GP practice, they do not need to do anything. You will be contacted directly by SFC or your nearest primary care vaccination hub.

Last Updated on 2 March 2021

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