Archive January 2021

How to access technology and digital assistance

We know that for many of you, accessing technology and the internet is not possible. If you’re feeling isolated and would like to be able to access our virtual timetable or if you have access and would like support with how to use device or assistance accessing online software here are a few organisations who can help you.

Help to get digital devices-

·       WaveLength (01708 621101)- WaveLength is the UK’s leading loneliness charity giving media technology to those most in need. Tablet, television or radio.

·       BT Broadband Basic-…/how-do-i-find-out-more-about-bt…

·       Get online at Home- access to devices

·       Amazon Echo Show 5- easy to use, phone ability, tablet, averaging around £50. Do occasionally go on offer so can be cheaper.…/amazon-echo-show-5-2019…


Help to use devices-

·       Learn my Way- free basic online courses to learn digital skills.

·       Be my eyes- this is a free app that connects blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

· free online courses including those relating to technology

·       AbilityNet-


Additional support-

Please see below details of free devices for isolated people living in Colchester and Tendring:

The Digital Access Support Team are part of the Colchester Borough Council (CBC), Tendring District Council (TDC) and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (NEE CCG) Collaboration Project, whereby we provide the residents of both boroughs with a free and bespoke digital skills learning support, via one to ones, drop in sessions, soon to happen online tutorials as well as support within surgeries as well.

We have also recently become an Online Centre with Good Things Foundation (GTF), and as part of this we have signed up to an initiative called DevicesDotNow (DDN), whereby we may be in a position to distribute some devices for free to residents in need within these boroughs. At this moment in time what those devices will be is unknown to us, but they could be a smartphone, tablet or laptop and each device will come with 20GB of data.

The only information we would require from yourself is:

The individual’s name contact number/email to contact and discuss with them further.

Location: Colchester or Tendring

Confirmation that they fit within the criteria required.

This project does come with a set criterion for eligibility and a caveat for ownership which is:

Criteria: Vulnerable Adult which for this project means:

  • Must be 18 or over without any internet access
  • Has a low income
  • Aged 70 or over
  • Underlying health condition or disability
  • No social support network nearby or at a distance


Will have to agree and participate in additional learning and post support for an agreed period.  Unfortunately, this is not available to residents living within a care home setting.

If you can get back to me asap with any referrals you may have as it is on a first come first basis and when we find out if successful things will happen very quickly.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or my colleagues working on this project, on 01206 282 452, if you have any further queries, or you can use the details below. or 07966 240 471 or 07983 164 595 or 07971 340 294

Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

EWT Langdon Hills NEW day added

We are excited to announce that we have a new Recovery through Nature day added to our groups. This will be hosted at Essex Wildlife Trust Langdon Hills every Tuesday @10:30am starting 2nd Feb 2021.


Our Recovery through Nature groups have been very popular during lockdown and we are happy that EWT would like our group back for an additional day a week.


If you would like to get involved with the Recovery through Nature group please contact your service coordinator or email to book your place.


We ensure all social distancing measures are in place and that PPE is available for everyone attending these groups. 

Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Time To Talk Day – Virtual Festival

Time To Talk Day: Virtual festival 3rd – 4th Feb

We might not be able to see each other face-to-face, but we won’t let that stop us from coming together this Time to Talk Day to tackle the stigma that still surrounds mental health. That’s why we’re hosting this virtual festival.

No tickets required! You’ll be able to watch our virtual festival events on this page and you can catch up with any sessions you miss right here too.

See the line up here.

Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Parents 1st Essex

Parents 1st Essex

Parents 1st Essex offer new and expectant parents valuable and informal peer support opportunities, offering them and their babies the best possible start in life.

They offer FREE access to pre and postnatal exercise sessions for those living in Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Thurrock or Castlepoint areas of Essex, workshops for Dads-to-be, share and prepare sessions. Parents 1st Essex have been delivering these online during the pandemic and continue to offer these sessions in this way. Each one provides a great way to meet others, share information and ask questions from the comfort of your own home. Sessions can be booked here:

They also provide ongoing support through their friendly pregnancy pal support workers. A pregnancy pal can help you stay well during pregnancy, prepare for birth and changes, feel confident as a new parent and access services in your area.

Find out more about Parents 1st Essex and the support they offer:  T. 01268 525 758 / E.


Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Updated topics for Butterflies Parental Group

Click here for the upcoming new topics for the Butterflies parental group.

If you’re interested in attending the online group please email for the Teams link.

Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Walk & Talk 4 Men


A support group for men and their mental health. They get together a couple of times a month and have a stroll around a country park whilst having a chat in a safe place without judgement! It gives men the opportunity to offload, get things off our chest and talk about how we are feeling rather than bottling it up and suffering in silence.

Mental fitness is just as is important as our physical fitness. Men in general find it difficult to open up and talk about their feelings. They often see it as a weakness, they feel they always need to be strong, tough and macho. At Walk & Talk 4 Men they want to encourage men that’s it’s okay to talk and that nobody is alone.

If you would like more information about this group please contact Walk & Talk 4 Men.

Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Coronavirus – Mental Health and Wellbeing resources

Vita Health Group have developed a range of pre-recorded topics to help you and your mental health during these challenging times.

These short series videos below are aimed at advising you on how to take care of your mental health in the current COVID 19 environment.

There are three simple actions we must all do to protect each other and stay safe

  • Hands – wash and gel your hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Space – stay at least 2 metres apart where possible. If not possible stay 1 metre apart using a face covering or other precautions

If you have Coronavirus symptoms you must contact Test and Trace (or your nations equivalent) and self-isolate at home for 14 days. Do not attend clinic if you have Coronavirus symptoms.

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

For more information about Test and Trace click here

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, as we continue to navigate these challenging and uncertain times. We will endeavour to keep you all updated, as we react to any new directives.

To view all the helpful resource videos please visit Vita Health Group.


Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Every Mind Matters

Public Health England has launched a new phase of the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”.

COVID-19 has impacted the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to change fundamentally. Research shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from low wellbeing, sleep problems and anxiety to depression.

But there are things that people can do to support their mental health and wellbeing at this time. The Every Mind Matters platform includes a COVID-19 hub, as well as practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your moodsleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.

Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Bake-along with Jim

Online Thursday 14th January @10am.

Join Jim in Phoenix Futures virtual social club, where he will be discussing the five ways to wellbeing and walking you through a fantastic bread baking recipe.

Would you like to bake-along with Jim? Click here for the ingredients.

If you would like the link or support with the bake-along please email Jim;


Author: jade bolton
Categories: News

Virtual Groups

Due to national lockdown restrictions we have ensured our virtual timetable has been reinstated to support our service users with their recovery. If you would like to attend any groups please contact your Service Coordinator or email for the link.

Click here to view our virtual timetable.


Author: jade bolton
Categories: News