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Action for Family Carers is a registered charity based in Maldon, providing support and information to unpaid carers. Action for Family Carers was formed in 1989 and is the only Carers Trust Carers Centre in Essex. The charity recently became the first Carers Trust centre in the East of England to gain the Carers Trust Quality Mark. 

A family carer is someone, who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. 

Our services include:

  • Home visits, telephone contact, emotional support, information and signposting

  • Support groups run regularly in Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Brentwood where carers meet to share their experiences

  • Regular respite day care for the cared-for so that carers can have a break – provided in Maldon, Burnham, Tollesbury, Mersea, Springfield and Great Baddow

  • A hospital link worker based in Broomfield Hospital to support carers around the discharge process and other issues

  • A support service for carers of people with cancer and long term life limiting conditions provided in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Advocacy to empower carers to enjoy their full rights and opportunities

  • Club nights, trips and activities for young carers aged 8 upwards in Maldon, Tiptree, Chelmsford and Colchester

  • School-based support for young carers in Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Colchester

  • Support and personal development for young adult carers aged 16-24 in Maldon, Colchester, Braintree and Chelmsford.

  • A free counselling service is under development during 2013



If you would like information or support please call us on

01621 851640 or visit our website - www.affc.org.uk


Please see below, a form to download, an expression of interest for unpaid family carers – self-referral form for members of the public.

Supporting Carers in Essex - Expression of Interest for myself

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