On Thursday 1 November 2018 between 10am and 1pm local residents across the Witham constituency are invited to come to Witham Public Hall to attend an advice and information fair organised by Priti. The Fair brings together a number of local groups, clubs and organisations that provide services and activities for senior citizens in the Witham constituency and beyond. Attendees can try Walking Football, meet with Age Concern, receive advice from the Fire and Rescue Service and find out about a large number of activities available.

For more information contact Priti by email to: [email protected] and by telephone on: 020 7219 3528.

List of organisations, clubs and groups attending the Fair at Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2DY:

Action For Family Carers

Action for Family Carers makes a positive difference to the lives of all carers by providing valued, high quality support services in times of need. For over 25 years, Action for Family Carers has been providing information and support to carers who have unpaid caring responsibilities for others.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 0300 770 80 90

Twitter: @Action4carers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/actionforfamilycarers

Website: www.affc.org.uk


Age Concern Witham

Meet for coffee, board games or social chat, all over 50 welcome to come along and meeting a friendly group of pensioners, meeting at the Witham Methodist Church Hall, Guithavon Street.

Tel: 01376 502 996 (Mrs Christine Dean)


Age UK Essex – Home Help Service

Age UK Essex provides a number of services and offers support to senior members of our community. The Home Help Service supports older people who want to stay in their home but need a little help around the house.

Tel: 01245 207 029

Twitter: @AgeUKEssex   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AgeUKEssex/

Website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/essex/


Alzheimer’s Society – Essex

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 01245 260 911

Facebook: Alzheimer’s Society – Essex

Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk


Braintree District Council Community Wellbeing Team

The Community Wellbeing Team provides and promotes a range of services and support to members of our community. This includes walk and talk, dementia friendly swimming keeping warm and well, handyman service and keep safe scheme. There is also a Community Transport Service, details online at:  https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200300/community_transport

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 01376 552 525

Twitter: @BraintreeDC

Website: www.braintree.gov.uk


Braintree Home Help

Braintree Home Help offer a wide range of services providing practical home help, support and companionship inside and outside of the home. Companionship services include escort to appointments, planning trips and outings, playing cards or board games etc. and participation in hobbies. Home help services include assistance with gardening, shopping and cleaning.

Email: [email protected]     Tel: 01376 550 333

Website: https://www.braintreehomehelp.co.uk/


British Red Cross Home Support Service

The British Red Cross Home Support Service provides help and assistance to people returning from stays in hospital, including, transport home, help with everyday tasks, companionship and short term use of a wheelchair.

Website: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-support-at-home


Carers FIRST

Carers FIRST is a charity supporting people who look after a relative or friend who due to ill health, physical or mental illness, disability, frailty, or addiction cannot manage without their support. We are commissioned by Essex County Council to provide a county wide service of information, advice, guidance, emotional support, training and activities, giving carers an opportunity to have a break from their caring role and help them to get the support they need. You can contact us to talk to someone about your caring situation and we will listen and provide you with support to help you with your caring role whilst maintaining your own health and wellbeing.

Twitter: @Carers_FIRST    Facebook: facebook.com/CarersFIRST

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 0300 303 1555

Website: https://www.carersfirst.org.uk/essex


Cinnamon Trust

Specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties and problems faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets.

Website: www.cinnamon.org.uk


Community 360

Community 360 are an independent charity committed to a vision to build “thriving local communities.” Community 360 works with a number of partners and provides a range of services, including, weight management sessions, digital inclusion through I-Tea sessions, falls prevention with its Slipper Exchange, supporting people at risk during the winter months, encouraging people to volunteer and funding advice and support for local voluntary and community groups. For more details visit the website or contact Community 360.

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 01376 550 507 (Braintree)

Twitter: @community360org   Facebook: facebook.com/community360.org

Website: www.community360.org.uk


Coffee Pot

Meeting at the Witham Methodist Church Hall, Guithavon Street.

Tel: 01376 502 996 (Mrs Christine Dean)


Community Iron – Walking Football

Community Iron, the community charity of Braintree Town FC, provide a slower-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at more mature participation (40+). Sessions take place every Friday at Witham Leisure Centre and every Monday at Notley Sports Hall.

Tel: 01376 330 976

Website: https://communityiron.co.uk/event/walking-football/




Epilepsy Action

Witham Epilepsy Action Coffee and Chat Group welcomes anyone affected by epilepsy. The Group meets monthly (currently on the second Monday of every month, from 2-3.30pm) in The Tea Rooms, 46 Newland Street, CM8 2AR. For more information on the Group contact Janet on 07513 330749.

Tel: 07801 544 520 (Marie Edgar, Epilepsy Action Local Services Manager); 0808 800 5050 (Epilepsy Action National Helpline)

Website: www.epilepsy.org.uk


Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Essex Fire and Rescue Service provide free Safe and Well visits to Essex residents, these visits are conducted by our Safe and Well Officers who are able to provide fire safety advice, crime prevention advice and information around slips, trips and falls.

Twitter: @ECFRS

Website: www.essex-fire.gov.uk


Essex Library Service

The public library services for Essex where residents can borrow books and take part in a range of activities and events held in local libraries. There are also opportunities to support your local library by volunteering.

Tel: 0345 603 7628

Twitter: @EssexLibraries   Facebook: EssexLibraries

Website: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/


Essex Police

Essex Police works closely with community groups and organisations to promote crime prevention activities and to support local vulnerable residents.

Twitter: @EssexPoliceUK    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexPoliceUK

Website: https://www.essex.police.uk/


Grandparents Association / Grandparents Plus

The only national charity which is dedicated to grandparents and their role in the care and development of their grandchildren. Provides support and guidance to kinship carers.

Website: www.grandparentsplus.org.uk


Guithavon Ladies Group

All ladies welcome, come along to one of the meetings and meet the Ladies Group. Speakers, ploughman’s, afternoon tea and Christmas lunch. Meeting at the Witham Methodist Church Hall, Guithavon Street.

Tel: 01376 502 996 (Mrs Christine Dean)


Healthwatch Essex

Healthwatch Essex is an independent voice for the people of Essex. Healthwatch Essex gathers and representation views about health and care services in the County to help improve them.

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 0300 500 1895

Twitter: @HWEssex    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthwatchessex/

Website: https://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/



Hearing Help Essex

Hearing Help Essex exists to alleviate the isolation and loneliness that hearing loss can bring. Practical help, support and guidance is provided to people who find themselves with some degree of hearing loss.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 01245 496 347

Twitter: @HelpWithHearing    Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/hearinghelpessex/

Website: https://www.hearinghelpessex.org.uk/


Integrated Care 24

Integrated Care 24 (IC24) is a not for profit social enterprise, which provides the NHS 111 and GP-led out of hours services in Mid and South Essex. The NHS 111 service is free to use, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year. You can call 111 if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, but it is not a 999 emergency. Depending on the situation our NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist, or even a GP and can arrange face to face appointments if we think you need one. For bed bound patients, or those with palliative care needs IC24 can provide home visits.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 01233 505 450

Twitter: @ic24uk

Website: www.ic24.org.uk


Independent Age

National organisation providing advice and support to people in older age. Information provided on heath, finance, benefits and future planning.

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 020 7241 8538 (Mrs Lee Osborne, Wellbeing Project Officer – Essex)

Twitter: @IndependentAge   Facebook: IndependentAge

Website: www.IndependentAge.org


Mid Essex Talking News

Each week visually impaired people receive audio local news free from the Mid Essex Talking News. The recordings are produced by a team of dedicated volunteers who focus on reading local news stories to ensure listeners know what is happening in their communities.

Website: https://www.midessextalkingnews.org.uk/


One Support Essex Floating Support Service

The Essex Floating Support Service provides individual housing related support to people in the community to prevent homelessness, increase life skills and help people to live independently.

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 0300 123 1921

Twitter: @Official_OHG   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onehousing

Website: www.onehousing.co.uk



Provide is a community interest company (social enterprise) which delivers a broad range of health and social care services in the community. Provide work from a variety of community settings including community clinics, nursing homes and peoples’ homes.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 0300 303 9999

Twitter: @Provide_CIC    Facebook: Provide

Website: www.provide.org.uk


RNLI Witham Fundraising Group

Local group carrying out fundraising opportunities for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea through lifeboat search and rescue, lifeguards, water safety, water education and flood rescue.

Tel: 01376 512 291 (Mr Tony Stote)


St Georges Ltd Care Agency

St Georges Care Agency provides personalised, high quality and caring domiciliary and residential care services in the Essex area.

Facebook: St Georges Ltd Care Agency

Tel: 01376 500 052


St Nicolas Church

St Nicolas Church is the Anglian Parish Church of Witham town. An inclusive church holding facilities and supporting the local community.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 01376 791 548

Twitter: @stnicswitham    Facebook: www.facebook.com/stnicswitham

Website: https://www.withamparishchurch.org.uk/welcome.htm


Stroke Club for Mid Essex

The Stroke Club for Mid Essex is a voluntary community organisation which works with stroke survivors and their families to assist their return to active community life.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 01621 891 007


The Big Sing

The BIG Sing is a community choir that aims to bring the community together giving people the experience of community singing. Fun weekly rehearsals take place and leave people feeling uplifted.

Email: [email protected]     Tel: 01376 512 292

Twitter: @BIGSing1    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theBIGsing

Website: www.big-sing.com


University of the Third Age – Witham

Retired and semi-retired people come together for social events boosting health and wellbeing and to learn from each other …… not for qualifications, but for its own reward through the sheer joy of discovery. Individuals share their skills and life experiences, so the learners teach and the teachers learn.

Tel: 07434 309 261

Website: https://u3asites.org.uk/witham/home


Witham and District Lions Club

The Witham and District Lions Club organises fund-raising activities and provides help and support to a number of good causes. This includes organising Christmas parcels for vulnerable members of the community, supplying equipment for local hospitals and GPs and sponsor young people on voluntary service overseas.

Tel: 0845 833 2758

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/255922618184183/

Website: https://www.withamlions.org.uk/


Witham and District Lioness Club

The Witham and District Lioness Club is a group of ladies of all ages who come together to raise money for charity. The Lioness Club also volunteer and help others.

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/WithamDistrictLionessClub/


Witham Bowls Club

The Witham Bowls Club supports a healthy membership of both ladies and gentlemen and continues to welcome new members, with or without bowling experience from within the district. Qualified bowls coaches are available for basic instruction and tuition as well as to assist the more experienced member.

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.withambowlsclub.org/


Witham 41 Club

The 41 Club specialises in supporting community service initiatives and charities as well as continuing the friendships made in Round Table.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/witham41/


Witham Town Council and Information Centre

Witham Town Council is a focal point for local activity in the Town. The Town Hall is used by a number of community groups and the Tourist Information Centre is based there. The Town Council are involved in organising local activities as well as promoting the Town Centre.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withamcouncil

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 01376 520 627

Website: www.witham.gov.uk/home/


Witham Town Luncheon Club

Meets on every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Witham Town Hall, to provide modestly priced freshly cooked meals for older people in Witham. Also an opportunity for volunteers to serve others in the community and for social interaction.

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 07842 249 397

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/withamlunchclub/


Witham United Reformed Church

The Witham URC is located at the centre of Witham on Newland Street. The URC serves the community seven days a week.

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 01376 500 958

Website: www.withamurc.org.uk


Witham Royal British Legion – Women’s Section

The Women’s section of the Witham Royal British Legion supports our Armed Forces and veterans. They raise money for the RBL and Poppy Appeal.


Witham Young At Heart Club

The Witham Young At Heart Club meets weekly every Wednesday at Witham Town Football Club. The Club organises fun activities including quizzes, bingo, lunches and cream teas and is a great place to make friends and meet new people.

Tel: 01376 516 619 (Mrs Sylvia Wade)