EssexCentral and East of England > Essex POhWER has been working in Essex since 2003. We provide the following services in Essex: Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Citizen Advocacy How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Essex, you can download the forms below: Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form Citizen Advocacy referral form If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, you can contact us on 0300 456 2370 or email [email protected]. Local Resources Download the Essex IMHA leaflet (pdf) Download the Essex Citizen Advocacy Leaflet (pdf) Download POhWER Essex newsletter issue 1 (pdf) Download POhWER Essex newsletter issue 2 (pdf) POhWER Essex newsletter issue 3 (pdf) Reagan's Chest Surgery Reagan went in for surgery for his sunken chest, getting a bar put in place to support it. After the procedure there were complications and he had to have the bar removed. He then phoned POhWER for support. Read Reagan's story here Pippa's Story Read about Pippa’s journey from volunteer Citizen Advocate to a paid member of staff in this new case study. Read Pippa's story here In your area Central and East of England Other organisations that POhWER work within Essex Essex Mind and Spirit (Update) http://www.essexmindandspirit.org.uk/ Following on from the Spirituality and Dementia Conference in April, Canon Ivor Moody has made a request. If there is any organisation that might consider coming onto the EMS Conference Steering Group, please contact [email protected] The next meeting is Thursday 20th July 2017 For more details click onto……https://www.pohwer.net/news/whats-been-going-Essex Essex Dementia Care attended the EMS conference in April. EDC delivered a very interesting workshop about supporting people and caregivers. Founded in 2006, EDC has supported people with dementia and their care givers to maintain an active and social lifestyle. Before the creation of Essex Dementia Care, there were relatively few Essex based community resources available for those dealing with early onset dementia. When EDC was formed, they established a forum for dialogue between some of these families and senior representatives of adult social care at Essex County Council. Essex County Council listened and took action where they could, but clearly a new alternative was needed and so the vision for an independent community resource was born. For more details: http://www.essexdementiacare.org.uk Mid and North Essex Mind, the mental health charity We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. We’re on your doorstep and on the end of a phone. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis, we’ll listen, give you support and advice and fight your corner. And we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. We work with children from the age of 5 and adults of all ages. Some people use our services for only a little while and others might need help for longer. We are a local, independent charity connected to the national charity Mind but not funded by it. Mid and North Essex Mind work from Chelmsford to Clacton, from Braintree to Colchester – we cover all of mid and north east Essex. If you want to find out more about services for adults please visit: http://mnessexmind.org/how-we-can-help/help-for-adults/ If you want to find out more about services for children and young people please visit: http://mnessexmind.org/how-we-can-help/help-for-children-and-young-people/ The Head office can be contacted Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, on 01206 764600. As we are independent from the national charity Mind and receive no funding from them, we do need to raise money ourselves in order to support the work we do in mid and north east Essex. There are lots of ways you can support us, from making a donation to taking on a challenge. We have a free fundraising inspiration pack to download from our website at http://mnessexmind.org/support-us/fundraise-for-us/ which is packed full of ideas.