Essex has the highest percentage of population living with sight loss in the country, with 53,700people needing to access vital support and services that enable them to maintain independence and dignity in everyday life.
During the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020, the Tyrells Day Centre team in Benfleet took a creative approach to customer welfare.
Shirley Hawes is the love of John’s life. They met in 1960 when Shirley worked at the Co-op in Colchester and John was a regular customer there - ever hopeful of catching Shirley’s attention!
When Joshua (Josh) left full-time education, he was keen to enter the world of work. Carla too, wanted Josh to have employment in the form of either a voluntary or paid position. She wanted him to be doing something worthwhile and to have a sense of purpose.
When the pandemic took hold, Harry Sims was forced to abandon his fledgling career as a self-employed hairdresser. While hunting for a new job, a friend referred him to ECL’s community care team and he’s so glad they did…
The pandemic brought the issue of work-life balance into sharp focus for us all. It led many who’d been feeling overworked and under-appreciated to reevaluate what they really wanted out of a career, and for some it acted as the final push they needed to make a change. That’s certainly true for Julie, a former teacher turned Community Care Assistant with ECL.