in West Essex

Personal Budgets for Care and Support

Personal budgets are part of a way of managing your care and support. This is sometimes called personalisation, and is designed to make sure the help you receive suits you as an individual.

You may be eligible for care if you have needs connected with any kind of disability or illness, and those needs prevent you staying well, looking after yourself, your home or your family; or feeling included in your community. 

To find out whether you are eligible for a personal budget you can have an assessment with a Care Coordinator from the Community Mental Health Team, or a Social Worker from the council’s  social care team. If you need help getting an assessment arranged please ask here: lsparkes@mindinwestessex.org.uk and we’ll be able to support you. 

If you are assessed as being eligible for social care, and after you have been means tested to see if you need to contribute some money, they will come up with a budget that must cover the cost of meeting your  needs. That amount of money can be altered if your needs change. 

Your personal budget can be used to purchase services from Mind in West Essex. The cost of a Mind in West Essex Wellbeing Assistant with mental health experience and training is 15.00 per hour. 

We can help you by: 

  • Helping you develop the skills and resilience to manage your mental and physical health, to live independently, improve your quality of life and prevent future problems occurring. 
  • Building and regaining daily living skills -  these could include: budgeting, cooking, shopping, managing your home and general self-care
  • Helping you to feel included in your community, generate social networks, and find education, leisure and work opportunities that suit you. 
  • Support  you with building and maintaining relationships that are important to you. 
  • Offer you practical support with financial, housing and other day to day life skills that help you stay well and independent. 
  • Promote full choice and control with your life, taking responsibility and restoring hope. 

If you are interested in finding out more or you would like to proceed and arrange for the services of a wellbeing assistant please contact us on:

T: 01279 421308

or

Complete the Wellbeing Assistant Request Form

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