Tendring Neighbourhood Watch would like to remind people that leaflets that come through your letterbox from businesses offering building, roofing, painting and decorating, gardening and other services are not always from reputable businesses.
While most of these leaflets are a business’s way of advertising legitimate services, there are however some that are targeted at the elderly and most vulnerable members of our communities.
Neighbourhood Watch advise people to get quotations, not estimates, from at least 3 different businesses for any work you may require doing. Try and get recommendations from friends, neighbours and family before deciding on the business to carry out the work, normally when people recommend a business, they will have had a positive experience with that business.
Check if the business is registered with a trade body or has approval from Trading Standards, this can be done by visiting the relevant trade body on line and checking that businesses registration, google the business name and see what comes up.
Check your home insurance policies it may be that you are covered for any particular damage that has occurred to your property and if so, contact your insurer. Your insurer may even make arrangements for one of their approved contractors to do the work.
If you are being pressured by a business that is doing work for you to pay up front whether in cash or some other means, DON’T, a reputable business will never ask for money before the job is completed. If you are feeling threatened, you should inform the police.
Going into another lockdown has put extra pressure on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. In this section we’re highlighting some local and national resources you can use to refer/signpost others to or make use of yourself.
Clacton Crisis Cafeoffers support between 5pm and 11pm, currently by phone. Professionals can refer in, or self-referral is possible through 111.
Summitoffer a 10-week mindfulness course online and other mental health support. They can be contacted on 01255 429778.
Reach Out for Mental Health offer a befriending listening service for anyone feeling suicidal or experiencing a tough time. They are not suitable for anyone with acute mental health difficulties. Contact them on 07898 220384
Samaritans provide a 24/7 listening service available by phoning 116 123. They also provide an email service and letter writing service, as well as a self-help app.
Calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2 will put you through to a mental health Crisis Response Service which connects you to trained EPUT staff. This is also a 24-hour service for adults.
Mindhave a lot of resources and courses on their website – Mind
TextSHOUT to 85258 at any time to receive instant support by text – useful if it is not possible to speak aloud.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is available from 5pm to midnight every day on 0800585858 or 08088025858
Sane offer services to anyone affected by their own mental illness or someone they care about. Available every day 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000
Papyrus offers suicide prevention support for those up to 35 years old. Phone on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Weekends/Bank Holidays 2pm-10pm.