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Extra support for families in Tendring

6th December 2018

Families in Tendring who are facing challenges are to be given more support through special courses and workshops, thanks to a major grant of £30,000.

Extra - Support for Families, based at the Jaywick Community Resources Centre, has been given the funding boost from the Chrysalis Fund, run by the independent grantmaking trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

The fund was established with ECF in 2017 to support voluntary organisations that are tackling mental health issues and are working with young children in areas of deprivation.

The grant will help the charity to continue their work supporting local families in an area identified as having a high level of deprivation.

One mum who attended a course on emotional wellbeing said: “I had a lot of self-blame and guilt. I was at rock bottom. The course made me focus on myself more and taught me not to put myself at the bottom of my list of priorities.

“Now I’m happier and more confident, I’ve made new friends and we still see each other, even though the course has ended. The experiences I’ve had with EXTRA have made me feel safe and secure and I’d happily attend other activities they have to offer.”

Marit McKerchar, manager of Extra, said: “We support around 1000 people a year, 400 of which are parents or carers and their children, approximately 600. Through our courses and workshops we cover a wide range of topics, including guidance on how to put in place positive parenting strategies, how to increase self-confidence and ways of improving emotional wellbeing.

"A number of the parents and carers that we support experience challenges that cause them additional stresses. These can include mental health issues, coping with a child who has additional needs and domestic violence. As a result, when they first come to us, they can have low self-esteem, very little confidence in their parenting and be unable to cope with their children’s behaviour.

"Ultimately, they are isolated with no-one to go to for support. This is where we can support them to create a happier home life for everyone."

The Christmas period can be an emotional and stressful time for some families. As well as the courses and workshops Extra run, they also host a number of informal parent peer support groups. Within these, parents and carers develop networks of supportive friends who help each other deal with life’s challenges.

If you, or someone you know, lives in Tendring district and could benefit from the support that Extra offer, please call them on 01255 475001 or visit for more information.

ECF currently manages 154 named funds, all of which award grants to support charities and community organisations across Essex. For more information on how you can set up a fund in the name of your family or business, click here or call Jo Macaulay 01245 355947.

To apply for a grant, click here