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Cost of living support

Advice and support to help manage the rising cost of living.

Emotional support

We know this will be elevated by the financial strain people are under right now. If you are struggling, access support.

Mind in West Essex

We all need to look after our mental health to help us live our best life during challenging times.

Mind in West Essex has a range of services and self-help tools, including counselling, digital social groups, anxiety groups, volunteering, befriending for lonely parents, mental health coaches, wellbeing assistants, training and information.

Opendoor Councelling Service

If you are aged between 13 and 26 and are feeling sad, lonely, worried or confused and want someone to talk to who won't judge you, Opendoor is here for you. They offer a free, confidential service for young people living in Uttlesford and the surrounding area.


Samaritans provides support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Whatever you are going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.

Call (any time, day or night, from any phone for free): 116 123

Winter wellbeing

Staying warm and well may be a little harder at the moment when potentially having to change your lifestyle. We have some tips to try and help you look after your physical and mental health whilst at home.
Heat your home to at least 18 degrees. If you can't heat the whole house, heat the room you are in or yourself.

Get vaccinated: protect yourself and those around you from both the Flu and COVID-19.

Stay connected: Keep in touch with people, keep a list of useful contacts in case of emergencies and please look out for friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable.

Prescription prepayment certificate

A Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) covers all your NHS prescriptions, including NHS dental prescriptions, no matter how many items you need.

There are 2 PPC options to choose from:

  1. The 3-month PPC costs £30.25 and will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months.
  2. The 12-month PPC costs £108.10 and will save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year. This can also be paid in monthly instalments.