We’ll start with the fundraiser but other stories include:
- Nayland Road Closure from 28th June,
- Crisis Café,
- Solar Panel Scams,
- Mercury Theatre update, and
- Kids Active Recovery Hub.
Year 6 Leavers Fundraiser
Help raise money to give Heathlands’ Year 6 leavers a good send-off this year. Kelly, who runs regular High-Intensity Interval Training classes in the village, is running a special Zoom fundraising session on Monday 7th June at 7:30 pm. Kelly describes her HIIT sessions as:
designed to shred fat, transform your whole body and make you feel amazing.
To join in this fundraiser session all you need to do is book it online on the year-6 leavers website. The cost is just £6 and the session is suitable for all abilities over 12 years old. After booking the Zoom link will be sent to your email address; bookings will close at midnight on Sunday 6th June.
Nayland Road Closure from 28th June
Nayland Road will be closed for 3 days from 28th June. It will affect the stretch between approximately 180m south west of its junction with Coach Road for a distance of approximately 95m in a south westerly direction.
The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while connection works are undertaken by UK Power Networks. An alternative route is available via:
- Nayland Road,
- Park Farm Road,
- Vinesse Road,
- Bures Road,
- Hall Road,
- White Hart Lane and vice versa.
Emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will have access at all times during the closure.
The Crisis Cafe provides a safe, welcoming space where people experiencing emotional distress or mental health crisis can receive support outside of normal working hours and is a community-based alternative to crisis mental health services. The Crisis Cafe is open 7 days a week, excluding bank holidays from 5pm to 10pm and you can self-refer by contacting us on 0300 330 9492.
The Crisis Cafe provides wellbeing support every evening to those in emotional distress or experiencing a mental health crisis. We have a trained team who are available to talk through the issues that have led to crisis and identify trigger points. Together with the individual the team will work on coping mechanisms and put strategies in place to prevent a crisis reoccurring. Working with their support networks individuals will have support to take positive steps to leading a happier and healthier life.
How to Access the North East Essex Crisis Café
Anyone wishing to attend the Crisis Cafe can self-refer to us by calling us on 0300 330 9492
Due to on-going public health guidance the Crisis Cafe is currently primarily a telephone support service. Attendance can be facilitated but is limited to one person at a time.
Referral can also be made by a professional such as a GP, emergency services or NHS 111 (option 2) by telephone or email.
We are open from 5pm to 10pm, 7 days a week, excluding bank holidays.
What to Expect
The first step is to contact us by telephone. We will ask you for your name, address and contact details. You will be askedfor the name of a friend or member of your family who may be willing to help you if you find yourself going into crisis again. We will also ask some questions to make sure we are the right service for you and then tell you how you can receive support from us, either by telephone, video call or face to face.
Working with our team, we will ensure that we give you information about other places you can go during the day so that you feel supported at all times. We can look at ways in which you can recognise that things are becoming difficult and the strategies you can use to prevent another crisis.
Our safe space offers breakaway rooms so that you can have some one to one chats with the team. We will be serving tea, coffee and soft drinks and we will provide other resources that will help you to enjoy some ‘down time’.
Unfortunately, children cannot accompany you to the Café but you are welcome to a telephone appointment.
We operate a strict substance policy, if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol you will not be able to access the Café.
We may also be able to provide emotional resilience workshops through our partnership with The Haven Project to receive further support around problems you may be experiencing.
Solar Panel Scams
Essex has recently seen an increase in residents falling victim to rogue traders misselling solar panels. Criminals target the vulnerable and those who already have solar panels to offer unnecessary maintenance contracts, extended warranties or battery replacements—all at a high price. One ’customer’ in Rayleigh received forged paperwork, whereas most receive none. Following the payment, no service is provided.
Residents have been contacted via the phone or by cold callers knocking at the door. Contact out of the blue should always be treated as suspicious—don’t be rushed to make a decision there and then.
Remember to Take Five:
- STOP – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or
information could keep you safe.
- CHALLENGE – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests.
Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- PROTECT – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and
report it to Action Fraud.
Mercury Theatre update
The Mercury theatre’s Creative Engagement activities are now on sale, as the theatre is getting ready to reopen on June 26th. Please see booking links below.
- Community Choir:
- Senior Social Club:
- Acting 101 taster:
- Acting 101:
- Musical Theatre Dance Fitness Class:
Kids Active Recovery Hub
The free, online resource is aimed at schools and families. We’ve teamed up with the Youth Sports Trust to develop a new online resource that will help more children to be physically active.