Our Partners

We work in partnership with a variety of organisations locally and nationally with the aim of:

  • Streamlining processes between us to ensure our customers have the smoothest journey possible
  • Avoidance of duplication
  • Encouraging continuous improvement through sharing information
  • Where possible sharing resources
  • Keeping each-other informed of our organisations activities
  • Cross promotion and sharing of events

The benefits of working together can be enormous and we welcome further partnership opportunities so please do get in touch.

Deafblind Enablement

Deafblind Enablement is an organisation dedicated to enabling people who live with a sight and hearing loss to learn new skills, develop existing skills, gain access to their community and existing services with dignity, respect, control and choice. Services offered include communicator guides for regular or one-off support, including for medical appointments, specialist assessments and rehabilitation services.

Visit website Deafblind Enablement website


BASIS supports adults with sight loss in South Essex, helping to reduce isolation, increase confidence and promote independent living. The areas of South Essex we cover are: Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Thurrock, Benfleet and Canvey Island. Blind and Sight Impaired Society (BASIS) was formerly known as PAVIS Foundation for Visually Impaired People and was set up in 1998.

Visit website BASIS website

Healthwatch Essex

Healthwatch Essex is an independent voice for the people of Essex. We gather and represent your views about health and care services in the county to help improve them.

Visit website Healthwatch Essex website


Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, those with sensory impairments and those with complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. Our expertise in supporting individuals with communication needs benefits people of all ages, as well as families and carers. We provide information and advice, offer a wide range of flexible services and campaign passionately for the rights of the people we serve.

Visit website Sense website


We’re RNIB and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, our practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence.

Visit website RNIB website

Essex Vision

Essex Vision is a partnership of local and national sight loss organisations in Essex. The website has information on each of the organisations within Essex Vision, as well as details of what’s on and any upcoming events. Details of how to make a referral for someone with a visual impairment can be also be found on the website.

Visit website Essex Vision website

Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK is a national charity offering specialist services and human support to deafblind people and those who have progressive sight and hearing loss acquired throughout their lives. Our aim is to enable people living with this unique disability to maintain their independence, quality of life and to reduce the isolation that Deafblindness creates.

Visit website Deafblind UK website


DIAL is an independent charity offering a free, impartial and confidential information and advice service.

DIAL is unique as it deals with problems relating to any disability (physical, sensory, mental health and learning difficulties) by staff and volunteers who are disabled. This enables them to understand the problems that can be encountered and give advice with understanding putting us in a better position to give a quality, specialist service. Anybody with a query or problem connected with disability can contact us for advice.

We operate outreach venues, a home visiting service, appeals and casework. We help clients with income maximisation, benefit applications, financial issues and offer advocacy services.

Some examples of the enquiries that we deal with are benefit issues, equipment, leisure activities, holidays, mobility, health issues, discrimination, education and employment.

Visit website Dial website

Essex County Council

Essex County Council is dedicated to improving Essex and the lives of our residents. Our ambition is to deliver the best quality of life in Britain. We will achieve this by providing high-quality, targeted services that deliver real value. We want Essex to be a county where innovation brings prosperity. We need new thinking and innovation to ensure we can use our resources in the best possible way for the people of Essex. We are working in partnership with ECL to ensure everyone in the county can achieve their ambitions, live independently and exercise control over their lives. This includes the 180,000 people in the county with a sensory impairment.

Visit website Essex County Council website

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide FREE home fire safety visits for everyone living in Essex. Our technicians are all sensory aware and receive on-going training, so can tailor their visit to accommodate specific sensory needs. The Service provide sensory smoke alarms for people with hearing impairments and can provide specific fire plans and safety advice. The Service’s newly appointed Disability and Impairment Officer, Paul Pemberton is also British Sign Language trained, so is available for home safety visits where signing is needed. Paul also works closely with other organisations to ensure those with sensory needs can access all the resources and support available. If you have any questions regarding our sensory support or fire safety please call us on 0300 303 0088 or email us on webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk.

Visit website Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website

Essex Sight

Essex Sight offers support, advice and guidance for people living with sight loss throughout the North and Mid-Essex areas. Our Sight Centre in Colchester town centre is open daily from 10 am to 2 pm, and we have drop in centres in many other localities throughout Essex, open at various times throughout the month. We can demonstrate a variety of aids available to help with daily living and our staff have a wealth of experience in offering support to people with sight loss. Our Sight Loss Advisors based in Essex County, Clacton and Broomfield Hospitals are able to offer support to people newly diagnosed with sight loss.

Our other services include home visiting, telephone assistance, counselling support groups, a bi-monthly newsletter and residential care (permanent and short stay) at our Care Home in Frinton on Sea.

Visit website Essex Sight website

Hearing Help Essex

Help Support & Guidance for those suffering with hearing loss. A quarter of a million people in Essex have some degree of hearing loss, nationally that amounts to one in seven of the population.

Hearing Help Essex exists to alleviate the isolation and loneliness that hearing loss can bring.

Visit website Hearing Help Essex website

Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)

Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) is committed to ensuring Deaf people have access to accessible services in their first language.

In 2016, RAD proudly celebrates 175 years of providing accessible services for Deaf people. RAD are proud to support Deaf history, culture and language. All of RAD’s services are delivered in British Sign Language (BSL) and include:

  • Sign language interpreters for every need and a 24 hour emergency service
  • Support for Deaf people seeking employment
  • Information and advice on benefits, housing and debt management
  • Support for older Deaf people or people who have additional or complex needs
  • Activities for families with parents and/or children who are Deaf
  • Help and advice about a range of issues to support Deaf teenagers moving into adulthood

RAD also works with mainstream organisations to help them ensure their services are accessible to Deaf people and have developed a range of quality marks to help to promote accessible services for Deaf people.

Visit website Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) website

Support 4 Sight

Support 4 Sight is a sight loss organisation providing assistance to blind and partially sighted people, and their carers, in Essex.

We are a registered charity which was founded in 1994 and we are very proud of our services to the local community.

Support 4 Sight Essex assists people in maintaining their independence and quality of life. Our aim is to support local people throughout Mid and West Essex to cope positively with their sight loss. Our team also works to prevent avoidable sight loss and to raise awareness of the reality of living with sight difficulties.

We have a fully-equipped resource centre providing demonstrations, support and advice. We also provide home visits, support at local eye clinics, coffee mornings and support groups, and social trips.

Visit website Support 4 Sight website