Community Services

Essex Police

Essex Police is responsible for policing in Essex. The chief constable is Stephen Kavanagh and the Police and Crime Commissioner is Roger Hirst. The Essex Constabulary was formed in 1840 and is one of the largest non-metropolitan police forces with about 2,900 officers. Essex Police is based in Chelmsford.

Please always dial 999 in an emergency.

If you have hearing loss or a speech impairment and are unable to make a voice call, you can use the emergencySMS service. Find out more and register on the emergencySMS website


To report a non-emergency crime you can:

Use our do it online service.
Call our non-emergency number 101 or alternatively 01245 491491.
Call in at a police station.
Deaf or hard-of-hearing – NGT TextRelay 18001 101.
Use our minicom service on 01245 452828. The minicom service is a typewriter device that allows people certified deaf or with hearing or speech problems to contact us.

Visit website Essex Police website

Active Essex

We’re a publicly funded organisation, hosted by Essex County Council, whose aim is to make sport and physical activity accessible to all Essex residents.  Are you a coach, club, volunteer, partner, funder, school teacher or educator – or are you simply looking to play sport or get active? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, Active Essex is here to help.

We do this by:

  • providing up-to-date information on sports, activities, events and programmes available in and around our county;
  • running training courses for those who are seeking a more structured involvement in sport and physical activity, for example as a coach or referee;
  • funding clubs, community sport initiatives and individuals through small grants;
    partnering with other organisations and trusted third parties to increase the number and range of opportunities available;
  • advocating for improved and enhanced sport facilities, funding and engagement for the communities we serve.
Visit website Active Essex 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

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

Visit website Essex County Fire and Rescue Service 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.

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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 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

Dial Basildon and South Essex

DIAL is an information and advice helpline for disabled people and anybody with a problem connected to a disability issue.   We will help people with benefit applications and challenging refused decisions, advice and advocacy with issues relating to aids, adaptations, community care, transport, financial problems, mobility – in fact anything that is bothering people.

Our aim is to improve a persons quality of life and that of their carers and families.

Visit website Dial Basildon and South Essex 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