Helpful Links

Here is a page of links to external websites that you may find helpful. We take no responsibility for the information on these sites. If you find that any of the links no longer work please contact the web master from the Contact Us page

Braintree, Halstead and Witham Citizens Advice Bureau


Benefits and Housing

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Braintree Council Housing Benefits

Turn2us Benefit entitlement calculator

Department for Work and Pensions Claim Forms

Gateway to Homechoice A choice based letting system for Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich, Maldon, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney.


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Mental Health

West Essex Mind – resources for mental health

The Samaritans helpline

The Gables Outpatient centre for adults

Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Crisis team for adults in mid-Essex


Homelessness and Poverty

Homelessness requirements as laid out by Braintree

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Braintree Salvation Army ‘Lifehouse’ centre – Short term accommodation for adult homeless

The Foyer Accommodation for 16 – 25 year olds

Family Mosiac Craig House. A shelter for homeless singles and families in the Braintree area

Braintree food banks; Christchurch  All Saints, Rayne



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Essex Adult Community Learning Providing low cost courses for adults

WEA Voluntary sector provider of adult education

Open University short courses, undergraduate and post graduate degrees and vocational qualifications

Move on A website that provides information and resources for adult basic education


Health and Social Services

Essex Health and Social Care A list of childcare, youth activities and family support services in the area

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Essex Safeguarding Children Board A website that can be used by children, adults or professionals focused on safeguarding children

Gingerbread A website for single parents

Contact a Family A website for families with disabled children

Help at Home A page from the Braintree District Council about help and care you can have at home