Campaign launches today promoting self-referrals on Connect Well Essex

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Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the roll out of a new self- referral tool on Connect Well Essex, which goes live today (Tuesday the 20th).

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Help yourself to local help and support

Connect Well Essex self-referral (available online at is an easy way to access a wide variety of support and services across Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon. From volunteering opportunities, to befriending services, physical activities and so much more – explore all that your community has to offer.

There are over 380 activities to connect to on the website and the online system is quick and easy to use. And Mid Essex CCG has already integrated Connect Well into its plans to help everyone in our area to Live Well.

Dr Caroline Dollery, the CCG’s Chair, said: “When we first developed our Live Well strategy around the five stages of life that everyone experiences, we recognised that people did not always need clinical services to help them look after themselves and to Live Well.

“Wrapping around our plans for Start Well, Be Well, Stay Well, Age Well and Die Well, we have Connect Well. You can read more about how they fit together on our website at”

“Community groups can offer great support in self-care for a long-term medical condition. And there is strong evidence that getting involved with your community – whether you are using a voluntary group’s services, seeking information about your wellbeing or even volunteering yourself – can bring real benefits to your wellbeing.

“Some people can avoid the need for clinical care altogether with the right support from the community. Connect Well helps you to find the local service or group that’s right for you.”

Click here to watch a short video that guides you through making your first referral on Connect Well. 

Siân Brand, Connect Well project lead, said: “Connect Well is a quick and easy way to connect with your local community and all the activities it has to offer – whether it’s meeting new people, peer support for a health condition, trying a new hobby or activity or support through difficult times.

“Never has it been easier to access such a wide variety of help and support. Connect Well can help us find local activities and services that can help us manage our own health, well- being and happiness.”

Take control of your own health and wellbeing.

  • More information about Connect Well can be found here.
  • Follow the campaign on Twitter @ConnectWellME using the hashtag #connectwell and #CWselfrefer