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Home Help

The Age UK Essex Home Help team delivers a range of services from housework to shopping.

Our Home Help Service provides a professional domestic cleaning service to those over 50 years old who live in Essex.


For over 20 years our friendly and reliable Home Help staff have been there to support older people who need a little help around the house and we currently work with over 2,500 clients. 


Many of our Home Help clients find our services help them remain independent and enable them to stay in their own home. 


About our service

Home Help cleaning serviceWe can help you with general housework duties including vacuuming, dusting and polishing, laundry and cleaning the bathroom as well as collecting your weekly shop from the supermarket and picking up prescriptions for you.


Where possible you will always have the same helper, who will get to know you and your tastes to make sure the work is done to your satisfaction.


All our Home Help staff are trained, insured and police checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Our Never Walk Away safety policy 

What makes our service different is our unique Never Walk Away safety policy. 


If one of our clients is in difficulty, or fails to answer the door, our fully trained Home Help staff will follow a pre-agreed emergency plan and will not leave until they know their client is safe. 


The health and wellbeing of our clients is at the heart of everything we do and our approach has been universally praised and gives great reassurance to both clients and their families.


If you'd like to know more about our Home Help service, call our dedicated Customer Care Team on 01245 207 029. Lines are open from 8am to 5pm. You can also email them at


Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page


Our Customer Care Promise 

Age UK Essex has over 65 years experience of offering help and support to older people across Essex and we aim to deliver the very best service. 

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To help us make sure we meet your high expectations, we operate a Customer Care Promise.


This promise sets out what you can expect from us and how our services will benefit you. It also sets out how we will deal with any problems that might arise while you are recieving the service. 


Our Customer Care Promise ensures:


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- We will always listen to you and to make sure that the service we are providing adequately meets your needs.

- Our Home Help staff carry an identification card which they will happily present on request to verify their identity.


- Home Helps will wear disposable aprons and gloves for all cleaning tasks, in accordance with health and safety guidelines. 


- In order to ensure the highest possible standards are met, we carry out random spot checks to make sure our service meets your expectations.


We want you to feel we care about you, that you can trust us and that we are committed to providing you with the best service we can.

If you have any questions about our Customer Care Promise, please contact us on 01245 207029. 


Sitting Service 

Age UK Essex sitting service The Age UK Essex Sitting/Companion Service provides essential respite for carers, enabling them to have some valuable time for themselves.


Our friendly, reliable staff are fully insured and police checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service for your peace of mind and are interested in getting to know their clients as they spend time with them.


The service is available from Monday to Friday between 8.30am - 4.30pm and is open to anyone over 50 who lives in Essex.


Find out more about our Sitting Service