Support and Activity Groups

Name

Description

Telephone/Email

Website

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Works with children and adults with severe learning difficulties and behaviour that is described as challenging. They offer information and support to families across the UK

0300 666 0126 

[email protected]

Click here

Citizens Advice Bureau

Provides people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights- including benefits, housing and employment, debt, consumer and legal issues

0344 477 0808

Click here

Scout Association 

Provides inclusive Beaver, Cub and Scout sessions for young people with an ASC 

Click here

Girl Guiding

Provides inclusive Rainbow, Brownie and Guides sessions for young people with additional needs

Click here

Essex Outdoors

Delivers a range of high quality outdoor learning programmes at centres across Essex

Various numbers for different centres- Here

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Sure start Children’s Centre

Provides a play service for children under the age of 5. Also offers support and advice. Sensory facilities available in some locations

 

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Essex Carer’s support

Supports informal carers of any age regardless of the nature of the disability

01255 474410 

[email protected]

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Avenues Group

Organises sports and leisure activities, day trips ad taster sessions for anyone with physical, sensory and/or learning difficulties

0300 3230405

[email protected]

Click here

Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA)

Provides a card for a small fee enabling carers to get free entry to cinemas when accompanying someone with a disability or additional need

0845 1231292

 

 

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Carers UK

Gives expert advice, information and support to carers

0808 808 7777

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MENCAP

Helps children and adults with special needs and disabilities. Various support available including family, personal and residential

0808 8081111

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Essex Respite Association

Provides help for carers who care for people aged 18-70 and would like planned respite

01245 353855 

[email protected]

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Care Farming UK

Allows people with a learning disability to learn about the natural world and animal care skills at various farms

 

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Adult Community Learning

Offers a wide range of training courses and learning opportunities

0345 6037635

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Child Law Service (CORAM)

Provides legal advice and information on areas of child, family and education law

Family or child law- 0300 3305480

Education law- 0300 3305485

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Essex Carers Network

Listens to carers who are caring for a family member with a learning disability

07876 025480- cannot receive texts

[email protected]

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SNAP

Run a range of workshops aimed at parents of children with difficulties or to help with a specific issue, and parent courses of more than one session, focusing on a specific diagnosis or issue.

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The Local Offer

Provides information about support services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND.

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SEND Information, Advice and Support Service

Offers a confidential and impartial service on issues related to SEND. The service is open to children and young people with SEND, parents and practitioners.

Click here

Good Beginnings Course run by ECC

Multi-agency Essex programme to support preschool children who have social communication difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder, their families and practitioners who work with them

Click here

Autism Education Trust training for schools

Licensed training for schools in Essex.

Click here

Families in Focus

A parent led charity providing support to families who require advice, information and support. 

Click here

PACT

A parent-led charity providing support to families who require advice, information and support.

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The Good Futures Programme

An approach by which school staff in Essex primary schools to work collaboratively with parents, to improve outcomes for children with autism

Click here

Short Breaks for children with disabilities

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Autism information Hub

The hub is intended to provide information to people of all ages affected by autism, either for themselves, a family member or a friend. It offers introductory information for those unfamiliar with the condition and is a starting point for further inquiry.

Click here

Dedicated ECC email contact point for queries

Email

Autism Navigator Service

For those seeking a diagnosis of Autism referral via their GP to Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust (Mid and West Essex). Autism Navigators also offer support post-diagnosis.

Click here

STaR workers

STaR workers provide information, guidance and practical support to enable people with mild to moderate mental health problems to access services, organisations and activities in their local community. (North East Essex).

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Asperger’s Service

The Aspergers Service is provided across the South of Essex for individuals above the age of 18 years. The service also provides support and intervention around for example access to work, managing anxiety and low mood, social skills, accessing the community and daily living skills. This support is offered through 1-1 and group work.

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Prosper

Adults with Disabilities Programme that focuses on adult residential and supported living services for people with a learning disability and or autism.

Click here

Healthwatch Essex

Provides an ‘information and signposting’ service to support people to access, understand and navigate health, social care and wellbeing services.

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