Support and Activity Groups





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 

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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

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Scout Association 

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

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Girl Guiding

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

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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 

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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

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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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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 

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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

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