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16+ Information

The '16+ Information' page is designed to share useful information about training, events and opportunities for young people and their carers in and around Essex, together with relevant updates about the transition into adulthood.

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SNAP Local Support Event – Save The Date

Local Support is an informal opportunity for parents and carers to engage with a range of local organisations and professionals face-to-face and to gather information about what is on offer. The event is taking place on Wednesday 18th October, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at The SNAP Centre. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Autism Anglia Presents Neurofantastic – 

Autism Anglia is holding a family event celebrating autism and creativity with live music, poetry, and art from autistic creatives and people inspired by autism. The event is taking place on Sunday 24th September from 1:00pm onwards at Firstsite, Colchester. Entry to Firstsite is free to the general public, but tickets need to be purchased to enter the main stage area. 

Chelmsford Museum Relaxed Opening –

Chelmsford Museum is holding its first relaxed opening on Sunday 17th September. The two hour event is specifically aimed at those on the autistic spectrum, their families and friends.
There will be autism friendly staff, reduced lighting and sounds, plus special activities on the day. Admission is free but places are limited and need to be booked in advance by calling the museum.

ISEssex EHCP Workshops for Parents – 

ISEssex is holding informal sessions to help parents learn about the Education Health and Care Plan process. It is a chance to get tips, ideas and resources as well as meeting other parents. Workshops will be held across the county throughout the autumn term. 

Essex Mencap Information Marketplace – 

Essex Mencap is holding an information marketplace for people with a learning disability or their parents/carers. It is a chance to find out about the range of services and support on offer. It will be held on Thursday 21st September, 10am - 12.30pm at Central Baptist Church,Victoria Road South, Chelmsford. 

National Autistic Society Autism Hour -

In the week beginning 2nd October, with the support of shopping centre owners Intu, The National Autistic Society  we will be launching their Autism Hour. Shops and businesses across the UK will be taking simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. Participating shops and businesses will be turning down music and other noise, dimming the lights and sharing information about autism with their employees.

Realise Futures - Building Better Opportunities project 


Realise Futures aim to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities that will allow them to take that next step towards work based training, volunteering or employment. They provide tailored support services which help participants explore their options, gain new skills, and build confidence. 


TurnAround Centre – new intake


TurnAround is a six month self-development and employability programme for young people aged from 15 to 21 years. Participants are usually struggling with different areas of their lives such having low self-esteem and confidence, mental health problems, failure to attend school, youth offending, dysfunctional family backgrounds, domestic violence, abuse, unhealthy relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, low aspirations, in Care and challenging behaviour.  Referrals are now open and a TurnAround Taster Day will be held on September 16th which will mark the beginning of the program.

Grangewaters Outdoor Education – Autumn Term Dates 

Grangewaters is running a range of week day sessions for preschool and primary aged children, as well as Saturday sessions for all the family. 

Rayleigh Megacentre – Parent Support and Family Fun Sessions 

Rayleigh Megacentre will be running its wide range of parent support programmes as well as activity sessions. These include, parent courses, SEN discussion groups, 1:1 family support and a range of inclusive play sessions for all ages. See website for more details. 

PhysioNet – Mobility Aid and Equipment Collection 

PhysioNet is a charity that provides physiotherapy equipment to children in Europe and in developing countries round the world.  Equipment can be donated and is refurbished by PhysioNet prior to shipment. The Rotary Club of Saffron Waldon is able to collect equipment in Essex.  Please contact the co-ordinator John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01799 599395.

intu Lakeside – Changing Places Facility 

intu Lakeside will be hosting an official opening of its new Changing Places Facility on Wednesday 30th August at 11:30am. The £45k investment by intu Lakeside is located along Brompton Walk. It is an additional facility, to support customers with profound and multiple learning disabilities; as well as cater for people with other physical and non-visual disabilities, who may require extra equipment and space in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Gator Watch 

The Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone and tracker. It is designed to offer some independence to a child or young person whilst giving peace of mind to parents.  Features include real-time location tracking, two-way voice communications, SOS button, safe zone alarms and watch functions.

ACL Essex Courses - 

ACL Essex has a wide range of courses for young people and adults with learning disabilities. The courses will provide an opportunity to learn new skills, gain qualifications, make friends, and move towards independence and employment. To find out more take a look at the website. 

CDC – EHCP animations 

With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animations aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection. 

Mahler Autism – Interoception Video

Mahler Autism has created a short video introducing ‘Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System’. Interoception is the ability to perceive the internal state of your body.  The video explains the idea that sensing internal bodily changes may be connected to the ability to understand and regulate emotions and behaviour. 

Contact a Family's Name Change -

The national charity Contact a Family has shortened its name to Contact as part of its rebranding.  The charity provides support and information to families who care for children with any disability or specific health condition.


Please remember to visit this page regularly for more updates throughout the year.

What Next? Event – SNAP is hosting this unique event on Wednesday 25th May from 5pm to 7pm, to enable parents and their young people aged 16+ to gather information and find out about the services available to them for their future.