The SNAP Directory is the 'A-Z' for parents with children with special needs. It supports and guides us when we are lost for information on so many issues.

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16+ Information

The '16+ Information' is designed to provide useful information for families with children aged 16 and older.
It was identified that parents of children with special needs who have made the transition from full time education needed an easier way to access relevant updates about training opportunities, social activities and weekend or clubs, along with education or benefit updates and other events.

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SNAP and HFT Mental Capacity and Care Act Workshop

SNAP will be joined by Hft’s Family Carer Support Service on 28th February, 7pm to 9pm to speak to parent carers about what the Mental Capacity and Care Acts may mean for families with a young person with a learning disability. They will look at how these acts underpin future care and wellbeing outcomes.

Essex Short Breaks - February Half Term Clubs and Activities

Essex Short Breaks have a range of new clubs and activities for this February Half Term.

Essex Family Forum

The new parent carer forum for Essex has now launched and is welcoming parents and carers of a child or young person with any additional need or disability to join them. The Forum’s aim is to get families’ voices heard and influence the decisions that affect parent carers across Essex. More information can be found on their website

HFT Holiday Guide

HFT has released their annual ‘holiday information guide’ which is packed with information to help people with learning disabilities and those closest to them choose an accessible, disability-friendly holiday.

Essex County Council Preparing for Adulthood events

Essex County Council, in partnership with Essex Parent Carer groups, has announced a series of free ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ events which will take place during March 2018. The events will be a mixture of group presentations, individual workshops and a market place offering further support and advice.

Contact - Latest guides and information

The national charity Contact has created a new information guide for parents which outlines all the financial help you may be entitled to. They have also updated their guides on behaviour and sleep. 

Sensory Occupational Therapy – Masters Research Project

Occupational therapist Gemma Carlier is seeking to interview parents of children with autism, who have undergone a course of Ayres® Sensory Integration Therapy, in a private clinic based setting. The purpose of the research is to highlight the therapy process from the perspective of a parent, the perceived outcomes from therapy and the impact of providing privately funded intervention for your child.

iSEssex – EHCP Workshops for Parent Carers

Independent Support Essex is holding an informal session to help parent carers learn about the Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process. It is an opportunity to gain tips, resources and ideas, as well as meet other parent carers going through the transfer/application process. They will be holding several other sessions across Essex, please see the Essex Local Offer website for more details.

DIAL - Brentwood Outreach Appointments

DIAL (Disability Information & Advice Line) is holding outreach advice appointments at Brentwood Community Hospital and Ingatestone Parish Rooms on selected Tuesdays throughout the year. See flyer for details.

Essex Carers – The Way to Work 

4SX’s new scheme ‘Essex Carers – The Way to Work’ is offering free support to unpaid carers across Essex with balancing their caring responsibilities and their search for work. See flyer for more details.

Teen Talk – Tendring 

Teen Talk offer a free and confidential information and support service for young people aged 11-25 years in Tendring, Essex. They run regular drop in sessions where young people can get support with any issue they are having trouble with. All support is informal, non-judgemental and confidential.

Starburst Disco 

Frontline Partnership is holding their Starburst disco for people with disabilities aged 16+ on Thursday 15th March at Ashwells Country Club.

Girls Autistic Journey Products 

Kate, who runs the Girls Autistic Journey Facebook page, has created a line of autism awareness products such as badges and keyrings.

Epping Library – Inclusive Communication Essex 

From 26th February to 18th March, Epping Library will be promoting their ‘Inclusive Communication Essex’ service. It is a service which provides specialised equipment that can be borrowed from the library to facilitate communication with people, including children, with special needs. On Thursday 15th March they will be joined by a representative from ICE who will be talking to customers and staff about what the service offers.

Ambitious about Autism – Youth Council

Ambitious about Autism is recruiting new members for their Youth Council. This is a group of 16-25 year olds, with autism, who meet at least four times a year to discuss and plan campaigns, events and consultations. The Youth Council make sure that all the work they do at Ambitious about Autism reflects the views and needs of children and young people with autism. Applications to be on the council can be made via their website.

The University of Essex – Employment Support Focus Group

Essex County Council is interested in people's views on occupation, employment and systems of occupational support, specifically for those individuals that have either mental ill-health or a learning disability. The University of Essex are looking to hold a research focus group to be able to provide feedback to ECC of the experiences of current support. See flyer for more details.

PACT for Autism – Essex County Councillors Open Surgery

PACT for Autism will be hosting an Open Surgery on Friday 23rd February. This will be a rare opportunity to meet face to face with senior councillors from Essex County Council and raise any concerns and issues.

The Brentwood Centre – Fitness in Mind ™

Fitness In Mind™ support individuals into fun physical activity, helping them establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle for both body and mind. Their classes are run by specially selected, qualified instructors, and friendly Peer-Support Volunteers, giving expert tuition, emotional support, and guidance towards other useful organisations.

PACT – Autism Friendly Aerial Fitness Sessions

PACT for Autism will be supporting Pole Train Fitness in holding an autism-friendly aerial fitness class once a month. For those aged 5-17 who will enjoy the benefits of aerial fitness, giving them a fun and engaging way to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

Carers Choices – Young Carers Support 

Carers Choices provide support to young carers in Basildon and Castle Point. They run weekly sessions for young carers aged between 8 and 18 years old. They also offer informative workshops as well as fun activities and trips out. There is no cost to young carers for any activities.

The Brentwood Centre – Autism Friendly Gym Sessions 

Autism friendly gym and circuit sessions will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Brentwood Centre. The sessions will be run by Ben who has a diagnosis of autism and is a fully qualified gym instructor. The sessions are suitable for ages 12 to 25.


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