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' 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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Every Vote Counts –

Easy read guides to the voting process for people with learning disabilities. 

SEND Transport Meeting –

Essex County Council is inviting parent/carers to attend a meeting in Chelmsford to share concerns about SEN transport in Essex.

Essex Outdoors –

Inclusive half term holiday sessions at activity centres across Essex. 

Wills & Trusts Talk –

Mencap is hosting a ‘planning for the future’ talk in Chelmsford on 8th June.

Thinking Ahead –

A workshop in Colchester hosted by Essex Carers Network, on 6th June for parent carers of young adults with learning disabilities.

Treating Autism Roadshow Event –

A day of talks in Basildon on Friday 23rd June for parents of children and young people with autism. 

Endeavour Youth Club –

A Brentwood based youth club for young people aged 13 to 25 with additional needs.

Hermit Youth Centre –

A full list of what’s happening at the Hermit Youth Centre in Brentwood.

Transition to Adult Life Seminar –

The Advocacy & Support Partnership is hosting a seminar in London on the Mental Capacity Act and assessments at age 18. 

Matilda Relaxed Performance –

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, at the Cambridge Theatre, will have a relaxed performance on Sunday 11th June.

The ARC (Adult Resource Centre) –

A Thurrock based activity club for adults aged 19+ with special needs. 

Apex Parent Support Group –

This Chelmsford group will be meeting next on Thursday 8th June at Thriftwood School.

PACT for Autism Talk –

A Practical Exploration of Autism, ADHD and PDA on Wednesday 28th June in Harlow. 

Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre –

There will be a programme of family activities at this centre in Thurrock for half term.


SNAP Open Day –

Help us celebrate a decade of supporting families at The SNAP Centre on Wednesday 17th May between 11am to 5pm. Catch up with the team and our founder Hilary as she begins an exciting new chapter with the charity as Honorary Life President. 

Thinking Ahead Workshops –

Essex Carers Network is hosting some planning for the future workshops in Colchester for parent/carers of young adults aged 18 to 25 with a learning disability.

Not Special Needs –

A video created for World Down Syndrome Day: “People with Down syndrome, like everyone else, have basic human needs – to eat, drink, breathe and sleep – to be nurtured, loved, educated and sheltered – to move, communicate, contribute and work – and to share, love and live. Sure, people with Down syndrome may need extra assistance. Sometimes they even need significant assistance, and adjustments, to meet a particular need. But that doesn't make that common human need ‘special’.”  

BBC Relaxed Prom –

The world’s first relaxed prom has been announced by the BBC. It will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 29th July and will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities.  There is a downloadable guide for parents/carers that gives as much information as possible about the prom in advance of the day. 

Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings –

The Dimensions website lists all upcoming dates for films in a sensory friendly environment. 

Easy Read Election Guides –

Mencap has produced a range of easy read guides to voting and registering to vote for the 2017 General Election. 

Amazing Things Happen –

This brilliant, short animated film tackles the complex subject of autism with simple descriptions, relatable situations and positive language. It is ideal to introduce children, with or without an ASD, to autism. 


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.