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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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November Update


SNAP Christmas Survival Guide

Over the coming weeks SNAP will be producing some handy guides to help you through the festive season. If you have a tried and tested tip that helps you through the holidays that you would like to share with other families, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Firefly GoTo Shop trolley Finder

With Tesco committing to putting another 350 GoTo Shop trolleys in their stores, Firefly’s campaign for accessible shopping trolleys going nationwide. You can use their Firefly Finder page to see which of your local supermarkets have GoTo Shop trolleys and also search for nearby Changing Places facilities.

Soccability Female Only Sessions 

Basildon Soccability is now holding female only sessions for girls and women with any disability or mental health difficulties. For further information please contact John Smith on 07814 227304 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chelmsford Discovery Festival 

The Discovery Festival is a free event curated and run by Chelmsford City Council in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s Festival runs from Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th December. It aims to celebrate the achievements of those living with disability whilst educating the community to understand and think differently around disabilities. The Discovery Days part of the festival takes place at Chelmsford Museum and will feature a range of free activities for all attendees. The Discovery Sessions will take place in various locations around the city. See brochure for more details.

SEN Magazine

With applications for primary school places starting this month across the country, SEN Magazine has produced a useful article on choosing a school for a child with additional needs. If you would like further information on this topic, SNAP has a range of resources in our specialist library.

Bath University Employment School

In early 2018 the Bath Employment Spring School for Autism will provide tailored, fully-supported opportunities to help autistic graduates find suitable graduate-level jobs. The two-day course will seek to teach students and recent graduates new skills for job hunting.

Cineworld Autism Friendly Screening - Paddington 2 

See an autism friendly screening of Paddington 2 on Sunday 3rd December at 11am. Participating Cineworld cinemas include Basildon, Braintree and Harlow.

Spectrum Parent Support Group 

Colchester based parent support group Spectrum are running a ‘Chat n Cuppa’ event on Wednesday 6th December 10.00am to 12.00noon.

RNIB - Letter from Santa in braille, audio or large print

Santa has contacted his friends at the Royal National Institute for the Blind to help him reply to blind or partially-sighted children in braille, audio or large print. See website for more details.

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime – Relaxed Performance 

Polka Dot Pantomimes present their Christmas pantomime; Beauty and the Beast. They will be holding a relaxed performance on Monday 18th December, 6:30pm at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.

FROST Relaxed Christmas Grotto

FROST is returning to Chelmsford with their Gingerbread House Pop-Up Grotto. They will be holding relaxed sessions on Thursday 14th December for children with additional needs. These sessions will be offered outside of public hours, where the children will be supervised by qualified staff and can have a more relaxed approach to the experience. Booking is essential.

Construction Club 

This website has lots of information from a parent on starting up a ‘construction club’ to help facilitate and teach social skills.

Cerebra Social Care Factsheet

Cerebra have produced a guide on what to do if you feel your child isn’t getting the social care support he or she needs.

Scope – Our Lives, Our Journey Project 

Scope is looking for disabled people and parents of disabled children living in England and Wales to take part in their new five year life opportunities study. The purpose of this research study is to explore how family’s lives change during key transition moments. They will use the findings to help influence Government and other stakeholders and develop Scope's services so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everybody else.




SNAP Coffee, Cake & Catch Up

SNAP is inviting families, friends, volunteers and supporters to our annual get-together. The centre's main activity hall will become a pop-up tearoom for the day with refreshments and cakes in abundance with all the SNAP team on-hand to chat and bring everyone up-to-date on SNAP life. Drop by between 11.00am and 2.00pm on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

SNAP Matters Magazine 

SNAP is delighted to be launching our new magazine packed full of news, opportunities, people stories and fundraising challenges for anyone with an interest in SNAP.

EST E-Safety Training

SNAP was joined by The 2 Johns who have a combined Police service of more than 50 years, and vast experience of talking to children and parents in schools about online safety. They delivered a hard-hitting and thought-provoking presentation to SNAP parents on the current dangers facing children whilst they are playing online games or apps.

BBC Radio Autism Takeover: 'I'm wearing a tight T-shirt so I know where I end' 

Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight give an entertaining and enlightening chat about their lives on the spectrum as part of the Ouch: Disability Talk Podcast. During the show they were given the chance to answer a variety of questions often asked about ASD. You can listen to the podcast on the BBC iplayer or read a transcript of the show on the BBC website.

Mindfulness Research Study

Trainee clinical psychologist, Melissa Clapp, is conducting a research study exploring the relationships between mindfulness, self-compassion, parental well-being and child behaviour in parents of children aged 4 to 17 years old with neurodevelopmental disorders (such as ASD/ADHD/Tics/Tourette's/learning disabilities). Please see flyer for more details.

Maths Tutor Needed – Thurrock

A SNAP family is looking for a maths tutor for their two primary aged children, please see flyer for more details. If you know of anyone who may be suitable please contact The SNAP Centre.

Musical Magic – A relaxed orchestral performance

British Orchestra Sinfonia Viva is working with Treetops and Beacon Hill Schools, alongside Thurrock Music Services, to present a relaxed orchestral family concert at The Ockendon Academy on Saturday 11th November at 1.30pm.

Apex Parent Support Group 

This month’s meeting will be a Q&A session, giving parents an opportunity to discuss answers to questions they may have around their child’s additional needs. The meeting is in Chelmsford on Thursday 9th November.

Essex Disability Football Talent Hub – England Talent Day 

Disability4Sport has been awarded a licence from the FA to run an Essex Disability Football Talent Hub. They will be holding a free England Talent Day for young players aged between 7 and 16 years with any of the following impairments: cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, visual or hearing impairment and amputees. The talent day is taking place in Chelmsford on Saturday 18th November.

Scope and Virgin Media– Work With Me Campaign

‘Work With Me’ is a new three-year initiative by Virgin Media and the charity Scope, to understand and tackle the barriers disabled people face getting into and staying in work.
Virgin Media is funding Scope’s new digital employment support service for disabled people. They aim to reach one million disabled people with employment information and support, so they can get into work, stay in work and realise their career ambitions.
Richard Branson, who has dyslexia, is lending his voice to the campaign which is also inviting members of the public, employers and government to work together to address these issues more quickly.

Pink Unicorns 

A south Essex support group for parents of girls with high anxiety and an autism spectrum disorder or social communication needs has their next meeting on Tuesday 14th November in Canvey Island.

Chelmsford Museum Relaxed Opening

Chelmsford Museum is holding their second relaxed opening on Sunday 19th November. The 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.

Hamelin Trust Hydrotherapy Pool Open Day 

Hamelin Trust is inviting families to come and see their hydrotherapy pool on Saturday 11th November and find out more about the Family Swim Sessions.

Abacus Parent Support Group 

The Wickford based support group for parents of children with disabilities or special educational needs has their next meeting on Friday 17th November at 9.15am.

Starburst Disco

Frontline Partnership is are holding their a Starburst disco for people with disabilities aged 16+ on Thursday 9th November at Ashwells Country Club.

Right at Home Brentwood Support Group for Carers

Right at Home has started a support group for carers and their loved ones. It will be held at the Premier Inn in Brentwood every Monday. See flyer for more details.

Kids Inspire Coaching and Mentoring support

Kids Inspire is currently running a coaching a mentoring project for children and young people. The project aims to looks at situations that the individual is finding difficult and helps develops new skills and coping strategies to promote new habits, attitudes or abilities to deal with the situations.

Frontline Partnership – HoursWorth

HoursWorth is a supported employment scheme that enables people with a learning disability and high support needs to access the world of paid work with a range of employers in the local community.

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