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7+ Information

The '7+ Information' is designed to provide useful information for families with children aged 7 and older.
It was identified that parents of children with special needs who have made the transition into full time education needed an easier way to access relevant updates about training opportunities, after school activities and weekend or holiday clubs, along with education or benefit updates and other events.

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June Update


SNAP – Special School Coffee Morning

SNAP is inviting families, whose child attends special school, to come in for an informal catch up and a chance to share their experiences with each other on Wednesday 27th June 11.15am to 1.15pm. We will be joined by a representative from Inclusive Communication Essex, and Rachel Wright, author of ‘The Skies I’m Under’, who has a son with complex disabilities.

SNAP – Essex Mums Award Nominee

SNAP is through to the voting round of the 2018 Essex Mums Awards. We are in the top ten for two categories - Best Group/Class for Children with a Disability and Best Support Group.
SNAP would really appreciate your vote.

Peabody – Family Fun Day

Peabody (formally Family Mosaic) is hosting a family fun day on Tuesday 31st July, from 10:30am until 3:30pm at Hutton Community Centre.

Merton Mencap’s Movers & Makers Summer SEN Holiday Camps

Merton Mencap’s Movers & Makers offer holiday camps for children with mild to moderate special educational needs aged between 6 and 12 years. Each day will be a balance of calm, physical, sensory and food activities. The camps will be run by staff and volunteers with experience of supporting children with SEN and take place in London throughout the summer.

Sport for Confidence – Opportunity Events 

Sport for Confidence is providing sporting opportunities for children and young people over the summer holidays. There are sessions taking place in Basildon, Benfleet, Canvey Island and Witham.

The Endeavour School Anchorage Association – Sainsbury Local Charity of the Year 

The Endeavour School Anchorage Association has been shortlisted to the final three, to become Sainsbury's Brentwood's local charity of the year. To vote for them, select Brentwood as the area on the website, then Brentwood William Hunter Way. You can also vote for them in store, via the token collection station.

Rainbow Rural – Information Open Event

Rainbow Rural will be holding an open day on 1st July. They will be focusing on what Rainbow Rural can offer for its local schools and community. If you are interested in exploring what they have on offer you can drop by between 11am and 4pm to see what they do.

Essex SEND IASS – Practical Parenting Workshops for Mid Essex

The Essex SEND Information Advice and Support Service is holding a free workshop day for parents/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities on Thursday 12th July in Chelmsford. This event is only for families who live in the Mid area of Essex, including Braintree, Chelmsford and Witham. There will be three workshops (and a buffet lunch), offering knowledge and skills which you can adapt at home. The event also offers the opportunity to meet other parents and visit the exhibitor stands representing organisations that offer support and services in this area.

The Children's Society - ASC course

The Children's Society is holding a two day Autistic Spectrum Condition course for parents during the six weeks holidays. It will cover their six week course over two consecutive full days (9:30am – 2:30pm). It will take place on Monday 13th August and Tuesday 14th August in Chelmsford. This is a free service and is designed to support parents. Contact the Children's Society on 01245 493311to book or make a referral. See flyer for course overview.

Diddi Dance – Summer SEND Sessions

Diddi Dance is running a range of SEND dance sessions over the summer. Classes are taking place throughout August, in Colchester, Hatfield Peverel, Clacton and Harwich.

Jessability Dance

Jessability Dance takes place at the Town Hall in Saffron Walden on Fridays. They have a qualified dance teacher taking the classes. Whilst the class is set up for wheelchair users, it is inclusive for people of all abilities.

Chris Cross Holiday Club

Fun activity sessions during the Summer Holidays at St Christopher’s School in Southend for children aged 6 to 14.

NAS – Autism Friendly Performances

The National Autistic Society has released details of a range of relaxed theatre performances taking place across the country. Shows include Peter Pan, Matilda the Musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Aladdin.

Network Autism - Autism and controlled eating

Lucy Skye has had a recent diagnosis of autism and in this article she gives a very personal and fascinating insight 




SNAP Grandparent's Coffee Morning

Grandparents of SNAP families are invited to join us for an informal opportunity to share experiences and meet others on Wednesday 20th June from 11.15am - 1.15pm.  

Takiwatanga School Proposal Event

Two parents of children with SEN, and an autism professional, are putting together a proposal to request funding for a new free school for children aged 7-18 with high functioning autism and associated anxiety. They will be holding an event at The SNAP Centre on Friday 8th June to gain feedback and opinions from parents. See flyer for more detail.

Smart Start Minds – Free Parent Talks

Loughton based Smart Start Minds are running a series of free parent talks, focusing on supporting children with their concentration and learning.

Science Museum (London) – SENsory Astronights

SENsory Astronights is a relaxed, after-dark exploration of the Science Museum for children with special educational needs and disabilities. At this exclusive museum sleepover, you and your child can enjoy all that Astronights has to offer in a calming environment—the museum will be yours to explore. Activities include exciting science shows, hands on workshops and camping in one of the iconic galleries. The next event is on Saturday 4 August – booking opens on Wednesday 6th June at 10am.

Dimensions - June Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

Dimensions work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host autism friendly screenings at over 300 cinemas nationwide. On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. Upcoming films include; Sherlock Gnomes, Show Dogs and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Family Action - Digital Parent Support Service

Family Action’s Digital Parent Support Service uses a team of trained volunteers with knowledge and experience of managing the challenges of parenthood to support parents and carers ‘virtually’ by telephone, text message and email. There are four services; Parent Helpline, Virtual Parent Befriender, Virtual Expert and Virtual Counsellor.

Extra – Support for Families

The Tendring based support group still has spaces available on their five week course on Improving Your Emotional Wellbeing. It covers understanding what is meant by mental health/emotional wellbeing; how to gain support and how to develop a positive mental attitude.

Mersea Island Festival

Essex Outdoors annual Mersea Island Festival aims to bring together young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability to take part in a wide variety of activities that challenge and stimulate. It is also an exciting opportunity to build confidence make new friends.

Families in Focus – Chelmsford Family Hub Appointments

Families in Focus are going to be running an Information and Advice Clinic from the Chelmsford Family Hub on the first Wednesday of each month, 9.30am-12pm. Families in Focus give information and advice around special educational needs and benefits support.

IPSEA – Tribunal Webinar

On Tuesday 5th June IPSEA will be holding a ‘Tribunal: hints and tips’ webinar. It is aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) currently going through the appeal process. The training will look at SEN appeals to the Tribunal.

Spectrum Parent Support Group

Colchester based parent support group Spectrum's next meeting is on Wednesday 6th June at 10.00am to 12.00noon

The Autism Show London

This annual event in association with The National Autistic Society will be at ExCeL in London on 15th and 16th June. There will be a programme of seminars, workshops and opportunities for one-to-one advice sessions, plus stands demonstrating 100s of products and services.

Ronnie's Way - Upcoming Events

Ronnie's Way is an organisation that runs private hire events for families with children with additional needs. These include private cinema screenings, swim sessions and activity events at a range of family friendly locations.

Tubie Kids Adaptive Clothing

Tubie Kids offer beautiful everyday clothing for children with special needs who have feeding tubes, central lines, use pads/nappies or have sensory issues.


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