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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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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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

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.

Zinc Arts – Half Term Holiday Sessions 

A day of fun and creativity for children aged 5 to 11 years at the Zinc Arts’ Centre in Chipping Ongar.

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.

National Theatre – Relaxed Performance of Pinocchio

The National Theatre Company will be holding a relaxed performance of Pinocchio at the Lyttleton Theatre in London. This new musical stage production is for ages 8 and up. The relaxed performance will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday 17th March.

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.

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.

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.



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