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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 are in 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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SNAP Local Support Event – Save The Date

Local Support is an informal opportunity for parents and carers to engage wth a range of local organisations and professionals face-to-face and to gather information about what is on offer. The event is taking place on Wednesday 18th October, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at The SNAP Centre. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chelmsford Museum Relaxed Opening – 

Chelmsford Museum is holding its first relaxed opening on Sunday 17th September. The two hour 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.

ISEssex EHCP Workshops for Parents –

ISEssex is holding informal sessions to help parents learn about the Education Health and Care Plan process. It is a chance to get tips, ideas and resources as well as meeting other parents. Workshops will be held across the county throughout the autumn term. 

Conductive Education sessions at Kids First -

Stephanie Driver will be holding charity funded conductive education sessions at the Kids First centre in Corringham.  Conductive education is a method of teaching for children who have cerebral palsy or other motor disorders to help them to be as active as possible throughout their daily life. Contact Stephanie for more details.

National Autistic Society Autism Hour -

In the week beginning 2nd October, with the support of shopping centre owners Intu, The National Autistic Society  we will be launching their Autism Hour. Shops and businesses across the UK will be taking simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. Participating shops and businesses will be turning down music and other noise, dimming the lights and sharing information about autism with their employees.

Grangewaters Outdoor Education – Autumn Term Dates

Grangewaters is running a range of week day sessions for preschool and primary aged children, as well as Saturday sessions for all the family. 

Rayleigh Megacentre – Parent Support and Family Fun Sessions

Rayleigh Megacentre will be running its wide range of parent support programmes as well as activity sessions. These include, parent courses, SEN discussion groups, 1:1 family support and a range of inclusive play sessions for all ages. See website for more details. 

Marks and Spencer - Easy dressing school uniform

With help from The National Autistic Society, M&S has created a range to make dressing for school easier, quicker and more comfortable.

Pink Unicorns –

A south Essex support group for parents of girls with high anxiety and an autism spectrum disorder or social communication needs has been arranged for Tuesday 19th September on Canvey Island.

PhysioNet – Mobility Aid and Equipment Collection 

PhysioNet is a charity that provides physiotherapy equipment to children in Europe and in developing countries round the world.  Equipment can be donated and is refurbished by PhysioNet prior to shipment. The Rotary Club of Saffron Waldon is able to collect equipment in Essex.  Please contact the co-ordinator John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01799 599395.

intu Lakeside – Changing Places Facility

intu Lakeside will be hosting an official opening of its new Changing Places Facility on Wednesday 30th August at 11:30am. The £45k investment by intu Lakeside is located along Brompton Walk. It is an additional facility, to support customers with profound and multiple learning disabilities; as well as cater for people with other physical and non-visual disabilities, who may require extra equipment and space in a safe and comfortable environment.  

TES – SEN Show 

The TES SEN Show 2017 is an annual event for everyone in the special educational needs community.  The show is built around a lively exhibition packed with suppliers, charities and organisations. In addition, there will be free workshops, a Parent & Carer Forum and CDP certified seminars.  This years’ show is running from Friday 6th October to Saturday 7th October.

PACT for Autism – Back to School Guide 

PACT has put together some articles and information to help with the transition back to school.

Gator Watch -

The Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone and tracker. It is designed to offer some independence to a child or young person whilst giving peace of mind to parents.  Features include real-time location tracking, two-way voice communications, SOS button, safe zone alarms and watch functions.

ERIC – Incontinence Swimwear

ERIC have a new range of swimwear that helps to contain wetting and soiling accidents in the water. They come in a variety of styles, colours and sizes. They are available to purchase on the ERIC website. 

CDC – EHCP animations

With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animations aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection.

Mahler Autism – Interoception Video  

Mahler Autism has created a short video introducing ‘Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System’. Interoception is the ability to perceive the internal state of your body.  The video explains the idea that sensing internal bodily changes may be connected to the ability to understand and regulate emotions and behaviour. 

Contact a Family's Name Change - 

The national charity Contact a Family has shortened its name to Contact as part of its rebranding.  The charity provides support and information to families who care for children with any disability or specific health condition.


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