He feels safe and happy and has made lovely friendships with other young people.

Hayley - Basildon

It gives him a chance to try and learn social skills in a safe place where the staff understand his difficulties.

Marie - Brentwood

It is difficult for siblings to attend clubs together when one has ASD. This is where SNAP is quite a rarity. We are able to attend as a family and with the facilities and supportive staff we feel we belong rather than feeling we don't fit in.

Natasha - Brentwood

Activities for older children

DSC 0109Drama club

For boys with special needs aged 8 to 12
Wednesdays 4.00pm to 5.00pm term time

This course gives the opportunity to develop social and communication skills.  The sessions focus on developing their self-esteem, confidence and imagination through games, role play, art and physical exercises.  Parents can relax together, use the library or speak to a parent adviser. Siblings are welcome to use the facilities upstairs while the session is running.

Call the helpline for further information on 01277 211300
Cost: £5.00 per session

SNAP would like to thank Essex County Council's Short Breaks for their support of the SNAP Drama Clubs.


DSC 0052Yoga Groovettes

For girls with special needs aged 8 to 12 
Mondays 4.00pm to 5.00pm term time

Yoga Groovettes uses games, music, team and partner work, to help the girls benefit from healthy exercise, relaxation and increased confidence through understanding how their bodies move, how movement makes us feel, building strength, flexibility and coordination. Parents can relax together, use the library or speak to a parent adviser. Siblings are welcome to use the facilities upstairs while the session is running.

Activities include:

  • Confidence building games
  • Learning new poses and routines
  • Relaxation skills and calming strategies
  • Having fun and making new friends

Call the helpline for further information on 01277 211300
Cost £5.00 per session

SNAP would like to thank Essex County Council's Short Breaks for their support of Yoga Groovettes at SNAP.


c160901 0091SNAPTASTIC

For parents and primary school aged children with special needs and their siblings. 
Alternate Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm term time

SNAPTASTIC is an after school activity club that caters for children with special needs and their siblings.  During the sessions parents can relax together, use the library or speak to a parent adviser. 


 Activities include:

  • Free choosing from a variety of toys and activities
  • Soft play area
  • Arts and crafts
  • IT suite - using specialist equipment
  • Multi-sensory room – experience a world of colour, light and sound

Call the helpline for further information on 01277 211300
Cost: £5.00 per session

SNAP would like to thank Essex County Council's Short Breaks for their support of SNAPTASTIC.


c160901 0047Stay 'n' Play

For families with children of school age with special needs and their siblings

Various session times during school holidays

The entire centre and its facilities are available for the whole family to enjoy. Parents/carers can relax together, use the library or speak to a parent adviser. 

Activities include:

  • Free choosing from a variety of toys and activities
  • Arts and crafts area
  • IT suite
  • Multi-sensory room
  • Volunteers on hand to help
  • Parent advisers and library available

Call the helpline for session times and to book a place on 01277 211300
Cost: £5.00 per family for 2 hours

SNAP would like to thank Essex County Council's Short Breaks for their support of holiday sessions at SNAP.


DSC 0011Sensorise

For families with children with more profound and complex special needs and their siblings

Various session times during school holidays

This very special holiday session provides a stimulating, interactive and sensory experience using art, music and multi-sensory equipment for children with more complex needs. Parents/carers can relax together, use the library or speak to a parent adviser.

Activities include:

  • Art and Messy Play – tactile and creative fun
  • Multi-sensory room – experience a world of colour, light and sound
  • Music area - exploring sound and rhythm using instruments
  • IT Suite - using specialist equipment
  • Volunteers on hand to help
  • Parent advisers and library available

Call the helpline for further information on 01277 211300
Cost: £5.00 per family for 2 hours

SNAP would like to thank Essex County Council's Short Breaks for their support of holiday sessions at SNAP.