About SNAP

SNAP is an Essex charity for families with children and young people who have any additional need or disability.

From its Brentwood base, SNAP offers a helping hand to thousands of families who need support in a variety of ways.

No formal diagnosis or professional referral is necessary to access SNAP services, available to families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 who live under Essex County Council, Thurrock and Southend. Facilities at the centre include a training room, a multi-purpose activity hall, multi-sensory room and specialist IT suite.

SNAP’s aims are to inform, encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children.

The SNAP Centre offers a wide range of services

Parent Advice and Support

  • Helpline (email and telephone)
  • Face-to-face Parent Support
  • Specialist Talks and Training Courses
  • Library of Specialist Books and DVDs
  • Online SNAP Directory and Information Network
  • Counselling
  • Education Advice Sessions (Provided by Families InFocus Essex)


  • Parent and Pre-school Children’s Sessions
  • Yoga, Drama and Activity Groups
  • Music Therapy
  • Holiday Sessions
  • SNAP+ (for older children and young people)
  • Sibling Support
  • Multi-Sensory Room
  • Specialist IT Suite
  • Child and Parent Choirs

Our History

See how SNAP has grown from a group of just 8 concerned parents to the major Essex charity it is today.

Our Team

The family services and business responsibilities of the charity are delivered by our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.


Find articles on how our training sessions are empowering parents, learn more about the positive impact of our services and activities, be inspired from our family, volunteer and supporters stories and find out more about some of our future opportunities.

Annual Reports

Another year has flown by at SNAP where everyone concerned, be it supporters, volunteers, staff members or Trustees, have been busy supporting Essex families with children and young people with special needs or disabilities.


“We love SNAP! We love Stay ‘n’ Play. We love the library. I love the training and events. We love the staff and volunteers. We couldn’t have got through the last five years without you! Thank you!”

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