Our aim is to keep you up to date with all the latest information, news and events but we also work closely with a number of other Groups and Organisations. Here you can visit their websites and get information on all that is on offer not only in Essex but the UK.


Links to useful Groups and Organisations in Essex

Essex Mencap –

Essex Mencap supports people with a learning disability and their families and works closely with other local Mencap Groups and other organisations/groups who support people with a learning disability. There are local groups throughout Essex providing short breaks for families through clubs, groups and holidays.

Healthwatch Essex –

Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.


Tel: 01277 211300

SNAP (Special Needs And Parents) is a registered charity that helps Essex families who have children and young people aged 0-25 with special needs and disabilities. Their 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. They do this by providing various services the details of which are given on their website. They also produce a detailed directory of relevant groups and activities.


Tel: 01245 608231

Families Acting for Change Essex (FACE) is run by parents. They aim to represent the views and experiences of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs to influence the services they receive in Essex. Membership of FACE is free and gives access to current information and the chance to contribute to focus groups and consultations and to become more involved in any way that suits you and your family.

Advocacy (Essex) Services Ltd –

Tel: 01245 382838

Advocacy (Essex) Services Ltd (AES) is the commissioning agent for advocacy services to adults in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) including those who have a learning disability, or are family carers. The key aims of AES are to contract with service providers who will; Support people to make informed choices, assist vulnerable people to achieve their utmost potential, to live fulfilling lives as valued citizens and members of their community and to empower people to speak out, to take control and to change their lives. People who need advocacy in Essex need to go through AES.

Action for Family Carers –

Tel: 01621 851640

Action for Family Carers (AFFC) is part of the Carers Trust. AFFC provides information, support and respite for carers. Services are offered to unpaid carers in Braintree, Brentwood, Burnham, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon and surrounding areas. There is also a Young Carers project for carers aged 8 to 18.

Essex Carers Support –

Tel: 01255 474410

Essex Carers Support is a local charity supporting carers of people with any disability and any age throughout Essex. They provide carers with information, advice and guidance in Tendring, Colchester, Basildon and Castle Point. They provide carers advocacy in Tendring, Colchester, Braintree, Harlow, Epping, Basildon, Castlepoint and Rochford.

Links to useful National Groups and Organisations

Carers UK –

Carers UK provides information, advice and support for carers. They campaign for carers rights and also provide training for professionals.

In Control –

In Control is a national charity. Their mission is to create a fairer society where everyone needing additional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support. They are the pioneers of self-directed support and for nearly a decade now, have supported more than 400 organisations nationally to transform their services and deliver personalisation.

Preparing for Adulthood –

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) is a 2 year programme funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’ green paper. The aim is that young people with SEN and Disabilities have equal life chances as they move into adulthood. For example: paid employment, housing, independent living, choice and control, community inclusion, friends and relationships. There is some useful information on their website.

HFT – Family Carer Support Service –

This is a free national service for family carers of people with a learning disability, they offer one-to-one support by telephone, letter or email, they develop and run family carer workshops. They develop resources focused on family carer issues and provide regular News Digests highlighting the current issues and legislation affecting family carers and an annual holiday information guide.

Mencap –

Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and their services support people to live life as they choose. Mencap values and supports people with a learning disability and their families and carers. They aim to be the leading voice of learning disability.