Space to Gather’s are a safe space for families who care for a loved one with a learning disability which could include autism and other disabilities too, to get together . Our Space to Gather’s are a great place to meet other family carers, and to access a number of resources on various subjects.

We provide refreshments and of course biscuits. Periodically we will have guest speakers, from social workers to learning disability liaison nurses. If you would like a particular service to attend one of our Space to Gather’s, please do get in touch.

The most important things that we aim to do are:
o Working to make sure our families have the tools, resources and information they need to feel strong, resilient and empowered in order for them to advocate for their family.
o Working to ensure the lived experiences and voices of our families informs and influences the future landscape and opportunities for people with a learning disability, which may include autism and other disabilities too and their families in Essex.

Our Space to Gather’s are in various locations in Essex and our meetings are held every other month. Please see below for your nearest next meeting.


Online -Evening

Join us on Monday 13th of May in the comfort of your home for our virtual ‘Space to Gather’.
Grab a cuppa or your favourite tipple and join us for a chat, information sharing, or share your lived experience (if you wish) with other family carers who care for someone with a learning disability which may include autism.

(The date was changed from Monday 6th of May, as it was a Bank Holiday.)

Time: 6.30 pm to 8 pm.

If you would like to join, send us an email at or contact the office on 01255 554029 and will will send you the Zoom meeting link.

Future dates:
Monday 3rd of June
Monday 1st of July


‘Space to Gather’ in Tendring is Thursday 9th of May at 10am to 12pm.

We will be meeting in The Group Room, Unit 4, Crusader Business Park, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 4TN.

Future date:
Thursday 11th July.

Harlow-West Essex

‘Space to Gather’ in West Essex is Wednesday 15th of May.

Time is 10.30am-12noon – at ECL Harlow Day Centre, Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU.

Chelmsford-Mid Essex

Chelmsford on Tuesday 28th of May at 10 am to 12 pm at Seminar Room 2, Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 1LN. (When you enter through the main entrance door, Seminar Room 1 is directly opposite.)

Join us for a cuppa, opportunity to meet other family carers.

Future date:
Tuesday 30th July

Colchester-North Essex

We looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting in Colchester on Tuesday 28th of May at 6.45 pm to 8.45 pm at the Kingsland Church, (Esther Room), 86 London Road, Colchester. CO3 9DW.

Future date:
Tuesday 30th July

Billericay-South Essex

For families in the South of Essex and surrounding areas, our next meeting is on Monday 3rd of June 2024.

Address: Hamelin Trust ( 19 Radford Crescent, Billericay. CM12 0DU)

Time: 10.30-12pm

Off street parking available.