The Family Support Workers offer free confidential and independent information on virtually any issue, which impacts on the lives of people with a learning disabilty and/or their carers, including older carers. Support will be given to carers with any problem in an effective and practical manner, by the most appropriate means, either over the telephone, email or home visits.
Southend Area including Basildon
Tel 01702 334514
Essex Mencap Family Support Workers
Colchester and Tendring Area
Tel: 07710 177050
The Network listens to carers who are caring for a family member with a learning disability in Essex. They have links to the Local Action Groups, other carer groups, and their regular attendance at local regional and national meetings, boards and conferences mean that they are able to gather the issues that concern carers of people with a learning disability. These views and issues are taken forward so that they are heard by people who are influential in the policymaking process. www.essexcarersnetwork.co.uk
The aims of the football project are:
To help vulnerable people realise their potential, develop personal skills, and improve on compliance, assertiveness and confidence.
To promote healthy lifestyle and physical activity through football & social inclusion.
To address inequalities in health and provide social inclusion by supporting vulnerable adults to participate/ access football
Carolyn Rogers on 07786660998 - www.acecic.co.uk
Registered Charity No: 1108097
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Hamelin Trust is a leading Essex based charity for supporting people with a learning disability and their families. They do this by providing
short break services, a resource centre, supported accommodation, and outreach services within the community and individual’s homes.
They also provide training and employment opportunities through a number of independent and joint ventures.
Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE) is an Essex-wide training package that teaches the families and carers of adults with learning disabilities how to use a variety of different forms of communication. This helps those with learning disabilities to understand and be understood, and become fully involved in their life plans by taking their communication needs into account.
There is also a project to develop a process for people who work with children and young people who have learning disabilities. www.essexice.co.uk
If you have a child between the ages of 0 - 25 years who has any special need or disability and you live in Essex - SNAP are there for you and your family. SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) is a registered charity that helps Essex Families with Children and Young People that have any special need or disability. Their aims are to inform, encourage and support parents, so they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible support to their children. Take a look at their website to find out more www.snapcharity.org
BILD is the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. We want people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect.
Our services help develop the organisations who provide services, and the people who give support.
That way we play a part in making sure people are supported with dignity and respect and can make choices and decisions about their lives.
We also campaign for proper funding for support for people with learning disabilities and their family carers, and against bad practice. This is a very informative website with lots of useful resources and factsheets. Find out more: www.bild.org.uk
At PALS we believe that people with learning difficulties have the right to be in control of their own lives. We aim to enable people to experience full and exciting lives through the application of professional support in a variety of settings. PALS Ltd is an innovative Service Provider founded in 2006 by Kirk Wells to provide specialist 1:1 support for people with learning difficulties / disabilities. PALS were pioneers in taking the approach of combining Learning Support with Social Care and we are very proud that other agencies / providers have since attempted to emulate our approach.
East of England Winners of the 'Putting People First Award' in 2010 and 2014, and National Finalists in 2011 and 2015, PALS continues to lead the way with first class specialist services. Find out more by visiting our website www.pals-ltd.com
Youth Plus is a project group for young people with a learning disability. It is run by its members supported by their parents. Young people without a disability can also join to enjoy the activities and contribute to its running
Contact Brenda Rugeley on 01277 363307 or Brenda@youthplus.net www.youthplus.net
Grapevine Essex is committed to providing an excellent and professional service to adults with learning disabilities; comprising affordable, confidence building and educational opportunities that teach life skills, support independent living and improve employability. www.grapevineessex.org.uk
InterAct is an innovative, enterprising, Essex based charity that delivers support where it is needed most - in the heart of the community. We work together, we support each other and we celebrate success. Come along and be a part of InterAct. We run a 'Good For Me' activity programme for adults aged 18 - 55 with learning disabilities/additional needs. We are currently working on the Aspire Centre Garden in partnership with Writtle College and Graham Construction, if you would like to become a volunteer and help us with this exciting and ambitious project to landscape the Aspire Centre Garden at Moulsham Mill in Chelmsford please contact Susie Nankivell on 01245 608333 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
A great opportunity for everyone regardless of age, ability or disability to experience the fun of cycling. Just Ride Southend runs regular drop-in inclusive cycling sessions for peope of all ages and abilities. Based at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre at Garon Park. We provide a safe traffic-free experience with our specially adapted cycles to cater for all disabilities or health conditions. Our aim is to provide a safe fun experience for everyone. Come and sample a friendly sociable atmosphere and take healthy exercise. Call us on 07971 774479 - £2.00 donation per rider - carers free
Here in Maldon we pride ourselves on looking out for one another, this is especially true when it comes to people with a learning difficulty who can feel isolated and vulnerable. Maybe you know someone who would benefit from joining the Maldon Pioneers? Or you may like to consider becoming a volunteer? The Maldon Pioneers were set up to help adults with learning difficulties, typically living independently, either at home or in sheltered accommodation, without the right support they can become isolated and reclusive. We offer support, encouraging the 'Pioneers' to live an active social life by making new friends and engaging with the community. Find out more about us by telephone 01621 854803 or www.maldonpioneers.co.uk
We are contracted by Essex County Council to deliver the Supported Employment Programme across Essex to adults with disabilities. Referrals come to our Employment Services from social workers and are allocated to an Employment Advisor who will work with the customer to find suitable employment opportunities.
Support includes: Job searching, preparation for work, interview support, pre-employment work trials, support to secure voluntary placements, individual and/or group vocational training, on-going in work support.
We have offices in Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon and Harlow with Employment Advisors covering all areas of Essex. If you have any queries about the Essex Supported Employment Service please contact your local Area Coordinator:
NORTH: 07738 704723 SOUTH: 07872 002814
For more information: www.realisefutures.org/employment/essex-supported-employment
Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support. Through their own experiences of mental health issues, they have learnt how important having relevant information is and how the right support can help transform lives. Their site includes a section on autism which is dedicated to help raise awareness and sign-post support options: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/autism.html
'Sport for Confidence' is a pioneering initiative, which sees Occupational Therapists and Health Care Assistants based in leisure centres to support people with learning disabilities to participate in mainstream sporting activitites.
This unique partnership between healthcare professionals, leisure centres and local sports clubs sees health professionals working directly with sports coaches and staff, to make adjustments that create truly accessible sport and lesiure opportunities. Participants gain skills that are transferable into daily life, increasing confidence, social opportunities and improving overall health and wellbeing.
Everyone Active at Basildon Sporting Village, Epping Leisure Centre and Ongar Leisure Centre in Essex, deliver a weekly programme of sessions for people with and without learning disabilities, providing progression from specialist sessions to mainstream sports and clubs. For more information: www.sportforconfidence.com