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Local Action Groups (LAGs) were set up throughout Essex by the County Council over 10 years ago. They are independent of the Council and they are asked to identify gaps in services and to help with developing solutions to problems and improving access to services for people with a learning disability and their families.


LAGs try to bring together everybody who provides or uses services in their area. They make recommendations to the Council about improvements which are needed and are used by the Council as a sounding board for changes which are proposed.


The Council made the decision at the outset that people chosen as Chairs of LAGs should be entirely independent. Membership includes parent/carers, people with a learning disability, and representatives of social services, health, Local  Council Housing, voluntary organisations and providers of services. Meetings are open and public and so anybody interested in the way learning disability services are run is welcome to attend.  Please see below details of LAG groups in your area and a list of forthcoming meetings - please feel free to attend any meeting to either listen, take part in discussion or to raise an issue.

Braintree  Local Action Group

Chairman: Peter Brown

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Roundwood Garden  Centre, Church Street, Bocking, Braintree CM7 5LJ

Chelmsford Local Action Group

Chairman: Peter Dilley

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Newport House, Hollycroft, Molrams Lane, Sandon, Chelmsford  CM2 7TL


Monday 15th January 2018 - 1pm

Monday 19th March 2018 - 1pm

Monday 21st May 2018 - 1pm

Monday 16th July 2018 - 1pm

Monday 24th September 2018 - 1pm

Monday 19th November 2018 - 1pm

Colchester Local Action Group

Chairman: William Westbrook

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Wilson Marriage Centre, Room 5, Barrack Street, Colchester CO1 2LR

Tuesday 16th January 2018 - 2pm

Tuesday 20th March 2018 - 2pm

Tuesday 15th May 2018 - 2pm

Tuesday 17th July 2018 - 2pm

Tuesday 18th September 2018 - 2pm

Tuesday 20th November 2018 - 2pm

Harlow Local Action Group

Chairman: Margaret Carter

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at St Pauls Church, College Square, Town Centre, Harlow CM20 1LP

Thursday 18th January 2018 - 1.30pm

Thursday 15th March 2018 - 1.30pm

Thusday 17th May 2018 - 1.30pm

Thursday 19th July 2018 - 1.30pm

Thursday 20th Septemeber 2018 - 1.30pm

Thursday 15th November 2018 - 1.30pm

Castle Point Local Action Group

Chairman: Jo Church

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Salvation Army Park Farm, Mount Zion, off Castle Lane, Hadleigh SS7 2AS



Dates for 2018 will be advertised here soon

Epping Local Action Group

Chairman: Margaret Carter

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Jack Silley Pavilion, off Tidys Lane,  EppingCM16 6SR

Maldon Local Action Group

Chairman: Steve Williams

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Conference Room, Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon CM9 4RL

Wednesday 24th January 2018 - 1pm

Wednesday 28th March 2018 - 1pm

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - 1pm

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 1pm

Wednesday 26th September 2018 - 1pm

Wednesday 28th November 2018 - 1pm

Rochford Local Action Group

Chairman: Michael Bull

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Parish Council Rooms, West Street, Rochford, SS4 1AS

Uttlesford Local Action Group

Chairman: Christine Chester-Helyar

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Committee Room, Uttlesford District Council Office,

                           London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4ER

Tendring Local Action Group

Chairman: Avril O Sullivan

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at Summit House, 14-16 Orwell Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1PP

Friday 12th January 2018 - 10.30am

Friday 9th March 2018 - 10.30am

Friday 11th May 2018 - 10.30am

Friday 13th July 2018 - 10.30am

Friday 14th September 2018 - 10.30am

Friday 9th November 2018 - 10.30am

Brentwood Local Action Group

Chairman: Matt Prothero

Administrator: Edith Milne -

Meetings held at United Reformed Church, New Road, Brentwood CM14 4GD

Basildon Local Action Group

The meetings for the Basildon group have been cancelled for the time being - watch this space for future details


Administrator: Edith Milne -


Monday 22nd January 2018 - 10am

Monday 14th January - TBC

Monday 21st May 2018 - 10am

Monday 9th July - TBC

Monday 24th September 2018 - 10am

Monday 10th December - TBC


Monday 8th January 2018 - 1.30pm

Monday 12th March 2018 - 1.30pm

Monday 14th May 2018 - 1.30pm

Monday 9th July 2018 - 1.30pm

Monday 10th September 2018 - 1.30pm

Monday 12th November 2018 - 1.30pm

Thursday 18th January 2018 - 10am

Thursday 8th March 2018 - 10am

Thursday 17th May 2018 - 10am

Thursday 5th July 2018 - 10am

Thursday 20th September 2018 - 10am

Thursday 15th November 2018 - 10am

Thursday 11th January 2018 - 2pm

Thursday 1st March 2018 - 2pm

Thursday 3rd May 2018 - 2pm

Thursday 5th July 2018 - 2pm

Thursday 6th September 2018 - 2pm

Thursday 1st November 2018 - 2pm

Friday 5th January 2018 - 10am

Friday 2nd March 2018 - 10am

Friday 4th May 2018 - 10am

Friday 6th July 2018 - 10am

Friday 7th September 2018 - 10am

Friday 2nd November 2018 - 10am