Useful Links

Local Support Links

Autism Anglia

Autism AngliaProvides a range of services to enable people with autism to live as independently as possible.

Beanstalk Children’s Therapybeanstalk-childrens-therapy

Offers services to children and young people aged 0 to 16 years living in Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Greater London. Our team comprises of highly qualified and experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapist’s and Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists

Disability Essex

Disability EssexEnables people with any disability to control their own lives.

ECC – Short Breaks for Disabled Children

Essex County Council Short Breaks for Disabled ChildrenEssex County Council support and information for families.


Essex Coalition of Disabled PeopleSupports disabled people and those who support them.

Essex Carers Network

Essex Carers NetworkSupports carers who are caring for a person with a learning disability in Essex.

Extra Support for Families

Supporting families through fun days, workshops and parenting courses


FACE EssexRepresents 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.

Families in Focus

Parent-led charity providing free holistic support to families with children with any disability or special need (aged 0-19) across Essex.

Level Best Art Cafe

Level Best Art CafeAt The Level Best Art Café we aim to provide quality work and life skills training for people with learning disabilities.

Parc Essex

PARC EssexProvides support to families who have a child or children with any type of additional need.


is a support group for individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS) and Highsafe-banner1 Functioning Autism (HFA) in Essex, including the unitaries of Southend and Thurrock.


Special Needs and Parents BrentwoodSpecial Needs and Parents based in Brentwood.

Suffolk Music Therapy Services

Suffolk Music Therapy Services aims to provide high quality music therapy to children and adults across East Anglia. It also works to increase knowledge and promote awareness of the benefits of music through specialist teaching and workshops.

Website with Easy Read Resources for people with learning difficulties

Inclusive Communication Essex

Inclusive Communication EssexAn 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.

Essex Police – Easy Read Hate Crime Leaflet

Essex PoliceDeveloped by the Essex Police Media Department in collaboration with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Essex County Council  – an easy read hate crime leaflet is now available, click here or on the picture to open the leaflet.

National Support Links

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics AnonymousA company aiming to help those with an alcohol addiction through support and meetings.


British Association of Counselling and PsychotherapyBritish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Contact a Family

Contact a FamilySupport for families. Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.


ChildLineA free helpline for children and young people in the UK, call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement CareHelp and support for those who have suffered a loss.

Disability Book

Aims to provide you and your family that are affected directly, or indirectly, with a disability a place that is free of charge and simple to use to obtain disability advice, be it for advice on bullying or schools, to holidays for disabled people and disabled dating, and a disability forum to get help from the Disability Book community.


Home-StartThe UK’s leading family support charity.


MindThe leading mental health charity in England and Wales.


The biggest organisation specialising in relationship counselling and support in the UK.


SamaritansA charity available 24 hours a day offering a confidential listening service to anyone in distress.

Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)

Sands is an organisation supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies lives.

Sky Badger

For families with disabled children, Sky Badger is a one-stop-shop, the easiest place to find out about all of the help and adventure waiting for them. From sports, to grants, to clubs to holidays and insurance, Sky Badger is here to come to the rescue..

Together UK

A leading UK Mental Health Charity working alongside each person with mental health issues on their journey towards greater wellbeing.

Time To Change

Time to Change is a website attempting to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems.

Together UK

A leading UK Mental Health Charity working alongside each person with mental health issues on their journey towards greater wellbeing.

WAY Foundation (Widowed And Young)

WAY Foundation (Widowed And Young)WAY offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died.

Women’s Aid

Women's AidWomen’s Aid is the key national charity in England for women and children experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse in their homes.

Young Minds

Young MindsThe Young Minds Parents’ Helpline offers free confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

Youth Information

The National Youth Agency's information toolkit for young peopleThe National Youth Agency’s information toolkit for young people and all those working with them.

Victim Support

A national charity that helps anyone who has been affected by crime.

Member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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