Last Updated on 8 February 2023 by Brogan Lambert

SENDIASS & Essex Family Forum – Annual Review Workshop
If your child/young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan, Annual Reviews are an important part of the process.

What should be discussed, who should attend, when should my child’s plan be amended?

This virtual workshop should answer these and many of the other questions you may have.

This event is open to families living within Essex County Council borders.

Date: 9th November
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

For more information and to book a place click here

Speech & Language Therapy – Communication Station drop-ins

For children aged 2-5 with a mid-Essex GP, the SLT Team at Provide CIC are re-starting their drop-in Communication Stations.

This means that children do not require a referral. From September 2022, any child aged 2-5 with a Mid-Essex GP can be brought to a Communication Station by their parent/ carer. Details of dates and locations can be found below.

Upcoming Communication Station dates and locations can be found here

For more information click here or email or call 0300 1310 111, please select option 5 followed by option 1

Good Beginnings Course
Who is this course for? For parents/carers of Early Years children aged 5 or under, who have autism or social communication needs.

The aim is to help parents/carers to enhance their understanding of their child’s strengths and needs through:

• Current strategy and information sharing.
• Creating a foundation for a parent/carer support network.
• Supporting decision making and developing good practice.
• Supporting understanding regarding processes around education and health.

A diagnosis of autism is not needed to access Good Beginnings

This is a 10-week course which runs every term, via weekly pre-recorded webinars for parent/carers to watch at home. The course is available at a time that suits you!

Each webinar is followed by a weekly live question and answer session accessed via Microsoft Teams. The day and time of each week’s question and answer session will be confirmed once places have been allocated.

Booking details:
To express your interest in attending Good Beginnings, please click here.

Due to high demand, it may be necessary to add your details to a waiting list for the next course with availability.

SEND support in Broomfield – Parents in Need of Support PiNS
PiNS is a location SEND support group. Need advice, assistance, a listening ear or a friendly face then come along to their monthly groups.

Dates: 24th November and 15th December
Time: 9:15 – 10:30
Venue: Broomfield Village Hall

For more information call Donna on 07729239613 or visit their Facebook group

SEND support in the Dengie – SEND in the Dengie
SEND in the Dengie are a local community group started for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities .

They hold a monthly SEND coffee morning offering support and advice to SEND parents we invite different organisations to come a speak to parents.

They also run a Wellbeing club for the SEND children so they feel included in their local community and let them build friendships.

For more information email

SEND support in South Woodham Ferrers
This new group in South Woodham Ferrers is place for parents/ carers of children aged 0-19 with SEND to meet up for coffee and a chat with parents with similar experiences.

Date: 1st Thursday of the month
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Venue: Chetwood Family Hub Delivery Site, Shirebourn Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5ZX

Families can just pop along- no booking needed.

For more information and to find our about their monthly meet-ups email or visit their Facebook page

The Bridge SEND Family Bulletin – October 2022
Please find here the link for the October edition of The Bridge The Bridge SEND Family Bulletin October 2022.

Please can you share widely with families and settings that you support.

Support for Ukrainians in Braintree
Since June 2022 Braintree District Council have been holding community meet up events to provide support for Ukrainian guests and sponsors in the Braintree District.

Dates for the events have been secured until the end of the year for Ukrainian guests and sponsors to meet and talk to others, share experiences, and learn about local services available to them.

The event will also include an English conversational language lesson to help guests with everyday English language at the beginning of the event. A Ukrainian and Russian translator will be available to support where needed.

They will run once a month on the following dates from 10:00-13:00pm at Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9AE.

• Friday 18 November
• Friday 9 December

It is a free event and there is no need to book a space. Refreshments will also be available.

Youthful Wellbeing Service for young adults aged 18-25
Working in partnership with local Minds they have launched a new service for 18-25 year olds who may be struggling with their mental health.

How can they help?

  • Support young adults to re-discover their passions and interests
  • Increase self-esteem, confidence and coping strategies
  • Widen knowledge and understanding to help in decision- making
  • Link young adults to local initiatives and opportunities
  • Build a wider support network
  • Provide tools for overcoming personal challenges.

Click here for more details of the service in Mid Essex

For further enquiries email: telephone: 01375 531710

Talk, Listen and Cuddle – Start school campaign
The Essex Talk, Listen and Cuddle (TLC) Starting School Campaign launched recently

There will be posts shared on the TLC Facebook page everyday to help support parents and carers whose children will be starting Reception in September

There will be a top tips, activities and websites being shared over the Summer period into the Autumn term.

All the information will be mirrored on the Talk Listen and Cuddle Website

Support for Carers in Mid Essex – Carers First Newsletter
Carers First Essex produce an excellent newsletter every month which amongst other things has useful information about upcoming events and other support available to carers in Mid Essex.

Click here to find our more