School Holiday Events in Southend-on-Sea

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Milton Community Partnership is offering a programme of events, for families living in the Southend-on-Sea area, during the February half term holidays. MCP is a charity that works to improve the quality of life of people in the Milton ward and Southend-on-Sea by supporting people to build a closer community. Based at St Marks Centre […]

February Holiday Club for Children with Disabilities

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Leigh-On-Sea’s Woodside Centre are encouraging disabled children to sign up to their holiday club during February’s half term week. The club for children aged 7 to 14 years will run for two days on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February from 10.00 until 14.30. Each day will include a range of exciting activities, such as […]

Your ATOS horror stories wanted as Panorama uncovers ‘the great disability scam’!

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National charity Disability Rights UK are urging people to share their experience of ATOS assessments, as BBC's Panorama this week reveals major failings in the government's most ambitious welfare reform scheme, aimed at tackling disability unemployment. Last year Panorama found evidence that the assessment carried out by private company ATOS was wrongly judging disabled people […]

Compute for your group as County Council offers freebie!

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For the first time Essex County Council is offering all community charity groups across the county the chance to secure free computers. The council are modernising their information services and a number of devices they own will no longer be suitable for their purposes. Councillors have chosen to support Essex residents to increase their computer […]

Michelle Conroy…Our Hidden Homeless

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Another year has turned its calendar corner and is moving rapidly away from the difficult, stuck subject matter that it could not resolve in the last year. So the persistence of the socially marginalised clusters of people challenged with the serious and chronic inequalities of multiple disadvantage will again, momentarily hit head-on our fickle media […]

Autistic Boy Asked to Leave Cinema

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Cineworld, a major conglomerate of the entertainment industry claims to favour a progressive ‘movies for all’ policy. The popular cinema is promoting itself as putting over 2000 members of staff through appropriate ‘Awareness and Welcoming Disabled Customers’ training. The no doubt profit-making and raking-it-in agent of popular culture is quick to congratulate its bank balancing […]

‘The Undateables’ Is Back!

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Channel 4’s popular programme ‘The Undateables’ has returned for a brand new series, following the huge success of its first series, shown in winter last year. An amateur poet with Down’s syndrome, a man with albinism, a woman with dwarfism and an artist with autism are among the young people looking for love in Series […]

Nursery Offers Discounted Adventure Island Wristbands

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Southend Hospital’s Ladybird Nursery is offering families the chance to buy discounted wristbands for Adventure Island and help raise money for the nursery. Each voucher sold will raise £2.00, which will go towards funding new and exciting equipment for the children to play and learn with. To help the nursery make the most possible funds, […]

Short Breaks Service for Young People

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Children and young people with additional needs or disabilities living in Essex are being offered valuable opportunities, thanks to a scheme being run through South Essex Partnership University. The Short Breaks Service, which was launched in 2011 as part of the aiming higher programme, is designed to provide a Health Care Assistant to accompany a […]

First Aid for Parents Session

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Would you know what to do if your child was choking or how to spot the signs of meningitis? Did you know that every year over one million children under the age of 15 are taken to A&E after experiencing an accident in and around the home? The NHS are offering a specially designed programme […]

Essex Libraries announce new disAbility book list

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What have Paralympian Danny Crates and Anne Wafula Strike and prize-winning author Hilary Mantel got in common? They have each written a brilliant book about their experiences of disability – and they are included in Essex Libraries super new disABILITY booklist together with a host of other less famous but just as fascinating reads. These […]