Holiday fun for disabled young people

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A disability charity is to run a holiday club for disabled young people in Uttlesford during all school holidays called Fun United. Organised by The Papworth Trust, the holiday club will give young disabled people aged 8-plus years the opportunity to make new friends and have fun. Every day there will be range of creative […]

Improve your social life by joining Break With Mates

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Young people from 16 to 25 years old in Southend are being offered the opportunity to meet up with their friends and also to meet new people. Break With Mates, funded by Southend Borough Council, recognises that friends are not meeting up with each other in the evenings and weekends. Activities (day time or evening) […]

Free Activity Sessions For Children With Special Needs

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Southend Short Breaks are offering a variety of free activity sessions during the coming months for children under 18. The term time sessions, which have now been running for 11 years, are open to all children with special needs (of any type), irrespective of where they live. The building facilitates a variety of activities including […]

Cat Changes Life of Boy with Selective Mutism

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Jessi-Cat: the cat that unlocked a boy’s heart tells the incredible, heart-warming and true story of a Birman that helps a young boy. Seven-year-old Lorcan has Selective Mutism, a rare condition which renders him physically unable to speak in certain situations. Written by Jayne Dillon, Lorcan’s mother, this book provides an excellent insight into Selective […]

One in Four Dogs Suffer from Depression

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A recent study has suggested that a quarter of dogs in Britain are suffering from depression. This is most likely caused by being left alone for long periods of time, for example when their owner goes to work. The study filmed dogs to document their reaction to being left alone. The footage showed that dogs […]

Supporting Asperger Families in Essex

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What is SAFE? SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex) is a support group for those with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and their families. The organisation aims to provide help, share information, raise awareness and develop services for people affected by AS. Formed in 1997, SAFE links families across Essex whose children have AS, allowing them to […]

Launch of Mencap’s new Outreach CM1 service in Chelmsford

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City of Chelmsford Mencap has announced the launch of a new social care service for young adults with a complex learning disability in Essex. Based on its established Outreach CM2 Academy, which provides lifelong learning to adults who need extra support to develop their social, work and life skills, it will care for young people […]

Your chance to get involved and help shape local health services

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Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is seeking people with an interest in health services to become volunteer members of an influential new Patient and Community Reference Group. The new group will play an important role, with members acting as representatives for their local communities and helping to shape future health services for people […]

Military history book provides fitting tribute for Essex war hero

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After finding ‘The Weekend Trippers’ (the true story of Rifleman Ted Taylor) so fascinating, I was keen to read Carole McEntee-Taylor’s latest military history book. ‘Herbert Columbine VC’ (published by Pen & Sword) tells the remarkable story of a young soldier, Herbert (Bertie), who chooses to follow the footsteps of his late father (also named […]