Disability won’t define me

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Jack Haines is a 21 year old who has just left college. He has five GCSEs including Mathematics and a number of BTEC qualifications, and his CV is full of work experience. Since birth Jack has lived with complex and difficult-to-control epilepsy, he experiences up to 40 seizures a month and requires constant supervision.  Jack […]

Starbucks Youth Action programme

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Are you working with young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in education or employment? Would you like to support them to run a social action programme with funding of up to £1000, with an additional contribution for youth workers support time? Then we would like to invite you to apply to Starbucks […]

Craftable Venue

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Craftable is a local, not for profit community craft group based in Southend. It’s aims are to bring together people with disabilities to take part in organised crafting within a social setting. They currently have about 15 members and are looking for a new venue in Southchurch. If you have premises that could host them […]

News from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

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Comprehensive Spending Review Sector leaders have welcomed the government’s recognition of the crisis in adult social care funding but have expressed concerns that the further £1.5 billion support through the Better Care Fund in 2020 and new 2% council tax levy to fund social care will not go far enough to plug the gap in […]

RRAVS Families in Need Appeal

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The RRAVS Families in Need Appeal is under way thanks to a kind donation from shoppers at Southend Waitrose who donated a total of £381 recently! On the run up to each Christmas we raise vital funds to provide food parcels and toys to under-privileged families which we distribute over the festive season. This appeal […]

RRAVS ‘Wrap and Chat’ service

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RRAVS are looking to have a stall in Rayleigh Marketplace on the run up to Christmas to offer a ‘Wrap and Chat’ service and we would like to offer you the chance to join us. This is your unique opportunity to reach out to the community and tell them about your organisation whilst promoting volunteering. All we ask is […]

Mushroom Theatre Company Ltd

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Mushroom Theatre Company Ltd (MTC) was established in 2001 by Penni Bubb, who has been teaching performing arts to children & young adults of all abilities for almost 30 years. MTC has become one of Essex’s most well respected fully integrated performing arts providers. Working with hundreds of children & their families, over the years […]

Equal People Performing Arts

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Equal People Performing Arts was created in a disused mushroom shed in 2006 by the founder of the Mushroom Theatre Company Ltd (MTC Ltd), Mrs Penni Bubb. The intention was to create a fully inclusive dance, drama and theatre space in South East Essex where children and adults with and without disabilities could come together […]

The Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal: Horatio’s Garden

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Horatio’s Garden is a charity which aims to create beautiful gardens in NHS Spinal Injury Centres around the country. It works with leading designers to develop stunning sanctuaries for patients who face spending many months in hospital for spinal injuries. The charity is named after Horatio Chapple, a schoolboy who wanted to become a doctor, […]

News from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

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New Children and Young People’s Personalisation Network web page on the TLAP site We have launched a new web page that addresses personalisation of services for children and young people on behalf of the network The aim of the Children and Young People’s Personalisation Network is to look at what has been learned from all […]