We are pleased to be able to work with and support local groups in our community which many of our members also belong to and benefit from.
The Company based in Rayleigh Essex is a group where disabled youngsters learn song, dance and drama alongside their able bodied peers and perform together in public.
The aim of the company is to promote the benefits of the performing arts, alongside the aim of creating a fully inclusive Theatre Company for the community. They integrate children with special needs with able-bodied children, which they feel is beneficial not only for the children with disabilities but also for the able bodied children whom they feel are helped by breaking down their ignorance and possibly fear towards disabilities.
They also offer specialist classes for individuals with Special Needs on Saturday mornings.
Visit the Mushroom Theatre Company at www.mushroomtheatrecompany.co.uk
Southend Toy Library
Southend Toy library operates from the Lighthouse Child Development Centre, Snakes Lane, Southend.
They provided a loan scheme for equipment and specialized toys for disabled children. They run a short break scheme and they arrange fun days and outings for their members and their families. They raise all their own funds.
If you want to find out more about them contact Toy Library, The Lighthouse Child Development Centre, Southend on Sea, Rssex, SS2 6XT
Dance 21 is a Chelmsford based dance group for children with Down Syndrome and their siblings.
It was set up in September 2000 by Mary Schultz. Mary wanted to raise the profile of children with Down Syndrome in her local community and felt they were a lot more capable than people gave them credit for. She enlisted the help of dance teacher Jean Hunter.
They operate to a professional standard and encourage participation of family, friends and other interested parties.
The dance group is run by a committee of parents with Down Syndrome on a volunteer basis.
Amongst their significant achievements was getting to audition in 2010 for the Got to Dance auditions in London.
Visit Dance 21 at www.dance21.co.uk
Barrow Farm based in Chelmsford enables people with special needs and disabilities to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding.
They have a purpose built riding centre which is designed to make riding accessible for people who for whatever reason cannot be catered for at another riding school.
They have over 100 children and adult riders and drivers who go to them each week and they have been providing riding since 1976 when Anne Mitchell, their Chief Riding Instructor, and her family started Barrow Farm.
Barrow Farm is a member of Riding for the Disabled Association National and the British Horse Society (BHS) and their instructors are BHS qualified.
They believe that riding at Barrow Farm can provide physiotherapy and exercise, a chance to learn, the opportunity to make new friends, build self esteem and confidence and all this while having FUN.
They are run by a small team of well trained and dedicated staff and a large team of committed and hardworking volunteers, and a trustee committee which oversees the management of the charity.
Visit Barrow Farm at www.barrowfarmrda.org.uk
Chelmsford Mencap provides lifelong support to children and adults with learning difficulties, in and around Chelmsford. The group are dedicated to giving children with learning difficulties the opportunity to socialize, make new friends and gain independence in safe surroundings whilst being cared for by the team of staff and volunteers.
They operate a number of subsidised clubs and events across Chelmsford on a weekly basis, and daily during holidays, giving parents and carers much needed respite. We also organise social events for the whole family to enjoy.
Chelmsford Mencap are a completely independent organisation, are self governed and self financed. For all the services and activities they provide for their members, Chelmsford Mencap have to seek their own funding.
Visit Chelmsford MENCAP at www.chelmsfordmencap.org.uk
Forget Me Not is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities and special needs. They provide a friendly place where service users can come and learn new skills whilst having fun in a safe and stimulating environment.
The day centre is providing a range of opportunities for people with learning difficulties, the centre offers:-
- A kitchen diner – learning to prepare food and cook, cleaning and washing up.
- A quiet room – with TV to watch DVDs , books, puzzles, and a Wii games console.
- Large activity room – for arts and crafts, drama, music and exercise.
- Outside garden area – for planting, gardening, BBQs and outdoor activities.
- Utility room for learning skills – i.e. washing, drying and ironing.
Their aim is to give opportunities to socialise and make friends whilst encouraging social inclusion using local community facilities and to help nurture life and practical living skills in a friendly environment.
Visit Forget Me Not Day Centre at www.forgetmenotdaycentre.co.uk