ELHAP (A Special Needs Adventure Playground)

ELHAP is a magical and unique charity, providing adventure play opportunities to disabled and disadvantaged children, young people and adults. Since 1976, they have supported tens of thousands of disabled children. Each year, ELHAP attracts over 8,000 visits from across Essex and North East London.

In asserting children, young people and adults right to accessible, free and real adventure play opportunities, ELHAP believes in:

  • respecting the dignity and self-worth of each young person
  • respecting and valuing individual differences
  • recognising the growing autonomy of each person
  • respecting every person’s right to make choices regarding their lives
  • recognise the potential of each person.

The ELHAP Orchard Project is a completely unique and new project for young people and adults with learning disabilities. The Orchard Project focuses on nature, horticulture, arts, skills development and adventure. Service users access one of three groups:

  1. Young People who are transitioning into adulthood and who may not ‘fit’ into the more common day services or colleges. Young people can access  the service one or two days a week whilst in their final years of school to help the transition process.
  2. Adults who need or want to develop their work based skills, including supported volunteering with children, carpentry and horticulture./gardening.
  3. Adults with specialist needs who need day opportunities that focus on nature, arts and wildlife.

The ELHAP Transition Project is for disabled young people, who are moving on from children’s services.  The ELHAP Transition Project is a springboard, giving young people the opportunities and experiences to decide what they want to do with their lives. At the end of the Project, young people will be able to make informed decisions about their future including jobs, study, interests, hobbies and friendships.

This project is most suitable for those who need support with their transition from childhood to adulthood. Currently, the focus is on young people who do not receive other funding and who would most benefit from exploring work and college opportunities.

Who the service provides for

Children, Young people and Adults

How the service is accessed

Website, email or telephone

Email address


Phone number

020 8550 2636


119 Roding Lane
North Woodford Bridge