Parent/Carer Support Groups in South Essex

Parent and carer support groups are a way to meet other parents for practical and emotional support.  Most groups are run by parents and carers of children with additional needs. They can offer:

  • friendship
  • information and advice
  • a listening ear
  • workshops
  • activities days
  • creches

Each group will offer something different. Some are open to parents and carers of children with any additional needs. Others are for parents whose children have the same need.

Find the list of groups based in Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point and Rochford below. Please check the group’s website to find out more on what they offer.

Abacus Parent Support Group Wickford

The Abacus support group meetings run monthly and are for families of children and young people with additional needs.

Crystals Castle Point

The Crystals support group meetings run monthly and are for families of children and young people with additional needs.

Epilepsy Action Coffee and Chat (Basildon)

Coffee and chat groups give people living with epilepsy the opportunity to meet new people, share experiences and get information on epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action Coffee and Chat (Brentwood)

Royal Association for Deaf People – Deaf Mums and Deaf Dads

Meet other deaf mums or deaf dads and chat about different topics via Zoom.

Special Needs and Parents (SNAP)

SNAP is available to families with children and young people aged 0 to 25. Key services include the helpline, support meetings, talks, online directory of support services, and counselling.

Supporting Asperger Families in Essex (SAFE)

SAFE is a support group for individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) in Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

Takiwātanga Support Services

Takiwātanga are a charity set up to provide support and activities for children with ASD and their families. “Takiwātanga” is the Maori word for autism and translates to “in his/her own time and space.”  They run drop in sessions and support groups for parents and carers. Children do not need a diagnosis to access their services.