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Preparing for adulthood means preparing for:

  • further education and/or employment
  • independent living
  • being involved in the local community
  • being as healthy as possible

If your child has an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), the Year 9 annual review of their plan, and every review after that, must include a focus on preparing for adulthood.

Further education and/or employment

  • Contact has information on post 16 options for people with SEND, including:
    • staying at school
    • colleges and specialist colleges
    • apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships
    • the support available
    • EHCPs after 16
  • see the Pathways to Employments part of this section
  • see Education section of the Essex Local Offer
  • see GOV.UK information on finding a job

Independent living


  • this Preparing for Adulthood section has information on Shared Lives, residential housing and supported living.


  • United Response has easy read money guides for people with learning disabilities.
  • Dosh supports people with learning disability to manage money
  • the Money Matters section on the Essex Local Offer has information on benefits, direct payments and health costs.


Being involved in the local community 

Being as healthy as possible

  • see the Health section on the Essex Local Offer for information and services on keeping good health.

Abberton Rural Training

Abberton Rural Training (ART) is an education charity which offers different courses to help people develop their skills whilst being … Read more

Who the service provides for

  • Full time – 16 to 19
  • Part time – aged 19 and over


Phone number: 01206 738609
Operational locations: Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring

Access Dignity Project Centre

Workshops Access Dignity Project Centre run workshops that help people develop and learn new skills in a fun and relaxed … Read more

Who the service provides for

Workshops: 14 year olds and above with learning disabilities.
After school club: 4 to 14 year olds with autism.

Phone number: 01255 852882
Operational locations: Tendring

Access to Work Grant

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your … Read more

ACL – Apprenticeships

ACL (Adult Community Learning) offer a range of apprenticeships in different areas, including: business early years education health and social … Read more

Who the service provides for

Aged 16 or over.

Operational locations: Essex

ADP (Association of Disabled Professionals)

The Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP) is a phone and email service for disabled professionals. They offer the opportunity for … Read more

Email address: info@adp.org.uk
Phone number: 01204 431638
Operational locations: National

Aspire Support Learn

Aspire Support Learn offer day care and employment opportunities for people aged 18 and above with additional needs. Day care … Read more

Who the service provides for

18 year olds and above with a disability.

Email address: aslharlow@gmail.com
Phone number: 07791 277043
Operational locations: Harlow

Bedazzle Arts

Community theatre Bedazzle Arts provide online and in-person community theatre programmes for people aged 18 and above with learning disabilities.  … Read more

Phone number: 020 4511 4500 or 07305 062613
Operational locations: Chelmsford, Uttlesford

BOPH (Business Opportunities for Physically Handicapped)

Business Opportunities for the Physically Handicapped (BOPH) is for disabled people and people with learning difficulties who are looking for … Read more

Who the service provides for

18 year olds and above with a disability or learning difficulty.

Email address: boph@stuart-clarke.com
Phone number: 01268 515794
Operational locations: Canvey Island

Bright Lives Social Enterprise C.I.C

Has distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive enterprise. Our ethos is … Read more

Who the service provides for

Young people over the age of 18 with a learning disability

Phone number: 01206 615165
Operational locations: Colchester

C2C – Connect to Care

Connect to Care (C2C) offers apprenticeships with health and social care and early years employers.  They believe that their apprenticeships … Read more

Who the service provides for

Aged 16 and over.

Email address: info@connect2care.net
Phone number: 0800 954 2803
Operational locations: Essex