Colchester, Essex


Support Services

Disability Social Care Team

The disability social care team can assess the needs of children and young people with disabilities and offer support services, including where appropriate

  • A Personal Budget (which may by a direct payment or direct provision of services to meet the needs identified of a child or young person and their carers)
  • Referrals to support services, such as CAPS, CLDS

The CWD (Children With Disabilties) team works with children from 0 to 16 years old. –

The YPWD (Young People With Disabilities) team work with the young person from 16-25.


PHONE NUMBER: 0345 603 7627

Child and Young People’s Support Service (CAYPS)

Provides support to children and young people aged 0 to 25 years.

The CAYPS team work directly with children, young people and their families, to address difficulties encounted as a result of the child or young person’s additional needs. For example, issues around:

  • behaviour management, boundaries, routines, communication, wishes and feelings work, difficulties accessing the community and activities, social skills, independence and life skills.


PHONE NUMBER: 0345 603 7627

Preparing For Adulthood Service PFA

The Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) Service supports young people aged 14 to 25 with an Education, Health and Care plan, with preparing for adult life.


PHONE NUMBER: 0333 032 1641

Families In Focus

Provide support to families of children and young people with disabilities and special needs aged 0 to 19 across Essex who require advice, information and support particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis. They can also help with filling out DLA and PIP Forms.


PHONE NUMBER: 01245 353 575

SEND Information, Advice & Support Service

The Essex SEND IAS Service is a confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to SEND for children and young people up to the age of 25 years, parents and carers of children and young people with SEND and practitioners. Referrals can be made by parent, carer, child or young person or anyone that has their permission.


PHONE NUMBER: 0333 0138913

The MAZE Group

The MAZE Group offer monthly coffee mornings and a specialist weekly programme available online or face to face in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich.


PHONE NUMBER: 07807 900161

Dream The Change

Dream The Change was established to bridge the gap between families from diverse backgrounds who have children with special educational needs and disabilities and service providers. Dream The Change organise parent seminars, training days and workshops for parents and carers. They also organise a range of support groups, social events for families, including after school clubs, day trips and activities.


PHONE NUMBER: 07475 672129

Autism Anglia

Autism Anglia is an independent charity that provides care and support to autistic children, adults and their famillies in East Anglia. Services in Essex, Suffolk and Northfolk are managed from their Colchester Office. Services include: North East Essex Advocacy Service, Welfare Rights Service, Autism Alert Card & Autism Passport, Adult Services, Residential Services.


PHONE NUMBER: 01206 557678


SNAP provide to support for children and young people aged between 0-25 Years who live under Essex County Council and have any additional need or disability. From it`s Brentwood base SNAP offers a helping hand to thousands of famillies who need support in a variety of ways. Some of the services SNAP provide: Parent Advice & Support – helpline, face to face support, specialist talks and training courses, library of specialist books and dvds, online directory, counselling, education advice sessions (provided by famillies in focus). Activities- parent & pre-school children sessions, yoga, drama and activity groups, music therapy, holiday sessions, sibling support, multi-sensory room.


PHONE NUMBER: 01277 211300


Contact is a UK charity that support families with disabled children offering a free helpline, listening ear support service, a not for profit online shop fledglings which provides adaptive clothing, shoes, bedding, swimwear, sensory toys and aids


PHONE NUMBER: 0207 608 8700