Parent Carers

Parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with additional needs.

Some children and young people have special educational needs (SEN) and these differing needs mean varied levels of support are required at different times.

Parent carers are most likely to be caring the longest. The responsibilities may be even greater in the situation of a carer who is a sole parent who has more than one person to care for, or if the carer has a disability or is frail aged.  Your caring role can change drastically over the years as your child gets older and bigger so it is important to have your caring role reassessed if you feel that it is changing. If you haven’t already thought about having a Carers Assessment this might be something worth looking into and we have lots more information here

We aim to provide a range of support to the family so that they can enjoy social opportunities alongside their peers and other families.  We are currently funded to offer family activities for parents of children with additional needs.  We try to organise at least one trip a month and some of our previous trips from last year are listed below. Take a look at our Family Carers 2016 Events sheet below and please register with us to access our trips.

  • Stubbers Activity Day
  • Maldon Promenade Park
  • Bike-Ability & Picnic
  • Chessington World of Adventures/Thorpe Park
  • Family Holiday to Havens Leisure Park
  • Halloween Krafty Kids
  • Family Christmas Party

We do understand the impact that caring for a child with additional needs can have on the family.  Many families that are registered with us have other children who are also helping to care for a sibling.  If you have another child (aged 5-18) within your family that also helps to care for your child with additional needs they can access our Young Carer’s Project which will give them a chance to meet other Young Carers at the various events that we hold.  For more information about our Young Carer’s Project take a look at this.

It is crucial that we are offering support to any carer in the Southend Borough.  We do appreciate that keeping a carer healthy is key in any caring role. We offer a free helpline and are happy to talk through any concerns you might have.  Where appropriate we will signpost you to alternative agencies and we also offer a FREE counselling service with a trained counsellor.  We offer 1-1 counselling sessions, or if you would prefer you can join our group sessions.  If you would be interested in accessing our counselling service, please give us a call on 01702 393933 or email us at We also arrange regular events which many carers have found really information and useful.

If you aren’t currently registered with us feel free to download our Adult Registration, Young Adult Carer and Young Carer registration forms here.  You can send these back to us FREEPOST and once on our database you will be sent out a Welcome Park which will include our latest Newsletter and all the events that we have planned in the near future.  Some of our previous events included:-

  • Manual Handling Course
  • Carers Rights Events and information day including talks from Dee Gordon, Citizen’s Advice Southend, Carewatch and a Young Adult Carers representative.
  • Carers Get Together Coffee Morning
  • Stress & Mood Management course in partnership with Therapy For you and Southend Borough Council.
  • Preparing for the Future Workshop in partnership with Citizens Advice Southend and Project 49.  David Crabb gave advice about Wills, Power of Attorney, Discretionary Trust and Wish Letters.  This was an oversubscribed event and we are keen to get carer’s views on what other subjects they would like information about.
  • Caring Safely Workshop is designed for any carers who live or have a cared for that lives in Southend and will be held on 8 March 2016.  This will be a practical, informative and friendly workshop for carers who want to stay healthy and avoid slips, trips, sprains and strains.

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