Older girl in a wheelchair smiling with her mum. She is wearing a yellow cardigan.

Supporting Essex families


We provide a range of confidential and independent services to parent carers as well as young people themselves who;
• Have a special educational need or disability (SEND)
• are aged 0 – 25 years old
• live in Essex
Our services are  easy to access, and you do not need a formal diagnosis or GP referral.

We offer practical support through:

  • A specialist one-stop information, advice and helpline service
  • Support and advice on educational issues; including Assessments, Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs), Exclusions, Tribunals and Appeals.
  • Help to explain reports written by professionals
  • Parent support at school meetings, including Annual Reviews
  • Support with claiming Disability benefits
  • Weekly activity clubs in Chelmsford and Colchester for SEND children and their families
  • Parent Drop-ins, with access to a Family Support Adviser, and advice and support at parent/carer coffee mornings
    across the County.


Many of our services and support are free. However, as a small charity with limited funding there will be a small fee applied to more in-depth support, such as:

  • Preparing and submitting a request for an education and health care needs assessment, and a follow up appeal if needed.
  • Preparing and submitting an appeal.
  • Attending the SEND tribunal.
  • DLA and PIP appointments (face to face and online, individually and in groups)
  • Attending a tribunal hearing.

All fees are determined with families, and depend on individual circumstances. If you would like more information, please contact Pat (pat@fifessex.org.uk) and she will explain how fees may be applied.


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