Information for Parents & Carers

Parents Notice Board

Essex Carers Network Event

Please see image below for information about an Essex Carers Network Event being held on 8/03/23. 

Help and support with the cost of living

The rising costs of living is an ongoing concern for all of us. ACL have compiled some helpful advice, support and guidance that may be of use to you. Click on the link below to access:

Cost of living support and guidance

Thinking Ahead: Family-to-Family

 Thinking Ahead: Family-to-Family Flyer

Food Bank Vouchers

We are pleased to inform you that Thriftwood College works in partnership with local food banks. We are able to issue vouchers to families in need. Please do not hesitate to contact the pastoral team confidentially on 01245 262779. 

Springfield Cricket Club

Springfield Cricket Club are looking for new recruits. Free coaching sessions available on a Saturday morning 10.00am-11.00am for all abilities.

Please click here to visit their website.


Sky Badger

Sky Badger is a really informative website for children with disabilities and their families. It has a wealth of information for you to access. Particularly helpful is a step by step guide on how to complete a Disability Living Allowance form. 


Family Fund

Family Fund is an organisation that provides grant to families with disabled or seriously ill children. They can also assist with advice on money and benefits and other ways you can receive support.  



BOSP is a registered charity which offers support to families by providing fun short break clubs for their children and young people who have learning and physical disabilities.

BOSP is always looking for good people to join its team of Support Workers. 

Flexible hours: sessions run evenings, weekends and throughout the school holidays.  Contact The BOSP Office for an application pack or visit our website at

Support Workers need to be a minimum of 17 years of age, due to Ofsted requirements.

Tel: 01268 553117 Email:


Essex Family Forum

We are a group of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs aged 0-25 who are passionate about empowering parents and influencing the decisions that affect our families. For more details, including membership (which is FREE), please click below for the flyer.

Essex Family Forum Flyer


Giving Machine

It’s so easy to generate free cash donations for us just by shopping online via TheGivingMachine. Please click below for the flyer.

Giving Machine Flyer





Interact supports young people (10-18) with special educational needs to get out and about in the community. They offer after school and evening activities. They also run day trips and activities at the weekends and school holidays.