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Free Autism and Nature books now available

30 May 2022
Illustration of a boy and girl walking through a park with flowers and trees

Designed to help parents, carers and teachers to engage children with autism and related disabilities with the countryside, natural world and our rural heritage. And they are free of charge, available in print and to download from Autism and Nature.

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Our new strategy for 2021 to 2026

21 February 2022
Illustration of a family with a blind child and guide dog walking along a beach front

After listening to your needs, we are proud to present our new strategy for Short Breaks that will improve our service for you and your children.

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Tell us what you think of our new strategy

22 July 2021
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We have developed a new Short Breaks Commissioning Strategy and we would like to hear what you think.

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Sharing the insights from our research on how we can improve

11 May 2021
Young disabled boy looking at laptop with mum leaning over his shoulder pointing and smiling

We have recently held two Zoom meetings to feedback the findings and share information and we would now like to publish this information to make sure that all families who were not able to attend have the chance to look through the report and also watch the video we have had commissioned to support these findings.

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Help us improve our service by telling us what you think

25 September 2020
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To help us put the right things in place, we want to hear what works best for children, young people and families. The information you provide will help us start to design the new offer with you from now until the new services are in place.

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Launch of our new ‘passport’ number booking system

14 January 2019
We have a new registration system, apply today to obtain your new 'passport' number

In order to make booking caravans, beach huts, clubs, activities, light touch care hours and applying for tickets and Max cards, much easier in the future, we have launched a new booking system.

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New inclusive play area and Changing Places facility in Walton-on-the-Naze

03 July 2018
Play area at Walton on the Naze

The opening of a new inclusive play area and accessible Changing Places facility in Walton-on-the-Naze is enabling children and young people with disabilities to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors.

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The Essex Family Forum Launches

12 February 2018
Short Breaks team at the Family Forum launch event

The new Essex parent/carer forum Essex Family Forum officially launched last week the 7th of February.

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New Short Breaks 2018 brochure now available

08 December 2017
picture of young children enjoying time with friends at the seaside

Short Breaks brochure 2018 now available

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New Changing Places facility for Colchester Library

24 November 2017
cutting the ribbon to open the changing places facility with people and mayor in the background

The latest Changing Places facility was officially opened at Colchester Library today the 23rd of November will help to transform accessibility for children and young people with a disability, allowing families to enjoy all the fun the Library has to offer without the added worry of whether there will be suitable facilities for their child.

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