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Every Saturday 9am to 10am, Every Sunday 9am to 11amFor more information, please click on title.
Second Monday of every month 5pm to 7.30pmFor more information, please click on the title
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am to 12noon Saturdays 10am to 1pmFor more information, please click the title to visit their website.
To watch autism-friendly movies. Please click on the title for more information.
First Friday of every month6.30pm to 8.30pmFor more information, please click on the title.
Every Wednesday during term time from 4.30pm to 6pm.For more information, please click on the title
Monthly friendly cinema showings. From September to March (approx.)For more information, please email White Bus
Messy activities for children with disabilities and sensory needs. Please call to book a place in advance and avoid disappointment or to find out more information. Runs every other Wednesday afternoon from 13.00-14.30 during term time and 10am to 2pm during holidays. This is run with support from Southend Portage team. For more information, please call01702 520979
Mencap provides sports, games, puzzles, arts and craft work and other activities for children aged 5 to 16 years with learning disabilities.Every Saturday during term time at The Eastwood Academy.For more information, click on the title
Little Heroes ASD Support Group is a parent led support group for families of children who are on the autistic spectrum. Helen and Kim met on a professional level when Kim’s son Alfie was in the early days of receiving an official diagnosis of autism back in 2011.
Helen assisted the family in her formal role of autism specialist portage worker for the local council and together they experienced the ups and downs of the “autism rollercoaster”. When Alfie began at the local specialist school Helen and Kim decided they would like to create a small support network for families with children of similar ages – this would be the monthly coffee morning sessions at Summercourt Children Centre, Westcliff-on-Sea and officially began back in October 2012.
Four years later and Little Heroes is still going strong and is now a registered charity continuing to bring more and more families together. We provide support and assistance for families within Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding areas from as soon as they discover there are additional needs.
Little Heroes provides a drop in service for parents and families of children with autism on a regular monthly basis via the sessions at Summercourt Children Centre, 9.30am to 11.30am on the first Friday of each month.
In addition, we offer activities throughout the school holidays and provide suitable events for families whilst offering them the chance to socialise with other likewise families where they can benefit from receiving advice and support from one another, as well as potentially creating new friendships within a circle of support. In addition we invite professionals along to these meetings and activities so families can benefit from their information and advice, it also makes it simpler for them to connect with these people that they may be weary of or find it a little daunting. Our intentions are that all children no matter what their ability/ disability is that they will be able to participate in activities and events that other neurotypical children can do, we give families the means to do this by arranging such activities in safe and secure surroundings.
Little Heroes has been my life line in so many ways during this last year. The organizers, Kim and Helen, have been an invaluable source of information, guidance and emotional support. Helen and Kim have helped me understand my son Benjamin and how his world works and I love being in his cheeky world. Little Heroes has been my rock in times when I needed support.
Little heroes has made such a huge difference to me and my son Josh.Josh is always excited when I tell him we have a little heroes event to go to as they are fun for him and for us parents and carers it is a chance to take our children out to places where we know they are safe, understood and have a good time without worrying that they will fit in!I really can't thank Little heroes enough - they are amazing
We started attending Little Heroes during the early days whilst going through the diagnosis process with our son Elijah. We had finally found somewhere where we could go, where we fit in, where we felt welcome by other families who just 'get it'... rather than being avoided. Little Heroes has literally changed our lives, we have gone from feeling so alone and excluded, to now having access to an amazing support network, many of which I consider to be very good lifelong friends.
I honestly don't know where we would be right now if it wasn't for Little Heroes. Ours, probably like most ASD families, has been a very hard and exhausting journey. I have often felt lost, isolated and helpless. Being introduced to Little Heroes has been our savior, it really has. Through them, we have met other families in similar situations to us. It's somewhere we can go and not be judged, where our children can just be. Somewhere we can unload our worries and get advice and valuable information. Where we can be around people that get it. And this is without the special events they put on throughout the year, so that our children don't miss out on things, like inflatable day or a visit with Father Christmas. I can't thank them enough. X