Directory Category: Children



Aspirations is run by trustees, we give grants of up to £500 for a group or individual between the agers of 13 to 19 or up to 25 with additional needs. The purpose is to help young people to lead better lives, fulfil their potential and achieve their drea

01702 586231

Merged with Action for M.E. April 2018

A not for profit organization offering skills and workshops in the environmental and horticultural sector. Working with people of all ages and skill level and delivering education as well as a first hand volunteer experience with qualified coordinators.

Welcome to the Emotional Well-being and mental health service for young people up to the age of 18, or up to the age of 25 if they have special educational needs, living in Essex.

The type of support will vary depending on the type of concern and the severity.  All of the direct support options aim for young people to meet their own goals.  They include

Online self-help
Sign-posting to other organisations such as Big White Wall
Crisis support
Specialist assessments
Face to face therapy either individually or in groups

Self referral – call 0300 300 1600 to access the EWMHS during working hours.For the out of hours crisis support, please call the general NELFT switchboard on 0300 555 1201 and ask for the EWMHS Crisis Support Service.




0300 300 1600

Thorpe Greenways is a very large infant and junior school that serves the Kursaal ward and surrounding areas. The school is expanding and we are becoming an increasingly diverse school community with children and their families speaking a variety of diffe

01702 987950

Raises money to support work in Uganda. The relief of poverty.


We support families in the local community whose children are going through the ASD diagnosis process, we also work with and support families whose children have already been diagnosed. We hold monthly mornings and aim to offer small activities and sessio

01702 313222

We are a registered charity donating school uniform to children.  Our dream is that children go to school equal, confident and ready to create their own future.

07921 165537

The IYSS incorporates the following teams

Youth Offending Service
Connexions Team
Targeted Youth Support team
Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Team
Teenage Pregnancy
Community Engagement
Streets Ahead

Southend Youth Offending Service – aims to prevent offending and re-offending. We work with children and young people at risk of offending and those receiving as Reprimand, Final Warning or Court Order. We also work in partnership with Neighbourhood Policing Teams to deliver street based outreach offering young people viable and attractive alternatives to anti-social and criminal behaviour. (

Connexions – offer advice and guidance on career choices, training and support in finding employment for young people up to 19. The service works in partnership with schools, colleges and training providers to ensure the best support is available. Connexions Personal Advisers also offer one to one support to help young people overcome any barriers that are preventing them moving into learning, training or work. (

Targeted Youth Support – Focuses on providing both outreach and centre based activities for those hard to reach and vulnerable young people including dedicated provision for young Carers and children with disabilities

Teenage Pregnancy – we offer advice and support to girls aged 18 and under who are pregnant or helping young parents to remain in education, training or employment. We work with services such as young mums groups; BUMPS ante-natal groups, Family Nurse Partnership, cooking4life, parenting programmes, children’s centres and offer contraception advice for the future.

Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAT) – provide drug and alcohol treatment services for under 21s in Southend.  The service provides help for all types of substance use.  Appointments are made within 5 working days and young people can be seen within the environment which best suits their needs.  Parent or carer support is also available.  (

Streets Ahead are a team of experienced professionals who can help you and your family beat some of the long standing and difficult challenges that you may be facing in everyday life. We know that every family is different but many face issues that make them feel they are trapped in a difficult situation.  Problems could include;

Trouble with the police
Children not going to school
Finding it hard to get a job
Not coping, getting anxious or depressed
Health problems
Difficult or abusive relationships

Many families tell us they know they need help but struggle to find the right help and as much as they try to break away from these problems it can be hard to see a positive future.  So we listen carefully to what you and your family say and agree with you what needs to happen to put you back on the right track. We believe that real and positive change can only happen by working with the whole family.  We will help you, your children and others in the family too. A dedicated worker will work with you and your family for as long as it takes.  They will be with you every step of the way with advice, guidance, motivation and support and often they will challenge you too.  We know that by making small changes at first your family can become stronger and more able to cope with the problems that life can throw at you.  We can be the difference that you are looking for.


01702 534300