Directory Category: Disability



Our free information and advice line offers support and guidance to Deafblind people, their carers, family and friends, as well as professionals working with people who have a loss of both hearing and sight.

01733 358100

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 aim to improve the quality of life for all blind, partially sighted and deaf blind people. We all work in a voluntary capacity and have no paid staff in Essex. We welcome any publicity you can give our branch and volunteers are always welcome. We produ
01702 477899

Prohect 49 is a community based resource run by Southend Care Ltd providing innovative services for adults with learning disabilities in the Southend area.  Located in central Southend, our focus is on putting people first.  We provide a wide range of dynamic activities promoting healthy living and wellbeing, making informed choices and community inclusion.  We have initiated or participated in a number of exciting projects and partnerships aimed at developing our service users’ independence, confidence and positive engagement within our town. Age 19 and over. Referral required via CTPLD (Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities). Cost £60 per day.

Jump up and Join in – open mic nights at the Railway Hotel
Community garden projects
Kitchen 49
Art project work

We have our own film production company “Around the Edge Productions” who have created a variety of films for others, which includes recruitment films for SBC’s education department and music promo videos for a local punk band.

We work closely with Make Southend Sparkle and are working on regenerating a neglected area of town so all can enjoy it.

2nd contact – Debbie Chapman – Manager –

01702 212434

We are a group of volunteers who have type 1 diabetes or children who do. We organise events to bring type 1 children and their families together.


The Art Ministry runs weekly arts and crafts clubs for a wide variety of people from Essex. We focus on people who are most likely to benefit from the opportunity that being involved in creative activity provides for making friends, boosting self confiden

07582 025163

The LA aims to support amputees, whatever their non-medical needs, from the point of consultation and preoperative assessment through to post operative recovery and rehabilitation. Our core services include a dedicated support line, direct access to welfa

01245 216670

We support blind and partially sighted people with their independence through the provision of mobility training, Guide Dogs and Sighted Guiding support. Fundraising branch operating in Southend.

0845 3727429

Grant Making Body to help disabled children with any aspect of their education. We make grants for things such as extra tuition and equipment

0845 123 3997

The Talking Newspaper is a free weekly audio recording of local news, sent out by post, for people with vision impairment.

Do you know someone who is unable to read a newspaper themselves?

Our free service, on CDs or USB memory sticks, will help them keep in touch, to know what is going on, and maintain an interest.

The News (every week) – you can listen to this week’s news

The Magazine – alternate publication every three weeks

The Bulletin – alternate publication every three week

As well as our recordings being available on the British Wireless for the Blind (BWFB) they can now be heard using Smart devices such as Amazon Alexa using an Amazon Echo, iPads, smart televisions and even on your phone
If you would like to know how to access these, please give us a call.

We can also supply a simple USB player, cost free if required.

What we do

This is what we do and how it works:

Every week we record one hour of local news taken from the Echo and other local newspapers.
The news is recorded onto CDs or USB memory sticks which are sent out in zipped plastic wallets to people with vision impairment

We record on Thursday evenings. The recordings are posted out on Fridays and our listeners should receive them on Saturday morning.

Every three weeks there is a second recording included. This is either our Magazine issue, another hour filled with interesting feature articles from the Essex area and beyond, or our Information Bulletin providing useful information which we hope will be both helpful and interesting for our listeners

The postal wallet holds an address card on the front. Our address is on the back of that card. Our listeners are asked to slide the card out, turn it over and replace it behind the clear plastic ‘window’ and post it back to us. There is no postage to pay. The memory sticks are re-used and the CDs are taken to a recycling plant

01702 898900