SAFE Essex supports autistic individuals  who do not have an additional learning disability, and their families.
Please note all meetings and activities are for SAFE members; anyone wishing to join will be asked to pay a small annual membership fee.
Further details and a membership form and information about us can be found on our website

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SAFE STUFF is for our younger members and hundreds of children have used a variety of art forms such as drama, dance, poetry, pottery-making, arts and crafts, plus visiting places of interest to the young people as well as taking part in special workshops as a way of learning concrete skills in group social interaction and team building. This project is a continuing success with parents who have commented on how well their children have learned how to interact and make new friends.

ASAP is SAFE’s adult group which meets monthly to deal with issues particular to adults such as independent living, supported employment and training, social communication and interaction skills, adult social care, friendships and relationships, mental health and carers issues.
Our monthly meetings cover the whole county and take place in Chelmsford with specialist speakers talking on a variety of topics of interest to our adult members and their families.
Contact Edgar Marchall for more information by email:

SAFE Members can book a one hour slot to chat on a one-to-one basis about any difficulties they are experiencing connected to their AS/HFA or that of their child’s. SAFE’s Development Worker will endeavour to assist and signpost them in the right direction.
Contact Andrea our Development Worker if you would like to book a slot at

This group offers adult members an opportunity to get together socially during the day and meetings take place in person in Southend twice each month and weekly via Zoom.
For further details, please contact SAFE’s Development Worker

The SAFE Women’s Group is for any woman who is autistic or strongly suspects that they are and is held both virtually via Zoom each week and in person monthly either in Southend or Battlesbridge.
At each meeting, we discuss topics including some of the challenges of being a woman on the spectrum, but some of the positives too.
This is a small and friendly group where members can talk in complete confidence, and where they are made most welcome.
For further details, please contact SAFE’s Development Worker

Is your daughter socially isolated as she finds it difficult to engage with others due to a lack of understanding of small talk and other social conventions?; does she struggle to be around others for long periods of time?
Do you find it impossible to have a social life due to your child’s needs, and also feel isolated as you do not know anyone experiencing similar problems?
Alpha Sigma Delta is a group that enables girls with autism, and their parents, to come together on a regular basis to make friends and form lasting relationships in a safe and friendly environment.
Do you have a daughter who has social and communication difficulties ?(it is not essential that she has a formal diagnosis) Would you like to meet other parents to share advice and peer support?
If you do, and your daughter is in the last year of primary school or is older, please contact SAFE’s Development Worker at for further details.

SAFE 18+
This is SAFE’s group for young autistic adults in Southend which meets in an exclusive-use café and offers them a safe, non-judgemental space for a relaxed evening; card games, chatting or just relaxing with a drink.

SAFE Youth Activity Club
SAFE holds a regular youth club in the south of the county where young people aged 13 to 21 years old are able to take part in a wide range of activities including bowling, swimming, rock-climbing, camping, boating, and social events. These clubs continue to be hugely successful in developing friendships and social understanding amongst the young people involved.

SAFE South Support Group
This is an opportunity for adult members of SAFE (alone or with their parents) to come together and share information and chat and meet with SAFE’s Development Worker and SAFE Trustees.

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