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Sensory Survey for Children, Young People and their Families

In July 2015 Essex County Council introduced a sensory co-ordination service for adults delivered by ECL (Essex Cares Ltd) in partnership with voluntary sector providers, to provide information, advice, guidance and emotional support, registration and rehabilitation for residents in Essex (excluding Thurrock and Southend).

We are now looking at developing the current service into an all age service and have produced an online survey for children and young people with sensory needs and their families. 

There are two survey’s one for the child or young person to complete (with parental permission required for those under 16) and the other for members of their family to complete.

Parents/ carers/ family member survey:

Children and young people survey:

The closing date for the survey is Friday 4th December 2015.

We have also attached PDF documents so that people can print them off and use as hard copies if required.

For more information about the survey please contact:
Jo Wanmer by email
Or phone  03330136463

For more information about future involvement please contact:
Jane Bloom by email
Or phone 03330 136459/ 07919624517

Survey Flyer

Parent Letter


Access to DWP Services

Please see the attached flyer for important information regarding the DWP and all relevant contact information:



The Queens Award For Voluntary Service



Since Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the Queen has awarded this prestigious national honour to hundreds of volunteering groups across the UK. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, recognises the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to their local communities.

If you know of a group of volunteers that devotes time to helping others and makes a difference in your community and you would like to nominate them for an award, please see the attached flyer or you can make a nomination online at

Queens Award Flyer


New Website Launch - Essex Victims Gateway

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex have launched a new website named the Essex Victims Gateway.

The website aims to offer an online facility for victims of crime and have direct access to locally based and relevant support, whether they have reported the crime to the police or not. A victim of any crime can, for example, type in their postcode to find which support groups exist on their doorstep. The site also features case studies, help and “frequently asked questions” in relation to each specific crime type.

For more information, please click HERE or alternatively, visit the new Victims Gateway Website.


Adult Community Learning Essex - New Website Goes Live!

New Web Pages Go Live!
Search for a course today
Adult Community Learning Essex have updated their website - check it out here:

The main changes involve:

  • a new look and feel to the home page
  • an enhanced search - by category and sub-category along the top of the landing page for those people who just want to browse courses


Essex Libraries Offer Free On-line Magazines

Choose from top sellers such as: Hello, Marie Claire, The Economist and Country Life or specialist titles such Digital Camera World, Mountain Bike Rider and Golf Monthly.

There are a vast range of topics covered from cookery to crafts and from technology to travel, all available to members free of charge with an Essex Libraries card.

An e-magazine can be read on a computer or downloaded to a tablet. You can enjoy magazines in your local Essex Library, at home or on the go.

To find out more, please click on the link below:

Essex Libraries Free On-line Magazines


Health Checks for People with Disabilities

NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG are encouraging people with learning disabilities to get their free annual health check. The aim is to make sure that any adults with different degrees of learning disability do not have health problems that could otherwise go undetected. For more information, please click on the link below for the press release:

NHS Media Release June 2015


Important Information about Scam Mail

Scam mail is on the increase – thousands of letters pouring through our mail boxes every day telling us we have won a prize or a cash sum. People have received 30 plus per day after responding to just one scam (having then been put on the ‘suckers list” and personal details ‘sold on’ to conmen across the world)
These scams can take the form of fake prize draws, lottery and sweepstakes, credit card applications, donation requests (to bogus charities), advance fee fraud (asking for help to transfer money to another country in exchange for a ‘reward’), administrative fee required (before a ‘prize’ can be released). These are just some examples, not an exhaustive list.
Most of the scams have these in common – they require money (in one way or another) from you,  they request your bank details or they require you to order something first (before the prize is released)
There are some simple rules to follow to avoid being conned by this sort of fraud:

  • You can’t win a competition you haven’t entered!
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • NEVER give your bank details to anybody you are not completely sure of.
  • Don’t order anything you neither want nor need.

These types of scams generally affect the most vulnerable in our communities – those who live alone.
            “In 2008 a survey conducted by Help the Aged and Barclays revealed that seven out of ten older people in Britain - more than 6.6m people – are targeted by scams every month, either by telephone or letter.
            22,000 victims replied to one scam mail shot and sent £500,000 in one day!
            20 pensioners in Cornwall collectively sent £350,000 to criminals who work in organised gangs!”

‘Think Jessica’ website

Case Study:
In fulfilling my role as a Swan Housing Association Supported Housing Officer, I once visited an elderly resident at a sheltered housing scheme to find his dining table covered with ‘scam mail’ telling him he had won cash prizes. The resident was insistent that, as he had already responded to most of the letters, he was now going to be a “very wealthy man” - no amount of logical argument was going to persuade him otherwise. Most of these particular letters required the sending of an ‘administration fee’ in order to release the prize. No prizes ever came.
As this resident had not been diagnosed with having any mental health issues, It soon became apparent that, as long as the resident ‘wanted’ to respond to these letters, both I  and his family, were virtually powerless to do anything about stopping the scam mail.
This resident (who was diagnosed with the on-set of dementia a few months later) seemed to have been ‘brain washed’by the prospect of ‘winning’ all this money as I could not offer any argument or produce any facts that would persuade him otherwise.

Some useful websites with further information on scam mail and how to reduce it:
Royal Mail (‘stop scam mail’)
Think Jessica (
Age UK

Article contributed by:

Steve Pinnock – Supported Housing Officer
Swan Housing Association

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