Project information

Children with additional needs Aiming Higher!

To provide recreational activity clubs & Trips in the community for children & young people with additional needs. Our services offer 1-2-1 support to enable children with complex medical and/or behavioural needs to gain life skills & enjoy new experiences giving them more freedom, choice & control


Charity information: Parc (essex)

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  • Need


    Disabled young people are one of the most marginalised groups in society; there is a lack of opportunities for them to play and learn like mainstream young people, without facilities like PARC the children would have nowhere to go and play, have fun and make new friends.
    One of the biggest problems for children with disabilities is being teased and bullied, they are perceived as being different and this can lead to isolation, low self-esteem.


    PARC will design our provision around the individual C & YP, we have a ‘if it’s not working, change it’ attitude as every child can achieve their goals.
    PARC will offer life skills sessions such as cookery, going out in the community and teaching about money and how to pay for goods, they go for meals and learn how order their own food, this also teaches good communication skills.
    PARC will provide trips and activities in the community such as Chessington, Harry Potter World, Diggerland.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    "The children will be enabled to have the freedom of choice to join in & participate in activities.


    » PARC will provide trips and activities in the community such as Chessington, Harry Potter World, Diggerland. Legoland, Stubbers, cinema, Horse Riding
    » PARC will provide workshops in the centre such as African Drumming, Dance Workshops, Meet the Animals Workshops, Arts & Crafts & Cookery Workshops.
    » PARC will offer life skills sessions such as cookery, going out in the community & teaching about money handling, to enable them to gain confidence.

    What success will look like

    Children will have gained confidence & self-esteem to explore more opportunities available to them in the community.

    Aim 2

    "The children and young adults will lead a healthy lifestyle".


    » C & YP will participate in sports & healthy eating activities with specialist one to one support.
    » We will provide activities to promote a healthy lifestyle such as; Danbury Outdoors, ice-skating, swimming, horse riding, dance classes & cookery.

    What success will look like

    Children will bring healthier packed lunches they will access more sporting activities they will gain practical knowledge about healthier food and why it is good for them.

    Aim 3

    "Families of Children with additional needs will be supported".


    » We will offer Sunday Stay & Play sessions for our families , the whole family will come together to socialise with others in similar situations.
    » Our Family Support Manager will attend meetings, provide reports and meet with professionals on behalf of the child and family.
    » Our Family Support Manager will organise parent talks and courses and will signpost families to other agencies and professionals.
    » We will run training sessions and information talks which will empower families eg Good Beginnings, Early Support, Makaton, Transition.

    What success will look like

    Increased number of families being supported, improved family life, less isolation, fewer family breakdowns, feeling supported by other families in the same situation.

  • Impact


    The parents will have an improved relationships with their child as a result of having a break from constantly caring for them, they will feel supported by meeting other families in similar situations and be more informed of resources and help available. They will feel better for having had time for themselves, giving them the opportunity to re-charge their batteries and be more able to cope, this will lead to fewer cases of depression, less isolation, substance misuse and divorce.


    The risk is lack of funding opportunities to help sustain the services we provide for children with additional needs.
    We have a fundraising strategy in place and constantly apply for funding from Trusts & Foundations and we also rely on the generosity of the general public who hold fundraising events to raise money for PARC.
    We have some regular fundraisers such as our annual ball and 6 places in the London marathon.


    We provide a regular 6 month update on the process we are making for children that benefit from our services, we will provide examples of recent successes. Send reports after each holiday sessions with facts & figures and quotes from parents.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £674,947

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      Amount Heading Description
      £216 Just Giving Fees
      £21,951 Fundraising costs Resources, costs for events.
      £549,420 Wages Salary, NI & pension costs
      £7,216 Staff costs Staff training, uniforms, milage
      £8,723 Stationary Postage, printing costs
      £29,988 Toys & Equipment Resources
      £26,945 Activity resources Art materials muga hire, Equipment depreciation
      £30,488 Charity Shop Running costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Children in Need £20,700 Guaranteed
    Action for Children £242,000 Guaranteed
    Essex County Council £85,000 Guaranteed
    Global's Make Some Noise £16,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith Charity £15,300 Guaranteed
    Mrs Smith & Mount Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston Foundation £7,500 Guaranteed
    Eastern Counties Educational Trust £4,143 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in a beautiful Country Park in Braintree, Essex. Our building is purpose built to cater for children with additional needs.


    Children & young people from birth to 25 years with any type of additional need with a wide range of medical conditions including those with speech and language difficulties, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, ADHD, Angleman Syndrome, Amputee’s, ASD, Aspergers Syndrome, Deafness, Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia, Edwards Syndrome, Hypermobility.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our adaptability to meet the needs of our families, we have trained and experienced staff, we are able to support families with children with very complex needs.

    The combination of effective support we give the families and the play opportunities we offer their children. There are limited providers that offer the whole package, even outside of PARC hours many of our staff are still helping families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jenny Spencer-Laitt

    Services Manager

    Amanda Stewart

    Under 5's Manager

    Paula Ross

    Family Support Manager

    Ryan Mutlow

    Youth Club Manager