Hatfield Heath Primary School

Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7EA




Upcoming events in the area

Please note: These events are not affiliated with the school but we want to make you aware of events in the local area from Charities and Independent Support Groups. 

External Clubs and Additional Activities for Children with Special Needs

 Please note: These events are not affiliated with the school but we want to make you aware of events in the local area from Charities and Independent Support Groups. 

PACT for Autism Trampolining Club at Stewards Academy in Harlow.

For children and young adults with additional needs, siblings (whether they have special needs or not), are also welcome.

The Trampolining Club takes place each Saturday between 10.45am and 1pm, during term time with each session lasting 45 minutes. A parent or carer is required to attend the lesson with their child in this relaxed and fun environment.

Stewards Academy in Harlow. 

PACT for Autism Swim Club at Stewards Academy in Harlow. 

This service is open to both children and adults with additional needs.

Swimming lessons will usually include one-to-one instruction and aim to give swimmers confidence in the water, aiding to enable them to swim.

PACT for Autism Ball Club at Stewards Academy in Harlow. 

For children and young adults with additional needs, siblings (whether they have special needs or not), are also welcome.

Mixed Ball Sports for Children with Additional Needs

5 Star Basketball Academy, Brentwood

5 Star Basketball Academy is running a wheelchair basketball club on Sundays 9.30am to 10.30am. The club is open to both wheelchair users and able bodied players from 8 years upwards. Sport wheelchairs are available at the club. 


Accuro Saturday Play Club, Saffron Walden

Saturday Play Club aims to provide opportunities for children and young people with a range of disabilities and needs, to engage in constructive and imaginative play within a safe, caring environment. 


All Ability Sports and Leisure, Harlow

All Ability Sports and Leisure offers opportunities targeted at people with a disability or with additional needs and their families. They aim to increase the awareness of sports provision for people with additional needs. The weekly sessions at Mark Hall Sports Centre, London Road, Harlow, include wheelchair basketball, boccia (Saturday mornings) and athletics (Monday evenings). At Stewards School, Parnell Road, Harlow, there is swimming (Tuesday evenings) and Judo. 




SEND & Inclusion

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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services

Young Minds

YoungMinds Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544

(Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)  

Kids Inspire: 

Kids Inspire support children and young people recovering from traumatic experiences or dealing with emerging mental health difficulties in Essex. 

They offer:

  • individual therapies (including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy and arts therapy)
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • group work (such as the Kids who Lunch Club during the school holidays for children entitled to free school meals)

Kooth (for 11+ only):

XenZone is an online mental health service for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.  It is free, safe and anonymous.

On Kooth you can:

  • chat in confidence to counsellors
  • read articles written by young people
  • get support from the Kooth community
  • keep a daily journal


Place2Be provides counselling to children and young people in primary and secondary schools.  They support pupils with a range of challenges, including anxiety, struggling to focus, low self-esteem, mood swings and trouble with their family.

They offer:

  • Place2Talk – pupils book appointments with a Place2Be counsellor to talk about problems and worries
  • one-to-one counselling – weekly counselling using talking, creative activities and play
  • group work – therapeutic groups exploring issues like friendship, self-esteem, transition and bullying
  • parent counselling – weekly therapeutic support from Parent Counsellors
  • guidance, training and safeguarding advice for staff – on issues such as managing and understanding behaviour, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Additional Support Needs (ASN), safeguarding and coping with staff stress.


Barnardo’s helps almost 120,000 children, young people and their families who face issues such as disability, abuse, homelessness and family bereavement.


More services can be found here: Essex Local Offer Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health 

Autism Support

National Autistic Society

Parent to Parent Service: 0808 800 4106


PACT for Autism is a Harlow based Charity providing support for the families of autistic children, autistic adults and people with similar conditions. Their key services include their Support / Information Line, monthly meetings for parent, carer and professional support, and a variety of activities, detailed on their events calendar, including their popular autism talks and training series.

Autism Education Trust 

The Autism Education Trust provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people with autism.

Autism Anglia 

Autism Anglia is an independent charity which enhances the lives of people on the autism spectrum.  Their services include education, care and support for both children and adults; support for families/carers and training for professionals. They also work with venues and businesses to help them become autism friendly.

General Support

Young Sibs

Young Sibs is a national charity which supports brothers and sisters of children and adults who are disabled, have special educational needs or a serious long-term condition.

Their website has information and tips for siblings, including:

  • managing feelings
  • tough stuff at home
  • thinking about the future
  • difficult behaviour
  • school life
  • understanding disability

Siblings can also share their feelings, experiences and tips with other siblings on the YoungSibs chat.


Accuro is a small, local charity providing a range of specialist services for children, young people and adults with a disability across West Essex. Their services enable members to take part in a wide range of social and leisure opportunities.

SNAP Charity

SNAP – Special Needs And Parents – is an Essex charity for families with children and young people who have any special need or disability. They have a directory of different agencies to access for a range of support/needs. 

Sky Badger 

 Sky Badger is a charity that finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families all over the UK.

Essex Family Forum 

An independent group of parents and carers for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs aged 0-25 who are passionate about empowering parents and influencing the decisions that affect our families.

Families InFocus

Families In Focus (Essex) is a registered charity that provides free support to families across Essex who have children aged 0 -25 with disabilities and/or special needs.

The service includes information helpline, one-to-one support from Family Advisers, independent parental support on educational issues, benefit entitlement, drop-ins, befriending opportunities, family activities, social events, learning opportunities and sibling support club.

Upwards with Downs

Upwards with Downs is a Harlow based registered charity. They offer support and guidance to people with Down Syndrome along with their families. They support new mums after diagnosis, either in hospital or at home and give support to pregnant mums after being given the diagnosis prenatally, in order to make an informed choice. By working alongside health care professionals, educational specialists and offering social evenings such as their monthly discos, they aim to ensure that both children and adults with Down Syndrome are well supported to reach their full potential in life.

Support for Carers/Young Carers

Essex Young Carers

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide regular and on-going care to another person who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

Action for Family Carers

Action for Family Carers is an Essex charity which provides information and support to carers who have unpaid, caring responsibilities.  They also offer counselling and respite day care, and work with Young Carers and professionals in schools. They offer services and support for unpaid carers across all ages, including:

  • Young Carers
  • Young Adult Carers
  • Adult Carers

Services include:

  • emotional support
  • signposting
  • Day Care services in Maldon, Burnham, South Woodham Ferrers, and Springfield
  • support for Young Carers in schools
  • Young Carer Clubs for those aged 8 and above in Maldon, Colchester, Harlow, Loughton and Stansted
  • targeted programmes for Young Carers to develop self-esteem and confidence
  • one-to-one support for Young Adult Carers living in Uttlesford
  • free counselling for Adult Carers
  • Telephone Befriending for Carers
  • support to help Carers back into work
  • support for Carers within GP surgeries in Clacton
  • support service for Carers looking after someone who has a cancer diagnosis in partnership with Macmillan