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Little Heroes ASD Support Group is a parent led support group for families of children who are on the autistic spectrum. Helen and Kim met on a professional level when Kim’s son Alfie was in the early days of receiving an official diagnosis of autism back in 2011.

Helen assisted the family in her formal role of autism specialist portage worker for the local council and together they experienced the ups and downs of the “autism rollercoaster”. When Alfie began at the local specialist school Helen and Kim decided they would like to create a small support network for families with children of similar ages – this would be the monthly coffee morning sessions at Summercourt Children Centre, Westcliff-on-Sea and officially began back in October 2012.

Several years later and Little Heroes is still going strong, is now a registered charity and continues to bring more and more families together. We provide support and assistance for families within Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding areas from as soon as they discovered there are additional needs.

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Daisy First Aid offers fun and fear-free first aid courses designed specifically for parents and child carers. In a two hour class, which takes place in the attendees own home or local venue, the world of emergency first aid unfolds, as parents, grandparents and care givers interact and learn the skills they need to save a life and to treat the most common accidents and emergencies

Highly Recommended:  Cake Club

Cake Club is a parenting support and playgroup, run by parent volunteers and a range of professionals, including a midwife, antenatal teachers, infant feeding supporters, babywearing consultant, peer supporters, and more. With tea, coffee and CAKE, obviously. Originally running just one session a week in a single location, we now span seven venues and run between 6-9 groups a week across the Southend area (including Rochford and Canvey), as well as occasional Walk & Talks and “Cake Club in the Park” sessions. We also run a thriving Facebook group offering evidence-based support and an abundance of parenting solidarity.

Highly Recommended: NCT

NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents, providing support for parents through antenatal and postnatal courses, website, local branches and community infrastructure, their helpline and much more. NCT Signature antenatal and NCT Essentials antenatal help mums- and dads-to-be work out how to approach labour, practice birthing positions and breathing, as well as parenting skills. Postnatal courses aim to help people feel more confident and supported in your new life as a parent. All courses provide lots of emotional support, from both the teacher and from the other parents to be in the class.

2021 Winner: NCT

2020 Winner: NCT

2019 Winner: NCT

2018 Winner: NCT

2017 Winner: NCT

2016 Winner: NCT
2015 Winner: NCT
2014 Winner: Talking Tots

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