WINNER: GO BANANAS AUTISM-FRIENDLY SESSIONS
Go Bananas has teamed up with Autism Anglia to provide Autism and SEN friendly sessions.
Go Bananas has been under new management since February 2017. It is the largest play centre in the county and has been voted as Highly Recommended by Essex Mums. We also have a dedicated under 5’s area with disco room, kitchen, trampolines, car track, ball pit and slide! Our over 5’s area is for our braver explorers along with our climbing wall.
Our autism and SEN friendly sessions are designed to provide a calm and relaxed atmosphere ideal for those children who would love to come to Go Bananas but the noise and activity of a usual day would be too much for them. The centre is closed and only open to those who have pre booked onto the session and numbers are kept to a minimum.
Cafe open as normal
Highly Recommended: Kim Drake – Little Heroes ASD support
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.
Highly Recommended: Keri Jarvis – Do it Like a Mother
Keri Jarvis is a Mother (of a 4 year old tyrant, and a big fat baby), Wife and Birth Addict: she is addicted to, obsessed by, totally dedicated to enabling parents to give their babies births that they all feel great about). Do It Like A Mother provides hypnobirthing and pregnancy relaxation classes to absolute mothers- women who are prepared to own their own births no matter what, and step into their most powerful selves.
Highly Recommended: Andrea Hall – Fitnfab
FitNFab is a friendly welcoming hub for the local community. We are a non-membership venue making it accessible and affordable to all, comprising downstairs of 2 treatment rooms and waiting area – upstairs being a dance/fitness studio for classes/events/workshops available to hire, a community pay as you go gym and more. We want you to feel FitNFabulous on the inside and out in a fun, friendly non-intimidating environment Community Fitness and Wellbeing Hub.
2018 Winner: Go Bananas Autism-Friendly Sessions
2017 Winner: Helen Whiting, Baby Sensory
2016 Winner: James Sinclair, The Partyman Company
2015 Winner: Charlotte Yoxall
2014 Winner: Chicken and Frog Book Shop