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Information and support

At STRM, we believe in empowering your child, young person, and family to achieve their full potential by providing the necessary support for a great start.

We can assist you by providing the following support:

Information and support about money and benefits.

Activities that can help you and your child in day-to-day life (for example, improving social and leisure activities or supporting learning at school).

By connecting with our support groups and resources, you can become part of a community of parent carers and broaden your knowledge of disabilities and neurodiversity.

Lastly, we want to help you look ahead and prepare for the future.

What: Disability Benefit Support Appointments

If you are a parent or carer of a child with disabilities, there are various ways in which you can receive support for additional expenses. If you require help in filling out a claim form, STRM can assist you throughout the process.

When: Every Tuesday
9.30 am – 11 am
11.15 am -12.45 am
1.15 pm – 2.45 pm

Where: Ground Floor 320D High Road, Benfleet, SS7 5HD

Need to know: Bookable £5 Fee

Who: Registered STRM members 

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

What: Guest Talks

Join us and listen to experts share their knowledge in a non-judgmental environment. This is a chance to learn from a specialist in a welcoming atmosphere, broaden your insights, and feel empowered to seek answers to any questions. We invite you to come, learn, deepen your understanding, and feel free to ask any questions.

When: First Wednesday of the month: 

10 am – 12 pm

Where: TheHub at the Megacentre 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh SS6 7UT 

Need to know: Bookable.

Who: Registered STRM members 

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

What: Topic Talks

We get together over coffee or tea and chat, learn and share! Whether your child has a neurodivergent diagnosis or not, you’re welcome to join us. We’ll be discussing specific themes. The team are excited to learn and share with you.   

When: Second Friday of the month 

10 am – 12 pm

Where: Across the Community

Need to know: Bookable. 

Who: Registered STRM members 

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts

Topic Talk is for Members only

Donation is welcome

What: Relaxed Coffee Mornings

Join us for a cup of coffee or tea with other parents and carers of neurodivergent children – diagnosed or not.

We also have partnership organisations that attend too.

Find your community and have a friendly chat!

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month 

10 am-12 pm.

Where: TheHub at the Megacentre 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh SS6 7UT

Need to know: Relaxed coffee morning is free access for Members and Non-members (Donation is welcome)

Who: *Non-members can join on the day.

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts

What: Drop-in Cost of Living Event and SEND Support

What’s available:  *Shopping Vouchers, *Pre-Pay Fuel Vouchers, Digital SIM Cards, food referrals, carbon monoxide alarms, priority register service, Energy & Gas Advice supported by Cadent, disabled grant information, and SEND Support.

Please bring your ID with you too. *One per family per quarter.

When: 4th Friday of the month 

10 am-12 pm.

Where: Across the community

Need to know: Drop-in Cost Living Support and SEND Support 

Who: Free access for Members and non-members*

Donation is welcome

*Non-members can join on the day

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts

What: Online Support Session

Join us for an online evening session with other parents and carers of neurodivergent children – diagnosed or not. 

Find your community and have a friendly chat!

When: Last Thursday of the month

8 pm – 9.30 pm.

Where: Online –Once you’ve booked your spot, you’ll receive an invitation to join our Teams event. 

Need to know: Bookable.

Who: Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

What: Bouldering Session for Children & Young people

When: Every Wednesday Term time

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Ages: 6-17yrs  Parent required to stay

Where: Indirock – 1st Floor, Victoria Shopping Centre, 362 Chartwell Square, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5SP 

Need to know: Bookable via the membership zone or by contacting [email protected]

Who: Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Castle Point, Rochford Districts and Southend.

What: Disability Benefit Support Appointment

Do you qualify for additional financial assistance for your child?

Where do I begin if we are eligible?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with how to complete the forms?

Are you confused about where to start?

When: Every Tuesday
9.30 am – 11 am
11.15 am -12.45 am
1.15 pm – 2.45 pm

Where: 320D High Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 5HB

Need to know: Bookable. £5 Fee

Who: Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

Further information:

If you are a parent or carer of a child with disabilities, there are various ways in which you can receive support for additional expenses. If you require help in filling out a claim form, STRM can assist you throughout the process.

What can we help with?

DLA – Child Disability Living Allowance 0-15 years.

PIP – Child Personal Independence Payment 16-25 years.

Mandatory Reconsiderations

Blue Badge Support

Need more help? Email: [email protected]

 

What: Guest Talk

Join us and listen to experts share their knowledge in a non-judgmental environment. This is a chance to learn from a specialist in a welcoming atmosphere, broaden your insights, and feel empowered to seek answers to any questions. We invite you to come, learn, deepen your understanding, and feel free to ask any questions.

When: First Wednesday of the month: 10 am – 12 pm

Where: The Hub at the Megacentre 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh SS6 7UT

Need to know: Bookable.

Who: Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

Further information:

Guest Talk is for STRM Registered Members only 

Next Sessions: 

Wednesday 1st May 2024 Rachel King Raw Learning – Dyslexia and Specific Learning Differences

Wednesday 5th June Charmaine Clear Steps Consultancy – Puberty

Wednesday 3rd July Birkett Long Solicitors– Everything you need to know about the annual review.

Wednesday 4th September  Vicki Lamb – ADHD – Debunking the myths

Wednesday 2nd October  Nicola Durrant – PDA

Wednesday 6th November  TBC

Need more help? Email: [email protected]

 

What: Topic Talk

We get together over coffee or tea and chat, learn and share!

Whether your child has a neurodivergent diagnosis or not, you’re welcome to join us. We’ll be discussing specific themes. The team are excited to learn and share with you.  

When: Second Friday of the month 

10 am – 12 pm

Where: Across the Community

Need to know: Bookable.

Who: Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

Further information:

Topic Talk is for STRM Registered Members only 

Further information:

Friday 12th April STRM HQ 320D High Road, Benfleet, SS7 5HD

How to create a neurodivergent-friendly home?

Friday 10th May  St Mary’s Prittlewell Church Hall East, Southend.

Primary to secondary transition support

Friday 14th June  St Marks Hall Rochford

How do you make a referral to the GP for an ADHD or autism medical assessment?

Friday 12th July  Canvey Medical Centre CAVS Office 

Understanding mental health and strategies that can help

Friday 13th September  St Mary’s Hall East, Southend.

How do you write your EHCP application?

Friday 11th October St Mark’s Hall – Rochford Parish Council

How can I help my child if they can’t manage school? I have been given an attendance fine. What do I do?

Friday 8th November Canvey Medical Centre CAVS Office 

Burnout and after-school restraint collapse.

Friday 13th December St Mary’s Hall East, Southend.

Navigating the festive period.

Need more help? Email: [email protected]

 

What: Relaxed Coffee Mornings

Join us for a cup of coffee or tea with other parents and carers of neurodivergent children – diagnosed or not. Find your community and have a friendly chat!

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month – 10 am-12 pm.

Where: TheHub at the Megacentre 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh SS6 7UT

Need to know: Relaxed coffee morning is free access for MEMBERS and non-members (Donation is welcome)

Who: *Non-members can join on the day members or click here Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

Further information:

Wednesday 17th April 2024

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Wednesday 19th June 2024

Wednesday 17th July 2024

Wednesday 18th September 2024

Wednesday 16th October 2024

Wednesday 20th November 2024

Need more help? Email: [email protected]

 

What: Cost of Living Event and SEND Support

Join us for a cup of coffee or tea with other parents and carers of neurodivergent children – diagnosed or not. Find your community and have a friendly chat!

When: 4th  Friday of the month – 10 am -12 pm.

Where: Across the Community

Need to know:

Who:

Members and non-members (Donation is welcome)

*Non-members can join on the day members or click here Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

Further information:

Cost Living Support and SEND Support Drop in and see the friendly team.

What’s available:  *Shopping Vouchers, *Pre-Pay Fuel Vouchers, Digital SIM Cards, food referrals, carbon monoxide alarms, priority register service, Energy & Gas Advice supported by Cadent, disabled grant information, and SEND Support.

Please bring your ID with you too. *One per family per quarter.

Next Sessions: 

Friday 26th April 2024 at St Marks Hall Rochford

Friday 24th May 2024 at STRM HQ Benfleet

Friday 28th June 2024 at Indirock Southend

Friday 26th July 2024 at  St Marks Hall Rochford

Friday 27th September 2024  CAVS Canvey

Friday 25th October 2024 at  Indirock Southend

Friday 22nd November 2024 at St Marks Hall Rochford

Need more help? Email: [email protected]

 

What: Online Support Sessions

Join us for an online evening session with other parents and carers of neurodivergent children – diagnosed or not. Find your community and have a friendly chat!

When: Last Thursday of the month – 8 pm – 9.30 pm.

Where: Online

Need to know: Bookable.

Who: Registered STRM members

Supported areas: Southend, Castle Point & Rochford districts.

Further information:

Thursday 28th March 2024

Thursday 25th April 2024

Thursday 30th May 2024

Thursday 27th June 2024

Thursday 25th July 2024

Thursday 26th September 2024

Thursday 31st October 2024

Thursday 28th November 2024

Need more help? Email: [email protected]

 

What: Bouldering Session for Children & Young people

When: Every Wednesday Term time 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Where: Indirock – 1st Floor, Victoria Shopping Centre, 362 Chartwell Square, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5SP 

Ages: 6-17yrs – Parent required to stay

Need to know: Bookable via the membership zone or by contacting [email protected]

Who: Registered STRM members 

Supported areas: Castle Point, Rochford Districts and Southend.

Bookable via the membership zone or by contacting [email protected]

Further information:

1. ‘Give it a go’ taster sessions –Want to give your child a chance to try it out and see if they like it?

2. Join the Bouldering Club: Following the taster session, children can join the Bouldering Club, which meets weekly and requires advanced booking.

In partnership with Indirock, we provide complimentary bouldering sessions for children and young individuals who are neurodivergent and/or have disabilities. These sessions can benefit children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions, such as Autism and ADHD, who may struggle with social and emotional communication, self-regulation, and executive functions. Bouldering can help build motor skills, coordination, balance, core strength, and self-confidence, enhancing their overall well-being.