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Living with a disability or health condition

Sports and social activities

If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, getting out and about is the best way to meet new people and make new friends.

Day opportunities

Day opportunities can help you get out and meet new people, learn new skills and take part in community activities.

You must have a care needs assessment before you can access these services. If you think this may benefit you, you can speak to your social worker about it, if you have one.

Community hubs

Essex Cares Limited (ECL) offers support in the home and community for adults with learning disabilities and older adults. Their day centres across Essex offer interesting activities, such as arts and crafts, photography, cooking and music.


Below is a list of organisations that provide inclusive and accessible activities for adults:

  • Essex Local Offer - social activities for young people with learning disabilities
  • Mencap - find your local group for people with learning disabilities
  • Accuro - activities, befriending scheme, short breaks for people with disabilities and their carers (Uttlesford and Harlow)
  • The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain - free guide for accessible tourist attractions
  • Short Breaks - for children and young people with special needs and disabilities


Essex County Council funds Sport for Confidence in 7 centres across Essex. It provides sporting opportunities for people who face barriers to physical activity because of a disability.

The activities are run by health professionals and sports coaches and are designed to help you gain confidence, meet new people and get fit and healthy.

To find your nearest venue and to see a timetable of activities on offer, visit Sport for Confidence.

All Together is an Active Essex campaign to promote the opportunities available for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity across Essex. View their interactive map to find sporting activities near you.

Accessible holidays

A good break can revitalise you, especially if you suffer from a health condition or limited mobility. Whether it's a day out, a short break or a longer stay, there are companies that specialise in arranging holidays for older people and people with disabilities.

The following websites may help you find a break:

Travel advice for disabled people

If you are thinking of going abroad, GOV.UK offers advice on travel for disabled people

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