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    • Help us shape the future of Health and Social Care in Essex

      Essex Disability and Carers Forum My name is Roger Pope and I am a volunteer for both PACT for Autism and a volunteer forum member on the “ Collaborate Essex Disability and Carers Forum”, with Healthwatch Essex, Summit and Essex County Council. What is this collaboration and how will it help? Healthwatch Essex captures the lived experiences of people who use health and social care services in the county. 'Over the next 3 years, we are working with Essex County Council to deliver a new model of service improvement, representing adults with disabilities by using lived experience more effectively. Feeding into council plans, we are developing a ‘Collaboration in Action’ Forum, which will consist of volunteers and Essex County Council staff. We are passionate about collaboration and ensuring that citizen voices and lived experience is at the heart of everything we do.' The forum meets on a quarterly basis and will cover different topics each month, with the next meeting in October 2020. The main topic for the October meeting will be “Care in the community” If you have any comments / concerns , or positive feedback on this topic, that you would like me to raise at the forum, please drop me an email. This is your chance to help shape future services, I look forward to hearing from you Roger Pope Forum member / PACT for Autism volunteer. Collaborate Essex Disability and Carers Forum

    • Essex Lottery - Fundraising for PACT.

      Support is needed more than ever!! One way you can support our charity and help us continue with all our support services, is through the Essex Lottery. Playing the lottery The Essex Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Essex. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Essex and its residents. Play the lottery, support Essex and PACT for Autism - it’s that simple! Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000! That’s a better chance of winning than the National Lottery or the Health Lottery! Each ticket will consist of 6 numbers and each number will be between 0 and 9. There will be a draw every Saturday night when a 6 digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2-6 numbers from the winning combination. Match all 6 and you win the JACKPOT! It is that easy!!- Please follow this link to support PACT for Autism and Essex.

    • Proud of Harlow Award for our Volunteers

      PACT for Autism, is very proud to announce that our team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers were presented with the Proud of Harlow award from Jon Clempner (founder of Proud of Harlow.) Our volunteers are the backbone of the charity and we could not offer all the services and support that we offer our registered families, individuals and professionals. We thank them from the bottom of our heart, they are VERY special people.

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    • Health and Wellbeing | PACT For Autism

      Assessment / Diagnosis Rights and Support Health and Well Being Out and About Finance and Housing Resources Family and Carers Employment / Education Health and Wellbeing Helpful Links and information ​ Some useful toolkits with information on inclusive youth groups and physical / mental health. Great resources for young people, parents and professionals. ​ ​ Ambitious About Autism - ​ ​ All about health and how to best access support and services from the hospital to the dentist. National Autistic Society - Annual Health Checks (Adults with a learning disability or autism) People with a learning disability can have a free health check every year to help them stay healthy, their Annual Health Check should result in a Health Check Action Plan to make sure they receive the very best healthcare. The North Essex CCG website provides further guidance on Annual Health Checks but also some other great health resources and advice. North Essex CCG Advocacy An advocate is a person who can support you and speak on your behalf if you want them to. Advocacy services help you access information and ensure your voice is heard when decisions that affect you are being made. Advocates are independent. They don't represent the views of others, such as your local authority or the NHS. They won't make decisions for you or give you their personal opinion. ​ An advocate can: contact people on your behalf go to meetings with you to give you support speak on your behalf when you don't feel comfortable speaking yourself write letters and emails on your behalf You can self refer to this service Essex -Summit ​ ​ Essex - Rethink Hertfordshire - ​ ​ - Clear advice and support on accessing services in easy read format MENCAP - Giving Everyone Equal Life chances as they move into Adulthood Preparing for Adulthood ​ ​ . Contact to discuss and plan ahead to make your visit to the hospital go as well as it can, Andrew Dixon Email: Telephone: 01279 694905​ Princess Alexandra Hospital Autism and Learning disability support team Dentists that have experience in working with Autistic individuals / learning difficulties / complex needs. Community Dental team - An independent and confidential information service to help you understand and navigate health and social care in Essex Health Watch Essex If you are finding it difficult to look after yourself and manage everyday tasks, you can contact the team to discuss your care and support needs. Essex Social Care team and Occupational Therapy The discussion will identify: If you need care and support The level of care and support you need How these could be met Your family and social support networks Meaningful lives - Essex County Council’s Living Well Essex website provides information, advice and guidance for adults, families, carers, providers and other professionals. Living Well Essex ​ Healthy Minds ​ ​ Challenging behaviour support

    • Debbi Hannam Bio | PACT For Autism

      Debbie Hannam Talks, Training and Support officer Debbie started her working life as a professional dancer and singer which then led her to teaching Musical Theatre and vocal coaching. ​ She started her family in 1996 welcoming two boys, Jake & Luke. In 2001 at the age of 2 ½ Luke was diagnosed with Autism. Which led to her meeting other like-minded parents who founded PACT. ​ Debbie loves to talk and is passionate about helping other parents, carers and professionals to navigate the world of autism. She has found true friendships in the adult autism community & has been inspired and educated by them. ​ She will happily spend hours on the phone with parents and professionals alike, as there is nothing quite like chatting to another person with a shared, lived experience of the Autistic Spectrum.

    • Coronavirus - Activities | PACT For Autism

      Coronavirus (COVID 19) ​ Current links to some online activities that may help you or your family during lock-down Links to Activities ​ Toolbox and calm zone Childline – ​ ​ Online activities running via Zoom - Book your places. - Essex Youth Service ​ Ideas and activities for families - Place to be ​ Every Wed @12 o'clock. Fun and Games with the Play People on their FaceBook site. - Play People ​ ​

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