2014 PARC CHRISTMAS GROTTO
On Sunday 7th December our PARC children had some very special visitors all the way from Lapland! They were also visited by (and sang to) by Anna & Elsa from Disney smash Frozen, Olaf the Snowman and Rudolf! See the full story here >>>
2014 GRUFFALO EXTRAVAGANZA
Just before Christmas our PARC Under 5's group were told the tale of The Gruffalo, meeting the real life characters as the tale was brought to life with live animals and The Gruffalo himself even made an appearance! See what happened here >>>
2014 HALLOWEEN EVENT
Check out the spooky goings on back in October when our PARC Shop Team held a horrid Halloween party for all our lovely customers in Braintree! See the full gallery here >>>
2014 PARC CHARITY BALL
We had a fantastic night last year at our 2014 PARC Charity Ball, held at the stunning location of The Fennes Estate in Bocking. Our auction and Raffle raised over £2000 for PARC and all our guests had a memorable night! See the gallery here >>>
NEWS: 21st DEC 2015
We'd like to say THANKS to two amazing groups of people who have both raised funds for PARC this year: Marconi donated £180 from their employee charity fund & the Friends of Braintree Community Hospital raised £400 from a Christmas raffle and singing Carols around the Christmas tree! Please help us give them a festive round of applause for all their hard work! Every donation means so much and helps us continue the work that we do!
NEWS: 20th DEC 2015
Thanking every one of our PARC Essex team after another amazing day at our Magical Christmas Grotto Experience ~ It really was a special day for all the families who came along! More photos and news from the Grotto coming very soon :)
NEWS: 19th DEC 2015
A special Thank You today goes out to the Tamdown Group Ltd for their generous £1000 donation towards our Magical Christmas Grotto Event that many of our children & families attend ~ This really has helped to make this event extra special this year!
NEWS: 17th DEC 2015
Find out what happened when our Under 5's went on a Bear Hunt around the PARC Centre last week, made extra special with a visit from PARC
NEWS: 10th DEC 2015
Last week some of our Under 5's visited the Magical Christmas Grotto Experience at Marsh Farm. Click to see the full story:
NEWS: 8th DEC 2015
Some of our PARC Mums enjoyed a festive evening of good food & good company this week, at The Lion Inn in Boreham ~ Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed the festivities!
NEWS: 5th DEC 2015
Awesome time with the Santas on a Bike crew at the weekend, despite the treacherous weather conditions they still completed the charity ride from Thurrock to Great Notley, raising an amazing £186.25! A huge THANK YOU to all who took part and supported the event! The children from Saturday's session were super impressed too as they even got to sit on some of the bikes after the event! Click to find out more:
NEWS: 2nd DEC 2015
Win a Tiptree Jam Hamper just in time for Christmas! Draw to be made at our PARC Christmas Grotto on Sunday 20th December! Get your tickets from the PARC Centre now, just £1 each!
NEWS: 29th NOV 2015
HARRY POTTER SIBLING TRIP: Some of our PARC staff organised a trip to the Warner Brother's Studio in Leavesden to do the Harry Potter Tour where all the sets were dressed for Christmas! Everyone had a festive time, thank you to everyone who came along and helped out on the trip!
NEWS: 26th NOV 2015
A huge THANK YOU to the amazing Rotary Chelmsford Phoenix for their donation of £2500 to PARC last week! Well done to everyone for their fundraising efforts over the past year, it will make such a difference, and helps support the play opportunities that we provide to additional needs children in Essex.
NEWS: 21st NOV 2015
BOCKING BELLES CHRISTMAS FAYRE: If you're starting your Christmas shopping this weekend then why not head over to St Mary's Church Hall in Bocking, where Bocking Belles are holding a Christmas Fayre, with lots of Christmas gifts and crafts, cards and yummy cakes, plus visit Santa's Grotto ~ Bocking Belles are supporting PARC this year!
NEWS: 17TH NOV 15
AVANTI TRAVEL INSURANCE: A Huge THANK YOU to Avanti in Braintree and all their customers for all their fundraising efforts this year! They've raised a massive £1212.85 for PARC and we will be holding a cheque presentation event very soon! More information to follow! Click to find out more about Avanti > > >
NEWS: 18TH NOV 2015
EAST OF ENGLAND TOKEN CO-OP SCHEME: We have been chosen by the East of England Co-Op as a supported charity in their Token Scheme: If you're a member, you can cast your vote in their Hatfield Peverel, Witham or Silver End stores and help us collect a share of a £1000! Find out more in store
NEWS: 15TH NOV 2015
GIVING TREE This year we have been chosen by Heart Essex and as one of the charities being supported by The Giving Tree located at the Tourist Information at Freeport Shopping Centre, Braintree - Click to find out more > > >
NEWS: 13TH NOVEMBER 2015
CHILDREN IN NEED 2015 This week our Under 5's Activity Club, held a baking activity and cake sale in aid of Children In Need 2015 which helps support our services throughout the year.
NEWS: 13TH NOVEMBER 2015
CHILDREN IN NEED 2015 On Friday our much loved Matthew visited Sadie Nine and the wonderful team at BBC Essex for Children in Need, along with mum, Jenny and our Team Leader Jasmine! We spoke about the services we provide at PARC and how BBC Children in Need supports us. Click to listen to his inspirational interview at around 1hr 10mins
NEWS: 2nd NOV 2015
A huge Well Done and Congratulations to PARC's Callum on receiving a Disability Sports Personality of the year award from Active Essex on Monday night! Find out more about Active Essex here > > >
NEWS: 27th OCT 2015
SENSORY ROOM MAKE OVER For the past couple of weeks PARC Staff Aimée & Lindsey have been using their artistic talents to give our Sensory Room a make over! They've done an awesome job at bringing Nemo and his friends to PARC for all the children to enjoy. Click to see more photos!
NEWS: 15th OCT 2015
Braintree District Athletic Club 5 Mile Run: A huge thank you to everyone who ran the Braintree 5 earlier on this year. They have supported us with their efforts and raised an enormous £649.31 for PARC! Well done guys, amazing stuff!
NEWS: 3rd OCT 2015
On Saturday 3rd October we celebrated 20 years of PARC with a brilliant party at our Great Notley Centre. Find out what happened here > > >
NEWS: 3rd OCT 2015
A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS On Saturday our Under 5's club visited Colne Valley Railway with Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends! The sun was shining and we had a brilliant day! See the full gallery from our trip here > > >
NEWS: 2nd OCT 2015
We're delighted to have received a Jack Petchey award at City Hall London, marking the 15th Anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation. We were given a £1,500 award in recognition of our work with young people.
NEWS: 17th SEPT 2015
PROVIDE AWARDS 2015: Last week we were lucky enough to receive a grant of £3,948 to fund a Pre-School Speech and Language Therapy Group for our Under 5's children at our PARC Centre. We are so thrilled to be able to offer this as part of our Under 5's services, and a huge thank you to the Essex Community Foundation and Provide to awarding us on the night. It's going to make a big difference to families in the local area.
NEWS: 10TH Sept 2015
We are so thrilled to be one of the charities that Global's Make Some Noise and Heart Essex are supporting this year! Find out why here >>>
NEWS: 27th AUG 2015
UNDER 5's DRAMA WORKSHOP Our Under 5's group had a fantastic time last week making & creating some train themed arts and crafts, games and story telling over at the Discovery Centre in Great Notley Country Park! A huge thank you to Jigsaw Drama and everyone who came along, the children had a brilliant time! You can see the full story from the day here >>>
NEWS: 20th Aug 2015
SALLY'S FARMHOUSE TRIP Find out what happened when our Under 5's Group visited our very own play worker Sally's Farmhouse last week! So much fun was had from feeding the alpacas to wheelbarrow rides! See the full story here >>>
NEWS: 4th Aug 2015
GRUFFALO THEATRE TRIP LONDON A fantastic day was had by all the families who came on the Gruffalo theatre trip at London's Lyric Theatre. Thank you to everyone especially Katherine at Mousetrap Theatre Projects for organising this for us!
NEWS: 1st August 2015
On Saturday 1st August we held a fantastic evening of musical entertainment all in aid of PARC, raising over £700!! Thank you to all the performers and everyone who was involved. Click to see the full album here >>>
NEWS: 30th July 2015
LEGO LAND WINDSOR TRIP The summer holidays wouldn't be complete without a fun trip to Official LEGOLAND Windsor ~ Our children and staff had an awesome time last week exploring the park and discovering what can be built with lego bricks! Check out some snaps from their day out here >>>
NEWS: 30TH July 2015
UNDER 5'S BEACH TRIP Last week our Under 5's Team took some of our little ones (and their Mums & Dads) for a lovely afternoon down at Walton Beach! We played some games, built sandcastles, had a paddle and enjoyed a yummy beach hut picnic! Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible! See more photos here>>>
NEWS: 21st July 2015
MAKATON TRAINING Over the last two days, PARC staff have been learning Makaton for our children which has been kindly paid for by the fund set up in memory of Louise Dawson. Thirty staff took part and are now trained up to Stage 4. Louise's mentor and Makaton trainer, Julie Ford came to PARC and presented the training to our staff. A big thank you to Julie and to Catherine, who came to support her. We will be keeping Lou's legacy alive by offering further Makaton Courses at PARC in the future.
18th July 2015
HALSTEAD PARTY IN THE PARK 2015 On Saturday 5th June Halstead Public Gardens was the venue for the Halstead Party in PARK 2015. Organised and sponsored by Scenarios and Royal Shield it was an evening for the whole family that featured performances from BonJack and the number 1 Ed Sheeran Tribute act Jack Shepherd. The event was in aid of PARC Essex and raised £500 in total! Read more on our Blog here >>>
28th June 2015
CHARITY PIZZA BAKE! A big thank you to Nonna's who held a Charity Pizza Bake for PARC Essex on Saturday June 27th. As well as making a number of amazing pizzas for hungry punters they also raised £359 for PARC in the process! Click to find out more about Nonna's >>>
21st June 2015
2015 PARC FUN DAY! A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who came down to our Fun Day on Father's Day this Sunday! A big thank you to our sponsors who helped make it all possible Crittall St Crittall Steel Windows, G + G Gallo Enterprises Limited and Kings Financial!
23rd June 2015
NEW PARC MASCOT! Introducing our new PARC mascot! (Beautifully modelled by our Holiday Manager Jenny & our Events Manager Ashley) Designed by a local primary school student in our 'Design a Mascot Competition' - More Mascot news soon!
26th June 2015
CHARITY ABSEIL! One of our PARC Dad's organised a charity abseil and alongside some of our staff, helped raise almost £2000 for us! They even made the local news! See the full story here >>>
13th June 2015
2015 PARC CHARITY BALL! This year's PARC Ball was a huge success, a glamorous night of fundraising held at the elegant Boreham House in Chelmsford! Our attendees helped raise over £4000! Find out more over on the Official Charity Ball website >>>
14th June 2015
CHARITY TOBOGGANING! Huge Congratulations to Anne Childs who yesterday took to the dry slopes of the Sulfok Ski centre and Swiss Bob toboggan 50 TIMES!!! In aid of PARC Essex she has already hit her target but that doesn't mean you can't make her total even bigger by donating here >>>