Thanks to so many generous donations of time and money from local businesses and individuals, we've managed to help hundreds  of additional needs children and their families throughout Essex.

 

2016 marks 21 years since our very first play session and here you can find an archive of some of our favorite events and news stories, that have helped make PARC what it is today.

 

 

 

 
NEWS: 20th December 2016

NEWS: 20th December 2016

Amazing news this week, the very generous people over at Enhance EHC have made a donation of £1,000 to PARC. Overwhelmed by their generosity, and looking forward to meeting them in the new year to say a very big thank you in person! Find out more here:

NEWS: 15th December 2016

NEWS: 15th December 2016

We'd like to say a big big thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted Christmas trees to us this year. They helped make our Grotto event so magical for all the children and they will be reused each year at future PARC Christmas events.

NEWS: 13th December 2016

NEWS: 13th December 2016

The very talented Art and Design, and Photography Students at Braintree College Colchester Institute created some fabulous decorations recently for our PARC Grotto and upcoming Christmas Eve Party! Huge thanks to this creative bunch for getting involved, and helping set the magical scene for the children who visit the centre during December.

NEWS: 12th December 2016

NEWS: 12th December 2016

What an amazing day we had yesterday at this year's PARC Christmas Grotto, which saw our centre transformed into a wintery scene, with the children helping Father Christmas on his quest to find the missing pieces of his magical map! It was a wonderful day for the children. Click for Media from the day here:

NEWS: 9th December 2016

NEWS: 9th December 2016

Some wonderful news today, as we've received a whopping £2,072.00 donation from Essex Police Intake B2. They've been taking part in lots of fundraising activities, and thanks to support like theirs, we can continue to help children & young adults with additional needs in Essex. Please give them a like to help us say thank you for all their dedication and hard work.

NEWS: 7th December 2016

NEWS: 7th December 2016

Super excited to have been chosen as Barker Associates LLP Charity of the Year! We met the lovely ladies earlier on this week, who supplied us with tonnes of Christmas chocolates and biscuits for our Grotto event on Sunday. They will be helping us in a variety of different ways, for a whole year and we'd like to say a big thank you to them, for choosing to support PARC. Click for more:

NEWS: 6th December 2016

NEWS: 6th December 2016

What an amazing time we had on Saturday with the Santas On A Bike team, who completed a charity bike ride across Essex finishing up at our Centre in Great Notley! The children loved having the opportunity to sit on the bikes and it was a great atmosphere all round! A big big thank you from everyone here at PARC, as thanks to support like yours, we can continue to offer our much needed services.

NEWS: 5th December 2016

NEWS: 5th December 2016

Officers and staff from the Essex Police Women’s Leadership and Development Forum (WLDF) raised almost £500 for us this week! Huge thank you to all who took part, your support really does mean so much!

NEWS: 1st December 2016

NEWS: 1st December 2016

So excited to have been chosen as one of the charities Starbucks is supporting with this year's #redcupcheer ~ To help us receive a grant towards our 2017 Mini Marathon, all you have to do is follow /share our Neighbourly page: http://bit.ly/2gCupSD or tweet the following: 'Please RT & help @ParcEssex win £1000 from @StarbucksUK @nbrly for their #PARCMiniMarathon in this year's #redcupcheer '

NEWS: 30th November 2016

NEWS: 30th November 2016

Date for the diary for PARC Parents & Carers

NEWS: 29th November 2016

NEWS: 29th November 2016

The lovely people over at Braintree Rivers Rotary Club will be helping Father Christmas in his sleigh during December! They will be visiting Great Leighs, Black Notley and Little Dunmow, raising money for PARC, and other Rotary charities, so please look out for him on his travels :) Please see flyer for more information. (In the unlikely event of bad weather dates may change and start times are only approximate) ~ Thank You

NEWS: 28th November 2016

NEWS: 28th November 2016

Huge thank you to Southend Theatres for donating show tickets to our 2016 PARC Ice Ball Charity Auction. Support like this enables us to raise much needed funds for the children and families who use our services.

NEWS: 23rd November 2016

NEWS: 23rd November 2016

Huge congratulations to inspirational Harvey who came 3rd, out of 5, for the Child of Courage 2016 at last night's The Pride Of Essex Awards. We're so proud of Harvey's achievements. Well done to Mum Charlotte and family members, for being such an awesome team! Love from everyone here at PARC :) x

NEWS: 20th November 2016

NEWS: 20th November 2016

The Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens Christmas Raffle is back with all proceeds going to PARC! Tickets on sale now from our Great Notley Centre and our PARC Charity Outlet in Braintree. Draw to be made on Saturday 10th December. You could win a fantastic prize just in time for Christmas :)

NEWS: 18th November 2016

NEWS: 18th November 2016

Photos from this year's PARC Ice Ball 2016 are available to purchase now! The extremely talented Three Flowers Photography captured the night on camera and if you attended last Saturday's event, they make a perfect memento or Christmas gift. 50% of profits from print sales will be donated back to PARC. Please click the link below and use the password: PARC2016BALL to access the gallery: www.threeflowersphotography.co.uk/client-area

NEWS: 8th November 2016

NEWS: 8th November 2016

CHRISTMAS TREES NEEDED! If anyone is purchasing a new Christmas tree this year and would like to donate their old artificial tree to PARC, then please bring it along to to our Great Notley centre before Friday 2nd December. We are collecting them as props for our Christmas Grotto event and any unwanted trees would be greatly appreciated! Thank you ~ PARC Fundraising Team

NEWS: 27th October 2016

NEWS: 27th October 2016

Amazing donation of £500 this week thanks to everyone who took part in The Maldon Mud Race! We are so grateful to have been chosen as one of the charities supported by this event, and can't wait for the 2017 race which takes place on the 7th May next year! Big thanks to all the organisers and competitors who braved the cold mud to help raise vital funds for charity! See you in 2017!

NEWS: 25th October 2016

NEWS: 25th October 2016

**NOTICE FOR UNDER 5'S PARENTS** Please note that there will be no Under 5's session on Tuesday 8th November due to essential staff training. We Apologise for any inconvenience caused ~ Our Under 5's activity club will continue as normal on Thursday 10th November. For further info please speak to a member of the Under 5's team. Thank you in advance

NEWS: 20th October 2016

NEWS: 20th October 2016

Meet Shelby ~ A 47" teddy bear, kindly donated to us earlier this week by Ben and all the employees at IPSL in Chelmsford :) Saying a big thank you this afternoon, as Shelby will now be enjoying life at PARC!

NEWS: 19th October 2016

NEWS: 19th October 2016

Have you seen us on Kings Property boards in and around the Braintree area yet? Thank you to supporters Kings Financial & Kings Property for putting us on their boards and helping us promote our #bemovedbePARC furniture initiative with Tendring Reuse, where you can donate unwanted furniture to help raise vital funds for PARC! You can find out more about the scheme here:

NEWS: 19th October 2016

NEWS: 19th October 2016

We have been lucky enough to receive a beautiful handmade donation of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' story from the super talented Meadowers over at Penny Meadow ~ A life skills & personal development centre for young adults based in Colchester. A huge thank you goes out to them today, as our children will love using this, and it was a pleasure meeting you all at PARC earlier on this week.

NEWS: 17th October 2016

NEWS: 17th October 2016

The lovely people over at Santas On A Bike are doing another charity bike ride this December in aid of PARC! Bikers wanted to join in, so please get involved if you can and take part on Saturday 3rd December! To find out more visit: www.santasonabike.org.uk

NEWS: 16th October 2016

NEWS: 16th October 2016

Essex Police are hosting a raffle with some awesome prizes up for grabs! Tickets can be purchased from our Great Notley Centre at £2 a strip or £5 for 3, with all proceeds going to PARC

NEWS: 13th October 2016

NEWS: 13th October 2016

Charity Curry Night hosted by Essex Police on Friday 4th November, 7.30pm - midnight, at Maharaja Restaurant in Benfleet. Tickets still available! £20 per person including a three course buffet, plus dance floor with DJ, as well as the chance to win some amazing prizes! Proceeds go to PARC ~ Please email: daniel.hirsch@essex.pnn.police.uk for tickets

NEWS: 12th October 2016

NEWS: 12th October 2016

Our Charity Ice Ball Auction items are up on website now! Some amazing lots up for grabs with all proceeds going to PARC ~ If you would like to place a sealed bid before Saturday 12th November, please email your details to : amanda.richardson@parcstaff.co.uk ~ Thank You

NEWS: 6th October 2016

NEWS: 6th October 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have been successful in our Emergency Grant application to Essex County Council. We have been awarded sufficient funds to offset the loss of the unpaid 4Children invoices, placing us back in the stable position we previously enjoyed. We have worked closely and tirelessly as a committee and staff body to ensure continuity of service and a secure working environment for all our staff and volunteers during this period of uncertainty. Read more here:

NEWS: 4th October 2016

NEWS: 4th October 2016

Big congrats to Mikey this morning for winning a Jack Petchey Foundation award last week, which includes £250 to spend on what he wants for PARC :) Mikey has been coming to us for a number of years and we couldn't be prouder of all his achievements! Well done Mikey, from all the PARC Essex team x

NEWS: 29th SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 29th SEPTEMBER 2016

Please donate your #firstfiver to PARC and help raise vital funds for much needed play opportunities for children and young adults with additional needs ~ It couldn't be easier ~ Just text PARC05 £5 to 70070 Thank You :)

NEWS: 27th SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 27th SEPTEMBER 2016

Spooktacular Date for your Diary!! The amazing Nonna's - Pizza and Chameleon Costumes are hosting a Haunted Barn Ball on Saturday 5th November with proceeds going to PARC (Essex) Join in all the Halloween fun over on the event page, for tickets and more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/978791035576483/

NEWS: 24th SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 24th SEPTEMBER 2016

An amazing weekend with our big Disney Party! See all the story and some more snaps over on the PARC Blog

NEWS: 23rd SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 23rd SEPTEMBER 2016

Many of you might be aware of the announcement of the ‘4Children’ charity going into administration. PARC had a contract with 4Children to provide Short Breaks services on behalf of Essex County Council. Their closure has left PARC with a £71,000 loss. ​Please click to read more:

NEWS: 15th SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 15th SEPTEMBER 2016

Huge thank you to everyone who voted for PARC in this year's Essex Mums Awards! We were voted runner up in the 'Best Group/Class for Children with a Disability' It means so much to be nominated and chosen, as it helps raise awareness of the services we provide to children and families in Essex ~ Thank You

NEWS: 11th SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 11th SEPTEMBER 2016

Wow!! What an amazing day for our very first The Great British Vintage Fair!! Glorious sunshine and the most fantastic crowds of people came along to help raise vital funds for PARC Essex! We will be sharing lots more stories, snaps and thank yous, from the day's events over the coming week, but for now we would just like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our volunteers, supporters, stall holders, entertainers, and most importantly all who came along to enjoy the day today!!

NEWS: 1st SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS: 1st SEPTEMBER 2016

New Beginner's Makaton Course Levels 1 - 4 starting at the PARC Centre on Sunday 2nd October until Sunday 16th October ~ Visit our Course page for more information on how to sign up.

NEWS: 24th AUGUST 2016

NEWS: 24th AUGUST 2016

So excited for the launch of our 2016 PARC Films!! Filming today over our centre in Great Notley with the amazing Go Slow Motion! Keep an eye on our social media pages for more news on this very soon!

NEWS: 15th AUGUST 2016

NEWS: 15th AUGUST 2016

The fabulous team over at our PARC Charity Shop have put together a smashing window display to promote this year's Great British Vintage Fair which is raising funds for PARC on Sunday 11th September! Big thanks to The Seamstress of Bloomsbury for loaning us this gorgeous polka dot dress to help promote our Miss Rock My Frock Competition! Join in the fun by clicking above.

NEWS: 13th AUGUST 2016

NEWS: 13th AUGUST 2016

PARC children can get FREE ENTRY to this year's Great British Vintage Fair as well as a Concession Entry rate to each PARC family member at £4 per person. (Children Under 5 go free). Advance Wrist Bands for our Fairground will also be available for a special rate of £5 each which will include unlimited rides on our vintage carousel and dodgems. Please email your ticket requests to amanda.richardson@parcstaff.co.uk ~ Thank You

NEWS: 11th AUGUST 2016

NEWS: 11th AUGUST 2016

Big thank you to one of our Youth Club members who has been running a superb Youth Club Cafe and donated all the money she's raised to PARC!

NEWS: 9th AUGUST 2016

NEWS: 9th AUGUST 2016

An awe inspiring piece of news and a heartfelt thank you to Kevin Smith and everyone at Braintree Golf Club who have recently been involved in fundraising efforts for PARC. Back in March Kevin set a target to raise £7,500 for the year of his Captaincy, but after an incredible weekend of events, the target was smashed raising a staggering £11,200 for PARC!! We are truly thankful to Kevin and the generosity of the club members!!

NEWS: 27th JULY 2016

NEWS: 27th JULY 2016

We are so thrilled to have been chosen as Halstead Sainsbury's Local Charity of The Year! Voted for by members of the local community, this means PARC will work in partnership with Sainsbury's for a whole year and include a range of support such as awareness-raising and fundraising in-store, volunteering and donations for PARC. Our year officially starts in store on Friday 5th August so pop along on the day to get involved and you can keep an eye on our social media for all the latest.

NEWS: 26th JULY 2016

NEWS: 26th JULY 2016

We are currently looking for PARC Staff, parents and friends who would like to volunteer some time at this year's The Great British Vintage Fair! Have fun and help PARC at our biggest fundraising event of 2016! For more information, please email your contact information to amanda.richardson@parcstaff.co.uk ~ Thank You

NEWS: 20th JULY 2016

NEWS: 20th JULY 2016

On Sunday there was Charity Football match that took place between Braintree Churches and some of our very own PARC Team! A huge thank you to everyone who took part and helped organise this fantastic afternoon of football! Despite the hot weather an amazing £236.50 was raised! Thank You!

NEWS: 13th JULY 2016

NEWS: 13th JULY 2016

Saying a big big Thank You to Millins Of Tiptree and everyone who took part in their recent Charity Golf Day at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club as they raised a whopping £3735 for PARC! We can't thank everybody enough for their amazing generosity and hard work, it really means so much.

NEWS: 9th JULY 2016

NEWS: 9th JULY 2016

Amazing stuff this week from all at the Dean Butler Memorial Cup​ and their Event on Saturday at Ford Sports & Social Club Basildon which raised £1,450 for PARC! Heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone involved and to all the players for their superb football skills on the day! We had a great time and your support means so much ~ Thank You!

NEWS: 30th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 30th JUNE 2016

Awesome people needed to join us as PARC Ambassadors! Volunteer and make a real difference by helping to raise awareness of ‪PARC. Click to find out more.

NEWS: 28th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 28th JUNE 2016

Sign up to play in our upcoming Charity Football Match on Sunday 17th July at the Discovery Centre, Great Notley (just behind our Centre) ~ Braintree Churches V PARC (Essex) Bring along the kids for a mini tournament after the main event and enjoy a yummy BBQ! All proceeds go to PARC! If you would like to take part, please email: tomisamos@gmail.com ~ Thank You

NEWS: 27th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 27th JUNE 2016

Really excited that we've been nominated in this year's Essex Mums Awards! You can vote for PARC until the beginning of September clicking above. It's fantastic to be included in the nominations for 2016 and helps raise awareness of the work that we do at PARC.

NEWS: 17th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 17th JUNE 2016

Autumn dates now available for our Under 5's Speech & Language Therapy Course. Meet other parents and make amazing progress on this exclusive course. Click to book your space.

NEWS: 16th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 16th JUNE 2016

Important Information for PARC Parents/Carers: Session closure dates Monday 18th July - Sunday 24th July 2016 Most of our sessions will be closed the week commencing Monday 18th July 2016 due to staff training and maintenance ready for the Summer holidays. The only sessions that will remain open are our Under 5's on a Tuesday & Thursday Morning, and our Friday Coffee morning session. Please contact us if you require any further information.

NEWS: 16th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 16th JUNE 2016

Lots of support from the children at PARC today ~ We had a great time watching England play!

NEWS: 15th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 15th JUNE 2016

The lovely people behind Santa's on a Bike are doing yet another charity bike ride in aid of PARC! This year put on your Superhero capes and get involved! Bike ride takes place on Sunday 26th June, starting at Dick Turpin in Basildon and then finishing at our PARC Centre just in time to enjoy our Fun Day! Please help spread the word by sharing with any motorcycle enthusiasts or anyone who may like to take part! Thank You

NEWS: 14th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 14th JUNE 2016

Our Under 5's team would like to say a huge thank you to Rosemary and all volunteers and helpers, for giving up their free time and for their wonderful efforts at PARC ~ Without them we couldn't keep our centre open or run our sessions. You truly are amazing, thank you!

NEWS: 14th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 14th JUNE 2016

We love this photo of Vicky Kemp receiving some flowers to mark Volunteer Week last week. Our Volunteers are so important to us and are such an important part of PARC and who we are. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who volunteer, not just in sessions but for all those who give up their valuable time. Without you we could not exist, your are AMAZING we are so proud to call you our friends. Thank you. The PARC team

NEWS: 13th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 13th JUNE 2016

Stepping back in time over weekend to the Swinging Sixties with our PARC Charity Outlet as they won first prize in this year's Braintree Carnival Window Display! Well done to all the PARC Shop team, we love the display! So well deserved after all your hard work!

NEWS: 12th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 12th JUNE 2016

We're looking for baking enthusiasts to enter into The Great British Vintage Fair's Cake Off Competition 2016! If you have a love of baking and want to show off your skills, then why not enter a cake creation for your chance to win a fantastic prize from Little Lucy's Bakery, and be crowned this year's champion! Visit the GB Vintage Fair website for more information.

NEWS: 11th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 11th JUNE 2016

Join us for plenty of fun baking and cooking up yummy treats at our new PARC Cooking Club, taking place every Tuesday after school! Book in and find more information on the website, follow links to Tuesday After School Club

NEWS: 10th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 10th JUNE 2016

Such lovely news to start a Friday... The ever so kind and thoughtful people at Co-Operative Funeral Care in Braintree have so generously donated a face painter for our Fun Day on June 26th! A huge heartfelt thank you to Jane and Jo, the children will love having their faces painted on the day ~ Thank you from everyone at PARC

NEWS: 8th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 8th JUNE 2016

Awesome Saturday Activity Club last weekend, with some very cute and cuddly animals from the wonderful Ark Farm ~ Check out our photo diary from the day, over on the PARC Blog to see how much fun we all had!

NEWS: 5th JUNE 2016

NEWS: 5th JUNE 2016

Family Fun Day Saturday July 9th raising funds for PARC! Please go along and show your support if you can! You can also enter a team by contacting event organisers on flyer.

NEWS: 3rd JUNE 2016

NEWS: 3rd JUNE 2016

Last Friday the members of Braintree Town Academy organised and took part in a football tournament. They charged £1 per person to enter the tournament and in a heartfelt gesture of generosity donated all of the money raised to PARC. We were overwhelmed by this lovely gesture and the children in the garden have really enjoyed watching you playing football so a huge thank you from all of the staff and families and children at PARC. You have bought many smiles to many faces!

NEWS: 2nd JUNE 2016

NEWS: 2nd JUNE 2016

Amazing news but we need your help!! PARC have been shortlisted to become Halstead Sainsbury's Charity of the Year! If chosen, PARC will work in partnership with Sainsbury's staff for a whole year, not only raising much needed funds but also through volunteering and raising the profile of our charity. We need votes in order for this to happen, so please vote for us in store in Halstead or online by clicking this image. Voting closes on Sunday 26th June. Thank You

NEWS: 1st JUNE 2016

NEWS: 1st JUNE 2016

A brilliant time with our Under 5's team and Monkeynastix, combining fun and fitness with creativity and music, helping to improve co-ordination, flexibility, strength and agility! Thank you to Monkeynastix and to all our Under 5's families who came along. As you can see we all had a great time and learned a lot along the way!

NEWS: 26th MAY 2016

NEWS: 26th MAY 2016

PARC Families ~ Date for the Diary!! ☀️ Sunday 26th June is our annual PARC Fun Day! Come along from 11AM - 4PM at our Great Notley Centre for a fantastic day out for the whole family including BBQ, craft stalls, fun fair stalls, face painting, bouncy castles, pop up tea room, ice cream van, plus sports activities including a mini world cup, football skills, a penalty shoot out comp, wellington boot Toss Comp plus so much more! Please mark the date on your calendar to be sure you can come along!

NEWS: 26th MAY 2016

NEWS: 26th MAY 2016

Saying Thank You to all the team at Tiptree Jam today as they've raised a fantastic £524 for us, with their latest quiz night!! We are always so overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our local community and really couldn't continue to provide our much needed services without it! A big heart felt thanks to everyone who took part :)

NEWS: 20th MAY 2016

NEWS: 20th MAY 2016

Today our Under 5's had a brilliant visit from Braintree Fire Station, including a real life fire engine, as part of our 'People Who Help Us' Topic. Our families had a wonderful morning and you can see more over on our Facebook page by clicking the photo:

NEWS: 20th MAY 2016

NEWS: 20th MAY 2016

Next Friday (27th May) we'll be launching the full version of our new Youth Club Video captured by the amazing Go Slow Motion! Be sure to like us on Facebook to make sure you don't miss it!

NEWS: 19th MAY 2016

NEWS: 19th MAY 2016

Last week some of our families got to visit the amazing Circus Starr a not-for-profit organisation which allows thousands of children to experience the magic of the circus for free. We'd like to pass on our heart felt thanks to the super team at Circus Star, for donating tickets. We've had some wonderful feedback from our parents!

NEWS: 16th MAY 2016

NEWS: 16th MAY 2016

Another awesome weekend with our PARC Essex team! This Saturday was all about bouncing around with the brilliant Go Bonkers Bouncy Castles! As you can see we had loads of fun, the sun was shining and there were plenty of smiles throughout the day. See more over on our PARC Facebook page:

NEWS: 13th MAY 2016

NEWS: 13th MAY 2016

A new post up on the PARC blog this week, with photos from our Under 5's Mini Marathon in April! We can now reveal an amazing £2249.60 has been raised so far, which will go towards Summer Holidays Trips for our younger PARC Children. Click to read the full story:

NEWS: 11th MAY 2016

NEWS: 11th MAY 2016

PARC's Mascot Buddy alongside our Events Manager Amanda, took a trip to Global in London's Leicester Square this week to meet other charities and the amazing team at Global's Make Some Noise! As you can see Buddy enjoyed himself and you'll be able to follow him on a very special journey very soon in our #whosPARC campaign!

NEWS: 11th MAY 2016

NEWS: 11th MAY 2016

Sunday Session Families! Join us on Sunday 5th June, for a fantastic day out ti Kidzania London, thanks to Zoey Woods who run the London Marathon for PARC last year! Click to find out more:

NEWS: 10th MAY 2016

NEWS: 10th MAY 2016

Alex Lowery Speaks About Autism ~ Tuesday 24th May at Heathlands Primary School ~ Tickets on sale now:

NEWS: 9th MAY 2016

NEWS: 9th MAY 2016

Amazing stuff from Braintree Golf Club who are currently fundraising to help refurbish our soft play area at our PARC Centre in Great Notley. They've currently raised a whopping £2,554, a 1/3 of their target! We can't thank them enough for their ongoing support. Click to find out more:

NEWS: 7th MAY 2016

NEWS: 7th MAY 2016

Wonderful opportunity for any PARC children who are under the age of 10 to get exclusive after hours access to Little Legs Festival at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens on Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th June between 4:00PM - 5:30PM! Spaces are limited. Click to go to booking form:

NEWS: 30th April 2016

NEWS: 30th April 2016

Some fantastic snaps over on Radio Essex of Tyre Tech's Family Fun Day! Big thanks to everyone at Tyre Tech and all who supported the event which raised funds for PARC! Click to view more:

NEWS: 28th April 2016

NEWS: 28th April 2016

Dates for the Diary: Parent Coffee Morning ~ Meet other parents and carers and find out about clubs and activities running during the Summer Holidays!

NEWS: 27th April 2016

NEWS: 27th April 2016

So excited to be able to tell you about our new initiative 'Be Moved By PARC' ~ We've joined forces with Tendring Reuse and Kings Financial to generate funds for PARC by recycling and reselling your unwanted furniture! By donating your unwanted items and using T.R.E.E, PARC receives a percentage on every item sold, helping to keep our specialist centre running! Click to find out more:

NEWS: 26th April 2016

NEWS: 26th April 2016

What an amazing memorable day we had on Sunday with our PARC Under 5's, who were absolute heroes after completing the 2km play trail around the Discovery Centre in Great Notley, to fundraise for their Summer Holiday trips! Even though it was freezing cold they refused to give up! Watch out for a full post on the blog next week, along with the total amount raised for PARC :)

NEWS: 25th April 2016

NEWS: 25th April 2016

Everyone at PARC would just like to say a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to our London Marathon runners, Chris, Clare, Anthony and Claire! You guys all did amazingly on Sunday, and the money you have raised will make a real difference to the lives of local children! We'll be announcing the total amount over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime, please help us give them a round of applause 👏🏻 You should be so proud! Thank You!

NEWS: 24th April 2016

NEWS: 24th April 2016

Brilliant evening last night for the Captains Farewell/Welcome. A fantastic evening and a big thank you to all those who supported the event. Together an amazing £400 was raised for PARC!

NEWS: 23rd April 2016

NEWS: 23rd April 2016

We had some Wonderful workshops during the Easter holidays with the amazing Jigsaw Drama ~ The children and young adults in our Youth Club got to take part in an array of animal themed activities from singing and dancing, to sensory games, role play and exploring the animal world through performance and fun! We can't thank Sarah from Jigsaw Drama enough for bringing her specialist workshops to PARC and we look forward to more of these to come. Click to find out more about Jigsaw.

NEWS: 21st April 2016

NEWS: 21st April 2016

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Easter Egg hunt at Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens in March, and to everyone who took part, helping to raise funds for PARC!

NEWS: 21st April 2016

NEWS: 21st April 2016

Pop in to our PARC Charity Outlet and check out the changes they've made in their children's department! They've given us much more room for spring and summer wear! Fresh stock everyday!

NEWS: 20th April 2016

NEWS: 20th April 2016

A huge thank you to our amazing PARC (Essex) Ambassadors Joe Hobson, Alex Conway and Callum Riordan, who did an assembly this morning at Riven Hall Primary school ~ They did a fantastic job promoting PARC and the work that we do! Thanks guys! :)

NEWS: 18th April 2016

NEWS: 18th April 2016

We're offering our PARC families tickets to see Circus Starr perform at Promenade Park in Maldon on Thursday 19th May 2016, for 4:45pm and 7pm performances. It's free entry with up to 5 tickets per family. The Circus show is especially designed for children with difficulties sitting and concentrating. No animals take part in the show. For tickets please email paula.ross@parcstaff.co.uk or call Paula at the Centre during office hours on 01376 528999.

NEWS: 15th April 2016

NEWS: 15th April 2016

Saying thank you this morning to Jane and the team at Co-operative Funeral Care for the donation of a fantastic printer for use at our Great Notley Centre :)

NEWS: 15th April 2016

NEWS: 15th April 2016

Our PARC Sports Club is back!! We'll be offering a whole host of sports to take part in from football, to hockey, to cricket, and Boccia! All sports are fully adapted for everyone to take part! Tuesday's Sports Club takes place from 4pm - 6pm. Click to find out more > > >

NEWS: 14th April 2016

NEWS: 14th April 2016

Super excited about our new social media campaign starting very soon!! We'll be asking you all to get involved, so please keep an eye out for more on ‪#‎whosPARC‬

NEWS: 13th April 2016

NEWS: 13th April 2016

PARC in the News: Click to read the story of Lewis, one of our Under 5's Children, who made the local news this week! Along with our other inspirational Under 5's, Lewis is taking part in our upcoming Mini Marathon, to help fundraise for PARC! Click to read the full story.

NEWS: 11th April 2016

NEWS: 11th April 2016

Golfers! Put this date in your diary!! The wonderful guys over at Millins Of Tiptree are holding a charity golf day at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club on the 13th July! Tickets are now on sale from Millins and proceeds go to PARC!

NEWS: 6th April 2016

NEWS: 6th April 2016

We are so thrilled to be able to announce that we have received a whopping £33,696 from Heart Essex & Make Some Noise! Click to find out what happened on our recent visit to Heart!

NEWS: 21st March 2016

NEWS: 21st March 2016

Meet 13 year old Casey Bacon an amazing young man who has just completed a 4 mile run in aid of PARC. Casey's inspiration his 4 year old nephew who attends PARC. With over £200 raised we would like to thank Casey and we look forward to meeting you very soon!

NEWS: 14th March 2016

NEWS: 14th March 2016

Super excited and chuffed to have been chosen as one of the charities that this year's Maldon Mud Race are choosing to support! You can still sign up a team! Click to visit the website:

NEWS: 8th March 2016

NEWS: 8th March 2016

Easter Holiday Trips for our Under 5's now taking bookings! Great days out to Boydell's Farm and Creepy Crawlies!

NEWS: 26th Feb 2016

NEWS: 26th Feb 2016

We have a new Makaton Course Stages 5 - 8 ~ Starting on Tuesday 12th April! If you are interested in this course, please email: amanda.richardson@parcstaff.co.uk

NEWS: 16th Feb 2016

NEWS: 16th Feb 2016

Sibling & Parent Trip to see the Ballet Sleeping Beauty! Email: amanda.richardson@parcstaff.co.uk

NEWS: 21st JAN 2016

NEWS: 21st JAN 2016

A HUGE thank you to Team PARC aka Callum Riordan, Joe Hobson and Alex Conway from St John Payne Catholic School who won a grant for £250 from First Give Uk by presenting to their year group about PARC. They were amazing ambassadors for PARC, their win was well desreved. Well done boys!

NEWS: 21st January 2015

NEWS: 21st January 2015

Epic Thanks goes out this week to the pupils of Ramsey Academy in Halstead for their brilliant effort in raising £1229.54 for PARC. It was great to welcome them in to the centre last week and show them around.