Appeal for SN Support Volunteers

Appeal for Special Needs Support Volunteers

ecdpDo you want to have the opportunity to support children with Special Education needs, then why not become a volunteer Independent Supporter (IS) with ECDP?  The purpose of the role is:

To provide appropriate support to young people with special educational needs (SEN) and their parents/carers through the transition from a traditional Special Educational Needs Statement system to  the new Education, Health & Care (EHC) assessment and planning process.

  •  Full training will be provided
  • All reasonable expenses will be provided
  • Volunteers will be working either alongside other volunteers and staff or independently
  • Working hours are flexible
  • Volunteers would usually need to commit to around 6 hours per month
  • To support group-based and individually focused support, workshops/events which will empower young people and parents/carers to make informed choices/decisions

Successful applicants will be required to complete two days face to face training, two days on-line training plus some supplementary training.

Training is available throughout Essex.  If you would like to work with us to support disabled children and their parents/carers in Essex, please contact Cindy Peacock by email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] or call her on 01245 392 319.

More about ECDP

ecdp (Essex Coalition of Disabled People) is a pioneering charitable organisation (no. 1091293), run by disabled people, for disabled people.   They deliver a range of services and award winning programmes which enhance the everyday lives of disabled people across the UK.  Involving and engaging disabled people in all that they do, ensuring that their voice continues to be heard.

Our values

Our values underpin everything we do and shape our behaviour, both as an organisation and as individuals working within ecdp. We are:


We include anyone who has rights under the Equality Act 2010 within our definition of ‘disabled people’. This includes anyone with a physical and/or sensory impairment, mental health condition, learning disability or long-term health condition (such as HIV/AIDS or cancer). We also recognise anyone who declares themselves to be a disabled person.


As an organisation run by and for disabled people, we have a unique and insightful perspective. Our history and work provides us with a depth of knowledge on the issues faced by disabled people in Essex. We use this knowledge to add value to our own work and that of the public, private and voluntary sectors in order to effect change for disabled people.


We are adaptable, embrace change and try new ways of doing things. We work in an imaginative and flexible way, seeking feedback to help us innovate.


We listen to the needs of and work in partnership with disabled people and our stakeholders. We respond in a timely manner and in a way that is enabling, supportive and professional.

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