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Parent/Carer Services

NEW, Counselling  - support in the comfort of your own home!

BOSP is now able to offer Family Counselling to BOSP families, thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund supporting our pilot project. 

This being our 30th year of supporting families,  BOSP truly understands the challenges of caring for a child or young person with a 
disability or life-limiting illness, the effects it can have on the entire family and the impact having a disability can have on an 
individual’s self-esteem and well-being. 

BOSP is now able to offer counselling sessions with a qualified Psychological Therapist/Integrative Counsellor. Sessions are available for parents or carers who have a child or young person with a disability, siblings (young carers), grandparents or the child/ young person with the disability or life-limiting illness.

Initially sessions will take place via Zoom from the  comfort of your own home or office, but can move to  face-to-face sessions in Basildon when possible. (Please  be assured that sessions via Zoom will not be recorded). Please get in touch... Sessions are greatly subsidised thanks to funding  from The National Lottery Community Fund. If you  would like to register your interest in this service,  please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 or email   [email protected] for more information.
 
Sessions will take place via Zoom from the comfort of your own home or office, but can move to face-to-face sessions in Basildon when possible. Please get in touch... Sessions are greatly subsidised thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. If you would like to register your interest in this service,  please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 or email   [email protected] for more information.

Initially this will take place via Zoom but will move to Face-to-Face sessions if families prefer, from BOSP's Skills For Life centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea.

Our counselling can support:

- parent carers

- couples

- siblings

- the child or young person with the disability/life-limiting illness

If you would like to be added to BOSP's Interest list, please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 and speak to Sharon our Family Liaison Worker who can give you more information.

NEW! YOGA & RELAXATION - £2 per session - from the comfort of your own home!

Please join us for our well-being and relaxation yoga group Mondays from 11.15am to 12.00noon.

You don't have to have any special equipment or previous yoga experience to join us, just a desire to relax, unwind, increase your body's range of movement and well-being.

Instruction will be given by our experienced yoga teacher, Keeley.

Please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 to join us or email us at [email protected]

Walk With US - Free!  (peer support, advice and gentle exercise)  - (Back from 19th May)

At BOSP, we understand that having a child or young person with a disability or life-limiting illness can be lonely and isolating, leaving very little opportunity for supporting your own needs and health.  We recognise that low impact exercise combined with peer support can really help to improve your well-being.

Our free friendly group meet at The Green Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10am.  We walk for an hour (within COVID guidelines), giving you the opportunity to talk to other parents who understand and our Support Worker staff, finishing with refreshments Don't worry if you are not used to even gentle exercise, you can borrow our walking poles to help support you as you walk.  Please feel free to bring along a friend or family member too. 

See the flyer below for details and please let us know you will be popping along by contacting The BOSP Office on 01268 553117.

BOSP Brighter Opportunities for Special People  Parent/Carer Services

BOSP Tots - free! (back from 11th May 2021 but at Wat Tyler Country park)

This inclusive group is open to parents, carers and grandparents of any babies and children age 4 and under with any kind of additional need or disability.  BOSP will have exclusive use of a pre-school room, soft play equipment, garden and sensory room.  It will also provide the opportunity to meet with others facing similar challenges and to receive help and advice from our specialist staff.

If you have a friend or relative who would like some support but they are worried about coming along on their own, please bring them along, we would love to see you.

The sessions with be held each Thursday morning during term time from 10am to 11.30am, at BOSP's Skills For Life building, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, SS16 4UH.  See the flyer below for dates.

Places are limited to please contact The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 or email [email protected] to let us know you will be coming. 

Community Tree Support - free!

When you have a child or young person with a disability or life-limiting condition, there are very often additional challenges that families face.  In the past it has been difficult to find out what resources are available to you locally, until now.

The Community Tree initiative is a collaboration of local organisations who have come together to help improve access to mental health and well-being services, from counselling to advocacy, volunteering victim support, housing support or rent arrears.

To find out what help is available in your town, click on the website link below to access the Community Tree Directory.

https://www.essexcommunitytree.net/

SNAP - Special Needs and Parents, Brentwood (parent advisory support)

Our friends at SNAP have lots of fantastic resources and advice for parents who have children with any kind of additional need.  Click on the link below for their latest magazine:

https://www.snapcharity.org/about/snap_matters_magazines/