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Parent/Carer Services

COUNSELLING  - support in the comfort of your own home!

BOSP is now able to offer Family Counselling to BOSP families, thanks to the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership 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 offers counselling sessions with qualified Psychological Therapist/Integrative Counsellors. 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.

The sessions take place via Zoom from the  comfort of your own home or office, but face-to-face sessions may also be an option in our Skills For Life building in Wat Tyler Country Park in due course.  (Please  be assured that sessions via Zoom will not be recorded). Sessions are greatly subsidised at £10, thanks to funding  from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership. If you  would like to register your interest in this service, please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 and speak to Sharon our Family Liaison Worker or email [email protected] for more information.

Our counselling can support:

- parent carers

- couples

- siblings

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


WALK WITH US - FREE!  (peer support, advice and gentle exercise)  

At BOSP  we understand that having a child or young person with an additional need, 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're not used to even gentle exercise, you can borrow our walking poles to help support you as you walk.  Please feel free to walk with a pram, wheelchair, 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 - Tuesday's from 10am to 11.30am at the Skills for Life Centre, 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.  Sessions will include pre-school and sensory equipment, optional messy play, song circle, snack time, and visits to the park's adventure playground.  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 Tuesday 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. 

Places are limited, so please book your place using the pink button below to let us know you will be coming.

ADVANCE NOTICE - Due to session waiting lists and to avoid disappointment due to 'no shows', please note we shall be introducing a small booking fee of £3 per session from after October half term 2021. This will be refunded if places are cancelled 24 hours in advance of session. Please contact BOSP if such fees would be a barrier to you attending.


BOSP Session Mobile: 07901 858457 (please only use on session days).


Bespoke sessions for children and their parent carer. Supported by our specialist Support Worker, sensory rooms can help those with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments learn to interact with the world around them in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and ability. Many benefits include: learning calming strategies to reduce a child’s anxiety or stimulating strategies to engage parts of the brain/build nerve connections that otherwise would not be stimulated; enhanced learning through play; improving balance, movement and co-ordination, visual processing, fine and gross motor skills; improving verbal and non-verbal communication - Interactive sensory rooms can help to engage withdrawn individuals, and  equipment that focuses on sound can be especially helpful in encouraging vocalisation.  Sensory environments can help de-stress and be highly absorbing, providing comfort and calm for overactive and distressed individuals.  They can help children learn to focus in a safe place so they are better equipped to deal with real-world environments where calm and concentration is key.  £5 per session, per family


Thanks to Lloyds Bank Foundation, there is also the opportunity to talk to our Family Liaison Worker on a one-to-one basis about BOSP sessions, transition to adult services, education or concerns around re-assessment.  Please email Sharon on [email protected] or call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117.

'COMMUNITY TREE' INFORMATION - Supporting mental well-being and disabilities

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.

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: