Learing Disabilities

Active  – Day Activities for people with Learning Disabilities

An award winning service for people with learning disabilities

 Essex County Council Supplier Recognition Awards 2018  

About the project

Active is a multi-activity project for people with Learning Disabilities. We have a range of opportunities to choose from to suit your needs.

  • Allotment Project
  • Upcycling
  • Catering
  • Conservation
  • Music
  • Arts and Crafts


>About the Project
>Conservation Group
>Singing Group
>Ace Arts & Social Group
>Ace Upcycling
>Awards & Certificates
>Social Events & Training
>More Information


Conservation Group

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The Conservation Group is a small group of people with an experienced support or project worker.

The group runs a range of different projects including:

  • Scrub clearing
  • Fence building
  • Pruning
  • Making bird boxes
  • Wildlife monitoring

The Conservation Group meets every Thursday morning at Waltham Abbey and Chigwell (Alternate weeks)

Transport is provided.

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Singing Group

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The Singing Group has worked with the Loughton Youth Theatre and visited older peoples homes for a sing song.

We also perform at local events. 

  • We sing lots of different songs
  • We can choose the songs we sing
  • Sing in a group or on your own
  • The idea is to have fun

The Singing Group meets every Friday afternoon in Waltham Abbey.

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Are you interested in gardening?
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The Allotment Group is a group of 8 people working with an experienced support worker.

We volunteer with residents of an older peoples housing scheme to grow plants and vegetables.

On the allotment we do:

  • Digging
  • Seeding
  • Planting, and lots more

We have fun and learn new things.

The Allotment Group meets every Monday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in Loughton.
Transport is provided.

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Ace Arts and Social Group

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new friends in a friendly place?
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Do you like to have fun? 


The Talk and Sort Group meets every Tuesday from 2pm until 4pm at the Jack Silley Pavillion, Epping.

We run a range of different activities ranging from Community Art Projects to Indoor and Outdoor Sports Days to Discos and Trips out.

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Ace Upcycling Project

New to VAEF, Ace Upcycling!

Ace upcycling is a small group of young people with Learning Disabilities guided by a skilled team of staff and volunteers, working in partnership with Epping Forest Reuse. We transform donated pieces of furniture for resale to the general public at affordable prices.

This service is chargeable to participants, £25.00 half day and £50 for a Full day.

Please contact Sally Panrucker for further details. spanrucker@vaef.org.uk 01992 564 032



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Awards and Certificates

The Jack Petchey Foundation

Established in 1999, The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.

Click on the logo to visit The Jack Petchey Foundation website.






Social Events and Training

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We organise fun things during the year such as canal boat trips, bowling, picnics and more.

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For More Information

If you would like to join any of our groups please contact Sally.

tel : 01992 910 701 or  email : vbadmin@vaef.org.uk