A CHARITY for children with special needs is set to take on the former PARC premises in Great Notley.

Happy Hill Essex will offer short breaks to carers and families of children and young adults up to the age of 25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

Support will include after-school and holiday clubs, as well as weekend clubs and activities.

The charity is part of the Send Sensation partnership, whose other groups will also be able toi use the building.

Facilities at the premises include an equipped sensory room, special play equipment, and a games room.

The environment provides a fun and stimulating place for children and young people with SEND to try new experiences, have fun, socialise and learn.

Team- The Happy Hill Team are excited to welcome everyone when the schools break for summer.Team - The Happy Hill Team are excited to welcome everyone when the schools break for summer. (Image: Heather Hill)

Happy Hill Essex founder Heather Hill is the mother of three young adults, two of whom have special educational needs and disabilities.

Heather said: “We are thrilled and deeply grateful for the chance to provide the community with a dedicated space that caters to the diverse needs of the wider special needs community.

“It’s important to emphasise that the spirit of PARC will not be forgotten - it remains a crucial part of what Happy Hill Essex CIO does.

"This opportunity allows us to extend our support and make a positive impact on the lives of those facing similar challenges.”

She added: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone once the schools break for summer.”  

Essex County Council is taking on the lease and will sublet the premises to Happy Hill Essex CIO.

Braintree Council will retain ownership of the property.

A spokesman for Braintree Council said: “Since taking the property on from PARC Essex when the doors closed two years ago, we have been working tirelessly to take control of the building and bring it back to use.

“We are delighted with the result. We hope Happy Hill Essex CIO and the children and young people it serves enjoy their new home, and we wish them every success for the future.”

The Happy Hill Essex short breaks  services can be found at www.happyhillessex.com