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Cost of living support

Advice and support to help manage the rising cost of living.

Low cost or no cost activities

Help keep your family entertained and active this winter with the top low cost / no cost offers and activities running in Uttlesford.

As the cost of living continues to rise, we all need a little extra help this winter. The West Essex Health and Care Partnership has put together a list of low or no cost activities in the district.

You can also search for organisations, activities and groups across the whole county on the Essex Map.

West Essex Activate - school age children

Funded through the Department for Education and Essex County Council to provide free places for school age children who are eligible for benefits based free school meals. You will be asked to provide a Wonde Evoucher when you book, you should have received a unique code via your school (this may come in the form of a email or text).

Support is also extended to a number of other low income families and young people who may otherwise experience inactivity or social isolation without access to this free support. This is decided on a case by case basis so please speak to the organisation running the club you are interested in to discuss if this is an option for you.

Booking for SEND Hubs and Secondary Clubs is available as a link from the central booking page. A free, nutritious meal is provided to all children attending these clubs. For more information and meal plans please contact the club directly. If you have any queries you can read through the FAQs on the central booking page, or message on Facebook.

Find out more about the West Essex ActivAte Bookings.

Essex Family and Wellbeing Service - families

Essex Family and Wellbeing Service have a range of free activities.

Check their Facebook page for details of the latest events.

Hatfield Forest walks - all age groups

Hatfield Forest Takeley, CM22 6NE

Hatfield Forest is a 403.2 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Essex, three miles east of Bishop's Stortford.

Entry to the forest is free but there is a parking charge unless you are a member of the National Trust.

Check the National Trust website for details of activities.

Green Spaces in Great Dunmow - families

The Doctor's Pond is a great place to relax and while away the time feeding the ducks or trying your hand at angling. The pond acquired its name as the supposed breeding place for leeches used by doctors who lived in North Street, next to the pond.

Take a walk along the River Chelmer or along the Flitch Way to take in the lovely Essex countryside.

For families the recreation ground has play equipment and a skate park to keep the younger members of the family entertained.

Read more about the Doctors Pond on the Dunmow Town Council website.

Daisy May's Farm in Elsenham - all ages

Daisy May's Farm Hall Road, Elsenham CM22 6DN

Visit Daisy May's Farm for some Festive Fun at the Farm this December.

Each weekend the farm will be celebrating Christmas with the animals and a guest appearance from Santa, his elves and Santa's sleigh train! There is a gift for all children, they get to meet the animals with free animal food, join in with festive arts and crafts, enjoy a Christmas story around the fire with hot chocolate and cookies and a walk through the woodland wonderland, with a candy cane hunt with sweetie prizes!

Pre-booked tickets only 2 hour time slots help us with limited all weather parking. Don't worry though, you wont be asked to leave if you over stay!

More information and booking details are on the Daisy May's Farm website.