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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 17th July 2024 at 10:22pm

We believe that together, we can make a difference in the lives of disabled and neurodivergent families to lead happier and healthier lives.

by SEND the Right Message (STRM) in Essex, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

1717695365_img-20240605-wa0014.jpgIn 2019, Maggie Cleary, the co-founder and CEO of STRM, set up the charity after struggling to find suitable support for her neurodivergent child.  Maggie found it challenging to understand the complex SEND system and believes that providing a family-centred approach could significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

As a parent, Maggie felt incredibly isolated and had no idea where to start. She was struggling to find a way to connect with others who were experiencing similar issues, particularly when a child was experiencing mental health issues. During this challenging journey, she met a group of like-minded parents who shared her struggles, and they decided to come together and create this charity to help others experiencing similar challenges.

"I absolutely love attending STRM sessions! Every time I go, I learn something new and exciting. Plus, hearing about other people's experiences always helps me gain a better understanding." STRM Registered Member

  • SEND the Right Message Charity (STRM) formed as a constituted charity on 17th February 2021. Our mission is to improve the lives of families in Southend and Essex where a child has been identified or is suspected of having specific educational needs and/or disabilities. 
  • We achieve this by providing a range of services and training sessions.1717593161_1717593160934.png

Our charitable objects are:

For the public benefit, the relief of neurodivergent and disabled children, young people and adults and their parents or carers in Essex and Southend, in particular, but not exclusively, by:

  • Providing support services, assistance, information, activities, and training programmes;
  • Relieving financial hardship;
  • Creating opportunities for respite breaks;
  • Promoting social inclusion and raising awareness and acceptance;
  • Developing and promoting innovative and early interventions for the health and well-being of beneficiaries.

"These sessions are invaluable. The freedom for everyone to talk, ask questions, and express opinions is amazing. The subject speaker was out of this world. The reassurance to continue fighting for our children was needed. The stark facts of the road ahead were needed, and reignited my drive to push further and harder."  Registered STRM Member

In the UK, 15-20% of the population is neurodivergent, they have learning and thinking styles that differ from what’s considered typical. 


"My daughter attended the bouldering club for the first time on Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed it. She got chatting to other children and it was great for helping her to relax/burn off some energy after a day at school. The work you do is fantastic and I’m so pleased that I’ve found STRM" Registered STRM Member

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. Neurodivergent individuals naturally think about things differently. They have different interests and motivations and are naturally better at some things and struggle at others. 

Children, young people and adults who “think differently” including those who are Autistic, have ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Tourette’s Syndrome, are currently NOT receiving the necessary support they deserve. 

The facts

- Adults with ADHD are five times more likely to try to take their own life than those without ADHD 

- 40% of autistic children have anxiety disorders compared with just 3% of non-autistic children

- Around 28% of autistic children also meet the criteria for ADHD.

- 7 out of every 10 children excluded from our schools are neurodivergent  

- Neurodivergent people are 3-8 times more likely to be unemployed than people without disabilities. 

- Autistic adults with no learning Disability are 9 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. 

- Up to 4 in 10 people with epilepsy are also autistic 

- 20-35% of adults with anorexia are autistic 

- 4x Autistic people are four times more likely to experience depression than non-autistic people 

- Disabled women are more than twice as likely to have experienced domestic abuse (17.3%) than non-disabled women (7.0%) 

- The average disabled household faces £975 a month in extra costs. 

- 20-35% of adults with anorexia are autistic


We provide an extensive range of support and information about our wide range of services. From our Disability Benefit Services, Coffee mornings, Topic Talks, Bouldering Sessions,  Carers breaks, and Cost of Living Support to our Community Office in Benfleet helping disabled and neurodivergent families  - we're here for families every step of the journey.🫂

We believe that together, we can make a difference in the lives of disabled and neurodivergent children, young people and parents by building a more supportive and inclusive community for all. 🤛Join us today and help make our mission a reality by donating to our cause.

"Fantastic event for the kids and helps them to feel included in a community without judgment. A place for them to be themselves. We need more of these for our children. Thank you, Maggie and team!" Registered STRM Member


Our charity requires core funding to ensure its long-term sustainability. This essential funding will enable us to provide much-needed support to individuals and families, empowering us to drive positive change within our community. By securing core funding, we will be able to change the narrative surrounding our cause and offer vital assistance to families who are desperately seeking our support.

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