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Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF)

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"An award-winning multi-activity project for people with Learning Disabilities and Autism"

We have a range of opportunities to choose from to suit different needs.

Each project is led by a team of experienced staff and volunteers and aims to provide interesting and meaningful activities as well as learning practical skills.

Bespoke plans are created to work towards individual outcomes to include independence, improved health and wellbeing and increased social skills as well as reducing isolation and loneliness.

We have two projects that are based in and around the beautiful Grange Farm Centre and the Roding Valley Meadows.

For more information on Voluntary Action Epping Forest, please visit or contact Sally Panrucker on 01992 284761 or

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Ace Budding Gardeners Club

Monday 10.00am - 2.00pm
No transport available

Come and learn a wide range of horticultural skills in the newly built community garden, polytunnels and classrooms at the Grange Farm Centre.   Small friendly group led by an experienced group of staff often working alongside outside groups and schools.


Learn about

  • Soil Analysis

  • Composting

  • Plant Propagation

  • Transplanting plants

  • Correct watering

  • Mulching

  • Managing pests, pruning and much more

Ace Conservation/ Forest School


Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm

Transport available in the local area.

The Conservation Group meets at the Grange Farm Centre every Thursday. We work together on a wide range of projects in Conjunction with the Grange Farm Trust and Essex Wildlife Trust.

  • Work in a friendly team

  • Experienced staff and volunteers will support and guide you to work on a wide range of outside activities from creating wildlife-friendly environments for birds, hedgehogs and mini beasts to working in the surrounding beautiful Roding Valley meadows.

  • Monthly Forest School with The Essex Wildlife Trust.

  • Gain a Certificate in Outdoor Learning Practical skills


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Ace Social Activities and Independence Training


Tuesday 12.30- 3.30pm

Ace Social Activities is the ideal place to meet people in a fun friendly environment.   The group is very relaxed and an ideal way to develop social and communication skills whilst engaging in a variety of interesting and fun activities.

  • Friendly Lunch Group

  • Cookery skills

  • Learn a variety of Arts and Crafts, including ceramic work, photography

  • Visiting Artists

  • Travel training

  • Trips and Outings.


Ace All Stars Singing Group

Friday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

A great singing group for all abilities.

Have fun singing a wide range of songs all chosen by our singing stars!


  • We start with our friendly lunch club where we talk about what we would like to do

  • Singing and signing lesson led by our qualified signing teacher

  • Group and solo performances guided by our experienced singing tutor

  • Regular performances

  • Trips and outings


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