Essex Social Enterprises

Find Essex Social Enterprises

Here you’ll find a Directory of our great Essex Social Enterprise Members.  If you’re a trading social enterprise in Essex and would like to be included in the Directory join the Network.

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Social Enterprise East of England

SEEE is the membership organisation for social enterprises in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. If you run a social enterprise, or support social enterprise in the East of England, join us now! Follow them @SEeastofengland or see

Roy Laming – Helping community groups and charities start and run their own community cafes

Roy promotes @BeanBagCafe and also works for @Unltd Roy also works for @PulseGuard #techforgood pioneering heart rate monitor developed to help alert to seizures and other complex medical conditions that cause a sudden change to the heart rate.

Friends of Hardie Park – a community led family park and open green space

Hardie Park is a community led family park and open green space. Local residents took ownership with the guidance of Director, Rob Groves in order to develop and enhance the area for the benefit of the local community.Friends of Hardie Park are a Registered Charity and Community Interest Company and a not-for-profit organisation. Over a period of years the site has developed enormously and now provides a cafe and play facility 7 days a week. Find out more by following them @LoveHardiePark or see their website

Ace Music Therapy – Transforming lives through music

Established in 2017, Ace Music Therapy is a music therapy service based in Chelmsford, Essex. Ace Music Therapy work with schools, hospices, charities and individual clients to provide high quality music therapy provision at excellent competitive prices. Find out more by following them on twitter @acemusictherapy or have a look at their website

Orb8 – mental health and wellbeing

We recognise the complex challenges of working with traumatised, hard to reach and marginalised children and young people from 0 to 25 years
Creating new futures. Orb8 provides a wide range of therapeutic mental health, wellbeing and related health and education services directly to and in respect of traumatised, hard to reach and marginalised children, young people and young adults aged 0 -25 years.

Orb8 has been created in recognition that this group often have complex and significant emotional, relational, psychological and related health presentations which can be difficult for everyone to understand and manage. Further that this group are often disadvantaged in trying to access services and are often excluded directly or by circumstances. Find out more by following Orb8 on twitter @Orb8NewFutures or see their website

Stave House – a method of teaching children to read, write and play music

Stave House is a method of teaching children to read, write and play music. It uses a magnetic board and magnetic characters to represent the notes on the stave, and the children learn musical notation through stories, games and songs.

Find out more by following them on twitter @StaveHouseRuth or you can even download the Stave House App via their website or Google Play or the itunes App Store website. Find out more and links at

Motivated Minds

Complete Lifelong Wellbeing Provider – Helping people live healthier & happier. Motivated Minds design and facilitate sustainable health and wellbeing solutions. Our focus is both preventative, as well as offering a range of one-stop-shop services to meet the needs of those suffering from mental ill health, as well as offer support for those who would like to enhance their life chances. Find out more at

Chiltern Music Therapy – Make Music. Make Change.

Chiltern is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy and community music to people of all ages.

Formed in July 2011 as a direct need for Music Therapy provision within the local area, our main services have grown to cover the southern counties of Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Gloucestershire and Bedfordshire. For our specialist services in Brain Injury and Neonatal care, we now provide assessments and services across the UK and are dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based Music Therapy services in every setting.

Whereas some providers only offer one type of approach, the Chiltern Music Therapy team has a thorough understanding of psychodynamic, medical, behavioural and person centred approaches. Follow them on twitter @chilternmusic

DanceGRiST – a social enterprise created to raise the status, profile and income of dancers
DanceGRiST is an organisation created to raise the status and income of movement artists and promote them as grassroots agents of social change. Download our pilot magazines from Amazon Apps, Android Play or iPlayer.

Safe Space Studio

Safe Space Studio is a community space that is offered to the public and here we aim to support, guide and provide you with materials – we host workshops and classes in Chelmsford.

We want to give you the tools and support to express yourself however you like, and we use creativity.

Creative Generations

Creative Generations brings children and older people together to make art, share ideas and tell stories from their lives. Our purpose is to tackle loneliness and boost wellbeing for both age groups through creativity and conversation. We do this with schools and retirement communities to help neighbours become friends.

Kara Thompson, Artist and Tutor / Creative Generations.

Ceda – Colchester’s Community Economic Development Alliance CIC

CEDA is an inspiring and growing community organisation run by local people from the Colchester area. Our purpose is to support local people by providing a range of enterprise, employment and community initiatives

Maldon CVS – Supporting the Voluntary Sector in the Maldon District

Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service is an independent registered charity supporting charities, community groups and volunteers in and around the Maldon District


Find Your Spark – Coaching/Brief Solution Focused Therapy and training for parents, professionals and young people

We deliver one to one coaching for at risk 11-25 year olds and brief solution solution-focused therapy to parents. We also deliver trainings to parents and professionals. By at-risk we mean any young person who is at-risk of not being in education, employment or training (NEETs). We also mean at-risk due to familial problems such as stress at home, bereavement, parental separation or poverty.

We work within the South East of England, primarily focused on the areas of Colchester and Tendring however are prepared to travel across Essex and Suffolk.


Community Dental Services (CDS CIC) is an employee-owned social enterprise delivering Special Care, Paediatric dentistry and Oral Health Improvement across Essex. We have a clear sense of our social mission which is ‘Improving Oral Health in Ever More Communities’ and we know what difference we are trying to make, who we aim to help, and how we plan to do it.

CDS CIC is different from High Street dentists as we are a ‘referral’ dental service providing specialist care and expertise to patients most in need.  We care for some of the most vulnerable in society and our highly experienced team pride themselves on being able to deal with almost any dental emergency or condition which comes through our doors.

Find out more about us