Trips & Socials

We host a number of social activities throughout the year. Some of these are for carers only and usually involve meals out, and carers-only trips which are very popular. We also have family coach trips – a popular one is the visit to Adventure Island in Southend.  Every Christmas many of us go to the pantomime at Sir James Hawkey Hall (Oh yes we do!) This is a family event which is enjoyed by everyone. All activities are subsidised by STAAR so members just pay a contribution.

From time to time we hold parties, at Christmas or special occasions. We celebrated our 10th anniversary with a party which was a lot of fun!
We encourage our members to put forward ideas for future events.

If you would like to find out more or reserve a space at one of our events, please contact us through the general enquiries form on the contact page.


Parents and Carers socials:

Wednesday 13th February 7.30pm – Evening meal – Filka, Wanstead.

Filka’s Website for more information and menus:

62 High street Wanstead London, E11 2RJ
To reserve your place at the meal you will need to RSVP by the 10th February. This is a non-subsidised event.

Family events and trips:

Monday 11th March – 5pm – 7pm – Short class in First aid.

St. Gabriel’s Church Aldersbrook. Free parking available.

This is a first aid class for our young people, parents/carers and family members. This two hour class will cover the basics of first aid and includes the opportunity to practise the skills you will learn. We are very lucky to have the talented Danny (first aid trainer) to deliver this class bringing the skills you learn to life with anecdotes and his accessible teaching style.
£5pp (non-refundable).

This was a very popular last year and we have very limited spaces – please get in touch via the contact page on this website if you’re interested in attending.

Find out more information on Danny and his first aid classes/courses here:



Family Trip: Southend

Proposed date/time: Sunday 12th May 10.30am – 5.30pm (to leave southend)

Collection at Gants Hill Library Car Park – IG2 6LA. A 2/3 minute  walk from tube station and serviced by a number of bus routes.

The cost of the coach: for STAAR members and close family will be £5 each. To secure a place on the coach we require a payment of £10 per person, all of which will be refunded if the trip does not go ahead, £5 if it does. Please email us for payment details – either transfer or cheque.

Reduced price tickets for Adventure Island (£15) and Sealife (£7.50) will be available for purchase on the coach – there is no need to confirm in advance if you want tickets.

We need to confirm the booking with the coach company by 6th March so if you are interested please send payment as soon as possible so that we have an idea of numbers.

If there are spaces after STAAR members have responded it may be possible to offer seats to other family members or friends. However, these seats will not be subsidised and therefore will cost £10.