Sam's Place



Sam’s Place, based at Harlow Fields School and College, provides a wide range of opportunities for social interaction and development for children and young people with a disability. The service welcomes children and young people age 8 to 19 years of age who live in Harlow and the West Essex Area.

How do people get referred and assessed for Sam’s Place services?

Referrals can be made direct to Sam' Place by social care, schools, other agencies or by parents and/or carers. These services are in high demand and there may sometimes be a waiting list depending on the child or young person's requirements.

Who runs the service?

Harlow Council delivers the service in partnership with Essex County Council and Action For Children. Staff have a wide range of experience and qualifications and attend regular Child Protection; First Aid and Epilepsy training. All Staff and volunteers have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which replaced the CRB check. Sam's Place is Ofsted registered.

What services are available at Sam’s Place?

Planned activity programmes are put together by the children and young people themselves with input from staff and volunteers. Programmes include cooking and healthy eating projects; art and craft; gardening; physical and sporting activities; music workshops; positive citizenship activities and a variety of themed activities.

Sam's Place staff are also sometimes able to take children and young people out on short trips to participate in social activities away from the school.

What's on

Saturday Club
Sessions: 9.30am to 12.15pm and 1.15pm to 4.00pm
Children and young people are able to attend on a fortnightly basis during school term time. Children aged 8 to 11 attend the morning session and young people aged 12 to 19 attend the afternoon session.

Play Scheme
Play Scheme times 10.00am to 3.00pm
Play Scheme operates four days a week during the Easter and summer school holidays and two days a week during the Christmas school holidays. Sessions are split in to two age ranges and two days a week are allocated to children age eight to eleven and two days a week to young people age 12 - 19.

Transport to and from Saturday Club and Play Scheme can sometimes be provided for families who live in Harlow if they are unable to access the service without the provision of transport (i.e. there is no car in the family and the child or young person is unable to use public transport).

Youth Club
Club times 6.30pm to 8.30pm
This service is available on Thursday evenings during school term time for children and young people age 8-19 and is run by the Senior Community Play Worker and supported by a dedicated team of parent/carer volunteers.


Sam’s Place welcomes the views of our service users, their families and carers. If you would like to provide feedback on the service please Contact us.

Contact details

Harlow Fields School and College
C/O Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
CM20 1WG

Tel: 01279 446190
Mobile: 07730 750375

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