History Of Basildon Saturday Club
The Club was established in 1981 as the Basildon Toy Library and Drop-in Centre by the then Head of Basildon Social Services Mr. Holroyd. He and his wife advertised for volunteers, he felt the need in Basildon for such a facility so parents could drop off their special needs children and have a few hours respite and time to spend with their other children or go shopping. It started off in Bader House in Basildon and then moved to Willowbrook Centre, opposite Elmbrook School, which was a school for special needs children. It was then called Basildon Toy Library and Saturday Club. The council provided the facility and they also allowed us to use two school buses, and so we picked up the children and took them home again afterwards. After that, we moved to the Adventure Playground in the Fryth in Basildon. The Toy Library was moved to Great Oaks in Basildon, and we just became the Saturday Club. About eight years ago we moved to Frypha Hall, and we are still there now.
We are a voluntary run club which since 1981 has provided a safe and caring environment where special people can meet and enjoy themselves. All of our helpers are fully vetted and DBS checked.
We provide games, music, craft activities, pool, cookery sessions, social interaction and special attention for all our members who are aged from 8 years upwards.