The inspiration for InterAct came from local like-minded people living in and around Chelmsford who came together in 1992 to improve work opportunities for local unemployed adults recovering from mental ill health.
InterAct developed a range of support and training, including personal development, IT and employment preparation skills, vocational skills, and a hub of community support and activity at Moulsham Mill Centre.
Early in 2000 InterAct got together with local young people with learning disabilities, parent/carers and local special schools concerned about the lack of support needs for transitional aged (13-19) young people with learning disability, and for their parents, (e.g. leaving school, going to college or work, transferring from children’s to adult services).
Passionate that these young people and their families should lead happy and fulfilling lives, InterAct created ‘Circles of Support’.
With the help and support of peer group volunteers to make community connections, share skills, talent and time, teenagers with learning disabilities enjoy inclusive social, leisure, learning and fun opportunities, just like any other teenager.