Our History


The original inspiration for InterAct came from like-minded people living in and around Chelmsford, who came together in 1992 to improve work opportunities for local unemployed adults who were 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.

InterAct's training programmes continue today - click here for details  

Moulsham Mill

Supporting young people too

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 for the young people with learning disability, and for their parents, during times of transition, e.g. when leaving school, going to college or work, transferring from children’s to adult services.

Passionate that these young people and their families should be able to 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, young people with learning disabilities were able to enjoy inclusive social, leisure, learning and fun opportunities, just like any other teenager.

Over the years since then, InterAct has developed and run a wide range of other projects supporting young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families, often working in partnership with local authorities and other voluntary sector organisations. Click here for more information