Our Services

Project 49

Project 49 provides innovative day services to adults with learning disabilities and associated needs. With a focus on healthy lifestyles and community inclusion, the service offers a variety of activities for over 100 people per day.

The service encourages working with external organisations and has forged strong links with other local services.

At this Service:

Wide range of in-house activities.

Experienced and compassionate staff.

Cookery and media groups.

Art projects.

Jump Up & Join In – Music groups.

Just Ride – cycling for disabled.

Contact Details

Alexandra Street

Assistant Manager: Debbie Chapman
Telephone: 01702 212756
Email: debbiechapman@southendcare.co.uk

Case Study

Life to the full

Alan is an integral part of Project 49 life and is very much part of the ethos of Southend Care. He has two work placements; one voluntary at MENCAP and one paid at Shoebury Leisure Centre, which is supported by our staff team.

Alan attends Project 49 two days a week. He takes part in both community and physical activities after discovering the increased flexibility and mental wellbeing yoga can bring. In addition, working in a life skills session helps with his dietary needs. Recently, he dedicated his own time to assist with an evening film shoot, as part of the Music on Sea project we’re working on.

When volunteers were needed to help on the Judgemental Film project, screened on the Big Screen at the Forum last year, he was again keen to take part.

Project 49

The team

Debbie Chapman

Debbie Chapman


Debbie has worked for the local authority for 35 years and joined Southend Care in 2017. She has continued to gain experience alongside studying, which has developed her passion to help people realise their potential. Debbie spends her spare time creating her own clothes and she is part of a worship group and gospel choir.

Pete Shrimplin

Pete Shrimplin

Service Coordinator – Community Inclusion

Pete has worked within social care for over 30 years, mainly with adults with learning disabilities. As co-ordinator of community inclusion, he is passionate about community development. Pete is a trustee at the local inclusive cycling charity Just Ride, chairperson of an inclusive arts organisation and trustee of a community development micro funding group.

Nicola Blackwell

Nicola Blackwell

Service Coordinator – Community Inclusion

Nicola has worked within the social care industry for 10 years, working to support adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs. Nicola has worked at both Viking and Project 49 during this time with a more recent focus of the review procedure. Having recently completed a degree in psychology alongside working full time, she has developed her skills to progress within Southend Care. Nicola enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends while attempting to keep fit at spin classes. Nicola is a huge animal lover and the proud owner of two tortoises.

“The staff are perfect, everything is. She is happy, I would know if she did not want to come. All the staff are lovely.”


“I know when I wave my daughter off in the morning – that I can relax because I know she is safe.”


“I like seeing and talking to all my friends. I enjoy all my sessions. I like talking to the staff.”

Service User

“The service helps *** to be more independent, whilst enabling her to access the activities she enjoys. In her own words ‘Project 49 is really interesting'”