ECL Basildon (Ashleigh)

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Tel: 0333 013 5438

Mon - Fri: 8:30 - 16:30

Sat - Sun: Closed

Free trial available

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We are a forward thinking day centre dedicated to providing person-centred support to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism

About us

At ECL Basildon (Ashleigh) we will support you to gain the skills you need to live your life to the full, whether that is to live a more independent adult life, get a paid job, or improve your social and support network.

It is important that you are able to make choices about how you spend your time with us. We use a variety of communication methods and tools to understand your needs, views, and preferences.

We incorporate qualifications such as ASDAN into the sessions to help you learn life skills in a relaxed, but structured environment.

We make sure we have lots of fun along the way as learning is so much easier when it is enjoyable!

Local community

We are fortunate to be located next to a local parade of shops, cafes and a library. We are just over a mile away from Basildon town centre where there is a shopping centre, market, cinema, theatre and various places of worship. The Festival Leisure Park is just a 10 minute drive away offering restaurants, bowling, arcades, crazy golf, and a wakeboard aqua park.

We are spoiled for choice for parks and regularly pay them a visit for our daily exercise and to enjoy the scenery.

We will encourage and support you to engage in community based activities and interests. We have a wide choice of local clubs including the Craft Shed where you can participate in craft and pottery sessions, Happy Hub for mental health and wellness sessions, and the Basildon Sporting Village and Eversley centre for sports and fitness.

We incorporate the community in our learning wherever possible, for example in a 'shop and cook' session we use the local library to look at recipe books, we practise using public transport to access the food shops, or we walk to the local shops to work on our road safety and stranger danger awareness. All these experiences help you to become more independent and live safely within your community.

Centre based activities

To complement our community based activities we will create you a centre based programme to help you reach your goals. We offer a wide range of activities designed to build your confidence, promote greater independence, and develop your social skills.

Activities are fun while teaching valuable life skills, for example, a cooking session is used to teach skills such as maths (weighing and measuring), literacy (reading recipes and packaging), IT (researching recipes and creating shopping lists) and budgeting. Working alongside your peers to plan the menu, discuss healthy options, prepare the meal, and eat together develops your social skills and teamwork.

We offer ASDAN courses to provide a structure for learning independent living skills and the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications.

We also work with external education providers such as ACL who deliver various courses including maths, english and 'find your voice' within our centre.

Who we support

We offer person-centred care for customers with a range of support needs from mild and moderate learning disabilities, to profound and multiple learning disabilities and related health conditions, autism and communication difficulties.

Our staff team receive specialist training to support customers with complex needs such as:

  • Epilepsy and administering buccal
  • Enteral feeding
  • Diabetes
  • Dysphagia
  • Moving and handling
  • Emergency first aid at work
  • Mental health awareness
  • Learning disability awareness

We are able to support customers with a variety of communication and sensory needs. Staff training includes:

  • Communication needs
  • Sensory needs
  • Makaton
  • Talking mats
  • Objects of reference

At ECL Basildon (Ashleigh) we can provide higher levels of support where needed (1:1 or greater) in line with the care and support plan.


At ECL we work with you to identify your goals and put together a tailored plan unique to you. One of our team will assess the level of support you need, and prices will be based on the recommendations, along with how many sessions you would like to attend.

Member of staff helping customer on a laptop

Find us

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Whitmore Way
SS14 2NN


  • Sensory room
  • Accessible garden
  • Computers, laptops, Ipads
  • OMI/Integrex interactive projection system
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Hoists

Case Studies



ECL purchased the 'CardioWall' for their Basildon day service several years ago and have been using it every day since.

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