Parent Support and Guidance
The following are umbrella groups that provide up to date and relevant guidance and advice in a professional manner. They are experts in this field and would be a great place to start.
Contact – Support families with the best possible guidance and information.
Contact – Holidays, play and leisure (PDF) – Information on what play and leisure facilities are available across the UK.
Family Voice Surrey – championing the needs and rights of SEND families in Surrey: families with children or young adults up to the age of 25 who have special educational needs, chronic illnesses, including mental health conditions, or disabilities.
Hampshire Parent Carer Network – an independent parent-led group set up to ensure that the families and carers of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs can participate fully in the development of services within Hampshire.
Independent Supporters – Families can use the map on this website to find their local Independent Support provider.
National networks of SEND Support – Families can use the map on this website to find their local IAS service.
Parent Voice – an information and advice service for parents and carers of disabled children aged 0-25 in Hampshire.
Special Needs Jungle – Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people aged 0-25.
Charities we work with and support
KIDS – National charity supporting the development and delivery of services for disabled kids in the UK.
Linkable – We work with Linkable to provide a range of leisure activities for disabled young people across Surrey. Surrey based Link Leisure exists to support children and adults with learning impairments to take part in community sports and leisure activities.
Mencap – Britain’s oldest and largest charity for people with learning disabilities, families and carers.
National Autistic Society (Surrey branch) – Britain’s oldest and largest charity for people with learning disabilities, families and carers.
OFLAC – provides a diverse range of activities for young adults with a learning disability in North East Hants and the Surrey Borders and Berkshire. Families can access OFLAC via a referral from their SS Care Manager. View their general information leaflet (PDF) about their services for more details.
Scope – Equality for disabled people.
Sense Theatre – Multi sensory shows and workshops for everybody.
Stepping Stones – This school is for children with hemiplegia or other moderate physical and learning disabilities.
White Lodge Centre – We work with White Lodge to provide a range of leisure activities for disabled young people across Surrey. Based in Chertsey, White Lodge supports disabled children, adults and their families or carers in Surrey and the surrounding areas.
YMCA East Surrey – We work with YMCA East Surrey to provide a range of leisure activities for disabled young people across East Surrey. Their aim is to help people of all ages to develop and fulfil their potential and we do this through a range of activities and services.
Funding support for families
Disability grants – A regularly updated resource with information on all disability grants in the UK.
Family Fund – Eligible families can apply to FF for grants of up to £150 towards paying for future sessions at Challengers. If you would like assistance with your application, please call our Finance Team on 01483 230589. Families can also call the Family Fund enquiry line on 01904 550055.
Mumsnet – Information on loans and grants available to families.
Sky Badger – Lots of ‘how to’ guides are available through Sky Badger.
Stairlifts Grants – Information on how to get financial help with the cost of a stairlift.
Short Breaks Teams
This are local statutory teams who have a duty to ensure there is a variety of short breaks services available. Short breaks services are essential for the whole family.
Every authority has a responsbility to list their ‘Local Offer’. This is the ‘go to place’ to find out what is available near you.