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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.

Help for Families – legal rights leaflet from British Healthcare Trades Association and Newlife (PDF)

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.

Action for Carers – Carers Registration Form (PDF)

Carers UK Digital Resource for Carers

Together for Carers (PDF)

Funding support for families

Challengers Bursary Policy (PDF)

Challengers Concessions Policy (PDF)

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.



West Sussex




Council for Disabled Children

Local Offers

Every authority has a responsbility to list their ‘Local Offer’. This is the ‘go to place’ to find out what is available near you.


Hampshire Gateway Card Application Form


West Sussex