Useful Contacts

The Information, Advice and Support Service has details of other services able to provide help and support to families of children with additional needs.  If you cannot find what you are looking for or if you are an organisation wishing to promote your service, please contact us.

ADHD

 

THE HYPERACTIVE CHILDREN'S SUPPORT GROUP

Helping ADHD/Hyperactive children and their families. 
 

ADDERS

Promote awareness to ADD, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and provide information and free practical help those affected by the condition, both adults and children and their families

ADDISS

We provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. Whatever you're looking for in ADHD, we'll do our best to help.

 


Advice and Support

ACTION FOR CHILDREN

Action for children supports and speaks out for children and young people.  Its services include family support, children's centres, short breaks, advocacy and early years' support.

 

 CONTACT A FAMILY

 Provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children. 


 

CHANGING OUR LIVES

A self-advocacy organisation that has been commissioned by Wolverhampton City council to develop Changing Young Lives in Wolverhampton.  You can read more about changing Our Lives on page 8 of our Autumn 2013 magazine.

DIMENSIONS

Provide services for people with learning disabilities and people with autism. Offer a range of services to young people and adults of all ages, including those with complex needs or challenging behaviour.

 

EARLY SUPPORT

 

Early Support is a way of working, underpinned by 10 principles that aim to improve the delivery of services for disabled children, young people and their families.  It enables services to coordinate their activity better and provide families with a single point of contact and continuity through key working. 

Early Support has commissioned a series of films to show their principles in action across the country. These films demonstrate the work that is going on out there, including the work other delivery partners are doing. Through the films, we hear from parent carers, young people, practitioners, managers and politicians about the difference Early Support is making.  The films address topics such as short breaks; Early Support's work with Achievement for All; the benefits of Local and Health Authority partnership work; Early Support's facilitation of school support offered to young people; and the personal journey of a father and son.  To view these films click here.

 

ERIC

ERIC provides information, support and resources to children, young people and their families and health professionals on bladder and bowel problems.

 

FAMILY FOOTINGS

 

Family Footings is a project for families of children with disabilities. They help families find a common language with professionals through person centred approaches. The project is co-produced by Family Footings Facilitators, parents co-producers and volunteers.

 

FAMILY FUND 

 

Helps families with severely disabled or seriously ill children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. 

 
FOETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS

 

The FASD TRUST

 

The FASD Trust was started  in January 2007 in response to the growing number of requests for information on FASD being received by Simon & Julia Brown,  adoptive parents of a child with FASD.

 

 

FASawareUK

 

FASawareUK believes that all people should have access to information, advice and guidance to make informed choices about the effects of alcohol during pregnancy and the detrimental impact on the adults and children throughout their lives.

 

FRAGILE X SOCIETY

 

Provides support and information to Fragile X families from those who share and understand their concerns and needs. Offeres aq national support and information service and has useful information booklets on its website.

 

HEMIHELP

 

A charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families.  Has useful information sheets on its website covering a wide range fo subjects from general information to education, everyday living and associatiated health issues.

 

 HOMESTART

 

For Wolverhampton parents who need help, friendship, advice or support. 


 

 

IN CONTROL

 

A national charity set up to create a fairer society where everyone needing addtional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support.  Has useful information on self-directed support including personal budgets.

 

IMPROVING FUTURES


Wolverhampton Improving Futures is fundamentally an early intervention strategy which will involve the Chance UK mentoring model for working with children aged 5-11years who encounter issues in their life. Working in particular with children who have experienced difficulties in families who have experienced domestic violence and also children whose families have learning difficulties.

 

NETBUDDY

 

For practical support and to talk to other parents and carers about parenting a child with special needs

 

ONE VOICE

 

Run by disabled people, offering help advice and support to those with a disability.

 

 

PERSON CENTRED PLANNING

The Person Centred Planning Project was funded through the City Council in response to an idea discussed at the City’s Transition Support Group, which is a multi-agency group involving all partners including young people and parents and carers. The group sits under the Aiming High for Disabled Children Board and is chaired by the Connexions Operations Manager, for more information.  For children who are going into hospital, try a 'hospital passport', view http://www.bch.nhs.uk/sites/bch/files/new_hospital_passport_layout_10_04_0.pdf for an example.

 

RING AND RIDE (West Midlands Special Needs Transport)

For those who find it difficult or impossible to use conventional public transport. 

SCOPE - FACE 2 FACE

Schemes operate across the UK.  Anyone living in the area, whose child has been recognised as having a long-term disability, may use their local scheme.  It is not necessary for a diagnosis of any condition to have been made.

SYNDROMES WITHOUT A NAME (SWAN)

SWAN UK is a project run by Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions.

TOGETHER FOR SHORT LIVES

A new charity bringing together ACT and Children's Hospices UK.  Provides information, resources and support to families and professionals involved in palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions.  The helpline can provide support and signpost you to information, help and relevant services. 

WELLCHILD

Helps seriously ill children and their families as they deal with consequences of serious illness and complex conditions.


Arthritis

CHILDREN’S CHRONIC ARTHRITIS ASSOCIATION

Provide help and information for children with arthritis, their families and the professionals involved in their care.  

 

 

 


Asthma

NATIONAL ASTHMA CAMPAIGN

 

Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of those whose lives are affected by asthma. 

 

 


Autistic Spectrum Conditions

ASPERGER FOUNDATION UK (ASF)

 

The Asperger's Syndrome Foundation is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of Asperger's Syndrome. The Foundation aims to promote high quality support and services, and to enable people with Asperger's syndrome to develop into members of the community who are respected for their contribution and recognised for their unique differences.

AUTISM AWARENESS

A website that is a meeting place for all people who care about autism – who want to raise awareness, share information and ideas.  The Autism Awareness website was launched as part of Autism Awareness Year 2002 (AAY) – somewhere people could go to share ideas and information, and to plan action.

AUTISM PARENT SUPPORT

A new website created BY parents FOR parents.  Parent quote "This site is all about the parents/carers of children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) having a ‘place of their own’ where they can share experiences, advice and - via our chat page - laugh, cry, ask for help or even have a moan!!!  You are NOT ALONE!"

AUTISM SPECTRUM DATABASE-UK (ASD-UK)

ASD-UK is a UK research family database of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The aim of ASD-UK is to provide accurate data about children with an ASD to facilitate research and give families the opportunity to take part in research studies.

The project is funded by Autistica (www.autistica.org.uk). Autistica is a charity that is committed to ensuring that increased understanding and new scientific knowledge will improve the lives of individuals with ASD and their families.

 

AUTISM WEST MIDLANDS

Aims to improve the quality of life for people with autistic spectrum conditions and their families.

 

 

AUTISTICA

 

Autistica is the largest UK charity raising funds for medical research that will improve diagnosis, advance new treatments and discover the causes of autism.  Autistica believes this research will bring real benefits to people with autism and their families.

 

 THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY

 

Provide information, support for people with autism. 

 

 

THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY PARENT TO PARENT SUPPORT SERVICE

 

Parent to Parent (P2P) is the NAS’ UK-wide confidential telephone support service providing emotional support to parents and carers of a child or adult with autism. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers, both mothers and fathers, who offer telephone support from their own homes.  The Parent to Parent volunteers are based across the whole of the UK, this means that there is increased anonymity for parents who may not want to share information with someone in their local area. 

 

AMBITIOUS ABOUT AUTISM

 

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism.

 

AUTISM EDUCATION TRUST

Dedication to co-ordinating, support and promoting effective education practice for all children and young people on the autism spectrum.

 

 

CHILL AND CHAT

Chill and Chat is a club for children aged 8 to 18 who live in Wolverhampton and who have, or are awaiting for, a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition. Siblings are also welcome to give the family regular short breaks.

What does Chill and Chat offer:

Families a short break from caring, support and information for siblings, a chance to make new friends, a chance to have fun and learn new skills, trips to different places, support with social skills and structured activities. Contact Eve Ravenscroft or Angie Jones on 01902 877550  email: eravenscroft@spurgeons.org 

 

DADS GROUP

Autism West Midlands hold free groups for dads to learn more about autism and meet other dads who have children with autism; discuss ideas and strategies to help manage behaviour.  Visit http://www.wolvesparentpartnership.org/WhatsOn.php or http://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/ for dates and venue.

 

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM (18+)

There is a support group based in Wolverhampton for people aged 18+ who have Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.  The group is self-run by adults with autism for adults with autism.  Carers and professionals are also welcome.  The group is based at Action for Independence (A4I), Albert Road Day Centre, Wolverhampton and meets on the third Thursday of every month from 10.30am-12.30pm.  Contact Vanessa on 01902 652933 or email SupportAAS@hotmail.co.uk.  

 

RESEARCH AUTISM

Research Autism is the only UK charity exclusively decidated to research into interventions in autism.  They carry out independent research into new and exisiting health, education, social and other interventions.  Their goal is the improvement of quality of life and outlook for the individuals affected and those around them.

 


Behavioural Support

CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR FOUNDATION

 

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is a charity specialising in severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging.  Providing practical information and support about everything from reducing challenging behaviour to finding sturdy furniture, and workshops on understanding challenging behaviour and supporting behaviour change

 

FAMILY LIVES (formally PARENTLINE PLUS)

Family Lives provides a 24 hour helpline offering listening, support, information and guidance on all issues of concern.  It also provides parent classes and workshops for parents to share ideas and learn new skills and a website containing a range of information, including leaflets on family related issues and an email support service. 


Bereavement Counselling

Cruse Bereavement Care
 
Support after the death of someone close. Face-to-face and group support is delivered by trained bereavement support volunteers across the UK.  They also offer information, publications, and support for children.

 

Edward's Trust

Supporting children and families during serious illness and bereavement. Provide a wide range of support services to bereaved families and children and Training and consultancy services for school staff, parents or others working with bereaved children and their families

 

Winston's Wish

Helping children to rebuild their lives enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope  Winston’s Wish provides professional therapeutic help in individual, group, and residential settings via our national helpline, interactive website and publications. Professionally qualified clinical practitioners provide bereaved children and their families with a range of support services.

 


Brain Related Conditions

CEREBRA UK

Cerebra is a charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers.

 

 

CHILD BRAIN INJURY TRUST

Supporting children, young people, families and professionals when a child has acquired a brain injury.

 

 HEADWAY (West Midlands) Ltd

Help and support for people affected by brain injury. 

THE CHILDREN’S TRUST BRAIN INJURY HUB

The Brain Injury Hub is the UK’s new online support centre for families of children affected by acquired brain injury. This new website offers a wealth of practical advice and information about a condition that’s often misunderstood. Created by the clinicians at The Children’s Trust, the country’s largest residential rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injury, the new resource also includes information and classroom strategies for education professionals. An online forum gives families the opportunity to share their stories and experiences.


Brittle Bones

BRITTLE BONE SOCIETY

Support to people affected by the bone condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI).  

 

 


Bullying

ANTI-BULLYING ALLIANCE (ABA)

Charity dedicated to reforming attitudes and policy towards bullying.  Bullying is an important issue for all pupils but children and young people with autism are particularly vulnerable. Within the site the are pages on how to prevent the bullying of young people with autism.  Cyber Bullying - As part of the SEND project ABA has written a specialist module for schools and other professionals.

BEAT BULLYING

UK bullying prevention charity.

BULLYING UK

Support and advice on bullying.  Section for parents, young people and teachers.

CHILDLINE

Advice and support for those suffering from bullying.

CONTACT A FAMILY

A guide to dealing with bullying: for parents of disabled children.

 

LET'S STOP BULLYING

Let's Stop Bullying is an anti bullying initiative created by Educational Media and is aimed at raising public awareness in local communities about bullying. Touching on a wide range of sensitive issues the aim is to break down the barriers and bring the issues out in the open.

 


 

Carers

CARER SUPPORT TEAM

Offers many different services to support carers in Wolverhampton

CARERS UK

Support and information for all carers in the UK.

GRANDPARENTS PLUS

A national charity that champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives.

 


Cerebral Palsy

SCOPE

Scope is a charity that supports disabled people and their families.

 


Childcare

Wolverhampton's Family Service Directory.

 

Find comprehensive and up-to-date information on local organisations, services and events relating to children and young people, their parents and carers

 


Cleft Lip and Palate

CLEFT LIP AND PALATE ASSOCIATION


A charity in the UK dedicated to supporting all those affected by cleft lip and/or palate.  Aiming to be the voice of both the patient/parent and all those involved with their care. 

 


Communication

AFASIC England

Seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments. 

COMMUNICATION MATTERS

Support for people with little or no clear speech.

 

 

THE COMMUNICATION TRUST

Raising awareness of SCLC

 I CAN

Give parents information needed to help children with difficulties with speech, language and communication. 

MAKATON VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

 

A unique language programme using signs and symbols, for the teaching of communication, language and literacy skills for people with communication and learning difficulties.

 

PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (PECS)

 

PECS was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. First used at the Delaware Autistic Program, PECS has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created with families, educators, and resident care providers in mind, so is readily used in a range of settings.

 


Cystic Fibrosis

 

CYSTIC FIBROSIS TRUST

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust  believe that everybody living with CF deserves the best possible quality of life with access to the best quality care and with a real hope for a better future. Supporting them and their families to make this happen.

 


Diabetes

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

 


Disability

ACTION FOR KIDS

Provides disability information, grants for mobility adids, family supprot services and work-related learning for young people and children with physical and learning disabilites.

 

CAUDWELL CHILDREN

Provides sprecialist equipment, treatment and therapy to disabled children across the UK as well as offering annual Destination Dreams holidays and family support services.

 

CHILDREN TODAY

Children Today is the charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Their aim is to ensure that every disabled child and young person fulfils their potential and leads an active childhood.

 

FAMILY FUND

Helps families with severely disabled or seriously ill children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. 
 

FLEDGLINGS

Fledglings is a charity which helps parents and carers of disabled children and those with additional needs to find solutions to pratical problems of ever day living.

NEWLIFE FOUNDATION FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

A charitable organisation caring for disabled and terminally ill children.  It provides a national helpline of support and information, a live nurse chat function, equipment to help individual chilren, nurse-led services, medical research, awareness and campaigning.  Its Just Can't Wait service for termially ill children and their families provides fast access to free equipment.

 SCOPE  

Supports disabled people and their families who’s vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.   

 SKILL National Bureau for Students with Disabilities 

 

Promoting equality in education, training and employment for disabled people.  

   
STEPS Association for Children with Lower Limb Abnormalities

Supporting children and adults affected by a lower limb condition such as clubfoot or a hip condition.

 

WHIZZ-KIDZ

Aims to give disabled children the chance to lead a more independent life.  Provides disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fund, and trianing to help them gain skills.


Down’s Syndrome

 DOWN'S SYNDROME ASSOCIATION (DSA) 

Provide information and support for people with Down's syndrome, their families and carers, and the professionals who work with them.

 

THE DOWN'S SYNDROME RESEARCH FOUNDATION UK (DSRF)

Charity focussing on medical research into Down Syndrome.


Dyslexia/Dyscalculia

 

BEING DYSLEXIC

Being Dyslexic is a website for anyone with Dyslexia, or anyone interested in Dyslexia.

 

BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is a national charity and our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

 

DYSLEXIA ACTION

Dyslexia Action is the biggest dyslexia charity in the UK and we provide a wide range of services to people of all ages who have dyslexia and struggle with literacy.

 

 

THE DYSLEXIA-SPLD-TRUST

The Dyslexia-SpLD-Trust, or the Trust, is a collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector.


Dyspraxia

DYSPRAXIA FOUNDATION

Support individuals and families affected by dyspraxia and to promote awareness and understanding.  

 

 


Early Years

NATIONAL PORTAGE ASSOCIATION 

Offers support and information to parents and professionals involved in Portage. Tel: 0121 303 0183 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS EARLY YEARS SERVICE 

Supports young children with additional needs and their families in Wolverhampton. Tel: 01902 558406 


Education 

ADVISORY CENTRE FOR EDUCATION (A.C.E) 

 

ACE provides free online independent advice and information for parents and carers in England and Wales on a range of state education and schooling issues.

 

IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Educational Advice)

Provides free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. Tel: Freephone: 0800 0184 016 

 

JUNIPER TRAINING

Offer a free training course for 16-18 year olds designed to progress them in to an apprenticeship, job or further education.  Courses run in Wolverhampton and the local area.

 

LOAD2LEARN

Load2Learn provides accessible curriculum materials to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (NASEN)

Aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
 

NETWORK 81 

National network of parents working towards properly resourced inclusive education for children with special educational needs. 

RATHBONE TRAINING ASIAN EDUCATION ADVICE LINE 

UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation providing opportunities for young people to transform their life-circumstances by re-engaging with learning, discovering their ability to succeed and achieving progression to further education, training and employment

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN 

  Deals with all aspects of giftedness in children.

    

 


Emotional Health and Wellbeing

YOUNGMINDS

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Home Education

HOME EDUCATION UK

 

Support and information for those who are home educating.

 


Epilepsy

 EPILEPSY ACTION

 

Advice and information on epilepsy.

 

 

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY

 

Epilepsy support for young people.

 


Facial Disfigurment

CHANGING FACES

A charity for people and families whose lives are affected by conditions, marks or scars that alter their appearance.

 

 

 


Financial Support (including benefits and entitlements)

BETTER OFF IN WOLVERHAMPTON (BoW)

 

Better off in Wolverhampton (BoW) is a project designed to support tenants of social housing with improving their financial confidence.  Working with tenants in developing their financial abilities i.e. budgeting and accessing financial products; whilst engaging in a range of workshops, activities and competitions across the City. BoW will work with social tenants out in the community, in groups as well as provide one to one sessions. Aiming to help understand what services are out there to help manage money better and ensure you are pointed in the right direction to making things work for you.

 

CITIZENS ADVICE

 

Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities including debt, benefits, employemtn, housing and discrimination.

 

CONTACT A FAMILY - INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHANGING BENEFITS SYSTEM

Contact a Family has produced an overview of what the changing benefits system may mean for families of disabled children. See their new web pages for information on when and how benefits are changing. 

Also, to help you make sense of what it may mean for you, a new guide for parents called Personal independence payment, universal credit and other forthcoming benefit changes is available from their freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555.

 

DISABILITY GRANTS

A directory of grants for the disabled including grants for disabled children, disabled adults, Carers, disability groups and much more.   Created by a parent of a disabled child with Cerebral Palsy who wanted to share their experiences and knowledge

 

DISABILITY RIGHTS UK

 

Disability Alliance is a national registered charity which works to relieve the poverty and improve the living standards of disabled people. We provide information on social security benefits, tax credits and social care to disabled people, their families, carers and professional

 

 

FAMILY FUND

Helps families with severely disabled or seriously ill children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. 

 

WORKING FAMILIES

 

Information about benefits for parents and families, tax credits, and rights to paid leave including statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay, and other financial help.

 


Health 

See the GEM Centre Service page.

 

HEALTHWATCH WOLVERHAMPTON

 

Wolverhampton Healthwatch will give people a powerful voice locally and nationally.  At a local level, local Healthwatch will work to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services.  Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.  Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services.  Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.  Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.  


Hearing Impairment

DEAFNESS RESEARCH UK

Charity promoting medical research in hearing impairment.

 

 

NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN'S SOCIETY

Charity to help deaf children and young people.

 

ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF PEOPLE (RNID)

Hearing impairment charity.


Heart Conditions

CHILDREN'S HEART FEDERATION

The Children's Heart Federation is the leading children's heart charity and the umbrella body for voluntary organisations working to meet the needs of children and young people with congenital and acquired heart conditions and their families.

 

 


Learning Disability

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES

Charity for learning disabilites.

 

 

 

MENCAP

Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

 

 


Legal Advice

THE CORAM CHILDREN'S LEGAL CENTRE

The Coram Children’s Legal Centre offers free legal advice on family, child and education law including advice on school admission appeals and exclusions. The service provides online access to legal factsheets, a virtual assistant to help you find relevant guidance, web-chat advice with a legally trained advisor (9am to 6pm Monday to Friday), and telephone advice (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday).


Play/Leisure Activities

 

BRICKKILN SENSORY ROOM

Based in Brickkiln Community Centre at Cherry Street, Off Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0QW, the sensory room, designed with the help of our local parent forum Voice4Parents, provides relaxation, fun and play for children and young people with additional needs and their families.   To book the facility or to find out more please telephone 01902 555904.

 

CHARLOTTE'S TANDEMS – FREE HIRE

Charlotte's Tandems started acquiring tandems in 2010, became a charity in April 2011 and then a Registered Charity in 2012 and now own 50 tandems and 9 Trailer Bikes, which are located all around the UK.  They believe that they have the largest fleet of tandems in the UK.   They have a range of tandems spread around the UK that are available to hire for free. Full details, including lots of feedback from borrowers, can be found on the Charlotte's Tandems website, or on the Charlotte's Tandems Facebook page.

 

CHILL AND CHAT

Chill and Chat is a club for children aged 8 to 18 who live in Wolverhampton and who have, or are awaiting for, a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition. Siblings are also welcome to give the family regular short breaks.

What does Chill and Chat offer:

Families a short break from caring, support and information for siblings, a chance to make new friends, a chance to have fun and learn new skills, trips to different places, support with social skills and structured activities. Contact Eve Ravenscroft or Angie Jones on 01902 877550  email: eravenscroft@spurgeons.org

 

CINEMA

If you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or you or you child is registered blind, you are able to apply for a Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card.  it is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.  There is an administration charge of £5.50 for the Card, which lasts for one year. Visit http://www.ceacard.co.uk/ or http://www.cinemauk.org.uk/ for further information.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Work strategically with partnerships to develop sustainable opportunities for all individuals irrespective of their background, where they can then access opportunities in sport and physical activity and have a greater awareness of what’s available to them locally.  Based at Aldersley Leisure Village.

 

FAMILY FUND HOLIDAY INSURANCE

 Family Fund have launched a travel insurance scheme. 

 

 

HOLIDAY HOMES

The Short Breaks mobile home sits in a quiet cul-de-sac, with approximately 15 other caravans at Greenacres Holiday Park, North Wales.  It has been specially designed with the disabled user in mind. The caravan has full disabled wheelchair access, as well as toilet, shower and changing facilities.  The caravan also has a portable hoist for children who are physically disabled.

 

Short Breaks have recently purchased a second caravan.  The new caravan is based on The Haven Site at Burnam-on-sea.

 

 

If you would like to know more about the Holiday Homes or would like to make a booking, please call the Project Manager: Rob Siarkiewicz on 01902 557936.

 

THE PLAY SERVICE

Wolverhampton Play Service provides free, open access play opportunities for children aged 5-12 years across the city. The service is delivered through six Adventure Play Grounds, Holiday Play Schemes and ‘Play for All’ Inclusion Project. Old Fallings Adventure Playground and Peach Tree Secret Garden, Old Fallings Crescent, Low Hill, Wolverhampton, WV10 9PU  Telephone: 01902 552170 Email: playservice@wolverhampton.gov.uk

 

LET US PLAY

Providing sports, arts and play activiites for children and young people with special needs and disabilites in Wolverhampton and the surrounding area.

 

LISTENING BOOKS

Listening Books are a UK charity providing a selection of high-quality audiobooks to approx 20,000 people across the UK who find it difficult or impossible to read due to illness or disability. They help a wide range of organisations and individuals and provide audiobooks on 3 easily accessible formats: through the post on CD, downloaded online and streamed from the website. Members can choose from a range of options to find the service that best suits their needs.

By joining Listening Books you will have access to thousands of fantastic audiobooks for leisure and learning.  The library boasts fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. They support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-level and record many texts and study guides that are not available elsewhere. Both individuals and organisations can join.

 

NETMUMS

Are you registered with Netmums yet?  It's a great place to find out local information and the site currently features a wealth of ideas and activities.

 

ODEON CINEMA

Each month Odeon cinemas show autism friendly screenings of mainstream films in a sensory friendly environment.  Lights are on low, sound is turned down, trailers are omitted and people can bring their own food, make noise and move around the cinema as they feel comfortable. The screenings are for anyone who would benefit from the subtle differences made to the cinema environment to enable people who may struggle to enjoy mainstream cinema to experience this newly released film with friends and family.  There are participating cinemas in Telford, Tamworth and Coventry.

 

YOUTH CLUBS

Lists youth clubs in Wolverhampton city.

 

 

WILDSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE
 

An Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre providing the basis of an informal approach to learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Qualified and experienced staff ensure that any visit is a learning, rewarding and memorable experience to individuals and groups alike. The vast majority of  activities are fully accessible to people with disabilities, including use of their narrowboat, moored at their own wharf right next to the Centre.

 

THE WINGS CENTRE

Founded by a small group of parents of children with Special Needs, WINGS became a registered charity in 1998. The group is based in Wombourne, South Staffordshire, and has a growing membership of parents/carers of children and adults with a wide variety of special needs in the South Staffs, Dudley and Wolverhampton areas. 


Services for Young People

Base 25: ‘Supporting young people in shaping their lives’
 
Base 25 is a young person’s advice and information centre dedicated to the needs of young people aged between 11 – 25.  We offer a safe welcoming environment where young people can access a free, confidential service on a wide range of issues.  To see a directory of their services click here.

 


Single Parent Families

GINGERBREAD

Provide advice and support for single parents. Information available on child maintenance, contact, employment, education, welfare benefits and tax credits, housing and debt.  

 

ONE SPACE FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Supporting single parents to empower themselves and take control of their lives. 

 


Sibling Support

CHILL AND CHAT

Chill and Chat is a club for children aged 8 to 18 who live in Wolverhampton and who have, or are awaiting for, a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition. Siblings are also welcome to give the family regular short breaks.

What does Chill and Chat offer:

Families a short break from caring, support and information for siblings, a chance to make new friends, a chance to have fun and learn new skills, trips to different places, support with social skills and structured activities. Contact Eve Ravenscroft or Angie Jones on 01902 877550  email: eravenscroft@spurgeons.org

 

SIBS

Supports siblings of all ages who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition. 

 


Spina bifida

SHINE

Information and support relating to spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

 


Tourette's Syndrome

TOURETTE'S ACTION

Information and advice on Tourette's.

 


 

Visual Impairment

 

GUIDE DOGS/BLIND DOGS UK

 

Blind Children Uk is part of Guide Dogs and works with visually impaired children and young people to promote their mobility needs. Habilitation Specialists, provide training and teach independent living skills, to help blind and partially sighted children and young people to get around safely and independently. Blind Children Uk also have Family Officers who work with families to offer emotional and practical support, advice and information. 

Guide Dogs work with adults tp promote their mobility and independence through providing  long cane training,  training and matching a guide dog to the visually impaired person and also where appropriate using volunteer sighted guides to assist with the person's mobility needs.  

 

NATIONAL BLIND CHILDREN'S SOCIETY

Support and services for parents and carers of blind children.

 

 

 

ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUE OF BLIND PEOPLE (RNIB)

Support and advice to those affected by visual impairment.

 


Other Useful Contacts

BELIEVE2ACHIEVE

Believe2Achieve is for people who want to look and feel great! At Believe2Achieve we believe that everybody has the potential to achieve health, wellbeing and fitness results. By working with both your mind and body we educate and motivate, whilst celebrating your journey to your goals.

 

 


DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION (DfE)

The UK Government's education department.

 


EPIC GROUP

Do you work with disabled children? CDC supports the Department for Education EPIC group who are advising government on the SEN reforms. The group are keen for as many young people as possible to feed in their views. 


NATIONAL PARENT PARTNERSHIP NETWORK (NPPN)

Network of local partnerships providing information, advice and support for parents and carers of those with SEN.

 

 


COUNCIL FOR LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (CL0tC)

Awarding Body for the LOtC quality badge.

 

 


PMLD NETWORK

The PMLD Network is a group of people committed to improving the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

 

 


REBOUND THERAPY

The Rebound Therapy team provide "in-house" staff training courses throughout the UK at the request of schools, NHS groups, adult groups and charity agencies.

 


Therapy Directory

The Therapy Directory only lists therapists who are members of a recognised professional body or those who have sent copies of their qualifications and insurance cover

Please note that a fee is charged for these services.

 


TRANSITION INFORMATION NETWORK (T.I.N)

T.I.N works to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood. There are lots of useful resources on their website about transition and person centred approaches.

 

 


TRANSPORT

Guidance on transport for children with Statements of Special Educational Needs.

 

 

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