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Activities

Adapted Bikes

At Telford Cycle Centre we have the equipment and expertise to provide a range of all ability cycling sessions. Including a set of tricycles and a front loader bike.
Cycle Experience website or call Cycle Experience on 0330 024 1783

Pre-booking required.

Telford Cycle Centre, Visitor Centre, Telford Town Park, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4EP
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Albrighton Trust

The Albrighton Trust has a successful record of supporting people with special needs and their carers over the past 15 years by providing high standard facilities and offering a range of esteem-building activities.
Visit the Albrighton Trust website

Arthog Outreach

Doing a lot of work with groups with very complex needs has taught us that most activities are accessible in some way. We don’t offer activities specifically for special needs instead we will look at individuals with SEN and adapt activities to suit them.
Arthog Outreach website

Calvert Trust

By focusing on challenging disability through outdoor adventure, a visit to the Calvert Trust is not just about fun, it's about developing personal skills that can be taken into everyday life, including:

  • building self-confidence
  • gaining independence
  • making new friends
  • acquiring new hobbies and skills.

Each visit provides the opportunity to try something new in a safe and caring environment. By pushing these boundaries with the support of our instructors, visitors feel more comfortable about trying new things at home.

Calvert Trust website

Charlotte's Tandems

Our borrowers are both children and adults. Tandems are a fun and safe way to get out and about as friends, a couple, family or group. They are available for hire for a couple of months at a time. We now have about nearly a hundred tandems and about a dozen tag-alongs all over the UK. They are with Borrowers for the vast majority of the time but looked after by the Volunteer Helpers listed below. If you would like to borrow one then please use the Contact tab above and Alex will put you in touch with the appropriate Helper.
Charlotte's Tandems website

Disability Adventure Weekends offer - Pioneer Centre

Through four adventure activities during the course of each weekend we’ll provide you with opportunities to push yourself beyond what you may have thought possible!  For example, you can have a go at wheelchair abseiling on our purpose built and specially designed tower. Our fully qualified and experienced instructors will provide you with memories you’ll never forget.
Pioneer Centre

Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of Snowsports. We have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability for over 30 years to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside the able-bodied. We provide exciting and life enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support.
Disability Snowsport UK

Epic

EPIC has been designed to offer affordable fun, fitness and play for all in a safe, stimulating and family friendly environment 6 days a week! EPIC offers affordable play in our brand new two-tiered play structure, a café offering homemade locally sourced snacks and a range of high quality barista coffee. EPIC also has a small fitness studio offering a range of toning and aerobic classes, with the added benefit of being able to offer on-site childcare with a qualified level 3 childcare practitioner, so there's no excuse now!!
Visit the Epic website

ican2

ican2 was created as part of Telford & Wrekin Council's short breaks pathfinder project ran from April 2008 to March 2011.

The ican2 Short Breaks programme is about providing activities for children and young people living in Telford and Wrekin with a disability or additional need - children who have, or would experience, difficulty attending groups, clubs or facilities without support. Short Breaks covers a wide range of provision from universal (open to all without the need for any assessment or specialist support) through to specialist (for example hospices and overnight residential care).

Children and young people are eligible for short breaks if they have a physical or learning disability, a hearing or visual impairment. It includes children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and children who may have challenging behaviour as a result of their learning disability. It also includes children who have complex needs and who may have palliative, life limiting or a life- threatening conditions.

ican2 providers:

  • Access to Activities - Holiday programmes, forums, groups and workshops and much more.
  • Kreative Kidz - Creative movement, dance, drama, drawing, music, painting and much more.
  • Sports and Leisure - Athletics, badminton, ice skating, bowling, climbing wall and much more.
  • Club 17 - Air hockey, arts and craft, pool, table tennis and much more.
  • Shining Stars Group - A group with a range of play activities for children 0-5 years, who have an additional need.

Inclusive Leisure

After spending 6 years working in the leisure industry in various roles as a gym instructor, personal trainer, outdoor activity leader and group fitness instructor, Kyle Worrall spent two summers in Texas working amongst groups with challenging illness and special needs. Kyle soon realised that there are few facilities in the UK that enable disabled children and adults to reach their full potential and not be held back by their disabilities.

Inclusive Leisure CIC realises Kyle's vision to bring a leisure establishment targeted predominantly towards disabled and impaired users by providing a unique, completely barrier free and accessible environment.

As the name suggests, Inclusive Leisure will be available to everyone - with equipment purpose built for disabled users, which in turn will make it accessible to all users.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:

Kyle Worrall - kyle@inclusiveleisure.com

Inclusive Leisure website

Inclusive swimming lessons

All four pool sites within Telford & Wrekin (Wellington, Abraham Darby, Oakengates and Newport Pool) provide separate Junior and adult disability learn to swim sessions and these have been developed to bridge the gap between 1-1 lessons and mainstream classes. Fully qualified ASA swimming teachers at these sites deliver the disability lessons with enhanced knowledge of disabilities and cater for all abilities from beginner and upward, the emphasis is on learning through fun based sessions following the ASA Alpha Awards with a goal of working towards accessing mainstream swimming classes.

For more information contact one of the Swim4Life co-ordinators below based on your preferred site. The co-ordinators will then be able to determine the best way forward with the disability sessions.
Abraham Darby Sports & Leisure Centre
Matthew Haskew
Email: matthew.haskew@telford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01952 382770
Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre
Ruth Giblin
Email: ruth.giblin@telford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01952 382720
Oakengates Leisure Centre
Tracey Jones
Email: tracey.jones@telford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01952 382810
Newport Swimming Pool
Rebecca Nicholson
Email: Rebecca.nicholson@telford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01952 382740

Shropshire Inclusive Dance - Creative Movers

For ages 7 - 12

Fun dance sessions where you are given the freedom to explore and create movement together in our safe and fully inclusive environment. Under the guidance of our specialist dance artists and support workers, we will involve everyone in playful activities that support creativity, social development, physical health and emotional wellbeing.
SID Creative Movers

Shropshire Inclusive Dance - Gravitate Youth Dance Group

For ages 12 - 18

The focus of Gravitate Youth Dance Group is creativity and exploring dance in fun, exciting and dynamic ways. We like to enjoy ourselves, while learning new dance skills and developing creative decision-making. There will be opportunities to make and share our dancing with family and friends at key points throughout the year.
SID Gravitate Youth Dance Group

Special Needs Adventure Playground (S.N.A.P)

Our Special Needs Adventure Playground is designed specifically for children with special needs and has been running successfully in Cannock, Staffordshire since June 2003. Complete with outdoors adventure play equipment including an aerial runway, cycle track with specially adapted bikes, a sand pit, indoors soft play area, craft room and a multi-sensory room.
SNAP website

Telford Sailability

Did you know that the Telford Sailing Club in Priorslee caters for disabled sailing?

Telford Sailability is a non-profit organisation aiming to provide boats and equipment for the use of people with learning disabilities in the Telford and Wrekin area.

Telford Sailability website

Telford Summer Cycling

Travel Telford have an exciting programme of cycling activities for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The activities offer people the opportunity to take part in a range of cycling skills, games and competitions, make new friends and have fun whilst riding their bikes!
Telford Summer Cycling

Benefits

Telford & Wrekin Council Tax Benefit support

Our Welfare benefits officer can advise what benefits you are entitled to and how to apply.

Contact us by calling: 01952 380604.

Access to Work

Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you start working, stay in work or move into self-employment or start a business.
Access to Work

Calculate your benefit entitlement

The Telford & Wrekin website now has a simple to use online calculator to estimate how much Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit you may be entitled to.
View more information and calculate your entitlement

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child.

Disabled Student's Allowance

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (like dyslexia)

DSA information page

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017 the Disability Access Fund (DAF) is a new funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings

For more information please click here

Education Trusts

There are three education trusts in Shropshire (all references to Shropshire include Telford and Wrekin).
The trusts are there to help students who either live or study in Shropshire. Also, the trusts may consider applications from schools and further education institutions that might submit applications for projects that fulfil the aims of the trusts.

View more information 

Money Matters: A Guide for Parents (Cerebra)

This guide has been prepared for parents of disabled children who want to know what financial help may be available for them and what arrangements they may need to put in place to manage their children’s finances from birth and as they get older.

View more information and download the guide

Personal Independence Payments (DLA post 16yrs)

PIP helps towards some of the extra costs arising from a long term ill-health condition or disability and is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have. It is not means-tested or subject to tax and it is payable to people who are both in and out of work.

Carers allowance

Carer’s Allowance is £61.35 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them.
View how to claim

Blue Badge Parking permit

The Blue Badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.
Blue Badge Parking Permit

Free School Meals

Free School Meals are available at schools within Telford and Wrekin for children whose parent(s) satisfy certain criteria in respect of their income or benefits.
Free School Meals

Housing Benefit

If you are on a low income, whether you are working or not, and need financial help to pay all or part of your rent, you may be able to get Housing Benefit.
Housing Benefit

Concessionary Travel

The Telford and Wrekin Concessionary Travel Scheme offers a number of different travel opportunities for residents who are age eligible, or people with disabilities who qualify under certain criteria.
View more information

CEA Card

The CEA card enables the cardholder to obtain one complimentary ticket for a person to provide assistance required as a result of the cardholders disability.
Visit the CEA website for more information

Charities

Buttle UK

Buttle UK is named after Frank Buttle, a remarkable man whose hard work and personal sacrifice helped to establish our Grant Programmes, which have been helping children and young people in need across the UK since 1953. We do this by providing practical solutions that give children a fighting chance in life. Direct support is based on individual need, either to overcome immediate crisis or ensure the best possible chance of a successful education.

A grant could be for a bed so a child no longer has to share with a sibling, and has a better night's sleep to help them concentrate in class.

Buttle UK website

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children's vision is a world where all children's needs are met throughout childhood; where disabled children and their families have the right to choice, opportunity, dignity and understanding. We are passionate about improving the health of children and ensuring every family has access to the equipment, services and treatments they require.

Caudwell Children website

Sensory pack application form

Cerebra

Cerebra is a unique 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.

Cerebra website

Child Brain Injury Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust offers support to children with Acquired Brain Injury and their families.

The Trust has two grant programmes:

  • Give a Child a Chance Grant is a small grants programme (£100 max per child) to enable the child with Acquired Brain Injury and their siblings to be involved in social activities.
  • The Mary Radnoti-Dwyer Education Assessment Grant of up to £350 to help towards the cost of SEN assessments for professional reports

To apply, download an application form from the website here

ChildLine

ChildLine is a service which is provided by the NSPCC. The ChildLine website only has content written directly for children and young people.
You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry it's better out than in.

ChildLine website

Children in Need - Small Grants

"Our Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years."

Click here for more information

Contact

Contact is a national charity for families with disabled children.
We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Contact website

Disability Grants

If so, use this website to save time finding Disability Grants. Charities and Trusts provide funding towards the high cost of disability equipment, holidays, housing, days out in fact anything above and beyond the normal costs of everyday living.

Disability Grants website

Dreams Come True

Our Mission: Dreams Come True is a national children's charity. Our mission is, quite simply, to bring joy to terminally and seriously ill children by making their treasured dreams come true. Over the last 25 years we have brought happiness and joy to more than five thousand children as well as their friends, families and carers.

Dreams Come True website

Elizabeth Finn Fund

Elizabeth Finn founded the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association in 1897 to help people from a professional or services backgrounds who were struggling financially due to the unfavourable economic conditions in England during this time.  It was renamed Elizabeth Finn Care in honour of the founder.

The charity helps people who can no longer earn a living due to physical or mental problems, loss of work and family breakdown, or those struggling on low income in retirement.

Elizabeth Finn Fund website 

Family Fund

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, helping 72,043 families last year with over £33 million of grants and services.

We believe that all families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. Beginning with the most vulnerable, those on low incomes, and considering all conditions against our disability criteria, we aim to make a difference to outcomes for children and young people with disabilities or serious illnesses and the lives of the families raising them across the UK.

Family Fund website

Festival Spirit

Festival Spirit is a charity providing the full festival experience to young people who would not normally be able to attend and enjoy due to life-limiting illness or disability, our guests.

We are passionate about helping people who never thought they could attend a festival safe in the knowledge that they will have the facilities, support and back up necessary for their condition.

Our accommodation on site is an amazing specially adapted marquee with hard flooring, heating and electricity and close to disabled facilities such as showers and toilets. We provide 'buddies' to assist guests and their carers to get around the festival site and to make the most of the weekend event, see bands and attend all the other exciting workshops and activities on offer.

Festival Spirit website

Get Kids Going!

Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also helps to provide manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!

Get Kids Going website

Henry

HENRY is an award-winning charity that is passionate about babies and young children having a healthy start in life. That means helping the whole family make positive changes to their lifestyle and building healthier communities.
We have developed a national reputation for delivering responsive packages of support that really make a difference – working with over 60 local partners, including health trusts, local authorities, public health departments, voluntary organisations and universities. Click below for more info

Visit the Henry website

Janki Saye Foudation

The Janki Saye Foundation provides grants to fund assistive technology, making communication possible for people without speech and reading possible for people without sight.

Communication devices make a life changing difference to people who have complex disabilities which impact speech and movement.

Reading devices enhance independence and enrich the lives of people with visual impairments and special needs.

Janki Saye Foundation website

Lennox Children's Cancer Fund

Lennox provides practical, financial and emotional assistance to children with cancer and their families. Their care grants can help towards the extra costs of having a sick child such as travel expenses, household items, childcare and specialist equipment.

Lennox also provides respite breaks at their two holiday homes – one in the New Forest and the other on Mersea Island, off the Essex coast.  These holidays are free of charge.

Both the grants and respite breaks are available if your child is under 18 years and diagnosed with Leukaemia or cancer in the last 12 months.

Lenox Children's Cancer Fund website

Make a Wish

Refer a child for a wish -We grant magical wishes to children and young people aged from 3 to 17 living with a life-threatening condition.

Make a Wish website

Merlin’s Magic Wand

The Merlin Entertainment Group provides magical experiences for seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged children.

The experiences are primarily offered at their attractions which include Legoland, Alton Towers, The London Eye and Madame Tussauds though other requests may be considered. 

Merlin's Magic Wand website

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)

The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

NDCS website

New Life

Disabled children have been at the heart of the charity since 1991. Since that time we have become, through our work, the specialists for special children. Their needs and the needs of their families and carers, their health and their voices are all central to the work of the charity. Thankfully more babies and children survive conditions, accidents, infections and cancers, we see more children live through these experiences and therefore widened our remit to include all children with significant disabilities.

New Life website

oneVISion

A Shropshire support group for children with a visual impairment and their families. Registered Charity No. 1043696

oneVISion facebook page

Over The Wall

Over The Wall is a national UK children’s charity and a member of the international SeriousFun Children’s Network. We provide free of charge Therapeutic Recreation camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, reach beyond the perceived limitations of illness to rediscover a whole new world of possibilities. Through participation in a proven programme of fun-filled recreational and educational activities, our camps help promote inclusion whilst developing the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and peer relationships of all our campers.

Over The Wall website

Promise Dreams

Our charity was launched in 2001. We raise money for children who are seriously or terminally ill and provide treatment, help and support for both them and their families. Whether the child would like a holiday, a toy, medical treatment or equipment, or even the chance to meet their favourite celebrity, Promise Dreams is dedicated and committed to help.

Promise Dreams website

Remap

Remap is a national charity working through local groups of skilled volunteers to help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life.
We do this by designing and tailor making equipment for their individual needs. This helps them carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for assistance, or take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible for them.
Remap gives disabled people the joy of independence.
Everything is given free to the person it helps.

Remap website

Scope

Scope is a charity exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here. We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, we'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.

Scope website

Shropshire Cerebral Palsy Society

The Shropshire CP Society provides grants for any individual with cerebral palsy that lives in the county of Shropshire. There is no set limit on a grant as all requests will be considered on its own merits. Any request not covered by statutory funding will be considered. They have recently funded sports wheelchairs, holidays, Hippo therapy, shoes, carpets, beds and hospital transport costs. The organisation meets monthly with the exception of August and December.

To apply you will need to provide proof of Cerebral Palsy, reside in Shropshire, a copy of DLA (Disability Living Allowance) notice (if applicable), copy of item and an invoice. Any grants provided will be paid directly to the supplier not to individuals.

Contact Neil Nash on 01952 222743 or jjtaznash@gmail.com.

Shropshire Cerebral Palsy Society website

Sport England

Sport England operates a wide range of funds to benefit not for profit organisations and sports projects.
It is keen to encourage young disabled adults and disabled individuals participation in sport and will fund extra equipment and improvements to existing facilities such as improved access.

The funding streams are varied and range from £300 to millions of pounds.

Full details of all their funding programmes and extra advice on making an application can be found on their website. 

It includes Sportivate -  a Sport England initiative inspired by the 2012 Olympics.

It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 25 years who are not particularly sporty but want to play more sport.
The scheme provides free or subsidised 6 to 8 weeks of coaching sessions in a variety of sports.
The funding can pay for coaching, equipment, venue hire, training costs and marketing. It is fully inclusive and includes young people with a disability.

Each area offers different activities and different deadlines for applications. Use the online search to find out how to apply in your area.

Sport England website

The Children's Trust

The Children’s Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.

We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country.

The Children's Trust website

The National Autistic Society

We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families.
We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

The National Autistic Society website

Tickwood Care Farm

Tickwood Care Farm is a registered charity providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young adults.

In 2004 Edward and Anna Dugdale decided to utilise their working Shropshire farm, its woodland, livestock and practical know-how to provide new experiences and opportunities for young people learning to live with trauma and other significant personal challenges.

Visit Tickwood's website for more details

Together For Short Lives

Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. We support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. Our work helps to ensure that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it.

Together For Short Lives website

Trust Rugby International (TRI)

Trust Rugby International is a project driven social enterprise charity. TRI is developing strategic partnerships with other relevant companies and organisations to create a sustainable referral and support network. We are using this network to design, develop and pilot a personal development and social integration model specifically working with Rugby and young people aged 12 years + from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and social backgrounds.

Trust Rugby International website 

Variety

Variety provides both practical help including Variety Sunshine Coaches, Variety Wheelchairs and specialist equipment through our grants programmes, as well as creating memorable childhood experiences in our Variety at Work scheme.

Variety website

Whizz Kidz

Our aim is to ensure that every disabled child has an opportunity to be something special...a kid. There are an estimated 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK waiting!

Whizz Kidz website

YoungMinds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

YoungMinds website

Children and young people support

My Max Card

The Max Card is a discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to a venue in order to obtain free or discounted admission.
The scheme is designed to help these families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more.
We aim to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone.

My Max card website

To apply for a Max card please contact Parents Opening Doors (PODS) on:

Telephone - 01952 271532

Rodor Housing and Support LTD

Rodor Housing and Support is a leaving care organization. We are totally sector focussed with many years experience within children and young people service provision. We provide accommodation and individually tailored, young person centred solo supported placement, supported living, semi-independent living, offending behaviour programmes for young people placed on ISSP, YRO’s or Referral orders and community interventions to young people aged 16-21 years old.

Rodor Housing And Support

Young Carers

Telford Young Carers is brilliant. They have a youth club, adventure days, seaside trips and much more. They have workers that are there to listen to any problems and give advice.

Young Carers Telford

YoungSibs

YoungSibs is for children and young people who have a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. It is for siblings in the UK aged 6 to 17.

YoungSibs

Youth Clubs

Telford & Wrekin Council Junior Youth Clubs aim is to offer activities, trips and workshops for children to access in their free time. The key aim is to offer children choice, freedom and places where they can mix with their peers and try out new experiences.

Telford Youth Clubs

Disabilities

Cerebra

At Cerebra we believe that all children should have the same opportunities for independence and an ordinary life. Our grant scheme funds up to 80% of the cost of equipment and services to help make like easier and more enjoyable for children with Neurological conditions.
Cerebra website

Contact a Family

Contact a Family provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other.
Visit Contact a Family website

Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation has a website full of information and advice about Dyspraxia for parents, professionals, adults and or groups.
Visit the Dyspraxia website

NDCS

This guide will explain what Unilateral Deafness is. NDCS is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Parents can rely on us from initial diagnosis through to adulthood.
Visit NDCS website

Scope

Scope is a charity exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here. We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, we'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.
Scope website

Future of Downs

Future of Down’s is a website run by parents of children with Down’s syndrome for anyone who needs us! Whether you already have a baby or child with Down’s syndrome, you are pregnant and want advice on screening and tests or have just received a positive diagnosis following an amnio or CVS, we are here for you!
Future of Downs website

National Autistic Society

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. With the help of our members, supporters and volunteers we provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
National Autistic Society website

Mind

We provide information and support, campaign to improve policy and attitudes and, in partnership with independent local Mind associations, develop local services. We do this to make it possible for people who experience mental distress to live full lives
Visit Mind website

PDA Society

The PDA Society provides advice and information for parents and professionals about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome.  This is a guide for GP’s, nurses, Health Visitors, Social Workers and other primary care workers who are likely to first come into contact with children on the autism spectrum and need to be alert to early signs and parental concerns. ASDs are spectrum conditions so some overlap within these areas and diagnoses are inevitable.
PDA Society website

Disability bike hire

Adapted Bikes

At Telford Cycle Centre we have the equipment and expertise to provide a range of all ability cycling sessions. Including a set of tricycles and a front loader bike.

Visit the website or call Cycle Experience on 0330 024 1783.

Pre-booking required.

Telford Cycle Centre, Visitor Centre, Telford Town Park, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4EP

Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4.30pm.

Find us on Facebook - Telford Cycle Centre

Education

SEND Early Years Team

Click here to view information on the SEND Early Years Team.

Education Trusts

There are three education trusts in Shropshire (all references to Shropshire include Telford and Wrekin).
The trusts are there to help students who either live or study in Shropshire. Also, the trusts may consider applications from schools and further education institutions that might submit applications for projects that fulfil the aims of the trusts.

View more information 

Future Focus

(formally known as Connexions) is a free support service for children from 13-19 years (up to 25 years if you have additional needs). We provide impartial information, advice and guidance on careers and future planning. We also help you when things get in the way of your learning or future plans.

The Young People Careers Service helps you into and during your education,employment and training.

Future Focus

Future Focus Transition Pack

Independent Support

Independent Support (IS) is a government funded programme to provide additional support to parent and young people during the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Independent Support

Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS)

Previously known as Parent Partnership Service (PPS). The IASS provides confidential and impartial information along with advice and support around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. They also offer health and social care support. The service will help to increase confidence for people to participate in decisions, empowering parents and young people to take an active role in their child’s education.

IASS

Learning and Behaviour Advisory teams

The Learning and Behaviour Advisory Teams work with Children and young people aged 4 to 18, teaching assistants and school support workers, teachers, and senior leadership staff.

We offer learning assessments and advice, access arrangements, observations, advice and support for children and young people with SEND; challenging behaviours and/or emotional needs. We offer a wide variety of courses, CPD and conferences in the area of SEND and behaviour, along with in school group interventions to support settings in encouraging and improving learning behaviour. Please click on the following links for more information;

Behaviour Support Advisory Team (BSAT)

Learning Support Advisory Team (LSAT)

Job Box

The Job Box is a one stop shop for information and support on job vacancies, training and employment in the Telford and Wrekin area. Our aim is to provide you with links to the support you can access as well as the latest information on local jobs and employers. You will find below a list of services for young people between the ages of 16-25.

Relevant Regional and National Specialists

Specialist provision information you can access the following links:

The Department for Education's register or educational establishments in England and Wales.

Natspec is the membership association for specialist colleges. Natspec believes that a place at a specialist college should always be an option that is available to young people and their parents.

Natspec

Section 41 list of approved specialist providers

Section 41 of the Act allows the Secretary of State, by order, to publish a list of approved independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools – England and Wales and Special Post-16 institutions) for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care plan by local authorities) of the Act. Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent.

Section 41 list

Sensory Inclusion Service (SIS)

SIS supports young people with hearing and seeing difficulties. It also includes support and help for their families. The goal is to provide a wide range of assistance to ensure children have a good quality of life and are not excluded from the community.

Sensory Inclusion Service

Equipment

Community Equipment Services

Community Equipment Services provides equipment that plays a vital role in helping disabled people of all ages to develop their full potential and to maintain their health and independence. It facilitates hospital discharge with the provision of equipment e.g. beds, mattress systems, allowing people to be in a place of their choice.

Community Equipment Services  (Shropshire Community Health)

Learning Space

Our range is full of fun and inspiring resources to meet the needs and interests of ALL children and of all abilities. We are an educational toy and resource supplier providing everything needed to create an innovative learning environment. From products to help a child who has Autism, an interest in science or needs help with timetables. As well as providing a wide range of learning and specialised resources we also install sensory equipment, soft play, outdoor equipment and full nursery/school setups.

Learning Space website

Newlifeable

Every day, Newlife nurses hear of children who are desperate for essential equipment that will make a real difference to their lives. Equipment that can enable a child to go to school, sleep at night free of pain, speak to their parents for the first time or visit grandparents. Newlife is committed to making a difference through its Equipment Grant and Loan Service, but even so thousands of disabled children and families continue to go without.

With a UK wide chronic shortage of such equipment, we have responded by creating a suite of equipment that has been donated by local statutory services. These items may not be needed in one local area but could help thousands of children who do need the equipment across the UK. Each item has been clinically cleaned, refurbished and certified in line with Medical Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) guidelines and is now readily available, free of charge to help enable a disabled child.

Visit Newlifeable website

Remap

Remap is a national charity working through local groups of skilled volunteers to help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life.
We do this by designing and tailor making equipment for their individual needs. This helps them carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for assistance, or take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible for them.
Remap gives disabled people the joy of independence.
Everything is given free to the person it helps.

Remap website

Safespaces

At Safespaces we work closely everyday with parents, carers, occupational therapists, and other health professionals, including architects and design engineers. From our base in the northwest of England, we support every age of the process, from initial enquiries, right through to the design, manufacture and installation of your equipment.

Safespaces website

Stairlift Grants

If you think you or a loved one could benefit from having a stairlift installed, you may be worried about how to pay for it. A stairlift is a big investment that could greatly improve your life, but the relatively high initial cost may seem prohibitive. However, if money is a concern, don’t entirely dismiss the idea of getting a stairlift before you have explored all the options, as you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Click here for more information

The Soft Brick Company

The Soft Brick Company have been manufacturing and installing indoor play areas since 1988 and are proud of our reputation as the UK’s number 1 manufacturer of soft play structures and soft play products.

The Soft Brick Company

Toilet Seat Urination Guard

Our Toilet Seat Urination Guard prevents urine from accidentally leaving a toilet when used by a male in a seated position effectively closes the gap between the bottom of a toilet seat and a toilet bowl. The guard is attached to the toilet seat such that it extends within the toilet bowl when the seat is lowered and directs urine back into the bowl.

View more information

Health

Child Development Centre

The Child Development Centres (CDCs) provide information and advice for parents and carers and developmental assessment and intervention for young children. The services are currently provided for children who are less than 5 years old and before they begin going to school. Families may be referred to the CDC when their child has been given a diagnosis which is likely to affect their long term development or when it is felt that their child’s development is not progressing as expected.

Visit CDC webpage (NHS)

Children and young people’s Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

We are a multidisciplinary community based service designed to meet the mental health needs of children 0-18 years of age, (including those with learning disability), across Telford and Shropshire.

The new Emotional, Health and Wellbeing Service is being introduced during 2017 starting from May. 

CAMHS NHS

Children's Community Physiotherapy

The Children's Community Physiotherapy team provides physiotherapy assessment, treatment and rehabilitation during/following; illness, surgery, disease, disability or injury. Children's Physiotherapy have a specific interest and expertise in working with children and young people who present with a wide range of conditions. The Physiotherapists work in a variety of different settings such as homes, clinics, Child Development Centres and schools (mainstream and special)

Visit The Childrens Community Physiotherapy webpage (NHS)

Doctors

Find your nearest doctors practice.
Most referrals will need to start from your local GP

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service

South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce that from 1st May 2017 we will be providing a new mental health support service for young people across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

The new service will be available to young people, up to the age of 25, and will offer help and support to those who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

View more information (NHS)

Henry

HENRY is an award-winning charity that is passionate about babies and young children having a healthy start in life. That means helping the whole family make positive changes to their lifestyle and building healthier communities.
We have developed a national reputation for delivering responsive packages of support that really make a difference – working with over 60 local partners, including health trusts, local authorities, public health departments, voluntary organisations and universities. Click below for more info

Visit the Henry website

Hope House

Hope House Children's Hospices - Hope House at Oswestry and Tŷ Gobaith at Conwy - provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

A range of services is offered, including respite and end-of-life care at the hospices and/or within the family home, and support such as counselling, advocacy and the promotion of children, young people's and carers' rights.

Children, young people and family members are welcomed into a friendly, homely environment, with the child or young person at the centre. The support offered includes physical, psychological and spiritual care from a team including experienced doctors, nurses and other care professionals. Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hope House website

Occupational Therapy Service (OT)

Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of a range of difficulties and diagnoses using specific, purposeful activity.

View the OT webpage (NHS)

Options

The Options Clinical Team has created a series of help sheets offering advice and guidance for parents and carers who look after children, young people and adults with autism.
This month’s help sheet is all about supporting children and adults with autism & learning disabilities to visit the dentist. Many of us dread the thought of visiting the dentist but for people with autism and/or learning difficulties it can be an especially challenging experience. Difficulties in communication, heightened sensitivity, unfamiliar smells, noises, bright lighting and strange tastes can overload a person’s sensory processing causing anxiety. However, with a supportive plan most people can have a positive experience at the dentist to ensure good oral health. Read more by clicking the link below and please feel free to forward this information to anyone who you feel will benefit from it.

Download the Options help sheet

Paediatric Psychology Service

When young people have serious physical health problems it can be very distressing for them and for everyone in the family. Our service offers a chance for young people and their families to talk about how this makes them feel, and where necessary suggest strategies or ways of dealing with things that can help them to cope better with their situation.

Visit The Paediatric Psychology Service Webpage (NHS)

PRH

It provides a range of acute hospital services for people from Telford, Shropshire, mid Wales and further afield.

Visit the PRH website (NHS)

Primary Eye-care Assessment and Referral Service (PEARS)

Red eyes, sore eyes, itchy eyes?
If you are worried about a recent eye condition - there is now a new free service to offer advice. You can access this service if you are registered with a GP in Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin.

Visit the PEARS webpage (NHS)

School Nurse

School Nurses support health and wellbeing programmes for all children and young people 5-19 years of age in schools and the wider community having smoothly taken over from health visitors, who provide services from pregnancy to the first five years of life. School nurses are qualified nurses with various additional qualifications.
School nurses have a specialist public health qualification and/or extensive experience of working with children, young people and their families.

Visit School Nurses webpage (NHS)

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

The Children's Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service in Shropshire provides assessment and treatment of speech, language, communication and/or swallowing difficulties for children and young people from 0-16 years of age (or to 19 years old in full time education).

Visit the SLT webpage (NHS)

YoungMinds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

YoungMinds website

Holidays

Beamsley Project

Beamsley Project is set in relaxing gardens and is in the building of the former Beamsley Methodist Church. We are very easily accessible on the side of the A59 Preston to York road. We are between Skipton and Harrogate and between the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the fascinating Pennine moors of Ilkley and Haworth.

We do full week bookings of 7 nights starting on a Monday or Friday but you could have:

  • Mid week Monday to Friday 4 nights
  • Weekend Friday to Sunday/Monday 2/3 nights

This is an ideal location for church groups, school groups, corporate groups, community groups, care homes and families. We particularly specialise in holidays for people with disabilities and have a range of equipment such as mobile hoists, lifts, cot sides and electric profiling beds.

Beamsley Project website 

Bendrigg

At Bendrigg Trust our mission is to challenge perceptions of disabled and disadvantaged people. This includes other people’s perceptions of people with disabilities, and the person’s own perceptions about what they think they can or can’t do. We do this through a variety of residential and adventure-based activities which promote independence, encourage inclusion and increase self-esteem. From the minute a person arrives they are supported and encouraged to do as much as they can, from making their own bed and helping at meal times, to pushing themselves to reach that little bit further up the climbing wall or taking their first canoe trip on open water. No matter what a person’s perceived abilities, we gently support and encourage them to challenge themselves throughout their stay.

Bendrigg website

Calvert Trust Exmoor

The Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. We aim to do this by providing:

  • a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities, meaningful challenge and adventure within a framework of safety
  • skilled, qualified and caring staff able to fulfil the needs of visitors
  • accommodation appropriate to the needs of the visitors
  • facilities for families and friends to share the enjoyment and experience.

Calvert Trust website

    Carers Holidays

    If you are a carer you can use Carers Holidays website to access discounts on holiday accommodation. Simply join the FREE membership scheme and quote your membership number to the holiday provider when you make your booking.

    Carers Holidays website

    Disabled Holiday Info

    Our website has been designed to give travellers with all disabilities and mobility issues (not just wheelchair users) appropriate information on accessible holiday accommodation, attractions, activities and trails, enabling a choice of suitable accessible holidays bearing in mind individual needs. We hope that you find it useful when you are planning holidays, a short break away or a day out!

    Disabled Holiday Info website

    Dukes Barn

    Our aim as an education trust, is to ensure that all young people, regardless of ability, special need or disadvantage, are given the opportunity to experience quality outdoor education, in a safe environment, to improve not only their physical fitness but also their confidence and self esteem to enable them to meet the challenges of everyday life, today and in the future.

    Our main focus is children with special needs including Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, children with hearing or sight impairment and those with physical disabilities including wheelchair users.

    Dukes Barn website 

    Holiday Grants for the Disabled

    With the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) more places than ever before are offering accommodation for the disabled. Last minute cheap deals will be hard to find if you have specific needs, but there are canal boats, specialist activity centres, cruises, caravans, cottages, and hotels with accessible facilities. To smooth the way, access guides and information services provide useful advice and resources to help plan and organise a holiday to suit your individual needs. So, Why wait? Check out the link below to see if you are eligible for a grant towards that much needed holiday.

    Information about Holiday Grants

    Holidays with Help

    Holidays with Help was formed by a group of British Red Cross Society members with over thirty years of organising holidays for large groups of people with disabilities.

    We provide respite care breaks for people with disabilities and their carers with support from trained and experienced helpers. Medical and nursing personnel are also on site to offer guidance where necessary, should it be needed. However it should be noted that we cannot provide 24 hour nursing care.

    Bookings are welcome from large groups and individuals allowing single people, couples or family groups to enjoy a break, safe in the knowledge that care and support systems are in place to support them all.

    Holidays with Help website 

    JollyDays

    JollyDays aim is to deliver an unforgettable supported holiday for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

    Our team is carefully chosen to provide you with the best practical support. Be confident in our ability to ensure that your health and safety is of the utmost importance. We offer the quality and experience that you deserve within a supportive and safe environment. We support and value your right of choice in making decisions regarding your own ability to achieve your goals.

    Fun and Enjoyment is the key to every successful supported holiday.

    JollyDays website

    The National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children

    Provides support for the parents or carers of severely sick or disabled children by offering them a two week respite whilst their children are cared for by us.
    The children are taken on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Central Florida where they can enjoy the some of the many attractions and theme parks in the Orlando area.

    Parents or carers are not required to pay any of the costs associated with the trip. Funding is provided by charitable donations.

    Click the website link below to view the child selection criteria and application form.

    The NHF Charity website 

    Options Holidays

    Options Holidays is a not-for-profit organisation running escorted traditional-style holidays for adults with learning disabilities.

    We run holidays throughout the year, in the UK, the Mediterranean and far-away places. All our holidays are different, aiming to meet our clients’ desires – sight seeing, relaxing by the pool or beach, evening entertainment, learning about the local area and cultures, theatre outings, excursions. Once on holiday our clients are involved in deciding the type and nature of the outings and activities they would like to do.

    Options Holidays website 

    Revitalise

    Revitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for disabled people and carers. We also offer inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest, most diverse volunteer programmes in the UK.

    Revitalise website

    Seagull Trust Cruises

    Founded in 1978, the Seagull Trust Cruises charity offers free cruises on Scotland’s canals for people with special needs. From small beginnings, Seagull Trust Cruises hosted 27,003 passengers on 2,823 cruises in 2015.

    A completely voluntary charity, cruises run from branches at Ratho near Edinburgh, Falkirk, Kirkintilloch and Highland at Inverness. In addition, a purpose-built holiday boat based at Falkirk is available.

    Seagull Trust Cruises website 

    Speyside Trust Badaguish Centre

    Speyside Trust, Badaguish Centre is a small independent charity helping children and adults with learning difficulties and other special needs - they love the challenge of the outdoors too! The Trust badly needs funds to further develop its respite care activity holidays and work experience/vocational training programmes.

    Badaguish website 

    The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust

    The Children's Adventure Farm Trust is based at the beautiful Booth Bank Farm, a 17th Century farmhouse set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. We provide a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West .The needs of the children visiting The Adventure Farm range from complex and severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as Carers for a family member, those dealing with bereavement and children who have been victims of abuse. Each child is treated as an individual with their own strengths, likes and dislikes, disability is never seen as a barrier to participation. We welcome children from all social and ethnic groups.

    Children’s Adventure Farm Trust website

    Mobility

    All Shropshire Mobility

    We are a family run garage based near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. Set up in 2001 by Martin and Heather Davies. Martin left school in 1989 and carried out a four year apprenticeship and has been a mechanic ever since.
    As well as repairing and servicing cars, we have been a Ricon tail lift dealer in Shropshire for over five years. We also offer after sales service and repairs for all Ricon products. We have achieved Motability Accreditation and install driving adaptations to vehicles on the Motability Scheme and for private customers.

    Visit the All Shropshire Mobility website

    Allied Mobility

    Allied Mobility is the leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles for the UK and Ireland, supplying direct to more than 3,000 customers every year. Disabled people, of course, each have different needs, which is why we have developed a wide range of mobility adaptations and wheelchair accessible cars for sale and hire.

    Allied Mobility website

    Children and Young People’s Wheelchair Services

    Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group are responsible for ensuring local wheelchair services meet the needs of those requiring to access them.

    Please complete this questionnaire with your son/daughter to help us develop patient centred outcomes measures in relation to wheelchair services.  Patient centred outcomes measures are about putting patients, their families and carers at the heart of deciding which goals are most valuable, rather than health professionals deciding what is best.

    Children's Wheelchair Provision (NHS)

    Please download the leaflet below, which provides advice and support to patients about Children's Wheelchair Provision from Shropshire Wheelchair and Posture Service (SWaPS)

    Download leaflet here

    Disabled Holiday Information

    Welcome to the home page for D.H.I. (Disabled Holiday Information) This website has been designed to give travellers with all disabilities and mobility issues (not just wheelchair users) appropriate information on accessible holiday accommodation, attractions, activities and trails, enabling a choice of suitable accessible holidays bearing in mind individual needs. We hope that you find it useful when you are planning holidays, a short break away or a day out.

    Visit the Disabled Holiday Information website

    Driving Miss Daisy

    Driving Miss Daisy is helping people across Telford & Wrekin regain their independence & live life to the full with our safe, friendly and reliable service. We provide companion driving services for the elderly, children, disabled, anyone who is unable to drive or just wants to ‘take it easy’ - we are here to help get you out and about and enjoy everyday living. Our dedicated drivers will not only take you to your desired destination but where required can accompany you into any appointment – whether it be at the Doctors, Hospital, a trip to the shops, the hairdressers or a fun social outing. We can also help you in and out of the car and Special requirements are catered for including assistance with a walker or wheelchair. Our pricing is very competitive – you’ll be surprised at how cost-effective our service is!

    To find out if Driving Miss Daisy can help you please call us on:
    0333 014 6211.....we look forward to hearing from you. And if you see us out and about please give us a wave.

    Driving Miss Daisy website

    Home to school Transport

    A free bus pass or other transport assistance will be provided for pupils attending their designated or nearest school which is more than three miles from their home address, or two miles if under the age of eight, measured using the shortest walking route, accompanied as necessary by an adult.

    Home to school transport

    Manchester Airport - Special Assistance

    Manchester Airport welcomes disabled customers and customers with reduced mobility. Manchester Airport are committed to easing their customer’s journey therefore creating a unique and positive experience.

    Machester Airport special assistance

    Mobility Nationwide

    Mobility is the UK’s leading specialist supplier of high quality used wheelchair accessible vehicles. Operating from modern purpose built premises; we offer a full UK wide service.

    Mobility Nationwide website

    Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC)

    Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC) has a dedicated team of professionals including Driving Advisers (specialist driving instructors), occupational therapists and administrative staff.

    Our aim is to help older and disabled people achieve a better quality of life through helping them to maintain or regain independent mobility as drivers, passengers, scooter or wheelchair users. Our primary function is driving assessment. We can also offer practical advice on adaptations and tuition if required.

    RDAC website

    Shropshire Wheelchair Users Group (SWUG)

    Shropshire Wheelchair Users Group was formed in 1992 and each wheelchair user (and their carer/carers) who receives a wheelchair from the County's NHS Wheelchair Service (through Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin P.C.T. ) is entitled to free membership. Why not come along and join in one of the group meetings? As well as in depth discussions and consultations with the clinicians and management of Wheelchair and Posture Service to improve and refine service provision, wider issues of accessibility within the county are tackled.
    For more information please visit the website below.

    Please contact SWUG on 01952 252 243

    Whizz-Kidz

    Whizz-Kidz sets disabled children free to reach their true potential and live their lives to the full. We provide mobility equipment to give kids the chance to be independent.

    Vist the Whizz-Kidz website.

    Parent/Carer support

    Information below is about parent/carer support groups in Telford and Wrekin that are specific to disabled children and young people with an additional need or disability.

    Parents Opening Doors (PODS)

    PODS empower parents and work together with the following agencies acting as parents voices in shaping services relating to health, education, social care, early years, local authority bodies and government agencies, short breaks, respite care, voluntary organisations, universal services (for example libraries, sports centres), Town Park, leisure services.

    We sit on a number of steering groups and working groups within the Local Authority.

    PODS Telford

    Face 2 Face scheme

    Face 2 Face is a network of trained parent volunteers who support other parents of children with special needs at the time of diagnosis or during challenging times related to their child’s disability. Every Face 2 Face befriends someone whose own child has special needs.

    Face 2 Face webpage Download the leaflet

    Home-Start Telford & Wrekin

    Home-Start Telford & Wrekin supports parents with at least one child under the age of 5 who are dealing with issues such as:

    • isolation
    • sickness
    • disability
    • mental health
    • domestic abuse
    • twins/triplets
    • difficult relationships

    We can help parents to feel that the 'impossible' is possible!

    Home Start Telford

    Independent Support

    Independent Support (IS) is a government funded programme to provide additional support to parent and young people during the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

    Independent Support

    Information hub

    The Information Hub is a drop in service based at the Stepping Stones Centre, Malinslee, available to all families of disabled children and young people across Telford and Wrekin. This is a free service and helps families to access information regarding all aspects of disabilities for children and young people.

    View more information

    Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS)

    Previously known as Parent Partnership service (PPS) provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, including health and social care. This will increase confidence to participate in decisions, empowering parents and young people to take an active role in their / their child’s education.

    IASS website

    Julia Butler Coaching

    Overcome overwhelm! One-to-one coaching to help you to find the right way forward for you and your child. Confidential, impartial, constructive support from a professional coach (member of the Association for Coaching) who is also the parent of a child with additional needs.

    • You will be really listened to, in confidence and without judgement.
    • You will have time and space to think and explore.
    • You will gain new perspectives on your situation.
    • You will have someone who is impartial and fully committed to supporting you and helping you to keep on track.
    • You will gain clarity, energy and a way forward from where you are now to where you want to be.

    Click here for more information

    Listen Not Label (Autism Hub)

    Information, Advice, Specialist support, Life skills workshops, drop in and lots more.
    For people with Autism (diagnosed or not).

    Listen Not Label
    Telephone 01952 916109, Email admin@listennotlabel.org.uk
    Listen Not Label, The Glebe centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, TF1 1JP.

    Making Contact

    Being the parent of a disabled child can be very isolating and lead to stresses and strains on individuals within a family. Here you can share your experiences with others and get support too.

    Making Contact

    Mencap

    Mencap Direct is the easiest way for you to access advice and information about learning disability and find the right support and Mencap services in your area.
    You can call us on 0808 808 1111, from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
    Or email help@mencap.org.uk

    Mencap website 

    SEND guide for parents and carers

    This guide explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) works.

    View more information and download the guide

    Shropshire Parent Support Group

    Does your child have coordination problems that you can’t explain? Concerned about who to talk to?
    Shropshire Parent Support Group are here to help with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and DCD.

    A small group of parents meet on the First Friday of every month for a relaxed chat to share information and experiences. They often have professionals visiting to give advice on a number of topics.

    Young children are welcome (toys are available).

    9.45 – 11.30 am
    The Andrew Broughton Family Room
    Stepping Stones Centre
    Brunel Road
    Malinslee
    Telford
    Shropshire
    TF3 2BF

    Contact:
    sally.meredith497@gmail.com
    hoathclan@btinternet.com

    STAA Group

    The STAA group in Telford supports parents and carers of children with ASD including Aspergers and ADHD.

    STAA Group

    STAA Lite Group

    For parents and carers who have a child that has received or in the process of a diagnosis of Autistic spectrum condition.

    STAA Lite Group

    Swan UK

    SWAN UK is a project run by Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to parents of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions. Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund the project has 3 aims:

    • Develop a community of families with undiagnosed genetic conditions for mutual support and information sharing
    • Develop a network of health and social care professionals with expertise in undiagnosed conditions
    • Increase awareness and understanding of undiagnosed genetic conditions.

    Swan UK webpage

    Parenting

    Healthy Families

    Raising a child is really tough – we know that you as parents are the experts on your child and family. We won’t blame you for your child’s weight or criticise your parenting skills. Our weight management programme will support you with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference to your child’s health. A free 10 week programme for four to seven year old children who are above a healthy weight for their age and height. The Healthy Juniors programme is a fun, free family programme designed to help families make long term lifestyle changes.

    Healthy Families

    Mumsnet

    Mumsnet is the UK's largest website for parents, offering brands the chance to influence women via high-profile sponsored discussions and other forms of interaction. It has 4.8 million monthly unique visitors and 60 million monthly page views. It hosts discussion forums where users share peer-to-peer advice and information on parenting, products and many other issues. Mumsnet also has a Bloggers Network with 5,000 registered bloggers and a network of 180 local sites run in partnership with local editors.

    Mumsnet website

    Service directories

    Family Connect (0 - 18 years)

    Welcome to Telford and Wrekin's Family Connect Services Directory. The service directory provides information for children, parents, carers and practitioners.
    View the Family Connect Service Directory

    Telford MyLife portal (18 - 25 years)

    Telford MyLife has been developed by Telford & Wrekin Council's Care and Support Service, in conjunction with voluntary and partner organisations, to provide you with information, advice and guidance about local services and organisations that can support you to maintain your lifestyle and independence.
    View the Telford MyLife portal

    The Autism Directory

    Find autism friendly resources in your local area and beyond. From CAMHS and coffee shops to SaLT's and special schools you can find them here.
    The Autism Directory Shropshire

    Services

    Afasic

    Afasic was founded in 1968 as a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. We provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications. Members meet in local groups in many areas of the UK.

    Afasic website 

    Autism at Home 

    Autism at Home takes a holistic approach to Autism. Autism requires an open approach which considers all aspects of each individual. Autism at Home specialises in play therapy which then incorporates other beneficial therapies.

    Autism at Home website

    Coverage Care Services

    Coverage Care has been providing nursing, residential and respite care services for older people and those living with dementia or a disability throughout Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin for the past 18 years.
    All of our homes are very different but the high standard of care is the same throughout them all.

    Coverage Care has 12 homes throughout Shropshire offering care predominantly for older people requiring nursing, residential, respite or various forms of re-ablement care, all for those living with frailty or dementia. We have two additional services: one which provides respite support for people with a learning disability; and another providing an extra care service where you can live in your own flat and receive care as you require it.

    Coverage Care Services website

    Dyspraxia Foundation

    The Dyspraxia Foundation seeks every opportunity to increase understanding of Dyspraxia, particularly among professionals in health and education and encourages its local groups to do the same. It continues to encourage the smaller local groups to thrive and develop their own ideas and to distribute information and fundraise for themselves.

    Dyspraxia Foundation

    Direct Payments 

    A Direct Payment is money that we give you to arrange and buy the care or services that you need. You can buy services to meet your needs which can include:

    • personal care (help with washing, dressing and eating meals)
    • practical help (shopping, cleaning, preparing meals)
    • carers services

    Information about Direct Payments

    Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service

    South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce that from 1st May 2017 we will be providing a new mental health support service for young people across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

    The new service will be available to young people, up to the age of 25, and will offer help and support to those who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

    View more information (NHS)

    Epilepsy Society

    Epilepsy Society is the UK’s leading provider of epilepsy services. Through our cutting edge research, awareness campaigns, information resources and expert care, we work for everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK.

    Epilepsy Society website

    Independent Travel Training

    Independent Travel Training is for young people with a learning disability requiring the skills necessary to travel independently using public bus services in and around the borough of Telford.

    Click here for more information

    Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network)

    The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) provide training and support to local Information Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England. The IASS Network was previously known as the National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN), who undertook a similar role with local Parent Partnership Services. The IASS Network is funded to provide this support by the Department for Education (DfE).

    What does the IASS Network do?

    • Provides a range of information, advice and support to IAS Services.
    • Promotes the development and standards of IAS Services.
    • Provides training to IAS Services on relevant subjects including the law on SEN and disability, health and social care (with IPSEA).
    • Promotes service impartiality and arrangements that ensure IAS Services are operating at arm’s length from their local authority.
    • Provides a national picture of the work of IAS Services through the annual ‘Benchmarking’ report.
    • Promotes dialogue and collaboration between IAS Services and other partners.
    • Engages strategically with DfE on key issues arising for IAS Services.
    • Supports an e-forum for all IAS Services through which relevant information can be sent and discussed.
    • Facilitates the SEN Information Group - a network of organisations that provide direct advice and support to families of children with SEND.
    • Works with the Independent Support Programme to ensure parents and children are receiving high quality IAS.

    IASS Network website 

    Other Local Offers

    Here you will find the bordering Local Authority's Local Offers

    Thrive

    Thrive is a group of organisations working together to provide the best possible support to individuals, families and communities in Telford and Wrekin. We offer support to our customers to maximise their choice and control as well as establishing and maintaining their independence. We provide a holistic approach to support, looking at a customer’s overall health and emotional wellbeing.

    Thrive website

    Young Carers

    Telford Young Carers Service has been supporting young carers aged from 5-18 since 2006. We're here to help while you care, with lots of advice and information, encouraging you to take part in all our great activities, discover new interests and make friends with other young carers.

    Telford Young Carers website

    YoungSibs

    YoungSibs is for children and young people who have a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. It is for siblings in the UK aged 6 to 17.

    Young Sibs website

    Youth Offending

    The West Mercia Youth Offending Service works with young people to prevent offending and reduce their risk of further offending. We ensure the young people recognise the consequences of their actions and the impact this has on others.

    Information about Youth Offending

    Transition

    Employment Link

    The Employment link can assist you with benefit advice, writing a CV, job applications, job interview support, work trials, job coaching, talking to employers, access to work applications and travel training.
    Tel: 01952 381503

    Email Employment Link

    Future Focus

    Future Focus (formally known as Connexions) is a free support service for children from 13-19 years (up to 25 years if you have additional needs). We provide impartial information, advice and guidance on careers and future planning. We also help you when things get in the way of your learning or future plans. The Young People Careers Service helps you into and during your education, employment and training.

    Future Focus

    Landau Turn Around

    We aim to provide quality supported training for people with learning disabilities, low educational attainment and those who face real barriers when it comes to learning. We support you to acquire and develop vocational skills which will enhance your employment prospects with the aim of progressing into sustainable employment.

    Landau website

    Preparing for Adulthood

    A program of work is now underway to explore these proposals, working with SEND green paper pathfinders. The Preparing for Adulthood programme will also provide knowledge and support to all local authorities and their partners, including families and young people, so they can ensure young people with SEN and disabilities achieve paid work, independent living, good health and community inclusion as they move into adulthood.

    Preparing for Adulthood website