Dorset based club for families with a child with an ASD/Asperger diagnosis. Web: www.a-stars.org.uk
ActiveEyes Youth Group
in association with Bournemouth Society for Visually Impaired. A monthly club for blind and visually impaired young people aged 8 & over. For more details phone Michelle on 01929 424499 or email email@example.com.
ALLSORTS IS A PURBECK-WIDE INFORMATION AND SOCIAL/SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS AND CARERS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. Web: http://allsortsspecialneeds.co.uk
Artz & Sportz Plus
School holiday arts and sports events for children with additional needs and their families living in Dorset. Tel: 01305 252250 Web: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/artz+
Nationwide website where parents and carers can share experiences on the forum and find useful info and support. Web: www.asdfriendly.org
ASD Support Groups in Bournemouth
Malmesbury Park School. Group leader Marion Burgess 01202 451970
The Centre, Bishop of Winchester School.Group leader Carolyn Taylor 01202 512697 ext 160
Founded in 1968 by parents of children with autism, Autism Wessex is a regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
Beach Hut Hire
Fully disabled accessible beach huts are available for hire at Bournemouth's multi-award winning Boscombe seafront.The inside of each hut is a highly adaptable and flexible space capable of accommodating up to four wheelchair users at once. Each hut comes equipped with four directors chairs, a table, split level work surface, gas stove, lockable cupboards and shared fresh drinking water tap.
A connecting partition wall can be removed, opening out a pair of huts into one unit for large group hire. Accessible parking available directly in front of the Seagull and Windbreak huts. Access Undercliff Drive car park via Sea Road - turn right at Boscombe Pier. Postcode: BH5 1BN. The new huts are available to hire now by disability groups and individuals by the day or week. Contact Boscombe Beach Office on 01202 451773 for latest prices.
Blandford AS/ADHD Support Group
In conjunction with Dorset County Council & Barnardos at Blandford Children's Centre, Black Lane, Blandford DT11 8SW. Coffee Morning 4th Monday of every month, first one Monday 24th May 2010. For more details please contact Caroline on 07717 361356 or Kevin on 07776 472746.
Blandford Opportunity Group
Play group for children with Special Needs runs on Mons, Tues, Weds & Fri. Children are referred to them by professional person, health or social worker. Contact Nicola Roper 01258 456187. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum
The Forum aims to provide relief, advice, advocacy and support to children with disabilities and/or special educational needs, their parents and carers within Bournemouth and surrounding areas by working in partnership with all agencies providing services and support to said persons with the object of improving their conditions of life. Website http://www.parentcarerforum.co.uk/
Bournemouth Parent Partnership Service (formerly Parent Link)
Bournemouth Parent Partnership Service provides a range of information, advice, guidance and support to parents/carers of children with SEN/Disability Including:1:1support, Newsletter, Website Parent Network, Workshops & Training Information & Support, Drop- ins.
Tel: (24 hr answer machine) Parent Partnership Coordinator Araxy Camp Araxy.Camp@bournemouth.gov.uk
A national charity supporting children with various disabilities/developmental delay. Web: www.brainwave.org.uk
Group for parents and carers of children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Conditions (including Asperger Syndrome) and other hidden impairments. Web: www.bridportsupport.com
Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through researching, educating and directly supporting children and their carers. Web: www.cerebra.org.uk
Challenging Behaviour Foundation
A national organisation with a helpline number. Call CBF Families Support Worker Gemma on 0845 602 7885. Web: www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk
Children's Learning Disability Service
To help children with learning disabilities to develop as individuals and improve the quality of their lives. Web. http://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/services/children-and-families/childrens-learning-disability.htm
Cool 2 Care
Cool2Care provides support to disabled young people and adults. Personal assistants are trained, confident and skilled; able to undertake personal care duties as well as acting a friend or buddy. http://www.cool2care.co.uk/
Contact a Family
Help for families with specific and unusual additional needs. Web: www.cafamily.org.uk
Daphne Bish MBACP (Accred) Adv Dip Couns (CPCAB). Please contact 01202 710694 or 07799 565500 or email email@example.com.
Creekmoor Youth Club
Monday nights - Creekmoor Club for young people from 13 to 19 year olds with mild to moderate learning and physical disabilities. The Club offers you the opportunity to meet, play a variety of sports, DJ, socialise and have fun. We also get involved in trips out and summer or holiday activities. There is a 50p entrance fee. Contact Neil Poulton 01202 605340.
One stop shop for those seeking grants for disabled relatives. www.disability-grants.org
Diverse Abilities Plus
Diverse Abilities Plus is an independent, not for profit organisation working together with families to help meet the needs of local people, of all ages with physical and learning difficulties.
Dorset Parent Carer Council
Working for the parents and carers of disabled children and young people in Dorset. Lots of useful information and links which includes a comprehensive list of special schools in the area and fully accessible beach huts for hire. www.dorsetparentcarercouncil.co.uk
Dorset Parent Partnership
The Dorset Parent Partnership Service offers independent information and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs. We work closely with the Local authority, Schools, the Voluntary sector and other agencies. http://www.dorsetforyou.com/390236
Contacts:- North Dorset - Anne Barker 01300 341978. East Dorset - Jane Schmidt 07748 624609 South & West Dorset - Julie Daulby 01305 250766
Dorset Transition Team
A joint venture between the disability teams from Dorset County Council (Adult & Children's Services) and Connextions. Advice & support on transition into Post 16 provision.
East Dorset Mencap - Poppets Club
Poppets is a Saturday club for children aged 4-14 who have a learning disability. The club runs from 10am-12noon on alternate Saturday mornings and is held at Portfield Community Hall, Portfield Rd, Christchurch BH23 2AQ. Club entry costs £1. There are a variety of activities on offer including arts and crafts, puzzles, games, indoor soft play and outdoor play. Web: http://www.eastdorsetmencap.co.uk/node/6
Enigma Youth Club
For young people on the autistic spectrum and their friends. Sundays from 4pm Dorchester Youth Club, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester. Contact Sarah on 01305 757378 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equine Assisted Learning
I would like to introduce myself and the service I can offer in Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). The experience of interacting with horses can have remarkable benefits in a wide variety of learning situations. It is a form of experiential learning through interacting with horses on the ground (there is no riding involved). It can benefit anyone from children and adults with poor social skills, addiction, learning difficulties or behavioural problems and is especially effective for those on the autistic spectrum and with ADHD. EAL can also be a useful means of corporate training as issues like leadership, problem solving and teamwork can be addressed. All sessions can be the tailored to meet the needs of individual or group as would be the length and frequency.
I am a qualified teacher and youth worker, and have had many years experience working with adults and young people with learning and physical disabilities. I hold an EAL Facilitator Certificate, accredited by the OCN SW Region. Since I became involved in EAL, I have observed the therapeutic effects that working with horses has on people which more traditional methods have failed to address. I am delighted to be able to offer this service in the Bournemouth/Christchurch/Poole area. For further information please contact Nicola Mitchell on 07811 056430 email@example.com
Every Disabled Child Matters
Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is the campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child. Web: www.ecdm.org.uk.
A network of trained volunteer befrienders who help parents make positive adjustments to the news that their child has a disability Web: www.face2facenetwork.org.uk
The Family Fund
We are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together. Web http://www.familyfund.org.uk
Fernheath Play Association.
Weekend and after school respite for children with special needs. Web:http://www.fernheath.org
Fledglings is a national charity which aims to assist parents and carers of children with disabilities , or those with additional needs of any kind, by identifying, sourcing and supplying practicle affordable products to address everyday issues. Web http://www.fledglings.org.uk/
Football 4 All
Coaching sessions at Wimborne Town Football Club for children with physical and learning difficulties. Every Monday 1430 - 1730. £2.50 per week. All staff are FA Qualified. First Aid trained and CRB checked. You will need Full kit, boots, trainers shin pads and a drink. For more information contact Steve Cuss 07973 893594.
Friends of CHAOS
A parent-led group for anyone who is involved with Coping with CHAOS. It is a forum to enable parents, carers and friends to keep in touch, share information and support. Web: www.facebook.com , search for Friends of CHAOS and ask to be added.
A website for anyone requiring information on the cost of care, for themselves or a relative, including those with disabilities. Web: www.fundingcaring.co.uk
Gimme A Break & Gimme Some Fun
Youth Club & Holiday Club held at Winchelsea School. Web: www.gimmeabreakdorset.org
The Music Movement Sensory Club for people with learning disabilities and autism.
For more information please contact Rachel on 07775 904198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hipbones Youth Club
Hipbone’s is a youth club specifically for young people aged between 11-24 years; with special needs that live in the
Homestart South East Dorset
The UKs leading family support charity offering friendship and informal support to parents with young children. Web: http://www.homestartsoutheastdorset.org.uk/
IPSEA - Independant Parental Special Education Advice.
IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales on: local authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs; exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities; actions or inaction by local authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children with disabilities. Web: www.ipsea.org.uk
KIDS Direct Short Breaks
A national charity for disabled children and young people, who have received funding from the DCSF to develop a new short breaks service. Web: www.directshortbreaks.org.uk
The Leonardo Trust
A Poole based charity set up to help full time at home carers with things like funding for short breaks, extra respite or anything which might help the carer to recharge their batteries. www.leonardotrust.org
Lodge Hill Swimming Pool, Canford Heath, Poole
The swimming pool is ideally suited to learner swimmers and those who wish to build their confidence in the water. It has hoists and a pool ramp so it is fully accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities.
- 12m x 8m, Depth 1m - 1.6m
- Pool temperature is 30c +
- Changing rooms with toilet and shower
- First aid facilities
- Free parking
- Address 3 Canford Heath Road, Poole BH17 9NG.
- For children with disabilities Sunday mornings, 10:00-12:00 noon. Numbers are limited.
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. Web http://www.mencap.org.uk
Natspec is the membership association for independant specialist colleges providing further education for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. http://www.natspec.org.uk/
Over 1,000 tips from people with first-hand experience of learning disability. Brushing teeth, challenging behaviour, bed-wetting, constipation ... there's a tip for that! Netbuddy is an award-winning site for swapping practical tips and information on all aspects of supporting people with learning disabilities. Web http://www.netbuddy.org.uk/
A Direct Payments Bureau and Advisory Service managed by Wendy Howell. If you are awarded Direct Payments, Wendy will arrange to visit you either in your own home or here at the Chaos Office in West Moors. She will help you through the process of finding a Carer, Contracts of Employment, Payroll and visit you at home at no extra charge when necessary to guide and support you throughout the time that you are in receipt of Direct Payments. Please remember that you are entitled to request funding to administer your Direct Payments Scheme. This means that Wendy will be able to help you at no financial cost to your Family.
m: 07794 038095
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PAX Parents and Carers Are eXperts
The Poole Forum helping to improve services for children with special needs and disabilities. If you live in Poole and care for a child with special needs or a disability, you may like to look at the PAX Parent Forum website www.pax-parents.org.uk PAX aims to ensure that the views of parents and carers are used to help improve services for children and families in Poole.
Coordinator and Chair of PAX, Marilyn Hoskins 07786 892 084 or email email@example.com
Poole Family Information Service
Link to section for families with children with additional needs including short break activities. http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/poole/fis/results.page?category=3
Poole Parent Partnership Service
PoPPs gives impartial information, help and support to parents and carers in Poole. We have three main areas where we can help parents and carers. You can contact us if you have a child with Special Educational Needs,have concerns about your child or young person being excluded from school, or would like help when applying for a secondary school place. We are very happy to hear from you for an informal chat and to give you more details of how we may help. Web www.poole.gov.uk/education-and-learning/parental-support/popps-poole-parent-partnership-service/?locale=en
Poole Portage Stay & Play Sessions
Available to Poole families with a pre-school child with Special Needs at:-
Old Town Children's Centre - 1st Thurs day of the month, 9.30am - 11am, term time only.
Canford Heath Children's Centre - 4th Tuesday of the month, 1pm - 2.30pm, term time only.
Rossmore Childrens Centre - 2nd Friday of the month, 9.30 - 11am, term time only.
For more details please contact Suzannah on 01202 261944
Project My Time/Project Hang Out
Run by Diverse Abilities Plus.
Project My Time are school holiday activities for young people with physical, learning and communication difficulties aged 8 - 18 yrs.
Project Hang Out is a Saturday Club for young people with disabilities aged between 8 - 17
For more information contact Cate Reade on 01202 718238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remap is a very special charity, working through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers. These inspiring people use their ingenuity and skills to help people with disabilities to achieve much-desired independence in some aspect of their lives, or to enjoy leisure opportunities previously closed to them. Web: www.remap.org.uk
The Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK)
The scoliosis Association Uk aims to provide advice, support and information to people with scoliosis and to raise awareness among health professionals and the general public. www.sauk.org.uk
SEN Magazine is a glossy, full colour magazine published every two months and packed full of interesting and authoritative features, news and articles covering all issues to do with SEN and disability. It's essential reading for teachers, SENCOs, carers, parents, therapists and all practitioners in special needs. http://www.senmagazine.co.uk/home.html
The Sheiling School
The Sheiling School Ringwood is an independent residential special school. Catering for children with severe, moderate or complex learning difficulties, including children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Web: www.sheilingschool.co.uk
SIBS is a group for young people living in Poole, Bournemouth and East Dorset who have a sibling with a learning disability. It has been run by the Children’s Learning Disability Service, which is part of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, since 2001. SIBS is a support and social group; it allows siblings an opportunity to discuss the experiences and emotions of having a brother or sister with a disability, allows them to gain new coping skills and provides them with a social opportunity away from their family situation. Web:http://friendsofsibs.org.uk/?page_id=6
SOS!SEN operates a free, friendly, confidential telephone helpline for parents and others seeking information and advice on special educational needs
They offer advice on:
•getting the right help for your child
•dealing with your school and local authority
•interpreting official letters
•getting a statement for your child
•finding independent professional advice
•appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal
Sportfit offers residential and day sports courses for children with special educational needs. http://sportfit.vpweb.co.uk/default.html
Swanage Youth Club
Swanage Youth Club in High Street have started up a special needs and disability night on Monday evenings. Based at Swanage Youth & Connunity Centre, Chapel Lane, Swanage BH19 2PW. 6.30pm to 8.30pm, ages 11 to 21 years. Please note the young people must be able to go to the toilet by themselves and they cannot administer medication. Initial joining fee and then 60p per week. Activities include crafts, karoke, basketball, pool etc; Contact:- email@example.com Tel 01929 423421, mobile 07827 880520
Team Dorset Athletics Network
Team Dorset Athletics Network in partnership with West Dorset District Council has established regular sports training for young people with disabilities from age 7 upwards. Different sports will alternate over the weeks including athletics, volleyball, cricket & football. Additional support staff available for those needing one to one support. Sessions £1.50 per person. For more info contact Lindsay Holes on 07887 782005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Time 4 Me
Quay Advice Centre, 18 Hill Street,Poole,BH15 1NR. New friendly Drop In sessions for parents and carers who live in Poole and care for a child with a disability or special educational need. Come along for a cuppa and a chat between 10am and 12 noon on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except school holidays). For more information contact PoPPs 01202 261933.
Total Children's Therapy
is a Dorset based private paediatric practice specialising in physiotherapy, occupational and speech and language therapy services just for children. We are based in Bournemouth providing therapy treatments for children aged 0-18 years from Dorset and surrounding counties as well as from other parts of the UK.
Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder and to the professionals who work with them.
Ups and Downs
A group called 'Ups and Downs' for young children with Down's Syndrome and their families is being run by a local Mum (who has a son with Down's) on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1.30 - 3pm at the Rossmore Children's Centre. They will also welcome parents that are expecting a baby diagnosed with Down's. There is no need to book. Phone the children's centre on 01202 291962 for details.
Victoria Adventure Days
Fun activities and events during the school holidays for disabled young people. Web: www.victoriaadventurebreaks.co.uk
Where's Your Head At?
From the Child and Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust. This website offers helpful information and advice to young people, parents, carers and professionals about young people's emotional health and wellbeing, http://www.wheresyourheadat.co.uk/service_finder/
Bournemouth Ambassador Club. Are you a physically disabled person aged 10 - 12? Are you interested in making new friends and having fun?
Do you want to be part of an exciting new club that has loads of activities and events throughout the year? Please email email@example.com
Wimborne Wagtails Swimming Club
A friendly club for disabled people of all ages who enjoy the water. Held at Q E Leisure Centre every Saturday 11.30am - 12.30pm. £2.80 per swim but accompanying carer is free.
For more information please contact Rosie Hobbs 01202 880933 or David Allen 01202 659787.
The interactive news and information network for children who are disabled and their families across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. http://www.xchangeonline.co.uk/kb5/dorset/aiminghigh/home.page