Useful Links and Downloads

 

Family Information Service – Leeds City Councilhttp://familyinformationleeds.co.uk.

Other services can found through their website.

Intensive Interaction – http://intensiveinteraction.co.uk

Makaton https://www.makaton.org

Uses signs and symbols to help people communicate.

Mencap – http://mencap.org.uk

A leading charity for people with a learning disability

The National Autistic Society  http://autism.org.uk.

A leading charity supporting people with autism and their families.

Parent View: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College

SENDIASS  (SEND Information Advice Support Service) – http://gov.uk/government/…/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers

Provide support and guidance to families with children with disabilities

Support Groups

Epic:  http://epicleeds.org.uk

Participation forum for parents of children with disabilities

Leeds Weekend Care Association: www.lwca.co.uk

Aims to enhance the life if children with disabilities and their families within the Leeds area.

Leeds and District ABC Support Group http://ww.abcleeds.org.uk/

A regional resource for parents of children with an autistic spectrum condition.

Little Hiccups: Http://www.littlehiccups.co.uk

Support group set up by mums who have children with special needs.

SCOPE: www.scope.org.uk Contact: leeds@scope.org.uk

Provide support, information and advice to adults/children with disabilities

 

Family Life Plus – http://relationshipstool.cafamily.org.uk/menu

Welcome to Family Life Plus: a relationship support site for new parents raising a child with a disability 

 

Financial support for Families

The following list includes some charities offering grants for families with children with special needs. Many of these organisations offer a lot more than grants, including information, advice and many other services. But if you’re specifically looking for grants for a child, then this is a good place to start your research.

Aidis Trust:  http://www.aidis.org/

Helps disabled people communicate more effectively – Communication aids, computers and assistive technology for people with disabilities. Advice, assessment and installation.

The Caudwell Charity:  http://www.caudwellchildren.com/

Grants for children with an illness, disability or special needs.

Cerebra: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/   

Grants and help for children under 16 with neurological conditions

Child Brain Injury Trust: http://www.childbraininjurytrust. org.uk/

Small grants for children with acquired brain injury (or their siblings) to allow them to participate more in society e.g. trips out, funding for a new hobby etc.

Children Today Charitable Trust: http://www.childrentoday.org.uk/

Provides grants for special equipment for children and young people with disabilities.

CLIC Sargent:   http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/

Small grants (£200 a year normally) for children and young people being treated for cancer, leukaemia or lymphoma or receiving palliative care for these diseases.

Cystic Fibrosis holiday fund:   http://www.cf-holidayfund.org.uk/

Grants for children and young people with cystic fibrosis to have a holiday or special day out.

Dreams Come True: http://dreamscometrue.uk.com/

‘Wish granting’ for children and young people with serious or terminal illness.

Family Action: https://www.family-action.org.uk/

Distributes funds from over 70 trusts and is able to help out with welfare needs such as clothing, beds, and cookers, school trips etc.

Jessie’s Fundhttp://www.jessiesfund.org.uk/

Funding for music therapy.

Happy Days Children’s Charityhttp://www.happydayscharity.org Provide holidays and days out for children with special needs (including young carers).

League of the Helping Hand: http://www.lhh.org.uk/

Small grants (£50-£250) for essential household items, help with heating bills, travel costs for hospital visiting, grants for breaks for carers. Families cannot contact directly, you will need to ask your doctor, social worker, family support worker etc. to complete your application.

Lions Clubs International :http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

There are many local Lions Clubs and they can help fund-raise for specific needs. Some may help with small grants.

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK :http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/

‘Wish granting’ for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

The National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children   http://www.nhfcharity.co.uk/

Organises holidays to Florida for children with a serious illness or disability.

Newlife Foundation       http://www.newlifecharity.co.uk/

Information and grants for specialist equipment.

Newman Holiday Trust   http://www.newmantrust.org/

A voluntary organisation which provides holidays for children with special needs.

REACT (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with Potentially Terminal illness) : http://www.reactcharity.org/

Grants for children and young people with terminal/life limiting illnesses. Also offer holiday homes.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity : http://www.roalddahl.com/charity

Grants up to £500 for children and young people up to age 25 with certain medical conditions (neurology and haematology). Applications must be presented from a healthcare worker or similar.

Rotary International: http://www.rotarygbi.org/

Local Rotary clubs may have small grants that they are able to give to local families, or may raise money for specific causes.

Salvation Army : http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/

Offers some grants for families on low incomes.

SCOPE:  http://www.scope.org.uk/

SCOPE exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Providing support, information and advice.

Starlight Children’s Foundation :  http://www.starlight.org.uk/

‘Wish-granting’ and hospital entertainment for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

Step Change Debt Charity   http://www.stepchange.org/

Debt advice and solutions.