Useful Links for Parents
Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- SEND Advice Surrey
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information, advice and support.
- Thomas Centre - Autism Friendly Holiday Park
The Thomas Centre is a Holiday Park for children and young adults with autism and related conditions, and their families and carers.
- Hartlands Holiday Centre
Hartlands is a holiday centre on the Isle of Wight for families with children and adults with autism.
- Nutritionist Resource - Loveable Lunchboxes!
Collaborating with their UK network of family nutritionists, Loveable Lunchboxes aims to help you create healthy, tasty and altogether more loveable lunchboxes for your children.
- Supporting Surrey's Service Children
Resources and information to help support all children who have parents serving in the armed forces.
- Roald Dahl's Marvellous Family Grants
Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a seriously ill child. They provide support to help families cope; from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses.
- QEF - Queen Elizabeth Foundation
QEF is a leading disability charity working with people with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to help them gain new skills and increase independence for life.
- The Zone!
Have you heard of 'The Zone'? They're a friendly parent-run group for families living with autism & similar conditions in North East Hampshire & surrounding areas.
- Give As You Live
Help to raise money for Portesbery by doing your online shopping through the 'Give As You Live' website.
- BT MyDonate website
A website offering the opportunity to donate money to Portesbery School. This can be done anonymously if preferred! Thank you.
- Sensory Integration - Information for Parents
Sensory Integration is the process by which the brain organizes and filters all of the information received by the senses. This leaflet contains basic information on the different senses and some ideas to help at home.
Wheelchair accessible powerboats in Portsmouth; offering sightseeing, fishing and fun!
- Family Information Service
A free, impartial information service for families with children aged 0 to 19 (up to 25 for young people with a disability or special educational need).
Skiing4all is run by a British psychologist and is the only organisation based in a mountain resort, which caters exclusively for persons with learning difficulties, their families and friends.
Training materials for teachers and parents of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties.
- The Orchard Children's Centre - Camberley
The centre is open to all parents, carers and children and many of the services are free. You can get help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment. Click here to view the Activity Timetable.
- Autism Friendly Film Screenings
Autism Friendly Film screenings in partnership with Cineworld, ODEON, Showcase and Vue cinemas.
Every month, each participating cinema shows a different film from a selection of new releases and classics including Pixar animations, Disney adventures and many more films suitable for all age ranges.
Dramatize is a professionally run, fun and friendly Community Interest Company. Using theatre and movement workshops, they provide a range of theatrical workshops, events and educational programmes catering for adults with learning disabilities aged 16 - 40, within both SEN and mainstream schools and organisations.
- Information for Fathers with a Disabled Child
As a father of a disabled child you will have to adapt to a new and sometimes challenging set of circumstances. This guide will help you learn more about practical information you may need and help you understand how other fathers have experienced having a disabled child.
- Surrey Children's Disability Register
The purpose of the SCDR is to enable Surrey Children's Service to work together with Health Services and voluntary organisations to identify and plan for children and young people with disabilities and their parents/carers.
- The Maypole Project
A National helpline for all those affected by the illness or disability of a child of any age.
- Beach Huts for the Disabled
Introducing the UK’s first purposed designed fully disabled accessible beach huts – available for hire at Bournemouth’s multi-award winning Boscombe seafront.
- Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC)
SILC helps people with disabilities, and others who use or want to use Direct Payments, to live independently and to arrange the support and services they require.
- Parents' Pages
Parents' Pages is a termly magazine for parents, grandparents and carers of 0-19 year olds in Surrey which includes news and information as well as features on issues that affect you.
- Bikes Not Barriers
Bikes Not Barriers is part of Get Cycling, a registered Community Interest Company that promotes cycling for transport, health, fun, leisure and the environment.
- Totally Yours
The Directory for the Disabled and Elderly.
- SID - Social Information on Disability
Information for families and young disabled people in Surrey.
To download a pamphlet (which contains lots of useful telephone numbers) click here.
- Changes to the Free Bus Pass Scheme for Disabled People
From 1st April 2011 selected Surrey libraries will be the only place that you can apply for a concessionary pass (however, your existing pass is still valid).
- Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory was set up to connect those in distress with a wealth of information and the ability to search for the most suitable counsellor or psychotherapist.
- Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre
For the adventurous ones among you, how does a trip to the Canadian Rockies sound? This organisation allows everyone with disabilities to access all sporting and recreational activities in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.
- NewLife Charity
Previously known as the Birth Defects Trust it has revised and extended its remit and now specialises in providing equipment for individuals with disabled children up to 18 years of age, regardless of how they acquired their disability.
- Sports Club at UniSport, University of Surrey
This sport club is for disabled children and runs every Saturday morning. Click on the link for more details.
- Calvert Trust
Accessible outdoor activity breaks and courses for people with disabilities, together with their family and friends.
- Contact a Family
Contact a Family is the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.
- 'Including Me' Project
Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service are looking into ways for your child to be able to attend a local after school club one night a week. This is called the 'Including me' project.
The Crossroads service is about giving time - improving the lives of carers by giving them time to be themselves and have a break from their caring responsibilities.
- Disability Challengers
Disability Challengers is a children's charity which supports 1,000 disabled children and young people in over 50 play and youth schemes every year.
- Social Services
Social services provide a range of care and support for children and families, including families where children are assessed as being in need (including disabled children).
- Link Leisure
We support people with a learning disability to build an enhanced quality of life through sport and social activities in the community.
- Children with Special Needs Foundation
The foundation was established in 1995 with a sole purpose to help children with special needs in the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire region.
Mencap is the leading UK charity for people with a learning disability and their families.
- Young Carers
A supportive, online community of young carers with discussion and advice from qualified youth workers.
- Learning Disability Partnership Board
Valuing People is the government's plan for making the lives of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers better.
- Surrey Primary Care Trust
Your NHS gateway to healthcare in Surrey.
- NHS Community Nurses
Community nurses - also known as health visitors - are registered nurses who work with people who may be ill or disabled or have physical or mental health problems.
- Partnership with Parents
This service aims to ensure that parents are able to play an informed part in any decisions about the educational provision made to meet their son or daughter's special educational needs and to build partnerships between parents, the LEA and schools.
- Surrey Heath Confederation
The Surrey Heath Confederation aim "To provide a range of services and activities, often beyond the school day, to help meet the needs of children, their families and the wider community".
- National Youth Advocacy Service
The National Youth Advocacy Service aim "To enable children and young people to have a voice by providing independent and confidential advice, information and advocacy services".
- The National Society for Epilepsy
NSE, the largest medical charity for epilepsy in the UK, provides information and support to people affected by epilepsy.
- Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
Information how the school assesses P Levels.
Useful Information on using and buying switches
- Inclusive Technology
Suppliers of educational software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids and assistive technology for learners with special needs.
Provider of a wide range of products, training and support for communication, inclusion and independence.
A helpful guide on using a switch interface to access your computer.
- SEN Switcher
Some great activities for pupils – all can be used with or without a switch.