Space Support Chesham & South Bucks exists to support parents and help you find the resources that will make things easier for you. In these pages we have provided valuable links to a number of organisations outside of Space that can provide specialist support, as well as many other resources which we think you will find helpful.

Please do contact us and suggest additions or further information that other parents or carers might find useful.

Action for Children provide a range of local services for children with disabilities or special educational needs. Running local children’s clubs and centres, provision is supportive, encouraging and can be tailored to your needs. Find out what is available in your area here.

Autism Bucks provides a round-up of services and news for those with autism and their families and carers. Designed to support people with autism of all age, they also run information and support evenings. Further details can be found on their website.

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service provides a unified information service for all families. It is also responsible for the production of the SEND local offer and provides specialist help and support for parents seeking information around Special Educational Needs provision. Explore available services here.

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Carers Bucks supports the health and well-being of family carers. Supporting carers of all ages and in different caring roles, including young carers, parents of children with a physical or learning disability, older carers, carers from the black and minority ethnic community and those looking after someone with a mental health condition, Carers Bucks is there to support you.

Welcome to the Autism Services Directory, the UK’s most comprehensive directory of services and support for people with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, and people who work with them.

  http://www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) can provide free information, advice and publications on a wide range of topics that affect you and your family

Tel: 01296 383293, 0845 6884944, http://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/

Clearly Speaking Ltd was set up to improve equality of opportunity for children and young people with Special needs/disabilities.  The Director of Clearly Speaking is herself a parent of two children, one with ADHD/ ODD and the other with ASD, Dyspraxia and learning difficulties. Both children, now young adults have health needs.  She has experienced first hand the anxiety and frustration of fighting for diagnosis and resources to enable her children to make progress in all areas of their development.

Office Tel: 01280 824871; email: office@clearlyspeaking.org.uk; Website: http://www.clearlyspeaking.org.uk/

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Contact (previously Contact a Family) provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

Tel: 0808 8083555; https://contact.org.uk/

NAS EarlyBird (under five years) and EarlyBird Plus (ages four-nine) are support programmes for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for dealing with young autistic children. Both programmes work on understanding autism, building confidence to encourage interaction and communication and analysing and managing behaviour.

Fact Bucks is a group of parents and carers in Buckinghamshire who meet together and with service providers to talk about the services which children with additional needs receive. Other similar forums exist in other Counties across the country, all eligible for assistance from government to make our voices heard.

G.R.A.S.P.S is a recently formed parent and family forum, supporting families affected by ASD and Aspergers, in particular. We aim to hold regular outreach meetings in Aylesbury and North Buckinghamshire, with the primary objectives of sharing and exchanging information, providing empathy and support for one anothers’ families and help us all realise that we are not alone! For details of current activities, Tel Clare on: 01296 771129 or 01296 771129/Mobile: 077834 34623

Mobile: 07828 162267 or 07828 162267

E mail:   contactgrasp@gmail.com

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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.

http://www.mencap.org.uk/

National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

 

NETMUMS – An amazing site full of useful information and advice over a wide range of topics.  Although a national site, information is specific to your own area. It includes a forum where people can chat and share in the “Coffee House”

http://www.netmums.com/home/localhome/south_bucks/

PACEY is the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. Formed in 1977, we are a charity dedicated to supporting everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality care and early learning for children and families.

We provide training, practical help and expert advice to practitioners working throughout England and Wales. We also provide peer support and encouragement through our nationwide network of PACEY volunteers.

Our mission is to support everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality childcare and early learning; and champion the vital role practitioners play in helping prepare children for a bright future.

Tel. 0300 003 0005 |Email:  support@pacey.org.uk

 

SENDIAS – Buckinghamshire Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership).

All local authorities, by law, have to provide children and young people with SEN or disabilities, and their parents, with information, advice and support. Buckinghamshire SENDIAS Service is the information, advice and support service here. Our service is free, confidential, impartial and at arm’s length from Buckinghamshire County Council.

We offer accurate and up to date resources and information about the law on special educational needs and disability, covering:

  • education, health and social care
  • national and local policy
  • the Local Offer
  • your rights and choices
  • your opportunities to participate
  • where you can find help and advice
  • how you can access this support.

Special Kids in the UK is a charity for families who have a child of any age with special needs.

Families who have children and young people with special needs often deal with similar challenges. They may have concerns about education, services, therapies, respite and other issues directly related to their child. Special Kids in the UK aim is to bring families together for friendship, to share information and to support one another.

Special Needs Jungle

This website offers tips, resources and advice to parents negotiating the special needs statutory assessment and statementing process. It’s written by people who have been through it, not professionals, so we cannot offer legal advice, but can point you in the direction to find it if that’s what you need. It’s mainly to help get you off the starting blocks and to provide links to established organisations who can help if problems arise along the way. It will provide links to useful sites and tips on how to get prepared and stay motivated throughout the process.
http://specialneedsjungle.com/

Thomley

Thomley is a place for people of all abilities and disabilities. We bring disabled people, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff that understand their needs.

  The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card

If you are in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance then you are eligible to apply for The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card. The CEA card is valid for 1 year from the date of issue and has a processing cost of £6.00 per card which must be sent along with a completed application form which is available from participating cinemas across the UK or can be downloaded and printed from their website .

http://www.ceacard.co.uk/

THAMES VALLEY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

Based on a 2.5 acre site adjacent to the A4 in Taplow, near Maidenhead, the Playground is open to children and adults with all types of special need, however, mild or profound, their siblings and parents/carers.
Open Tuesday to Saturday all year round, Fridays are reserved for adults with special needs.
People visit with families and as individuals, or with groups from schools, playschemes, day centres and residential units.
The Playground is also used by a Youth Club and several local parents support groups.
The Playground is an OFSTED-registered day-care facility, run by a voluntary Board of Trustees, with on-site care provided by 6 full-time and ten sessional staff, supported by a loyal band of volunteers.

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Leap Children’s Therapy is an independent company based in Buckinghamshire and London providing Occupational Therapy services to children and young people.  We are a team of 3 experienced  Occupational Therapists who are highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of children with learning, behavioural and developmental difficulties. We have the  combined experience of 40 years working for the NHS, privately and on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council.

SPACE note: Nicci Paine from Leap has been a regular speaker at our Coffee Mornings – she has OT experience & is able to diagnose ASD/ADHD privately.  Leap is spoken of very highly by our members, but the service is not free.

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