Parent/Carer support groups

Umbrella – Amber Valley, Erewash, Derby and South Derbyshire

Fairplay – Bolsover, Chesterfield, High Peak, North Dales and North East Derbyshire

Buxton Volunteers/Stockport CP – High Peak and North Dales. 01298 23970

Steps For The Future Parent Forum – Derby

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice – Open to all parents of disabled children and those with Special Educational Needs, this is your chance to be involved in the planning and provision of services in Derbyshire. It will also give you an opportunity to find out more about local services.  

Useful information

Aiming High short breaks are positive, enjoyable activities for a child or young person that also allow their family to have a rest from caring.

Aiming High may be able to help with:

* travel to the activity

* paying for the cost of the activity

* funding carers or sitters or arranging and paying for other support you might need to take part, such as special equipment or extra trained staff.

Derbyshire Carers Association – recognise that the responsibility of caring for someone who cannot manage at home without help often places great physical and emotional strain upon the carer.  They can help carers by providing information, support, advocacy and support groups all across Derbyshire.

Netmums – online parenting organisation with information ranging from child care to places to go to healthy eating. 

Parent Channel TV – online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19 with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning.

Changing Places – Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability – or their carers.  Changing Places toilets have more space than a standard accessible toilet and more equipment such as height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible.

NetBuddies is the first online resource of its kind offering hundreds of simple, yet ingenious solutions to everyday issues encountered by parents, carers, teachers and therapists working with learning disability.

Crossroads – supports people who care for a person with care needs in Derby and South Derbyshire.  01332 344448

IPSEA – charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs.    

SEND National Advice Service Derbyshire – provides advice and information on any aspect of your child’s education, or for the Derby Version just click here

Useful Reading

Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Children Who Have It

The Importance of Self-Esteem for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids

How to Discuss Puberty with Your Child Who Has Special Needs

Creating the Optimal Environment for a Kid with ADHD

Teens with ADHD: Recognizing Signs of Depression

Teaching the Person with Autism How to Drive

Coping With Stress: A Guide For Struggling Parents

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