Let's Listen and Talk leaflet - for parents of children with hearing impairment.
Achieving for Children Family Information Service
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Details of Children Centres within Richmond Borough
Achieving For Children is a social enterprise company created by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to provide their children’s services. On 1 August 2017, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead became a co-owner of AfC and they now deliver children’s services across all three boroughs.
Portage - Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families. Portage aims to:
Work with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience, for themselves and their young children, in which they can learn together, play together, participate and be included in their community in their own right.
Play a part in minimising the disabling barriers that confront young children and their families.
Support the national and local development of inclusive services for children.
Local offer - information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities
Kingston & Richmond SEND Family Voices - a volunteer parent-led charity, formed in response to the opportunities offered by the SEND reforms; these are the changes in law which aim to create equal partnerships between families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and the professional services.
Independent parent partnership - The Independent Support Partnership (ISP) can support you through the process of applying for a new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or the conversion from an existing statement to an EHC Plan if you live in the Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow boroughs.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice - This website has free resources to help families get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND).
Local support groups:
Small Steps is a charity based in Wandsworth that run conductive education group classes for pre-school children with physical disabilities.
Me too and co is an independent Richmond-upon-Thames based charity that provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs. They also support and provide therapies, courses and information for their whole families.
Kids (Richmond and Kingston SENDIASS) is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people (up to 25 years).
National charities and support groups:
I Can - the children's communication charity. I Can Help is a range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication. It includes a free call-back service with a speech and language therapist,
Talking Point's website is dedicated to speech and language, and ICAN's assessment services.
Stammering.org - provide support to people who stammer, with an ambition for "a society where every person who stammers has as much chance of a full and rewarding life as anyone else".
Afasic website provides lots of information and supports families in getting the right help for children and young people with SLCN and all related queries.
The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
Contact a Family is a national charity working to provide information, advice and support to families. They run events for families and children with disabilities, advise on legal or financial support and have a useful database of specific condition support groups.
Special Kids in the UK aim to bring families together for friendship, to share information and to support one another via their online forums and regular events throughout the country.
Local and upcoming events:
RUILS Family support groups - RUILS are a charity providing support to parents and carers in the Richmond borough. They provide regular coffee drop ins for families with children who have disabilities and/or additional needs on the 4th Tuesday of every month. You can pop in, have a coffee, and meet other families. Ruils staff are on hand to provide answers to any questions you may have.
Me too and co - offer different events, activities, talks, workshops, clinic & therapies:
Reflections and Redlees Stay and Play Sessions: Drop in stay and play sessions in Feltham and Isleworth for children and young people with special needs and their families. There is a relaxing white room, a ball pool, soft play area and garden for you to enjoy. Sessions run weekly, Sundays and throughout the school holidays.
Action for Kids is a charity that helps young people with physical and learning disabilities across the country find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support.
Always look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust awards grants to make children smile. The trust awards one off grants to children in need for activities/ items (not household)/trips that children’s families are unable to afford. The child must be disadvantaged due to financial circumstances, disability/ill health or other category.
Boparan Charitable Trust aims to help children and young people up to the age of 18, throughout the UK, who are disadvantaged either through poverty, disability or life-limiting conditions.
Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio’s network of local charities, which operate across 22 areas around the UK. Our mission is to respond to the needs of children in our communities, and we aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential.
Cauldwell Children offers a range of support to children with disabilities including family support, short breaks equipment, treatment and therapies. You can apply direct and the process is straightforward.
Children Today encourage applicants, usually parents, to come to them for funding and other services on a regular basis as their child’s needs change. Hopefully, this will continue as they grow and develop, gaining more independence and an improving quality of life that is also shared by all those around them. They will continue receiving support until the child reaches the age of 25 years.
Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support.
Dreams Come True is a UK children’s charity. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions across the country by making their dreams come true. Over the last 25 years they have fulfilled dreams for more than 5,000 children and young people as well as their friends, family and carers.
Family Fund will look at any grant request that relates to the needs of a disabled or seriously ill child, young person and their family.
Happy Days Children's Charity supports families with children aged 3-17 who have learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, acute, chronic or life limiting illnesses, been abused or neglected, witnessed domestic violence, been bereaved or act as carers for a parent or a sibling. Eligible applicants can apply for the costs of the following activities: Day trips/theatre trips/theatre workshops and Group Activity Holidays.
Just 4 Children is passionate about the relief of sickness and prevention of health of children in the UK and Ireland by providing and assisting in the provision of grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies, living environments, equipment and holidays which would not otherwise be available to them.
Local funders. There are a number of local funders such as Richmond Parish Lands Charity, Hampton Fuel Allotments and Barnes Workhouse Fund that offer grants to individuals and families particularly in relation to fuel grants, white goods and other household equipment and education. For a full list of the local funders.
The Family Fund. If you are raising a disabled or seriously ill child, the family fund may be able to help with a grant for household items, equipment, sensory toys, a family break or something to help with college for 16/17 year olds. You can apply as a parent carer, or agencies can apply on their behalf.
The Family Holiday Association (FHA) supports families on a low income, that have not been on holiday for the past four years and have at least one child between three and 18 years of age can obtain financial support for a break during 2016 and 2017. The FHA can only accept applications from referring agents (such as a teacher, social worker or health visitor, etc) and not directly from families. The website also has a great resource page which lists other charities and trusts that can support holidays and short breaks.
The Henry Smith Charity (Richmond). People experiencing hardship or distress who live in Richmond, Ham, Petersham or Kew. Applications in writing from referring bodies such as citizen advice and social services.
Tree of Hope is the crowdfunding charity that helps children and young people with a disability or illness by supporting their families to raise the money they need to pay for specialist care that is not freely available through the UK healthcare system.
Turn2us. A fantastic website that offers help and information for anyone experiencing financial hardship or debt problems, or who is looking for funding to support an individual need within the family such as a short break. It has a grant and benefits search engine which can be tailored to meet your requirements including locality, and a phone helpline that is free to call and gives you access to trained staff who can talk you through your options. The service is available to individuals and organisations acting on their behalf.