Support Information and Links.....
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. Living with neurological conditions can make life very hard, not just for the child, but for their family too. At Cerebra, with the help of our supporters, we aim to make it easier.
Cerebral Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries. For more information visit: https://cerebralpalsygroup.com/
Cerebral Palsy Guidance Website
Learning that your baby or child has cerebral palsy can be devastating news. Yet, by educating yourself, including learning about treatment options and how to help manage the disorder, your child can still live a productive life. This Cerebral Palsy Guidance website is an American site but has lots of useful information that can be of great benefit to parents and family.
Cerebral Palsy - What you need to know
This website from royds withy king has information about Cerebral Palsy that you may find useful.
The Daisy Garland Trust - Set up in 2004 The Daisy Garland is a family-run, national, UK registered charity. Our aim is to offer help and support, in whatever way we can, to those whose lives are touched by drug resistant epilepsy.
The Elemental Health website is a fantastic resource for Mental Health First Aid Training and for resources for support.
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The National Autistic Society.
The National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Their website holds a huge amount of information about all aspects of Autism and is easy to navigate.
The NAS Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information and advice for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families and carers.
The Helpline can:
NAS Helpline: 0808 800 4104
The SENDirect website can help you find the right support, services and information for your family.
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Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff. Shine enables people to get the best out of life.
For more information visit their website: www.shinecharity.org.uk
Helping and supporting children and young people with disability or additional need and their families, to try out new things, have fun and access their local community.
What they offer:
To request a referral pack to the Short Break Team, please contact Somerset Direct Children and Young People’s Service: 0845 345 9122
To view the Shortbreaks latest newsletter and activities calendar go to the Activities page.
Somerset Choices - (The Local Offer)
Somerset's Local Offer is about services and support available locally for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25. For more information visit: https://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/family/information-and-advice/somersets-local-offer/
The Somerset Choices website (Somersets Local Offer) has been developed by Somerset County Council, in partnership with the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.
The website aims to give people:
The site helps people to help themselves and gives them more choice.
Professionals, such as GPs and social workers, can also use the site to find out what support is available in Somerset.
Somerset Parent Carer Forum (SPCF)
This is an independant group of parent carers joined by their experiences, passion and commitment. Members share information and views on services for children and young people.
They are invited to participate in decisions made by Somerset County Council and the health services.
By joining you will:
For more information: Tel: 01458 259384 Mob: 07543 680365 Email:email@example.com
Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support)
This used to be called Somerset Parent and Young People’s Partnership. They continue to provide a free, impartial, information, advice and support to parent carers, children and young people (up to the age of 25) about Special Educational Needs and Disability.
How can they help you?
For more information visit the website: www.somersetsend.org.uk Phone: 01823 355 578 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Supporter Service
The purpose of this service is to provide help & support to children and young people 0-18 yrs with severe learning and physical difficulties via the Children With Disabilities Social Work Team.
Support can take place either in the family home or by accessing the local area, enabling the young person to engage in purposeful activities.
Families receive this service via an assessment of need made by a Social Worker/Social Work Assistant.
To request further information about this service call Somerset Direct 0300 123 2224
Special Educational Needs & Disability Guide.
The Department of Education have produced this guide for parent & carers. You may find it helpful to use this guide if you think, have been told by a teacher or know that your child has SEN. It will give you information about how the system works and what to expect. Click Here to view / download the guide
Somerset Young Carers Project - Help & Support for Young Carers
In Somerset there is a Young Carers Support Service to provide support, advice and respite breaks for children and young people aged 8 - 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home. If you look after someone by providing substantial and regular care that persists over time and is important in maintaining the health, safety or day to day well-being of the person cared for and / or the wider family, then you are a 'young carer'. This could be helping to care for a physically disabled parent or sibling, or a parent experiencing mental ill health, alcohol or drug misuse.
Ups and Downs Southwest is a Down Syndrome Support Charity working directly with families, professionals and all those involved with the care and education of children and young people who have Down Syndrome.
Based in the heart of Somerset, their membership and reach covers the whole of the South West. Whether you are a new parent, family member, professional involved with a child who has Down Syndrome or someone who has an interest, you will be able to find the support and information you seek from Ups and Downs Southwest. Ups and Downs Leaflet
Your IT Now
Alex Roland is a Personal Assistant. He is available to take young people (usually 18+ but can be younger) out and about and also teaches IT skills. He is usually paid for by your direct payments.
He also has acquaintance's in the same sector if he is not available to help you / your young person.
A Parents Facebook Blog......
For those of you that would like to connect with another parent who is happy to chat about her experiences and lives locally I have been recommended this Facebook Blog. Feel free to take a look and 'Like' her page...