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Thomley

We welcome disabled people of all ages from babies to adults, and their families, carers or friends. We support people at any stage of their diagnostic journey, whatever their additional needs. We offer regular days for disabled visitors and their families. We also offer focus…
Menmarsh RoadWorminghallAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP18 9JZ

Thomley

We welcome disabled people of all ages from babies to adults, and their families, carers or friends. We support people at any stage of their diagnostic journey, whatever their additional needs.

We offer regular days for disabled visitors and their families. We also offer focus days for preschool children, adults, schools, respite groups and the wider community when any family can join us to enjoy our facilities.

Our site is spacious and secure, with an excellent range of fully-accessible facilities. Each day our friendly and experienced staff run fun and educational activities which cater for all ages and abilities.

We are open 10am to 3:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. In the school holidays we open on Mondays too.

We also run evening youth clubs for disabled teenagers and take bookings for birthday parties and disability events. Take a look at our website to see when would be best to visit our website.

Our centre is just outside the village of Worminghall between Oxford and Aylesbury.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Faye Perrottet
Contact Position
Receptionist
Telephone
E-mail
enquiries@thomley.org.uk
Website
Thomley

Where to go

Name
Thomley
Address
Menmarsh Road
Worminghall
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP18 9JZ
Venue Notes

Public bus (Arriva number 261) - either from Oxford, Thame or Aylesbury. Stops in Worminghall. We are situated 3 miles from the M40 junction 8 and 8A. Please call 01844 338380 or go on www.thomley.org.uk/contact-us/ for a map of where we are.

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and further

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Tuesday to Saturday | 9am to 5pm (Open Mondays in the holidays and some Sundays)

Other Details

Cost Description

Recommended donation for your visits.

Age Ranges
From 0 years to adult users

MyLiferaft | Supporting your Health and Well-being Online

MyLiferaft is an online place for all your health and well-being information, to help connect you and your carers.  All your information will be stored safely and easily, allowing only those you choose to be able to access it. It’s not just about the facts…
Nationwide

MyLiferaft | Supporting your Health and Well-being Online

MyLiferaft is an online place for all your health and well-being information, to help connect you and your carers. 

All your information will be stored safely and easily, allowing only those you choose to be able to access it. It’s not just about the facts and figures; you can store information about you such as “I love a cup of tea with my medication!” or “I’m scared of injections!” This allows those that care for you to know what helps you and makes you feel better.

The founder of MyLiferaft is Nicola Murgatroyd, her daughter, Faith had Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Together they faced an uphill struggle managing Faith’s different care needs.  Not one to sit around grumbling about this, Nicola created MyLiferaft for the benefit of everyone caring or being cared for.

 “My personal experiences gave me a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges faced by people who live with a long-term condition. I realised that gaps in shared information across health and social care existed. However, there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that’s what we have created with MyLiferaft – a tool which helps you to let others know what you want.”

Using MyLiferaft lets you:

  • Store your health, well-being and care information (and then control who sees it).
  • Create your hospital passport (information for hospital staff that isn’t all about illness).
  • Keep track and be reminded of appointments and assessments.
  • Share your care information with those who support you.
  • Hear about new technology solutions and how they can help you.

Who Can Use MyLiferaft?

  • A loved one, maybe an older relative or spouse.
  • Someone caring for a child with care needs.
  • A professional carer needing to keep track of your client’s information and wishes.
  • Someone in control of your own care plan but need to keep others in the loop.
  • Someone who just wants to keep track of your general well-being – calendars and diaries.

By creating a MyLiferaft account, you will be taking the first step towards bringing together your health and social care information – reducing repetition and creating a consistent care plan you can share.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Clare Brooke-Little
Contact Position
Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
info@myliferaft.com
Website
MyLiferaft

Where to go

Name
Online Resource
Address
Nationwide
Geographic Area Covered
UK

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday | 9am to 5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
If you have a query or need support setting up your MyLiferaft account
please call us

Other Details

Cost Description

We offer two packages to give YOU the flexibility to choose the MyLiferaft account that works for YOU and YOUR family.  Choose from either our FREE Standard account or upgrade to our Premium account which gives you unlimited access to Trackers, Reports and Goals as well as the ability to share the information with as many people as you wish 

All new MyLiferaft subscribers will be set up with a Standard account automatically.  No payment details are needed to sign up.

You can upgrade to a MyLiferaft Premium account at any time to have access to the full range of benefits.  The information you have already entered into your Free account will automatically be transferred to your new Premium account.

Age Ranges
0 years to Adult

PALS | Patient Advice and Liaison Service

The patient advice and liaison service (PALS) is the 'one-stop-shop' for patients, carers and relatives seeking advice and support on all aspects of healthcare. The service is free and confidential and aims to support anyone with questions or queries about health-related issues. For more information…
Buckinghamshire

PALS | Patient Advice and Liaison Service

The patient advice and liaison service (PALS) is the 'one-stop-shop' for patients, carers and relatives seeking advice and support on all aspects of healthcare.

The service is free and confidential and aims to support anyone with questions or queries about health-related issues. For more information visit the website.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Amersham Hospitals
Telephone
E-mail
bht.pals@nhs.net
Website
Patient advice and liaison service (PALS)

Where to go

Name
Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Amersham Hospitals
Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

PALS, Entrance 3, Stoke Mandeville hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21 8AL

PALS, Reception area, Wycombe hospital, Queen Alexandra Rd, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 2TT

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning

ME Association

The ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) Association is a campaigning national charity that provides information and support to an estimated 240,000 people in the UK with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, their families and carers. The service is provided through a quarterly magazine, literature, education and training.  We also…
7 Apollo Office CourtRadclive RoadGawcottBuckinghamBuckinghamshireMK18 4DF

ME Association

The ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) Association is a campaigning national charity that provides information and support to an estimated 240,000 people in the UK with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, their families and carers.

The service is provided through a quarterly magazine, literature, education and training.  We also run ME Connect, the UK's premier helpline for people with ME/CFS which is open every day of the year.  The charity supports research into the physical nature and causes of ME via the MEA Ramsey Research Fund. So far, the fund has donated over £1m to promising research projects.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gill Briody
Contact Position
Company Secretary/Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
admin@meassociation.org.uk
Website
The ME Association
Notes

Our Buckingham office is open on weekdays between 9.30am and 3pm. Telephone: 01280 818964 or 01280 818968.

If you wish to contact our helpline, please call 0844 576 5326 any day of the week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays) between these times: 10am to 12 midday, 2pm to 4pm, 7pm to 9pm. Hang and up and try again later if you can't get through immediately.

If talking is difficult or impossible, email meconnect@meassociation.org.uk and we will try to email you back within 24 hours.

Phone calls to our helpline cost 7p per minute plus your service user's access charge. Check your contract for details. The ME Association receives 3p a minute, all of which goes towards the running of the service. Calls from mobiles and other devices can be considerably more expensive than calling from a land-line.

Where to go

Name
The ME Association (main office)
Address
7 Apollo Office Court
Radclive Road
Gawcott
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
MK18 4DF
Venue Notes

This is the address of our main office and does not serve as a public meeting place or general activity centre.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
9:30am to 3:30pm

Other Details

Soundabout

A charity that uses music as a tool for communication for children and adults who have complex learning disabilities and has sessions for families and carers to enjoy making music together. A fun time for the whole family. We currently run community sessions in Oxfordshire…
Buckinghamshire

Soundabout

A charity that uses music as a tool for communication for children and adults who have complex learning disabilities and has sessions for families and carers to enjoy making music together. A fun time for the whole family.

We currently run community sessions in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Through making music we help them develop their ability to communicate and interact with the world around them, plus have a lot of fun along the way!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Soundabout Office
Telephone
E-mail
info@soundabout.org.uk
Website
Soundabout

Where to go

Name
Soundabout, Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon
Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

Didcot is well linked by train and bus routes, the Cornerstone building is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Geographic Area Covered
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Regular Saturdays throughout the year and summer holiday activity
Time of day
Afternoon
Session Information
Please contact Soundabout for further information

Other Details

Cost Description

£10 per person with a disability. Family and Carers are free to attend. Bursaries are available if needed please contact us. 

Age Ranges
All ages
Facilities
Accessible Website
Hoist
Car Parking
Wheelchair Accessible Entrance

Afasic | Speech and Language Support

About us Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers. Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including Helpline…
Nationwide

Afasic | Speech and Language Support

About us

Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers. Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including Helpline and email support, free to download fact sheets and access to our local networks.

 

Did you know...

Around 6% of children starting school have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), an average of 2 in every classroom.  If you are a parent or young person wanting help and more information visit our website or give us a call.

   

In Buckinghamshire

Emma Phipps is a local contact for Buckinghamshire. There are no Afasic support groups in Buckinghamshire but Emma can offer advice and signpost families to support groups which could be useful for their families.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helpline
Telephone
E-mail
hlmgr@afasic.org.uk
Website
Afasic - A Voice for Life

Where to go

Name
Afasic, 1st Floor, Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BD
Address
Nationwide
Venue Notes

N/A

Geographic Area Covered
UK wide

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Helpline Opening Hours: 10.30am to 2.30pm
Office Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm

Other Details

Cost Description

No cost

Age Ranges
0 to 25 years + Parents/carers

GRASPS Autism Support Group

Greater Resources for Autism Supporting Parents and Siblings (Established: March 2013) GRASPS is voluntary run, inclusive support group for families, young adults and adults, affected by Autism in Buckinghamshire.As of July 2017 we will only authorise new members who live in Buckinghamshire and the adjoining counties,…
AylesburyBuckinghamshireHP20 2RE

GRASPS Autism Support Group

Greater Resources for Autism Supporting Parents and Siblings (Established: March 2013)

GRASPS is voluntary run, inclusive support group for families, young adults and adults, affected by Autism in Buckinghamshire.

As of July 2017 we will only authorise new members who live in Buckinghamshire and the adjoining counties, as our joint knowledge and SEND information is relevant to Buckinghamshire policy and procedure. 

There is a private Facebook support forum for, families, adults and teens directly affected by autism. We aim to be as inclusive as possible. If you would like to request to join GRASPS Bucks. Please provide a background summary and email
contactgrasp@gmail.com

We hold monthly daytime and evening support meetings in Aylesbury and South Bucks with the primary objectives of sharing and exchanging information; providing essential empathy, support, acceptance and understanding for one another.  

Confidentiality: All member specific information discussed, (including discussions in virtual spaces), is considered strictly confidential, and may not be communicated outside the GRASPS forum without prior consent of the members that provided the information. 

Keep in touch via email.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
contactgrasp@gmail.com

Where to go

Name
Informal venues in Aylesbury and South Bucks, (monthly: coffee mornings in Aylesbury and evening support meetings in Aylesbury and South Bucks)
Address
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP20 2RE
Geographic Area Covered
HP20 2RE

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Support Via Telephone Contact or, Facebook group page, (by e mail invitation)
Time of day
Evening
Session Information
Please refer to private Facebook page and regular ebulletins for event information
Families affected by ASD, spanning all ages of children/adolescents. Parents need support too.

Other Details

Cost Description

GRASPS is self funded. We are currently seeking funding for larger events on a case by case basis.

Age Ranges
All Ages

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

The aim of Florence Nightingale Hospice is to provide a first class specialist palliative care service which is accessible and free of charge to those with a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is all about the person being more than a patient and finding ways to…
Florence Nightingale Hospice, Walton LodgeWalton StreetAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP21 7QY

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

The aim of Florence Nightingale Hospice is to provide a first class specialist palliative care service which is accessible and free of charge to those with a life-limiting illness.

Hospice care is all about the person being more than a patient and finding ways to improve quality of life through symptom control, pain relief, emotional and spiritual support. Families and close friends are also involved as they are often central to the well-being of those in our care.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity
Telephone
Website
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

Where to go

Name
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity
Address
Florence Nightingale Hospice, Walton Lodge
Walton Street
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP21 7QY

Exclusions and Reintegration Team

We visit parents/carers at home when a child is excluded permanently from school and offer intervention where a pupil is at risk of permanent exclusion. Where a parent or professional tells us that a child has no education placement, details will be logged and progress…
Buckinghamshire

Exclusions and Reintegration Team

We visit parents/carers at home when a child is excluded permanently from school and offer intervention where a pupil is at risk of permanent exclusion. Where a parent or professional tells us that a child has no education placement, details will be logged and progress tracked, with intervention and support offered as appropriate. We offer support to pupils and schools receiving reintegrating pupils.

The FAQs under Downloads will briefly explain your rights and responsibilities in relation to exclusions, and also contain details of who you can turn to for help. 

Advice on procedures in individual cases is also offered to schools, governors and parents/carers.

Advice for parents is also available from The Children's Legal Centre on 0808 802 0008 or on http://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Vivian Trundell
Contact Position
Education Entitlement Manager
Telephone
E-mail
exclusions@buckscc.gov.uk
Website
Buckinghamshire County Council

Where to go

Address
Buckinghamshire
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Normal Office hours

Other Details

Age Ranges
Visits parents/carers with children 4 to 18 years

Care Advice Buckinghamshire

Care Advice Buckinghamshire is a website for adults in need of care and support in Buckinghamshire, their families and carers. You can find information and advice, ways to assess your own needs, community support and care products and services. Our website is for anyone in…
County HallWalton StreetAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP20 1UA

Care Advice Buckinghamshire

Care Advice Buckinghamshire is a website for adults in need of care and support in Buckinghamshire, their families and carers. You can find information and advice, ways to assess your own needs, community support and care products and services.

Our website is for anyone in Buckinghamshire who is over 18 and thinks they need some social care help to live independently. It is also for people who are caring for someone. It can be used by people outside Buckinghamshire who want to find information for a relative or friend living in the borough. The website is designed to help people find information about health and social care and search for local groups, products and services.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Adult Social Care Queries
Telephone
E-mail
Adultearlyhelpteam@buckscc.gov.uk
Website
Care Advice Buckinghamshire
Notes

The Connect to Support Helpdesk can help you navigate and use our website

Where to go

Name
Buckinghamshire County Council - Adult Social Care
Address
County Hall
Walton Street
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP20 1UA
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Other Details

Age Ranges
18 years plus

South Bucks PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Support Group

The South Bucks PDA Support Group aims to provide parents/carers, who either have a diagnosis or believe their child may have the autism profile of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), with an opportunity to meet informally over coffee, share experiences and positively support each other. Evening…
Buckinghamshire

South Bucks PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Support Group

The South Bucks PDA Support Group aims to provide parents/carers, who either have a diagnosis or believe their child may have the autism profile of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), with an opportunity to meet informally over coffee, share experiences and positively support each other. Evening and family events are also organised, but advanced booking is required to ensure these are viable. Local speakers often attend meetings and training seminars are organised when needed to help families and professionals learn more about this autism profile. The group started in July 2015 and to-date has over 170 families who have registered. We can’t promise to solve problems, we’re not professionals but, we are all very willing to listen and share ideas. General information on local and national events/newsletters are also regularly distributed to members.   

Planned events for 2020 include:   

  • Coffee Mornings:   John Lewis, High Wycombe - 10am to 12:30pm on the following Fridays: 10 January, 20 March, 15 May - National PDA Awareness Day - The PDA Society, 5 June, 10 July, 11 September, 13 November .
  • The Square, Holmer Green 9:30am to 12 midday on the following Tuesdays: 25 February, 28 April, 6 October, 8 December.
  • Evenings (advance booking required): Informal social evenings, usually with a good mix of Mums and Dads, where some people have a meal and others just a drink. These are currently held on a Thursday from 7:30pm in High Wycombe on  30 January,  2 April, 18 June, 1 October and 3 December.
  • Family Events (advance booking required):   Saturday 16 May at Thames Valley Adventure Playground August - Family Picnic
  • Some school holidays - Ukulele music workshops.
  • Training (advance booking required): None currently planned.   

Recommended: Wednesday 18 March, PDA Society Conference in Nottingham Booking via Eventbrite. Previous training sessions have included: Information coffee mornings on ‘PDA Strategies, ‘Living with autism and nutrition’  and ‘A young adult’s perspective on living with PDA/ASD’, a 6-week and 4-hour PDA Society Parents/Carers Courses 

Understanding Violent Challenging Behaviour in those with additional needs run by Yvonne Newbold   Violent and Challenging Behaviour in Children - Strategies for Home to include theory with some practical demonstrations and discussions on Positive Behaviour   

Support Information Sheets: Finally, our Support Group Founder and Co-ordinator has written the following information sheets about PDA that are available on request: “PDA Thoughts! How PDA presents and affects our daughter, the impact on family and the strategies that we find successful”   “PDA Thoughts - Siblings! Recognising the challenges caused by PDA, the impact on our daughter and how we try to support her”   "PDA Thoughts - For Siblings! Questions and answers about PDA for young people and siblings"     

For a copy of any of these documents or to receive further details about the group please e-mail. Additional information on PDA can be found via The PDA Society website or The National Autistic Society 

Updated December 2019

Who to contact

E-mail
PDAgroup@harveys-home.me.uk
Website
PDA Society
Parent Organisation
South Bucks PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Support Group

Where to go

Name
Events held around South Buckinghamshire
Address
Buckinghamshire

Other Details

Age Ranges
All ages

Adult Days at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Fridays | 10am to 5pm
For adults with special needs. Use of equipment and crafts Woodwork sessions available on request Hot Drinks machine available  Sensory Room available Please be aware we cannot provide any food, so packed lunches are essential
Bath RoadTaplowMaidenheadBuckinghamshireSL6 0PR

Adult Days at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Fridays | 10am to 5pm

For adults with special needs.

  • Use of equipment and crafts
  • Woodwork sessions available on request
  • Hot Drinks machine available 
  • Sensory Room available
  • Please be aware we cannot provide any food, so packed lunches are essential

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gary Warrington
Contact Position
Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
theplayground@tvap.co.uk
Website
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Parent Organisation
Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Where to go

Name
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Address
Bath Road
Taplow
Maidenhead
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
SL6 0PR
Venue Notes

Located a short walk from Taplow train station, we are also close to local bus routes from Slough and Maidenhead. With good access from the M4 we are very easy to find.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Fridays | 10am to 5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Booking Essential

Other Details

Cost Description

We ask for a suggested contribution of £8 per user

  • Hot Drinks 50p per cup
  • Sensory Room £5 per half hour
Age Ranges
For adults with special needs

Fun Club at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Thursdays:7pm to 9:30pm
The Adventure Playground holds a Fun Club every Thursday evening, it is for adults with special needs to come along, socialise and enjoy themselves in a relaxed and safe environment. The Club is for all the members' enjoyment, and everyone helps to put together the…
Bath RoadTaplowMaidenheadBuckinghamshireSL6 0PR

Fun Club at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Thursdays:7pm to 9:30pm

The Adventure Playground holds a Fun Club every Thursday evening, it is for adults with special needs to come along, socialise and enjoy themselves in a relaxed and safe environment.

The Club is for all the members' enjoyment, and everyone helps to put together the weekly events list.  From Bingo to Baseball, Crafts to Karaoke, Snakes & Ladders to Skittles, Pizza-making to Cake-decorating - we run ALL sorts of activities!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gary Warrington
Contact Position
Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
theplayground@tvap.co.uk
Website
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Parent Organisation
Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Where to go

Name
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Address
Bath Road
Taplow
Maidenhead
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
SL6 0PR
Venue Notes

Located a short walk from Taplow train station, we are also close to local bus routes from Slough and Maidenhead. With good access from the M4 we are very easy to find.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Thursdays:7pm to 9:30pm
Time of day
Evening

Other Details

Cost Description

We ask for a suggested contribution of £4 per evening to cover the cost of refreshments (a little bit more for special occasions such as trips to the Pantomime and Fish & Chip Suppers). 

Age Ranges
15 years and above

Taplow Tadpoles at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Wednesdays: 9:30am to 11am
An integrated fun group for toddlers aged 5 and under, with or without a special need. A great opportunity to enjoy the facilities of the Adventure Playground,including Soft Play and Sound Room, crafts, toys, games and outdoor play in a supported, friendly and relaxed environment.
Bath RoadTaplowMaidenheadBuckinghamshireSL6 0PR

Taplow Tadpoles at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Wednesdays: 9:30am to 11am

An integrated fun group for toddlers aged 5 and under, with or without a special need.

A great opportunity to enjoy the facilities of the Adventure Playground,
including Soft Play and Sound Room, crafts, toys, games and outdoor play 
in a supported, friendly and relaxed environment.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gary Warrington
Contact Position
Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
theplayground@tvap.co.uk
Website
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Parent Organisation
Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Where to go

Name
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Address
Bath Road
Taplow
Maidenhead
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
SL6 0PR
Venue Notes

Located a short walk from Taplow train station, we are also close to local bus routes from Slough and Maidenhead. With good access from the M4 we are very easy to find.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Wednesdays: 9:30am to 11am
Time of day
Morning

Other Details

Cost Description

We ask for a suggested contribution of £3 per child

Age Ranges
0 to 5 years old

SOS!SEN

SOS!SEN offers friendly, independent and confidential advice for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN) through our free helpline and walk-in advice centres. We offer workshops and document checking services. We are led by a SEN solicitor called Eleanor…
Nationwide

SOS!SEN

SOS!SEN offers friendly, independent and confidential advice for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN) through our free helpline and walk-in advice centres. We offer workshops and document checking services.

We are led by a SEN solicitor called Eleanor Wright.

What we offer:

  • 11 free walk-in monthly advice centres
  • Free term-time helpline on tel: 02085 383 731
  • Workshops on SEN topics to empower parents
  • Document check and 1:1 advice
  • Website with information sheets
  • Judicial Review/Pre-Action legal letters

As we are a small charity, we ask for a donation towards the support we provide, to enable us to continue to help other families.

Our users say:

"Thank you for being there to help. Your advice has been invaluable in making me realise that, as a parent, I AM NOT powerless. Thank you!"

Who to contact

Contact Name
Help line
Contact Position
Helpline volunteers
Telephone
E-mail
admin@sossen.org.uk
Website
SOS! SEN

Where to go

Name
Fontenay, 11a, Creek Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9BE
Address
Nationwide
Venue Notes

Our main office is located opposite Hampton Court train station.

Geographic Area Covered
Across England and Wales, providing a service through our helpline.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Helpline from Monday to Friday
Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Our term time helpline is available from 09:30 to 12:30 and 2:00pm to 5:00pm. On a Tuesday evening we open from 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Other Details

Cost Description

We offer free support through the use of our helpline as well as free advice centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Gravesend, Manchester, Hampton Court, Waterloo, Watford, Worcester Park, Aldershot, Tamworth and Thornton Heath.

Independent Lives

Independent Lives is a user-led charity working with disabled people, people with care needs, and those with caring responsibilities, to enable people to lead full, active and independent lives. We work directly with disabled people, and parents and carers of disabled children: Providing a Direct…
Nationwide

Independent Lives

Independent Lives is a user-led charity working with disabled people, people with care needs, and those with caring responsibilities, to enable people to lead full, active and independent lives.

We work directly with disabled people, and parents and carers of disabled children: Providing a Direct Payments support service to help people arrange and manage their own personalised care and support. We offer banking, payroll, and recruitment services so people can manage their own budgets and personal assistants. Our care service Lend a Hand provides personalised home-based care and support. We engage with disabled people living in the local community through user-led support and action groups and our volunteer programme, and campaign on the rights of disabled people.
We work with health and social care professionals: Providing training and training materials, consultancy, and recruitment support. We work closely with local authority social care teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups on support planning, personalisation and co-production, and health and social care integration

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
feedback@independentlives.org
Website
Independent Lives

Where to go

Name
Head Office, Independent Lives, Southfield House, 11, Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1RY
Address
Nationwide

Other Details

Cost Description

Contact for details

Age Ranges
16 years and above

Helen & Douglas House | Hospice Care for Children

Helen & Douglas House provides specialist hospice care for children who are seriously and terminally ill.  We also provide support for the wider family. We shape the care we offer around the needs of each individual and aim to provide continuity, quality and safety in…
Buckinghamshire

Helen & Douglas House | Hospice Care for Children

Helen & Douglas House provides specialist hospice care for children who are seriously and terminally ill.  We also provide support for the wider family.

We shape the care we offer around the needs of each individual and aim to provide continuity, quality and safety in an environment appropriate to the young people and families we look after.

We provide medically-supported respite at the hospice and seek to enable a quality of life in line with individuals' capabilities and desires.  We also offer specialist care for complex and developing conditions, including at end of life.

We work in close partnership with families and with other care providers, including many from across Buckinghamshire. 

Care is provided in-house (Oxford) and also in your local community, supporting other health professionals.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helen House Referrals Team
Telephone
E-mail
referrals@helenanddouglas.org.uk
Website
Helen and Douglas House

Where to go

Name
Helen and Douglas House, 14A Magdalen Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX14 1RW
Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

There is some/limited parking on site and also on-street parking in nearby streets.  Helen & Douglas House is located just off the Cowley Road which is served by many buses from Oxford city centre.  

Geographic Area Covered
We work in close partnership with families and with other care providers, including many from across Buckinghamshire.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Service available 24/7.

Other Details

Cost Description

There is no direct cost to users of our service. We will, however, seek a funding contribution from statutory sources (NHS/Local Authority) including appropriate monies allocated to a Personal Budget for the care we provide.  If you are considering a Personal Budget for your child's care, please ensure provision is made for any support provided by Helen & Douglas House.

Age Ranges
0 to 18 years
Facilities
Partial Wheelchair Access
Accessible Website
Hoist
Car Parking
Wheelchair Accessible Entrance
Accessible Toilet Facilities
Disabled Car Parking Space

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Anyone can make a referral to Helen & Douglas House.  Referrals may be for urgent/emergency care or for respite.

Emergency referrals can be accepted and admitted within the day, where this may be required, in liaison with the family and professionals involved.  Respite referrals proceed through an assessment process that will include information from professionals involved in the child's/young person's care.

Please access our website and contact us if you think that a child or young person in your care may benefit from Helen & Douglas House.

Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Playground (indoor and outdoor) for 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 The Thames Valley Adventure Playground has provides a chance…
Bath RoadTaplowMaidenheadBuckinghamshireSL6 0PR

Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Playground (indoor and outdoor) for 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

The Thames Valley Adventure Playground has provides a chance for children and adults with all types of special need to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences in a safe and stimulating environment, with users travelling from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, London and beyond.

Facilities and Activities

  • Wheelchair accessible roundabouts and swings
  • elevated walkways allowing someone with profound and multiple problems to enjoy the excitement of 'climbing' trees
  • multi-sensory rooms to stimulate and relax, with specially-trained staff to provide help and support - these are just a few of the things on offer.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gary Warrington
Contact Position
Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
theplayground@tvap.co.uk
Website
Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Where to go

Name
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Address
Bath Road
Taplow
Maidenhead
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
SL6 0PR
Venue Notes

Located a short walk from Taplow train station, we are also close to local bus routes from Slough and Maidenhead. With good access from the M4 we are very easy to find.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Tuesday to Saturday | 10am to 3:30pm for under 16's and Fridays for over 16s
Session Information
Open all year round.
Fridays for reserved for adults (over 16 years only)

Other Details

Cost Description

We ask for a suggested contribution of £8 per user, all parents and carers come in for free.

Young Adult Carers Bucks (High Wycombe)

Support service for young carers aged between 16 to 25. The Young Adult Carers ‘Same Chances’ programme is designed to work with young people as they transition into adulthood and independence whilst continuing to provide unpaid care for a member of their family at home…
39Queens RoadHigh WycombeBuckinghamshireHP13 6AQ

Young Adult Carers Bucks (High Wycombe)

Support service for young carers aged between 16 to 25.

The Young Adult Carers ‘Same Chances’ programme is designed to work with young people as they transition into adulthood and independence whilst continuing to provide unpaid care for a member of their family at home who suffers from an illness, physical or mental disability, or an addiction.

At Carers Bucks we believe that a young person with a caring responsibility has the same right to life choices as their peers. Caring for a family member should not reduce life opportunities, such as further and higher education, employment and independent living.

We offer:

  • Regular social events

  • Life Skills programme

  • One to one intervention

  • Emergency Planning

  • Targeted group work

  • Representation at meetings

  • Information, advice and signposting

  • Steering Group

  • Training for professionals

Who to contact

E-mail
yc@carersbucks.org
Website
Young Carers Bucks
Parent Organisation
Young Carers Bucks

Where to go

Name
Carers Bucks
Address
39
Queens Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP13 6AQ
Geographic Area Covered
High Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks

Other Details

Age Ranges
16 - 25 years old

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

To make a referral to our service, please complete the referral and criteria form found at www.youngcarersbucks.org, or register as a carer at www.carersbucks.org

Young Adult Carers Bucks (Aylesbury)

Support service for young carers aged between 16 to 25. The Young Adult Carers ‘Same Chances’ programme is designed to work with young people as they transition into adulthood and independence whilst continuing to provide unpaid care for a member of their family at home who…
Ardenham CourtOxford RoadAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP19 8HT

Young Adult Carers Bucks (Aylesbury)

Support service for young carers aged between 16 to 25.

The Young Adult Carers ‘Same Chances’ programme is designed to work with young people as they transition into adulthood and independence whilst continuing to provide unpaid care for a member of their family at home who suffers from an illness, physical or mental disability, or an addiction.

At Carers Bucks we believe that a young person with a caring responsibility has the same right to life choices as their peers. Caring for a family member should not reduce life opportunities, such as further and higher education, employment and independent living.

We offer:

  • Regular social events

  • Life Skills programme

  • One to one intervention

  • Emergency Planning

  • Targeted group work

  • Representation at meetings

  • Information, advice and signposting

  • Steering Group

  • Training for professionals

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
yc@carersbucks.org
Website
Young Carers Bucks
Parent Organisation
Young Carers Bucks

Where to go

Name
Carers Bucks
Address
Ardenham Court
Oxford Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 8HT
Geographic Area Covered
Aylesbury Vale and North Bucks

Other Details

Age Ranges
16 - 25 years old

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

To make a referral to our service, please complete the referral and criteria form found at www.youngcarersbucks.org, or register as a carer at www.carersbucks.org

Carers Bucks

Carers Bucks exists entirely to support and promote the wellbeing of family carers. We support 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…
Ardenham CourtOxford RoadAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP19 8HT

Carers Bucks

Carers Bucks exists entirely to support and promote the wellbeing of family carers. We support 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.

We can help you by providing:

• Up to date information and advice carers’ issues
• Help with knowing your rights and entitlements
• A practical and emotional learning programme
• Help to create an emergency plan
• Opportunities to meet other carers
• Somebody to talk to in confidence
• Regular support groups across the County
• Guidance on health and social care services
• Regular events and newsletters for carers

We also provide a number of services for the benefit of carers in Buckinghamshire, including parent/carer training, young adult carers support and young carers. All our services are free to carers.

All carers contacting Carers Bucks are able to speak to an experienced Support Worker in confidence, either over the telephone or by visiting our offices (please ring us first to make an appointment).

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
mail@carersbucks.org
Website
Carers Bucks Website
Notes

 www.youngcarersbucks.org Young Carers Bucks website

Where to go

Name
Carers Bucks
Address
Ardenham Court
Oxford Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 8HT
Venue Notes

Bus stop opposite office on Oxford Road, Aylesbury. 10- 15 minutes walk from Aylesbury train station

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5pm; Friday 9:00am to 4.30pm

Other Details

Age Ranges
From 10 to 90 years

Carers Trust Thames | Central and South Buckinghamshire

Carers Trust Thames is an independent charity which provides respite care in client's homes for carers and high-quality personal care services to the people they care for, across Central and South Buckinghamshire. We pride ourselves in putting our clients before profit. See our website for full…
BuckinghamshireHP14 4BF

Carers Trust Thames | Central and South Buckinghamshire

Carers Trust Thames is an independent charity which provides respite care in client's homes for carers and high-quality personal care services to the people they care for, across Central and South Buckinghamshire. We pride ourselves in putting our clients before profit.

See our website for full details of all services including home care, companionship, foot-care and a mobile bathing service or contact us at the email below to get full costings.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sasha Lunn
Contact Position
Area Manager
Telephone
E-mail
info@carerstrustthames.org.uk
Website
Carers Trust Thames

Where to go

Name
Carers Trust Thames, Unit 3 Stable Yard, Mount Mill Farm, Stratford Road Wicken, Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire
Address
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP14 4BF
Geographic Area Covered
North Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Central and South Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, care provided 24/7

Other Details

Age Ranges
From 4 to 104+ years

Carers Trust Thames (North Bucks and Milton Keynes office)

Carers Trust Thames is an independent charity which provides respite care in client's homes for carers and high quality personal care services to the people they care for, across North Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. We pride ourselves in putting our clients before profit. See our…
Stratford RoadWickenMilton KeynesNorthamptonshireMK19 6DG

Carers Trust Thames (North Bucks and Milton Keynes office)

Carers Trust Thames is an independent charity which provides respite care in client's homes for carers and high quality personal care services to the people they care for, across North Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. We pride ourselves in putting our clients before profit.

See our website for full details of all services including homecare, companionship, foot-care and a mobile bathing service; or contact us at the email below to get full costings.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Danielle Conroy
Contact Position
Area Manager
Telephone
E-mail
info@carerstrustnorthbucksmk.org.uk
Website
Carers Trust Thames

Where to go

Name
Mount Mill Farm
Address
Stratford Road
Wicken
Milton Keynes
Northamptonshire
Postcode
MK19 6DG
Geographic Area Covered
North Bucks & Milton Keynes

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, care provided 24/7

Other Details

Age Ranges
From 4 to 104+ years

Young Carers Bucks

Support provided to young carers aged 6 to 18 years in Buckinghamshire. Young carers are individuals who care for a family member with a physical or mental illness, a disability or drug or alcohol dependency. The person cared for may be a parent or sibling or…
BuckinghamshireBuckinghamshire

Young Carers Bucks

Support provided to young carers aged 6 to 18 years in Buckinghamshire.

Young carers are individuals who care for a family member with a physical or mental illness, a disability or drug or alcohol dependency. The person cared for may be a parent or sibling or other relative living in the same household.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
yc@carersbucks.org
Website
Young Carers Bucks

Where to go

Name
Carers Bucks
Address
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours: Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm | Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
Session Information
Days and times of activities vary.

Other Details

Age Ranges
From 6 years to 18 years

Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers Youth Club YC2

We aim to provide a programme of events for young carers in the Buckingham and Winslow area aged between 7 and 18 years, to meet together to learn new skills, share experiences, develop social skills, encourage confidence and boost their own self-esteem away from the…
London RoadBuckinghamBuckinghamshireMK18 1AS

Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers Youth Club YC2

We aim to provide a programme of events for young carers in the Buckingham and Winslow area aged between 7 and 18 years, to meet together to learn new skills, share experiences, develop social skills, encourage confidence and boost their own self-esteem away from the caring environment. We aim to achieve these objectives through a structured activity programme.

We offer one-to-one support and run specific support workshops including ones for young carers who have siblings with disabilities. We encourage young carers to actively contribute to the planning and running of the youth club. We sponsor leadership training and confidence building activities. We look to enhance the life chances of all young carers through our varied and wide-ranging activities, particularly focusing on increasing future job opportunities.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
margo.jj@outlook.com
Website
Community Care North Bucks

Where to go

Name
Buckingham Youth Centre
Address
London Road
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
MK18 1AS
Venue Notes

Situated on London Road between Swan Pool and The Buckingham School. Transport is provided wherever possible. Children are not expected to find their own way to the club.

Geographic Area Covered
North Bucks

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Fridays
Time of day
Evening
Session Information
1st Friday of the month - Seniors Club Evening 7 to 9pm ages 13 to 18 years
3rd Friday of the month - Juniors Club Evening ages 7 to 12 years

Other Details

Cost Description

Free

Age Ranges
7 to 18 years
16 to 25 years Young Adult Carers

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referrals usually come via GP surgeries, Social Services, School * Schools nursing teams, Carers Bucks etcetera

FACT Bucks (Families and Carers Together in Buckinghamshire)

FACT Bucks is the forum for parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged from 0 to 25. We are part of the national network of parent carer forums and we aim to empower and support parents to…
PO Box 1032AylesburyBuckinghamshireHP22 9NL

FACT Bucks (Families and Carers Together in Buckinghamshire)

FACT Bucks is the forum for parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged from 0 to 25. We are part of the national network of parent carer forums and we aim to empower and support parents to participate in and co-produce the shaping of services used by our children and young people across the County.

Aim

Our aim is to provide a voice for parent carers in every discussion and forum to which we can be invited within the local authority, CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Group) and local health providers. We do this through volunteer parent carers who attend meetings to represent all of us regardless of the age of our child/young person or their needs/disability.

Forums

Our forum holds regular coffee mornings and other events details of which will be added to our website. Come along and help us to embed the voice of parent carers in local developments and improve services for our children.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrew Howard
Contact Position
Chair
E-mail
admin@factbucks.org.uk
Website
FACT Bucks

Where to go

Name
FACT Bucks
Address
PO Box 1032
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP22 9NL
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Other Details

Cost Description

Free

Age Ranges
From 0 to 25 years

Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services

Art Therapy for Children and Teenagers, their Carers and Professionals. Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services offers Art Therapy, and psycho-dynamic interventions to children and teenagers, parents and carers as well as professionals working with families. Our passion is supporting positive mental health and emotional well-being in children…
TringHertfordshireHP23 4ET

Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services

Art Therapy for Children and Teenagers, their Carers and Professionals.

Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services offers Art Therapy, and psycho-dynamic interventions to children and teenagers, parents and carers as well as professionals working with families. Our passion is supporting positive mental health and emotional well-being in children and young people.

If you are worried about your son or daughter; perhaps they are showing persistent signs of anxiety, worry, low self-esteem or low mood, or have experienced trauma in their lives; Art therapy can provide a way of expressing distress when words cannot be found.

We also offer training relating to emotional well-being and mental health issues as well as clinical supervision for professionals working in education, health, social care or the voluntary sector.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Sawyer
Contact Position
Principal Art Therapist
Telephone
E-mail
karen@ksarttherapy.co.uk
Website
Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services

Where to go

Name
Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services
Address
Tring
Hertfordshire
Postcode
HP23 4ET
Venue Notes

Available in private consulting rooms in West Hertfordshire with good transport links, accessible to South Buckinghamshire. See website for more details.

Geographic Area Covered
South Buckinghamshire and West Hertfordshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Weekday and Evening Appointments by arrangement
Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Flexible Appointment Times Available

Other Details

Cost Description

Assessment session fees are £65 each. Individual art therapy session fees are £55 per session. Fees for group work, staff support & consultations and training workshops are available on request.

Age Ranges
Offering Art Therapy to children from age 4 to 20 years old
and therapeutic support to parents
carers and professionals working with children and adolescents

ABLEize | Disability and Special Needs Resources

ABLEize is a disability run website dedicated to providing the UK’s largest collection of disability and special needs online resources in an ever-growing directory putting disabled people, their family and carers in-touch with information, advice, support, groups and clubs, disability sports, the arts and much more…
Nationwide

ABLEize | Disability and Special Needs Resources

ABLEize is a disability run website dedicated to providing the UK’s largest collection of disability and special needs online resources in an ever-growing directory putting disabled people, their family and carers in-touch with information, advice, support, groups and clubs, disability sports, the arts and much more within 420+ dedicated categories. Established in 2006 ABLEize was created and is run by disabled people offering both national and local resources under one safe roof.

ABLEize is maintained and added to regularly by its group of disabled researchers to ensure the information is kept up to date. Typical resources include disabled children’s resources, the arts for all disabilities and special needs, sports and support, access and travel assistance through to benefits, care services, employment and disabled and special needs education to name just a few. You will also find the UK’s largest collection of disability-related clubs and groups all listed in individual regional categories. 

Buckinghamshire Disability Resources can be found by following the highlighted link and includes many sports and support groups specific to the range of Buckinghamshire locations.

Subjects can be searched from the front page of ABLEize but for the convenience of the viewer, we have included a shortcut to the most viewed sections of ABLEize. 

ABLEize would like to thank Buckinghamshire County Council for helping to get the information to the disabled and special needs people, their carers and family.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jacqui
Contact Position
Site Coordinator
E-mail
admin@ableize.com
Website
ABLEize Disability Library

Where to go

Address
Nationwide

Other Details

Butterfly House (South Bucks Hospice)

Butterfly House is a leading community resource for supporting patients living with life-limiting or life threatening illnesses. We offer patient-centred care to individuals through the provision of specialist palliative, psycho-therapeutic and lymphoedema care. We also support their families and carers.  
South Bucks HospiceKingswood ParkHigh WycombeBuckinghamshireHP13 6GR

Butterfly House (South Bucks Hospice)

Butterfly House is a leading community resource for supporting patients living with life-limiting or life threatening illnesses. We offer patient-centred care to individuals through the provision of specialist palliative, psycho-therapeutic and lymphoedema care. We also support their families and carers.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Yvette Smith
Contact Position
Senior Fundraising Administrator
Telephone
E-mail
info@sbhospice.org.uk
Website
South Bucks Hospice

Where to go

Name
Butterfly House
Address
South Bucks Hospice
Kingswood Park
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP13 6GR
Venue Notes

Facilities at Butterfly House include: 

Wheelchair accessible

Lift

Car parking

 

 

 

Geographic Area Covered
South Bucks

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Other Details

Cost Description

Our services are free of charge.

Age Ranges
All ages

Integrated SEND Service

The Integrated SEND Service provides specialist Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support through locally-based teams across Buckinghamshire. To find the most up to date SEN officer list, contact your local hub below. Your SEND Area Teams Aylesbury and North Hub Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire Hub…
Walton Street OfficesWalton StreetAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP20 1UZ

Integrated SEND Service

The Integrated SEND Service provides specialist Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support through locally-based teams across Buckinghamshire. To find the most up to date SEN officer list, contact your local hub below.

Your SEND Area Teams

Aylesbury and North Hub

Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire Hub

Wycombe Hub

Sensory, Physical and Down Syndrome Hub

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Integrated SEND Service
Telephone
E-mail
sen@buckscc.gov.uk
Website
Contact Form
Parent Organisation
Buckinghamshire Council

Where to go

Name
Buckinghamshire Council
Address
Walton Street Offices
Walton Street
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP20 1UZ
Venue Notes

County Hall is close to the bus station in Aylesbury town centre.  The nearest parking is the Friar's Square Shoppers car park.  It is essential that you make an appointment if you wish to meet with an SEN Officer.

 

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Telephones will be answered Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.30pm, Friday 9am to 5pm

Other Details

Age Ranges
Birth to 25 years

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

For children and young people who have special educational needs and are supported at 'SEN Support' level - the first point of contact should always be the education setting the child/young person attends. Referral to the Integrated SEND Service for an EHC Needs Assessment will usually be via the child/young person's education setting.

For very young children referral may be from a medical professional for example paediatrician.

Parents/carers or young people may also request an EHC Needs Assessment, please provide as much information/evidence as possible regarding the child/young person's special educational needs and the support that has been provided so that we have all relevant information available when considering the request.

Chilterns MS Centre

We have been providing advice and care to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families for over 30 years. Our main goal is to help people gain greater control over their MS so that they continue to lead happy and healthy lives. Everyone here…
Oakwood CloseWendoverAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP22 5LX

Chilterns MS Centre

We have been providing advice and care to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families for over 30 years. Our main goal is to help people gain greater control over their MS so that they continue to lead happy and healthy lives.

Everyone here understands MS, whether it’s our expert and approachable staff, our fantastic volunteers or one of our over 500 members themselves. MS is endlessly variable, totally unpredictable and can lead to disability. We provide comprehensive and holistic care such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, oxygen therapy,  acupuncture and massage to over 330 people each week. We also have a dedicated carers support service as we know that MS affects the loved ones of the people with MS too.

The word ‘lifeline’ has often been used to describe the Centre, something that we are incredibly proud of.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jo Kendall
Contact Position
Office Manager
Telephone
E-mail
info@chilternsmscentre.org
Website
Chilterns MS Centre

Where to go

Name
Chilterns MS Centre
Address
Oakwood Close
Wendover
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP22 5LX
Venue Notes

We have parking on site. The nearest train station is Wendover & the Centre is a short taxi journey.

Geographic Area Covered
Approximately 30 mile radius

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and every other Saturday morning.
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Cost Description

All of the Centre’s services are provided completely free of charge to paid up members (an annual subscription of £25), and all we ask is that people make donations to the Centre when and if they can and according to their means.

Age Ranges
From 16 to 90 plus years
Facilities
Hoist
Car Parking
Wheelchair Accessible Entrance
Changing Facilities
Accessible Toilet Facilities
Disabled Car Parking Space

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Available to all persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their carers.

AuKids Magazine | Parenting and Autism Magazine

An award-winning positive parenting magazine containing lively advice and information for parents and carers of children with autism. AuKids is run as a not for profit social enterprise and is available in print or download format through an annual subscription. Sign up online for £16…
Nationwide

AuKids Magazine | Parenting and Autism Magazine

An award-winning positive parenting magazine containing lively advice and information for parents and carers of children with autism.

AuKids is run as a not for profit social enterprise and is available in print or download format through an annual subscription. Sign up online for £16 a year print version or £12 a year download only.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Debby Elley
Contact Position
Co-editor
Telephone
E-mail
subscriptions@aukids.co.uk
Website
AuKids magazine

Where to go

Name
AuKids magazine, Cheadle SK8 9BE
Address
Nationwide
Geographic Area Covered
National

Other Details

Cost Description

£16 per year. Starter Special issue also available to order online at £5 each

Age Ranges
Magazine covering parenting

Blue Pencil Art Therapy Service

Blue Pencil; Art Therapy Service for children, young people and their families/carers  Maggie Bull, qualified and experience Art Therapist/Psychotherapist with an MA Art Therapy and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).…
36Marygold WalkLittle ChalfontAmershamBuckinghamshireHP6 6QF

Blue Pencil Art Therapy Service

Blue Pencil; Art Therapy Service for children, young people and their families/carers 

Maggie Bull, qualified and experience Art Therapist/Psychotherapist with an MA Art Therapy and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).  I am also a trained and experienced Play Therapist and Private Practitioner.  As the Clinical Director of Blue Pencil Art Therapy I aim to draw clients closer to health and well being creatively.

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk directly about difficulties or feelings so communicating by using art and play materials to make images/objects/play with an Art and Play Therapist can be a supportive way to be able to convey what it is that is troubling children, young people and their families. The therapeutic relationship offers a safe non-judgemental environment to express and communicate difficulties through the art work or play objects that otherwise might be hard to locate, articulate and convey.

Art Therapy as a form of intervention can assist with an individual's psychological, emotional, educational, social and physical development. Children and young people experience difficulties for a variety of reasons and to access this intervention and do not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy, just a willingness to engage with the art and play materials as a form of communication.

Art and Play Therapy can help children and young people with:

  • Emotional and behavioural problems such as anger, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
  • Social, peer, communication and/or speech and language difficulties.
  • Learning of physical disabilities or diagnoses such as ADHD, ADD or Autistic Spectrum difficulties.
  • Those struggling with a particular life event such as bereavement, changes in family structure or illness.
  • Those who have suffered abuse, bullying, domestic violence or trauma.
  • Those at risk of exclusion or with attendance issues.
  • This list is not exhaustive so if you feel Art Therapy might benefit you with your difficulties please feel free to call to discuss.
  • When emotional needs of children and young people are addressed through art and play they are better able to learn and develop and this in turn affects the well being of the whole family.

We offer

  • Consultation
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Individual and group art therapy sessions
  • Dyadic parent/carer and child interventions
  • Art Therapy Workshops
  • Written and verbal feedback
  • Attendance at multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Clinical reports

I work collaboratively with a team of qualified art therapists with different specialities all registered with the HCPC and full members of BAAT.  We adhere to strict ethical codes in line with these professional bodies and carry Professional Liability Insurance.  We hold enhanced DBS Certificates and are registered with the Data Protection Organisation.  The highest standards of practice are ensured through regular supervision of all our work.   All our therapists are qualified, empathetic and caring people with experience of working with children and young people in a wide range of settings.  Our therapists are available to work in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and London.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Maggie Bull
Contact Position
Clinical Director
Telephone
E-mail
bluepencilarttherapy@gmail.com
Website
Blue Pencil Art Therapy

Where to go

Name
Blue Pencil Art Therapy
Address
36
Marygold Walk
Little Chalfont
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP6 6QF
Venue Notes

A specially designated therapeutic room is available in Little Chalfont for appointments, however most of the time it is preferable to work with children/young people and their families/carers in their school environment during the school day.  Please call to discuss.

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Day and evening appointments available.

Other Details

Cost Description

Initial telephone consultation free. Bespoke full and half day rates available upon request.

Age Ranges
All ages

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referrals welcome from parents/carers, Teachers/SENCOs, GPs and Social Services.

Integrated Playdays at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Saturdays:10am to 3:30pm
Meet our users and enjoy a rare opportunity to experience all the fun and freedom of the Thames Valley adventure playground. Open to children 12 and under with no special need.
Bath RoadTaplowMaidenheadBuckinghamshireSL6 0PR

Integrated Playdays at Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Saturdays:10am to 3:30pm

Meet our users and enjoy a rare opportunity to experience all the fun and freedom of the Thames Valley adventure playground.

Open to children 12 and under with no special need.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gary Warrington
Contact Position
Operations Manager
Telephone
E-mail
theplayground@tvap.co.uk
Website
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Parent Organisation
Thames Valley Adventure Playground

Where to go

Name
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Address
Bath Road
Taplow
Maidenhead
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
SL6 0PR
Venue Notes

Located a short walk from Taplow train station, we are also close to local bus routes from Slough and Maidenhead. With good access from the M4 we are very easy to find.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Saturdays:10am to 3:30pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Booking Essential
All Children must be accompanied by an adult

Other Details

Cost Description

We ask for a suggested contribution of £12 per child

Bucks Activity Project (Action for Children)

Working with over 350 children in Buckinghamshire. We have been providing services for disabled children aged 5 - 19 here for over fifteen years. 
201Buckingham RoadAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP19 9QF

Bucks Activity Project (Action for Children)

Working with over 350 children in Buckinghamshire. We have been providing services for disabled children aged 5 - 19 here for over fifteen years. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Knox
Telephone
E-mail
bucks.activity@actionforchildren.org.uk
Website
Bucks Activity Project

Where to go

Name
Bucks Activity Project
Address
201
Buckingham Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 9QF
Venue Notes

Chesham Youth Centre

Old Drill Hall

Bellingdon Road

Chesham , Bucks   

 HP5 2HA

Other Details

Age Ranges
5 to 19 years

Tired Out

Tired Out is Family Fund's sleep support hub for families raising disabled and seriously ill children to find help and information about sleep issues. The hub is a website and was created by Family Fund in partnership with charities such as Scope, National Autistic Society and…
Nationwide

Tired Out

Tired Out is Family Fund's sleep support hub for families raising disabled and seriously ill children to find help and information about sleep issues. The hub is a website and was created by Family Fund in partnership with charities such as Scope, National Autistic Society and Contact to provide information about bedtime routines, night waking, sleep facts and much more.

  • Find out about sleep events in your local area.

  • Take a look at our sleep tips to find out about anything from routines and diaries to diet and bedroom environment.

  • Read academic research papers and articles relating to sleep problems among children with assorted difficulties, disabilities and/or additional needs.

  • Read stories from families who may have similar experiences to your own

  • Find useful products and resources that might help.

If you have anything you would like to add to the site or have questions or queries, please email us.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Tired Out
Telephone
E-mail
tiredout@familyfund.org.uk
Website
Tired Out
Parent Organisation
Family Fund

Where to go

Address
Nationwide
Geographic Area Covered
Nationwide

Other Details

Age Ranges
Parents and carers of disabled children of all ages

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS)

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service provides information for families, children and young people aged from birth to 19 years (up to 25 years with a disability/additional need), it is a free, confidential and impartial service. Our service is accessible by phone, website, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and…
Walton Street OfficesWalton StreetAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP20 1UZ

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS)

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service provides information for families, children and young people aged from birth to 19 years (up to 25 years with a disability/additional need), it is a free, confidential and impartial service. Our service is accessible by phone, website, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and email or in person at an outreach event.

 

Information available on:

Childcare

 

 

Family Centres

 

Find your nearest, see what's on and view/download the latest timetables.

  

Family Support Information for Families and Professionals

  

Leisure Activities

 

 

Local Offer

 

A free, accessible hub bringing together information from social care, health, education and other services around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 

Parent/carer advice and support

 

Youthspace for Young People   

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
familyinfo@buckscc.gov.uk
Website
Buckinghamshire Family Information Service
Notes

For website and social media assistance email fisdigital@buckscc.gov.uk or telephone 01296 382246

 

Where to go

Name
Buckinghamshire Council
Address
Walton Street Offices
Walton Street
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP20 1UZ
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.30pm, Friday 9am to 5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Age Ranges
0 to 19 years
Up to 25 with a disability
Facilities
Accessible Website

The Virtual School | Buckinghamshire

They have high aspirations for children in care, and support and challenge all those involved in their education through close collaboration across the authority; their team of 20 experienced educational staff work directly with schools, social workers, foster carers and the young person in order to improve their…
Buckinghamshire County CouncilFloor 4New County OfficesAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP20 1UZ

The Virtual School | Buckinghamshire

They have high aspirations for children in care, and support and challenge all those involved in their education through close collaboration across the authority; their team of 20 experienced educational staff work directly with schools, social workers, foster carers and the young person in order to improve their educational achievements.

There are approximately 500 children in care from Buckinghamshire. All of these children will have experienced distress, loss and trauma which may have an effect on their development and education.

Please contact us using the details below if you have any queries or need any further information.  Please note that most members of the team are term time only.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
The Buckinghamshire Virtual School
Telephone
E-mail
thevirtualschool@buckscc.gov.uk
Website
The Virtual School
Parent Organisation
Buckinghamshire Council

Where to go

Name
The Virtual School
Address
Buckinghamshire County Council
Floor 4
New County Offices
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP20 1UZ
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday | 9am to 5pm
Session Information
Please note
some members of the team work term time only

Other Details

Age Ranges
From 5 years and up

BCCN | Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network

Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network (BCCN) aims to provide services to support families and children who have significant additional needs or are considered vulnerable. Through provision of funding for quality flexible home-based childcare our aim is to improve the well being of children and parents/carers. BCCN…
Buckinghamshire

BCCN | Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network

Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network (BCCN) aims to provide services to support families and children who have significant additional needs or are considered vulnerable. Through provision of funding for quality flexible home-based childcare our aim is to improve the well being of children and parents/carers.

BCCN strives to deliver flexible, quality childminding services to an identified client group to meet the needs of those children and young people and their families.  The target client group for our network includes children and young people who are aged from birth to 25 years and who meet specific criteria (BCCN 2) .

     

What is involved in being a BCCN childminder?

You must first hold a full and relevant level 3, or equivalent, qualification in Early Years

  • Having the support of a Network Coordinator and Management group

  • Having opportunities for both personal and professional development

  • Knowing you are making a difference to the lives of children and young people and families who have additional needs

  • Peer to peer support

  • Access to additional resources and training

 

If you would like anymore information about joining the BCCN please contact the team.

Who to contact

Contact Name
The BCCN Team
Telephone
E-mail
bccn@buckscc.gov.uk
Website
Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network
Parent Organisation
Buckinghamshire Council

Where to go

Address
Buckinghamshire
Geographic Area Covered
All of Buckinghamshire

Other Details

Age Ranges
Children and young people who are aged from birth to 25 years and who meet specific criteria (BCCN 2)

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Applications/Referrals can only be made from Professionals

Applications are considered from professionals, both statutory and voluntary, including:

  • Health Visitors
  • Social Workers
  • Children’s Centres
  • Carers Bucks

Referrals are considered against the Early Help Threshold Document which can be found in the downloads section of this page. 

CAMHS Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA)

What is OSCA? Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) is part of the integrated CAMH service for children and young people aged 0 to18 years and their families/carers. The function of OSCA is to ensure that the emotional and mental health needs of children and…
Buckinghamshire

CAMHS Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA)

What is OSCA?

Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) is part of the integrated CAMH service for children and young people aged 0 to18 years and their families/carers. The function of OSCA is to ensure that the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people are appropriately met at the earliest opportunity with the aim of reducing the likelihood of long term mental health problems. The OSCA team specialise in engagement and working intensively with children and young people, they also provide a crisis out of hours service to those in their care.

The service is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team who are able to deliver a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions.

What does OSCA do?

OSCA offer interventions that are individually tailored to the needs of each child, young person or family. These evidence-based interventions can be carried out on an individual, group or family basis. As a service, we will aim to work in familiar settings that are easily accessible such as schools, Family Centres, youth centres, home settings and GP practices. OSCA will also offer consultation and training to universal services to help support the work they do with young people.

How do I refer?

All non-urgent referrals to the range of CAMH services (including OSCA) require completion of a comprehensive referral form by any professional or GP referral form, both can be found on the Trust website under CAMH services.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
oxfordhealth.bucksCAMHSSPA@nhs.net
Website
Buckinghamshire CAMHS

Where to go

Name
Sue Nicholls Centre, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1EG
Address
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday | 8am to 6pm

Other Details

Age Ranges
From birth to 18 years

Clearly Cool Youth Clubs by Clearly Speaking

Every 2 weeks on a Sunday throughout the year.
Clearly Cool Youth Clubs are for children and young people who have or may have, ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome and other related special needs. These youth clubs are open to children and young people who: Have a diagnosis of, or are suspected as having ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome.…
London RoadBuckinghamBuckinghamshireMK18 1AS

Clearly Cool Youth Clubs by Clearly Speaking

Every 2 weeks on a Sunday throughout the year.

Clearly Cool Youth Clubs are for children and young people who have or may have, ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome and other related special needs.

These youth clubs are open to children and young people who:

  • Have a diagnosis of, or are suspected as having ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome.

  • Those with associated special needs or barriers to learning such as:

    • Specific Learning Difficulties.
    • Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
    • Tourette’s Syndrome.
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
    • ADHD and D.A.M.P.
    • And associated behavioural and communication difficulties. 

Children and young people with these special needs or barriers may feel like they do not fit in, or excluded from local clubs or activities at their school. We have worked hard to build a club which meets the needs of all those children and young people.

   

Activities

The activities we run provide discrete care and support to all our members. Clearly Cool Club look like any other youth club or activity days. Our clubs though have fewer participants and a higher number of adult supporters. This allows our specialist and trained staff to support your children and young adults more successfully. This allows them to build friendships and to enjoy their time with us in a safe and supportive environment.

All sessions help to improve social communication skills. Activities and crafts are planned to help all members to have a go with as much independence as possible. Members can also participate together so we can encourage friendships and positive relationships.

The youth clubs allow us to work closely with children and young people in a safe and supportive place. This gives us the opportunity to teach more appropriate social communication skills. We also support young people with peer and family relationship issues. We try to enable them to recognise how their behaviour may cause others to react negatively and how to change their behaviour to gain a more positive response.

   

Our Aim

Our aim is to provide relaxed, fun yet calm environments suiting the needs of the children and young people attending. We are able to set up activities which cater for specific areas of special needs and disabilities. We have a range of sensory equipment and we can offer regular sessions for families to book. Local groups working with children with more severe sensory needs or learning disabilities can also come in and use the centre with the support of our staff and volunteers.

Many of those we work with return to local clubs and activities with increased confidence and social communication skills. They may also feel more included and better able to manage and build new friendships. Our activity clubs are led by our Special Needs Consultant Janet Nicks. Jane is on hand to speak to parents about any worries, concerns or those who need help and support.

  

More Information 

If you would like to find out more please get in touch. Our calendar dates are on our website and Facebook page.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Janet Nicks
Contact Position
Project Director / Special Needs Consultant
Telephone
E-mail
info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk
Website
Clearly Speaking
Parent Organisation
Clearly Speaking | Specialist Children and Family Support Services (Buckingham)

Where to go

Name
Clearly Speaking
Address
London Road
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
MK18 1AS
Venue Notes

Situated between Buckingham Upper School and Swan Leisure Centre. Busses stop directly opposite the centre and to and from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Bicester.
We hold our youth club next door in the youth centre in Buckingham. Parking is provided directly outside and is free on a Sunday. 

Geographic Area Covered
England

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Every 2 weeks on a Sunday throughout the year.
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
You must book places for children and young people 01280 824871
Juniors: 10am to 12 Midday
Seniors: 1pm to 3:30pm

Other Details

Cost Description
  • First Child: £3
  • Second Child: £2.50
  • Third Child: £1.50
  • £1 for any subsequent children
Age Ranges
Junior Activities From Birth to 12 years
Senior Activities From 13 years to 18 years

Clearly Speaking | Specialist Children and Family Support Services (Buckingham)

Clearly Speaking is a support service for families and frontline professionals. The service offers independent and specialist support to families and those with any level of special need and disability, who live in and around Buckinghamshire. The service supports young people aged 0 to 25 and runs groups for…
London RoadBuckinghamBuckinghamshireMK18 1AS

Clearly Speaking | Specialist Children and Family Support Services (Buckingham)

Clearly Speaking is a support service for families and frontline professionals. The service offers independent and specialist support to families and those with any level of special need and disability, who live in and around Buckinghamshire. The service supports young people aged 0 to 25 and runs groups for those over 25. For more information on these groups, visit on our website.

We have over 15 years of experience designing specialist support programmes and interventions. Some programmes are used by other charities and services and others are only for our members. Our local Buckingham Centre provides the privacy to meet with families or young people. The centre also gives us the space and independence to run our services and activity groups on site.

What we do and whom we support

We assess young people and adults who have 'fallen through the net' or are struggling to become independent. This could be because of difficulties with social communication, self-esteem and confidence. We specialise in supporting families who have a members with hidden special needs or disabilities such as:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  • Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Related disorders affecting depression, anxiety, mental health and social communication.

We are working with children and young people who struggle with a wide range of difficult issues. These include

  • Self-harm.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Difficulties remaining on task and feeling positive or accepted.
  • Associated challenging behaviours such as bipolar disorder, psychosis and sensory integration difficulties.

We run individual support sessions and small group meetings providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based intervention. These adapted sessions suit the needs of those attending and have achieved fantastic success. Come and speak to some of those who have already attended and hear their stories.

Support for parents and carers

 

Advice and action plans

Understanding and specialist advice provided by professional volunteers and staff. We will provide you with an action plan to help achieve goals for yourself and your child/children by:

  • Supporting you.
  • Giving you accurate helpful advice and information.
  • Sign-posting you to agencies and services in your local area who can help.
  • Working with you or your family as appropriate.

 

Support attending meeting

We can help you to prepare for meetings, reviews, and understand your child’s entitlements. We can help you prepare for review and planning meetings with schools, colleges, nurseries and social care and health services. If we are available and you feel that an independent supporter would be helpful, we will come with you.

 

Tribunal Cases

We will prepare tribunal cases and translate official reports with you. If appropriate, we will take the lead in making an application for:

  • Higher Tier Funding (HTF).
  • SENDIST Appeals.
  • Education, health and care (EHC) plans.

 

Key Workers and Support to Nurseries and Schools

We provide a key-worker to your family. We also provide specialist advice and support to nurseries and schools. This advice covers hidden special needs and disabilities. In particular those with autism, ADHD, a specific learning difficulty such as, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, and associated mental health difficulties.

 

Confidentiality, Safety and Wellbeing

We work closely with health, social care and education practitioners. Confidentiality is our priority. Approaching Clearly Speaking is private and not shared unless you instruct us to do so.

The safety and wellbeing of children and young people is always our priority. We do all we can to provide them with equal opportunities to achieve their true potential. We aim to remove barriers faced by children and young people with a disability, special need, or mental health difficulty. If we sounds like an organisation that can help you, or if you want to get involved in our work, please contact us. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Janet Nicks
Contact Position
Special Needs Consultant
Telephone
E-mail
info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk
Website
Clearly Speaking

Where to go

Name
Clearly Speaking
Address
London Road
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
MK18 1AS
Venue Notes

We are located between Buckingham Upper School and Swan Leisure Centre. Buses stop across from the centre that go to and from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Bicester. 

Geographic Area Covered
England

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Opening times vary according to bookings, organised sessions and clubs. Booking is essential.
Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30pm to 6pm
Alternative Saturdays and Sundays (please check our events calendar via Facebook)

Other Details

Cost Description

We charge a small amount per activity group to pay for art and craft materials or tuck shop. We encourage those who uses the diagnosis or tribunal services to donate towards costs of paper, ink, Janet's time and travel costs. If you are struggling financially, you may consider volunteering. We will never ask for money towards any services except for our activity groups, where discounts are available to those on benefits, retirees, or those have more than one child attending.

Age Ranges
Junior Activities | Birth to 12 years
Senior Activities | 13 years to 18 years
Adult groups | 18 years and over
Facilities
Disabled Car Parking Space

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Clearly Speaking ensures that all parents, carers, and young people can ‘self-refer' to access all the specialist services for free. We encourage everyone to self-refer by completing our online form or emailing us at: info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk.

Local statutory agencies can also referrer families. These agencies include:

  • GPs.
  • CAMHs.
  • Schools and nurseries.
  • Health and social care services.
  • Youth advisory services.