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Where to go for Help
Finding the organisations and people that can support you and your family can take some effort. Together with parent carers in Surrey, we have created this guide to help you find your way around some of the best-trodden paths.
Advocacy in Surrey: Advocacy to support individuals, carers, young carers, through any stage of a Care Assessment, Support Plan and/or Review including Safeguarding. Also includes Prison Advocacy and non instructed Advocacy.
Citizens Advice: provides free, confidential advice on everything from employment rights and benefit entitlements to family and social care services
East Surrey Carers Support Association: we must advise you that East Surrey Carers Support Association has now ceased trading. This is a link to their Facebook page with a list of organisations that might be useful to you.
IPSEA: offers free independent legally-based advice and support to help get the right education for SEND children.
Local Offer: your one-stop-shop for all things SEND. Find information ranging from childcare to leisure opportunities to events in your local area, and talk to other parents and carers through an online forum which suits your need.
Special Help 4 Special Needs: Mark Brown provides practical support and advice to families to help them understand their child with additional needs.
Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity: offers consultations, assessments, tuition and other support to children and adults with dyslexia and other SpLDs. Financial help is available so that everyone who needs support can access it.
Contact a Family: Call 0808 808 3555 free for advice about any aspect of caring for a disabled child. Open Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 5pm.
Mental Health Foundation: Their vision is for a world with good mental health for all. With prevention at the heart of what they do, they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive. They will drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.
John Ede Trust: based near Dorking, gives financial assistance to people with learning disabilities and their families.
Starburst Foundation: accepts applications for specific items for children with additional needs up to age 18. Starburst orders and pays for items direct and arranges delivery to you. Covers certain areas around the Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire borders.
Challengers: providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people, with play & youth centres in Guildford and Farnham, and community based projects across Surrey.
Cherry Trees: offers short break respite care for children and young people up to age 19 with learning and physical disabilities, and sensory impairments.
Crossroads: offers a range of support services, including respite, to families.
Dad Matters: Dad Matters Surrey exists to support dads to have the best possible relationship with their families. The Dad Matters staff provide 1:1 peer support to dads, to help build their confidence with forming a close bond with their baby; signpost and support dads to access services and information to help make sense of being a dad; and support dads with anxiety, stress and mental health awareness.