Useful web links

Counselling Directory
A huge support network enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs
Dorset Parent-Carer Council
 
Gillingham Parent Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month 1.30-3pm
Gillingham Children’s Centre
Contact Kirsty 01747 823562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bridport ASD and ADHD Support Group
Every other Wednesday 6.30-8.30
Bridport Children’s Centre
Contact Emma 01308 458554 /Tasha 07969608268
Yeovil Parent Support Group
3rd Wednesday of each month
Fairmead School, Mudford Raod, Yeovil BA21 4NZ
Contact Steve Coles 01935 421295
Blandford Opportunities Group
Parent Support (1 Saturday a month tba)
Williams Opportunity Hall, Whitecliff Gardens, Blandford, DT11 7BU
Contact; Louise Anning This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01258456187
ASD Parent Support Group group for parents and carers of people with ASD in Dorset. Holds bi-weekly meetings in Bournemouth during the daytime. Provides support, cascading and a chance to chat with fellow carers, and guest speakers are arranged. Memberships is free. Further groups are being held in Shaftesbury and Crewkerene. Contact Neil Eaton, Disability Wessex, 01202 312 085 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AS-UR www.As-u-r.org– Supporting Parents & Carers of children with Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and other Developmental Disorders; also include Face2Face and PoPPs, this group meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at Quay Advice Centre, 18 Hill Street, Poole. Contact 01202 676396 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Artz + and Sportz + http://www.eastdorsetarts.org/artzplus/ School holiday arts and sports events for children with additional needs and their families. Info Line: (01305) 252250 Funded and supported by: West Dorset DC, East Dorset DC, The National Lottery, Dorset County Council, Dorset Short Breaks Transformation, Dorset NHS Primary Care Trust, Active Dorset, East Dorset Mencap.
Coping with CHAOS -(Children’s Helpers And Other Support) are a small registered charity supporting families caring for a child/children or young person with a disability or special educational need.  They provide services for families living in East & West Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
The Families Centre, Bond Avenue, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0LL
01202 855105 email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hip Bones – Club for young people with physical or learning needs
Alternate Saturdays at Gillingham Youth & Community Centre,
The Cottage, Cemetery Road, Gillingham, SP8 4AZ 01747 822267 / 822464
Enigma Youth Club -for young people on the autistic spectrum and their friends
Sundays from 4pm Dorchester Youth Club, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester.
Contact Sarah on 01305 757378 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A-Stars – club for families with a child with an ASD/Aspergers diagnosis.
Saturday mornings Asperger's Base at Budmouth Technology College, Chickerell Road, Weymouth view map every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Outreach for advice re Carers Allowance etc contact Sarah on 01305 757378 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AS-UR www.As-u-r.org– Supporting Parents & Carers of children with Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and other Developmental Disorders; meet every 2nd Thursday of the months at Quay Advice Centre, 18 Hill Street, Poole. Contact 01202 676396 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Wessex Autistic Society (TWAS)
CARDS – Children with Autism Respite and Development Service. All referrals should be made to: Catherine Greaves, The CARDS Manager, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BP 01202 577754 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This service seeks to provide practical support to families with a child on the autism spectrum and/or a learning/developmental disability to maintain the child within the family and enhance the whole family’s quality of life. With focus on the individual child and his/her family, the service can provide: Respite care in the family home or out within the local community, Strategies and support in behaviour management for the family and/or other agencies, Holiday play schemes.
Referrals to the service require the support of a social services, education or health representative, unless a family wishes to pay privately for the service.
Disability Wessex
ASD Information and Advice Service – in partnership with TWAS and Disability Wessex 01202 312085
National Autistic Society (NAS)
Autism Helpline 0845 0704004
Parent to Parent Line 0800 9520520
Advocacy in Education 08450704002
Service for professionals 020 79033599
Signpost – for advice and information about your child’s ASD and useful resources
NAS Early Birds
Early Bird, Early Bird Plus and Cygnets are currently run through;
Yewstock School; Sturminster Newton 01258 472796
Westfield Technology College; Weymouth 01305833518
Dorset Parent Support Adviser Service Contactable through your child’s school. Barnardo’s, 3a Poundbury Business Centre, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3WA.
 
Wessex Mediation Wessex Mediation provides a Mediation Service specifically for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
Parent to Parent www.face2facenetwork.org.uk offers the chance for parents to have a “befriender” who is also a parent who has been in a similar position with a child. Parent beefrienders have been throughout nationally recognised training scheme and are CRB checked. Contact Chris Faulder 01202 699490
Parent Partnership Service. Dorset County Council. South/West Dorset Information and support on Special Educational Needs. 01305 250766 Can order a copy of ‘Special Educational Needs’ Information for Parents/Carers, Dorset County Council.
 
Dorset Advocacy Dorset Advocacy began work in 1993. It creates advocacy partnerships with people who have learning difficulties, including those with ASD. The organisation provides long-term (citizen) and issues-based advocacy. Dorset Advocacy also hosts SPAN, a project for parents with learning difficulties, and Lawlink, a scheme in which people with learning difficulties train law providers in disability awareness. Full postcode for this service is DT1 3AE.
 
Carers association Dorchester Offers information and emotional support to all carers of children with special needs. Miss V Parker 01305 848374
Carers Link in Dorset Free information and support to all carers. 01305 251191 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dorset CAPS (Carers and Parents Share) Offers parents and carers of children and young peole with disabilities or special needs friendship, support and information. Monthly meetings at different locations Kiz Wilkinson 01929 550721 / 01305 781919
 
Dorset Scope www.dorset-scope.org.uk Education, care and support of people with physical or learning disabilities, even into adulthood. 01202 718266.
Hadleigh Practice Carers Group Meets 1st Thursday of the month, in the Village Hall; Corfe Mullen 2.30-4pm 01202 679384
Rainbow Parents Group Supporting Families who care for a child with any kind of special need. Poole Liz Silk 01202 679384
Hope Group that meets in different venues in Christchurch. Open to parents and carers of children and young people with special needs. Tina Potter 01425 271417 / Mel Harvey 01202 476388
LEAF (Listening Ears at Ferndown) Open to all parents and cares of children and young people with special needs.01202 877445
Contact a Family www.cafamily.org.uk / 08088083555. A charitable organisation helping families who care for children with any disability or special need. Provides support, contacts and liking between families.
Parentline 01702559990. A national helpline run by parents, aims to help anyone caring for children and finding it difficult to cope or just needing someone to listen.
Challenging Behaviour Foundation www.thecbf.org.uk / 01634838739 Provide support and information to parents of children with severe learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour. They run parents’ email network and family linking scheme.
MENCAP www.mencap.org.uk 0808 808 1111
Provide advice and information for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. They have a ‘signposting’ service.
 
AFASIC www.afasic.org.uk / www.talkingpoint.org.ukSupport information and meeting for parents and professionals involved with children who have speech and language problems 0845 3555577
 
The Samaritans Always there 24 hours a day, to offer confidential emotional support.
National 0345 909090 Bournemouth 01202 551999 Salisbury 01722 323355 Weymouth 01305 771777
 
Information on relevant benefits entitlement
ie; Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Mobility Allowance.
Disability Benefit Enquiry Line 0800882200
The CAF is a common process which enables practitioners to make an assessment and act on the result, using a standard form to record the assessment and where appropriate, share with others. It covers all aspects that affect a child's development - health, education and social development through to housing and family relationships. CAF is the only assessment that can be used by practitioners in all agencies in England that deliver services to children and young people. You can speak to your child’s school or health professional about completing a CAF.
Publisher specialising in books about ASD www.jkp.com
 
OAASIS Advice and information leaflets etc
 
Autism Help Useful website for strategies and advice
 
Social Stories A Social Story is a short description of a particular situation, event or activity, which includes specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. They can provide an individual with some idea of how others might respond in a particular situation and therefore provide a framework for appropriate behaviour. Social Stories also enable others to see things from the perspective of the individual with ASD and why the person may appear to respond or behave in a particular way.
www.do2learn.com Downloadable pictures to help with visual timetables and much more.
www.setbc.org/pictureset/ Downloadable visual communication tools.
 
 
DCFCT http://www.dcfct.org/ The Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust offers information, advice and guidance and commissions counselling services for children, adolescents and families where there are emotional, . Referrals through GP or other professionals.
Gillingham Parent Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month 1.30-3pm
Gillingham Children’s Centre
Contact Kirsty 01747 823562 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bridport ASD and ADHD Support Group
Every other Wednesday 6.30-8.30
Bridport Children’s Centre
Contact Emma 01308 458554 /Tasha 07969608268
Yeovil Parent Support Group
3rd Wednesday of each month
Fairmead School, Mudford Raod, Yeovil BA21 4NZ
Contact Steve Coles 01935 421295
Blandford Opportunities Group
Parent Support (1 Saturday a month tba)
Williams Opportunity Hall, Whitecliff Gardens, Blandford, DT11 7BU
Contact; Louise Anning This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01258456187
ASD Parent Support Group group for parents and carers of people with ASD in Dorset. Holds bi-weekly meetings in Bournemouth during the daytime. Provides support, cascading and a chance to chat with fellow carers, and guest speakers are arranged. Memberships is free. Further groups are being held in Shaftesbury and Crewkerene. Contact Neil Eaton, Disability Wessex, 01202 312 085 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AS-UR www.As-u-r.org– Supporting Parents & Carers of children with Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and other Developmental Disorders; also include Face2Face and PoPPs, this group meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at Quay Advice Centre, 18 Hill Street, Poole. Contact 01202 676396 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Artz + and Sportz + http://www.eastdorsetarts.org/artzplus/ School holiday arts and sports events for children with additional needs and their families. Info Line: (01305) 252250 Funded and supported by: West Dorset DC, East Dorset DC, The National Lottery, Dorset County Council, Dorset Short Breaks Transformation, Dorset NHS Primary Care Trust, Active Dorset, East Dorset Mencap.
Coping with CHAOS -(Children’s Helpers And Other Support) are a small registered charity supporting families caring for a child/children or young person with a disability or special educational need.  They provide services for families living in East & West Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
The Families Centre, Bond Avenue, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0LL
01202 855105 email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hip Bones – Club for young people with physical or learning needs
Alternate Saturdays at Gillingham Youth & Community Centre,
The Cottage, Cemetery Road, Gillingham, SP8 4AZ 01747 822267 / 822464
Enigma Youth Club -for young people on the autistic spectrum and their friends
Sundays from 4pm Dorchester Youth Club, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester.
Contact Sarah on 01305 757378 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A-Stars – club for families with a child with an ASD/Aspergers diagnosis.
Saturday mornings Asperger's Base at Budmouth Technology College, Chickerell Road, Weymouth view map every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Outreach for advice re Carers Allowance etc contact Sarah on 01305 757378 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AS-UR www.As-u-r.org– Supporting Parents & Carers of children with Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and other Developmental Disorders; meet every 2nd Thursday of the months at Quay Advice Centre, 18 Hill Street, Poole. Contact 01202 676396 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Wessex Autistic Society (TWAS)
CARDS – Children with Autism Respite and Development Service. All referrals should be made to: Catherine Greaves, The CARDS Manager, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BP 01202 577754 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This service seeks to provide practical support to families with a child on the autism spectrum and/or a learning/developmental disability to maintain the child within the family and enhance the whole family’s quality of life. With focus on the individual child and his/her family, the service can provide: Respite care in the family home or out within the local community, Strategies and support in behaviour management for the family and/or other agencies, Holiday play schemes.
Referrals to the service require the support of a social services, education or health representative, unless a family wishes to pay privately for the service.
Disability Wessex
ASD Information and Advice Service – in partnership with TWAS and Disability Wessex 01202 312085
National Autistic Society (NAS)
Autism Helpline 0845 0704004
Parent to Parent Line 0800 9520520
Advocacy in Education 08450704002
Service for professionals 020 79033599
Signpost – for advice and information about your child’s ASD and useful resources
NAS Early Birds
Early Bird, Early Bird Plus and Cygnets are currently run through;
Yewstock School; Sturminster Newton 01258 472796
Westfield Technology College; Weymouth 01305833518
Dorset Parent Support Adviser Service Contactable through your child’s school. Barnardo’s, 3a Poundbury Business Centre, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3WA.
 
Wessex Mediation Wessex Mediation provides a Mediation Service specifically for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
Parent to Parent www.face2facenetwork.org.uk offers the chance for parents to have a “befriender” who is also a parent who has been in a similar position with a child. Parent beefrienders have been throughout nationally recognised training scheme and are CRB checked. Contact Chris Faulder 01202 699490
Parent Partnership Service. Dorset County Council. South/West Dorset Information and support on Special Educational Needs. 01305 250766 Can order a copy of ‘Special Educational Needs’ Information for Parents/Carers, Dorset County Council.
 
Dorset Advocacy Dorset Advocacy began work in 1993. It creates advocacy partnerships with people who have learning difficulties, including those with ASD. The organisation provides long-term (citizen) and issues-based advocacy. Dorset Advocacy also hosts SPAN, a project for parents with learning difficulties, and Lawlink, a scheme in which people with learning difficulties train law providers in disability awareness. Full postcode for this service is DT1 3AE.
 
Carers association Dorchester Offers information and emotional support to all carers of children with special needs. Miss V Parker 01305 848374
Carers Link in Dorset Free information and support to all carers. 01305 251191 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dorset CAPS (Carers and Parents Share) Offers parents and carers of children and young peole with disabilities or special needs friendship, support and information. Monthly meetings at different locations Kiz Wilkinson 01929 550721 / 01305 781919
 
Dorset Scope www.dorset-scope.org.uk Education, care and support of people with physical or learning disabilities, even into adulthood. 01202 718266.
Hadleigh Practice Carers Group Meets 1st Thursday of the month, in the Village Hall; Corfe Mullen 2.30-4pm 01202 679384
Rainbow Parents Group Supporting Families who care for a child with any kind of special need. Poole Liz Silk 01202 679384
Hope Group that meets in different venues in Christchurch. Open to parents and carers of children and young people with special needs. Tina Potter 01425 271417 / Mel Harvey 01202 476388
LEAF (Listening Ears at Ferndown) Open to all parents and cares of children and young people with special needs.01202 877445
Contact a Family www.cafamily.org.uk / 08088083555. A charitable organisation helping families who care for children with any disability or special need. Provides support, contacts and liking between families.
Parentline 01702559990. A national helpline run by parents, aims to help anyone caring for children and finding it difficult to cope or just needing someone to listen.
Challenging Behaviour Foundation www.thecbf.org.uk / 01634838739 Provide support and information to parents of children with severe learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour. They run parents’ email network and family linking scheme.
MENCAP www.mencap.org.uk 0808 808 1111
Provide advice and information for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. They have a ‘signposting’ service.
 
AFASIC www.afasic.org.uk / www.talkingpoint.org.ukSupport information and meeting for parents and professionals involved with children who have speech and language problems 0845 3555577
 
The Samaritans Always there 24 hours a day, to offer confidential emotional support.
National 0345 909090 Bournemouth 01202 551999 Salisbury 01722 323355 Weymouth 01305 771777
 
Information on relevant benefits entitlement
ie; Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Mobility Allowance.
Disability Benefit Enquiry Line 0800882200
Outreach for advice re Carers Allowance etc contact Sarah on 01305 757378 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or contact your local citizens advice bureau http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
 
Direct Payments
Dorset Direct Payments Advisory Service 01935 842042
Or see Wessex Disability website / call 01202 312085
Carers Assessments - contactyour local Social Care office
also see http://www.disabilitywessex.org.uk Carers Right to an assessment.
Social Care Local Offices
Bridport 01308 422234
Christchurch 01202 474106
Ferndown 01202 877445
North Dorset 01258 472652
Weymouth/ Portland 01305 760139
Dorchester 01305 221414
Purbeck 01929 553456
Bournemouth 01202 458102
Poole 01202 735046
Children Who Are Disabled; Dorchester / Ferndown
 
Every Disabled Child Matters www.edcm.org.uk/Page.asp
EDCM is a campaign by four leading organisations working with disabled children and their families – Contact a Family, Council for Disabled Children (CDC), Mencap and the Special Educational Consortium (SEC). We will challenge politicians and policy-makers to make good on the Government’s commitment that every child matters.
Common Assessment Framework (CAF) The Common Assessment Framework is a standardised assessment designed to get a complete picture of a child's additional needs at an early stage.
The CAF is a common process which enables practitioners to make an assessment and act on the result, using a standard form to record the assessment and where appropriate, share with others. It covers all aspects that affect a child's development - health, education and social development through to housing and family relationships. CAF is the only assessment that can be used by practitioners in all agencies in England that deliver services to children and young people. You can speak to your child’s school or health professional about completing a CAF.
Publisher specialising in books about ASD www.jkp.com
 
OAASIS Advice and information leaflets etc
 
Autism Help Useful website for strategies and advice
 
Social Stories A Social Story is a short description of a particular situation, event or activity, which includes specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. They can provide an individual with some idea of how others might respond in a particular situation and therefore provide a framework for appropriate behaviour. Social Stories also enable others to see things from the perspective of the individual with ASD and why the person may appear to respond or behave in a particular way.
www.do2learn.com Downloadable pictures to help with visual timetables and much more.
www.setbc.org/pictureset/ Downloadable visual communication tools.
 
 
DCFCT http://www.dcfct.org/
The Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust offers information, advice and guidance and commissions counselling services for children, adolescents and families where there are emotional, behavioural or other mental health problems. Referrals through GP or other professionals.
ERIC www.eric.org.uk Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence. Helpline 8453708008
 
behavioural or other mental health problems
ERIC www.eric.org.uk Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence. Helpline 8453708008