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Cognitive and Learning Including ADHD and Dyslexia

 

ADHD Foundation offers advice and guidance to children with ADHD and parents on how to support children with ADHD

Website:  www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

 

ADHD UK is a charity that offers support and guidance on topics relating to ADHD. They also have support groups

Website: www.adhduk.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/adhdukcharity/

 

Dyslexia Network Plus (DNPlus) is a local association in North Yorkshire to support people with dyslexia, dyslexic type difficulties and other specific difficulties with literacy and numeracy. It is run by volunteers and based in the Hambleton and Richmond area, but is open to anyone in the region who is prepared to travel.

 

Website: http://dyslexianetworkplus.org.uk

Telephone: 0845 22 60 240
Email: Dnplus@aol.com

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust is a collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information about dyslexia

 

Website: www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk.

Email: info@thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk

 

Dyspraxia Foundation is a country wide charity that offers advice, information and support to parents and carers of children with dyspraxia.

Website: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

Telephone (Helpline):  01462 454986
Email: info@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

 

Irlen UK offers support and advice if you or your child has a diagnosis of the perceptual disorder Irlen Syndrome.

Website: www.irlenuk.com

Irlen North East contact:  Celia Stone

Telephone:  0113 219 3653

Verdana Email:  celia@irlennortheast.co.uk

 

Tourettes

Tourettes Action is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families.  They offer online support.

Website: www.tourettes-action.org.uk

 

 

 

Communication and Interaction

Afasic supports parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language.

Website: www.afasic.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 666 9410

The British Stammering Association supports all whose lives are affected by stammering.

Website: www.stammering.org

Telephone: 020 8983 1003
Email: info@stammering.org

 

The Communication Trust - a coalition of more than 50 not-for-profit organisations working together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Website: www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk and www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/localoffer

Telephone: 0207 843 2526
Email: enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

 

ICAN is a children’s communication charity.

Telephone: 020 7843 2510
Email: info@ican.org.uk 
Website: www.ican.org.uk

 

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK; providing leadership and setting professional standards.

Telephone: 020 7378 1200
Email: info@rcslt.org
Website:  www.rcslt.org

 

SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information & Research Association) offers support for families with selectively mute children.

Website: www.smira.org.uk

 

Autism Spectrum Conditions

AWARE  (Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource) is a parent-run group which has been supporting supporting families with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum (formal diagnosis not required) since 1999. The group includes parents, wider family members, and health, education and social care professionals.

Website: www.aware-uk.org/ 

Telephone: 01535 66 1275  

Email:  info@aware-uk.org

 

Autism Angels work with parents and professionals to improve the lives of all children with autism and their families using Equine-Facilitated Coaching.

Website: www.autismangels.co.uk/ 

Telephone: 0113 387 3064

Email: info@autismangels.co.uk

 

Autism Education Trust helps children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential.

Website: www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk 

Telephone: 0207 903 3650  

Email: info@autismeducationtrust.org.uk

 

Bingley and Keighley Autism Parents Group is a Facebook-based support group.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/665682793471183/

 

Café Eden/Big Local monthly Coffee Morning takes place in Keighley College and is for parents of autistic children.

Facebook: www.business.facebook.com/cafe-eden-103572695412480/?fref=nf

 

National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people and their families. Founded in 1962, the NAS is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. 

Website: www.autism.org.uk/   

Telephone: 0808 800 4104   

Email:  autismhelpline@nas.org.uk

 

Education Rights Service: 0808 800 4102

 

Parent-to-Parent Service: 0808 800 4106 (Temporarily closed to new enquiries)

 

National Autistic Society Keighley and District is the local branch of the NAS and offers regular events.

Website: www.keighley@autism.org.uk

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/National-Autistic-Society-Keighley-Bingley-892114954173793/   

Email: keighley@nas.org.uk

 

PDA Society has help and information on Pathological Demand Avoidance, a branch of autism

Website:www.pdasociety.org.uk/ 

 

Sparkle is a support group aimed at parents/carers of children with autism in the Skipton/Craven area (diagnosis not necessary). They also welcome parents/carers of children with any disability, if they feel they may benefit.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sparkle-support-group-Skipton-107609523969649/   

Telephone: 07793 123955

Email: sparkle.skipton@gmail.com

 

Wrose Adventurers is a youth group for young people aged 11-25 years with Asperger’s and high-functioning  autism.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/wroseadventurers/  

Telephone: Helen Durham on 07598 112 037

Email: wroseadventurers@googlemail.com  or helencoordinatorwaa@gmail.com

 

ZigZag Leeds is a support group, run by parents, for parents/carers of children on the Autistic Spectrum, with or without a diagnosis.

Website: www.zigzagautismservices.co.uk 

Telephone:   07981 201 005

Email: zigzagautismservices@gmail.com

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Challenging Behaviour Foundation is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else.

Website: www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk

Telephone: 01634 838739
Email: info@thecbf.org.uk

 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Bradford supports children and young people from pre-school years up to 16 years of age (or up to 18 years of age if still in school) where there are severe and long-standing concerns about emotional well-being and behaviours.

Website: www.bdct.nhs.uk/services/child-adolescent-mental-health-camhs/  Referral needed.
Telephone: Bradford: 01274 723 241    Keighley: 01535 661 531

 

First Response is a mental health helpline is you need urgent help

Telephone (free): 0800 952 1181

 

Healthy Minds Bradford is the single point of access for mental health support in Bradford.

Website: www.healthyminds.services/

 

Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Support includes chatting with counsellors and support from the Kooth community.

Website: www.kooth.com/

 

Mind is a mental health charity.

Website: www.mind.org.uk/

Email:  supporterrelations@mind.org.uk 

Telephone: 0300 1233 393  Text: 86463

 

Ollee is a virtual friend aimed at 8-11-year olds and their parents. It helps families talk about difficult issues.

Website: Ollee – a virtual friend | Parent Zone

Email:  info@parentzone.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7686 7225.

 

Qwell provides help with emotional wellbeing and emerging mental health needs, with support from both professionals and its own community.

Website:www.qwell.io/

 

Safer Space offers a homely place to stay for one night, where friendly, trained staff will help you to make sense of what is going on, so you can handle things more easily in the future. Available seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 10 pm to 10 am.

Website: www.bdct.nhs.uk/services/safer-space-children-young-people/ 

Telephone: (First Response) 01274 221 181

 

Samaritans provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or struggling to cope.

Website: www.samaritans.org/

Telephone: 116 123 for free.

 

Step2 offers a range of services to  young people in schools, community sessions  and through outreach, offering services to young people individually, in groups or in whole class settings.

Website: www.step2.org.uk/

Telephone: 01274 683 118

Email: info@step2.org.uk

 

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk/

Online contact form: youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/parents-helpline-enquiries/ 

Telephone: 0808 802 5544  Young person textline:  text YM to 85258 for free, 24/7 support.

 

Youth in Mind is a partnership of services supporting 11-19 year olds in the Bradford District and Craven who have mild to moderate problems with their social, emotional or mental wellbeing. Referral is via CAMHS or a school   nurse.

Website: www.england.nhs.uk/north/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/05/Youth-in-mind-Bradford.pdf 

Email: info@youth-in-mind.org

Physical Disability, Sensory and Medical Needs

Bradford City Disability FC is a football club specifically for children and young people with disabilities.

Website:www.bradfordcitydfc.co.uk/

Telephone: 07845 568 226 / 07818 515 639  

 

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) is a local charity which aims to provide disabled people with high-quality sport and physical activity, running various clubs and activities across the district every day of the week for more than 400 disabled people.     

Telephone: 01274 437 093

Email:  infor@bdsl.net

 

Bradford Inclusive Disability Service offers a place where children with disabilities and their families can choose from wide range of toys to borrow, can receive guidance and support, and can join a warm and welcoming community for fun and exciting days out!

Email: www.thebradfordtoylibrary.org.uk/ 

Telephone: 01274 365463

 

Caudwell Children provides practical and emotional support to families of disabled children.

Telephone; 0345 300 1348

Website: www.caudwellchildren.com/   

Email: charity@caudwellchildren.com

 

Carers Resource provides support for carers, no matter what their age, race, religion or needs.

Website: www.carersresource.org/ 

Telephone: Skipton 01756 700 888    Shipley 01274 449 660     Leeds 0113 246 8338

 

Cerebra supports children with brain-related conditions. They offer a sleep-help service

Website: www.cerebra.org.uk   

Telephone: 0800 328 1159 

Email: enquiries@cerebra.org,uk

 

Contact is a charity for families with disabled children which supports families with the best possible guidance and information. They have produced a helpful guide, which you can access here:

Website: www.contact.org.uk/   

Telephone: 0808 808 3555 

Email: info@contact.org.uk 

Equality Together Bradford supports disabled people and their families by providing free, impartial, independent and confidential advice to those with complex and continuing health care conditions including but not exclusive to those relating to age, disability, sensory needs, learning disability and mental health issues.

Website: www.equalitytogether.org.uk/  

Telephone: 01274 594173

 

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, they provided 88,407 grants or services worth over £33 million to families across the UK, improving the lives of low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. They provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

Website: www.familyfund.org.uk/  

Telephone: 01904 55 00 55

 

Friends and Family Hub (Part of Thinking Big)  Friends and Family Hubs are for family and friends of people with disabilities. They run monthly group sessions and have an online resource for people who can't make it to meetings. They get together to learn from specialist trainers, guest speakers and each other, with professional advice on hand. Lunch is included. There are three Hubs in Bradford, Keighley and Menston. Friends and Family Hubs are part of Thinking BIG, which runs other projects you may be interested in such as mental health help. 

Website: www.thinkingbiguk.org/  

Email: admin@thinkingbiguk.org  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Thinkingbiguk/

 

IPSEA offers independent legally-based advice, support and training to help get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs. 

Website: www.ipsea.org.uk/  

Telephone: 01799 582030

 

Keighley Additional Needs Support Group  meets every Tuesday term-time only 12-1.30pm Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, BD21 3JD

Email contact sarahwalworth@yahoo.com

 

Lighthouse Futures Trust trains employers to be disability-confident and helps students gain work experience and internships.

Website: www.lighthousefuturestrust.org.uk/about-us/ 

Telephone: 0113 3400 006

Email: info@lighthousefuturestrust.org.uk

 

LS29 Group is a registered charity for families who have children with additional needs who live in the local area. LS29 Group provides a social network for sharing experiences and knowledge with other parents and activities for children and their siblings. They aim to provide opportunities in a safe, inclusive environment, which may not be otherwise available. You don't have to live in LS29 postcode; Addingham, Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston - but most of their events are around this area so would involve travelling here.

Yahoo Group:  ls29groups@yahoo.co.uk  

Telephone: 01943 609 861

 

Local Offer is a way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support are available in our area.

Website: localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/

Telephone: 01274 437 503

 

Migloo is a portable hoisted changing suite and is recognized by the Changing Places charity as a designated mobile Changing Place. It is ideal for leaving the confines of a wheelchair to experience freedom, touch sand, lie on grass, sit in a beanbag and be part of the fun.

Website: www.migloo.co.uk

Telephone: 01386 561464

Email:  sinclair@migloo.co.uk 

 

NatSIP, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

Website: www.natsip.org.uk

 

Parents Forum for Bradford and Airedale (PFBA) works to support parents and carers of children and young people up to 25 years old who have disabilities/additional needs in the Bradford and Airedale district. The Forum works to enable better access to information about services, and to improve channels of communication between services, professionals and parents and carers. They provide opportunities for parents and carers to have a voice in service development and planning. The PFBA holds workshops focusing on particular aspects of disability, for example Education, Health and Care Plans.

Website: www.pfba.org.uk   

Telephone:  01274 397 396

 

Pdnet offers support for professionals in education who promote positive outcomes for children and young people with a physical disability.

Website: www.pdnet.org.uk 

 

POhWER is a charity that provides free advocacy, information and advice services to people who, because of disability, illness, social exclusion and other challenges, find it difficult to express their views or get the support they need.

Website: www.pohwer.net/ 

Telephone: 0300 456 2370

Email: pohwer@pohwer.net

 

Scope Navigate is a national mentoring service, that provides emotional support for parents of disabled children who are finding out about their child’s additional needs. Navigate is a 6-week programme that puts you in touch with a personal adviser, who will help you to talk about your feelings and concerns.

Website: www.scope.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 801 0510 

Email: navigate@scope.org.uk

 

SELFA is based in Skipton and provides a programme of activities for school-aged children including those with special educational needs, emotional/behavioural needs or similar. Referrals can be made by professionals working with a family.

Website: www.selfa.org.uk/ 

Telephone: 01756 706 384

Email: admin@selfa.org.uk

 

SENDIASS is a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service.

Website: www.barnardos.org.uk/bradford-sendiass/information-advice-and-support.htm 

Telephone: 01274 513 300 

Email: BradfordSENDIASS@barnardos.org.uk

 

Sense supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.

Website: www.sense.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 330 9250 

Email: info@sense.org.uk

 

Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group North East England

This group offers support, advice, networking, meetings, education and strategies for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), all of whom have either ASD, DCD (Dyspraxia), ADHD or SPD. They are affiliated with the Sensory Processing Foundation in the USA and with Tree Tops Children's Occupational Therapy in Newton Aycliffe.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/spdpsg

 

Shipley SEN Parenting Network offers Facebook-based parent-to-parent support

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/groups/422025851557847/

 

SIBS supports siblings growing up with or who have grown up with a sibling with a disability or lifelong condition.

Website: www.sibs.org.uk/ 

Telephone; 01535 645 453

Email: info@sibs.org.uk

 

SNOOP (Special Needs Objective Outreach Project) offers a wide range of play and care activities for additional needs, including a holiday club.

Website: http://www.snoopcharity.org/about/ 

Telephone: 01274 292 126

Email: 2carols@snoopcharity.org

 

Sunbeams is a parent-run support group for parents and carers of children with disabilities and special needs in the Keighley and Craven areas.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sunbeamsupportkeighley/ 

Telephone: 0845 034 9408 

 

The Advocacy People help anybody who need independent support to speak up.

Website: www.theadvocacypeople.org.uk/

Telephone:  0330 440 9000

 

VoiceAbility support people to be heard in decisions about their health, care and wellbeing.

Website:  www.voiceability.org/

Telephone:  0300 303 1660

 

West Yorkshire CANN offers resources, ideas and opportunities for families and carers.

Website: www,westyorkshirecann.org/

 

Whizz Kidz offers beginner, intermediate or advanced Wheelchair Skills Training programmes across four age ranges: ages two to seven, ages eight to 14, ages 15 to 18 and ages 19 to 25. Each Wheelchair Skills Training Programme can also be adapted to meet the specific needs of the young people who attend.

 

Website: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk.

Telephone: 07833 566470 

Email: info@whizz-kidz.org.uk

Hearing Impairment

British Association of Educational Audiologists provides support for all hearing impaired children.

Website: www.educational-audiologists.org.uk/a_jstallard_1.php

Email: HMaiden@exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) the National Deaf Children's Society is a national charity offering free information and support to families with a deaf child.

Website: www.ndcs.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 8880
Email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk

Visual Impairment

Blind Children UK is the leading charity for children and young people with sight loss.

Website: www.blindchildrenuk.org

Telephone: 0800 781 1444
Email: services@blindchildrenuk.org

Help for Adults with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities

KeyRing North Yorkshire self-advocacy service supports people with a learning disability and/or autistic people to speak out about things that are important to them and make changes happen.

Website: www.keyring.org/keyring-yorkshire-and-humber/self-advocacy-service 

Telephone: 020 3119 0960  

Email: enquiries@keyring.org

 

Leeds Autism AIM is a free service for autistic adults in the Leeds area who receive little or no funded support. They offer three main services – advocacy, information and mentoring.

Website: www.leedsautismaim.org.uk/

Telephone: 0113 244 0606

Email: leedsautismaim@advonet.org.uk

 

People First Keighley & Craven is a self-advocacy group run by, and for, adults with learning disabilities. They hold events and provide support.

Website: www.peoplefirstkc.com 

Telephone: 01535 607222

Email: admin@peoplefirstkc.com

 

Specialist Autism Services (SAS) works for and with adults (18+) with autism and their families. They are a non-profit organisation working with the charity Sacar to provide autism specific services across the Yorkshire region. 

Website: www.specialistautismservices.org/ 

Telephone: 01274 789 789

Email: info@specialistautismservices.org