National resources and charities

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National Resources

  • New Life Charity: If your child or young person is under 19, is a permanent resident in the UK and has a significant disability that affects their daily life, including a life threatening, limiting or terminal illness, New Life charity could provide them with an emergency specialist equipment loan which includes car seats, buggies and sensory toys.
  • Young Minds offers information for children and young people, parents and professionals about CAMHS, how to look after yourself and what to do if you're worried about a young person.
  • NSPCC: the UK's leading children's charity, offering support for children or those concerned about them.

  • Child Line offer support and guidance to help children make decisions that are right for them, helping them feel more in control.

  • Cerebra is a national charity dedicated to helping children with brain conditions and their families discover a better life together.

  • National Autistic Society (NAS) is a charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. They provide support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

  • The British Dyslexia Association describe themselves as the voice of dyslexic people, aiming to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential. They also provide advice on their website.

  • The Dyspraxia Foundation offers advice and support for people with dyspraxia. It seeks every opportunity to increase understanding of Dyspraxia, particularly among professionals in health and education and encourages its local groups to do the same. It continues to encourage the smaller local groups to thrive and develop their own ideas and to distribute information and fund raise for themselves.

  • The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is the national Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) charity for the UK, and the largest user-led ADHD charity in Europe. Working in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers, government and other agencies, the ADHD Foundation actively promotes a strength-based approach to living successfully with ADHD and other 'neurodiverse minds', such as, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism spectrum, dyscalculia and Tourette's syndrome.

  • The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK's leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. They recognise everyone's unique experience of sight loss and focus on giving those with sight loss the help, support and tools they need to realise their aspirations.

  • The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), the UK's leading charity for deaf children. They offer expert support on childhood deafness, raise awareness and campaign for deaf children's rights so they have the same opportunities as everyone else, no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.

  • ERIC, The Children's Bowel and Bladder Charity, want to ensure that every child and teenager with a bowel or bladder condition can access support and live free from embarrassment, shame, isolation and fear.

  • In Car Safety Centre has worked with charities over the years to help provide support to families, through advice and emotional support or through funding. They work with those of all ages and abilities to hopefully make everything a little easier for families. They have a list of charities on their website that provide grants and specialist equipment e.g. specialist car seats.

  • Kidz to Adultz South runs conferences and events for vulnerable children and young adults, their carers and the health professionals who support them. Their events have seminars and over 100+ exhibitors offering free advice and information on topics such as funding, mobility, seating, beds, communication and legal matters.

Useful Apps to download

  • MoodKit: an iOS app that offers CBT approaches to improve mood and wellbeing.

  • Calm Harm: a free app for those worried about self harm, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

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