Other Help and Support
The Families First portal is a directory of organisations, services and groups in Hertfordshire that can help you with problems you or your family may be facing, before things might get worse. This is known as 'Early Help'. You may not want or need to ask for help from a professional and there's lots of support you can find yourself by looking on the portal.
A link to the Primary Times website; great ideas for things to do in the holidays and some discount vouchers for attractions too!
The National Autistic Society - for information, advice and support.
Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. Their vision is that families with disabled children are empowered to live the lives they want and achieve their full potential, for themselves, for the communities they live in, and for society.
The Family Fund is the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. The Family Fund aims to ease the additional pressures families face by providing help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing and will also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.
The Council for Disabled Children - Useful information for parents and children from a specialist SEN charity.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols. Check out the free resources available from the online Makaton Shop!
Information from the Department for Education website.
Advice on keeping children safe online:
See NSPCC Share Aware attachment below.
Families in Focus help families with children with additional needs in Herts through parenting courses and support. Check the website regularly for information on upcoming courses and read the attached leaflets below for more information and Parent Network dates.
The KIDS HUB offer information and support for parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 0-19 in Hertfordshire.
Inspiring progress CIC
A Watford based company that is focussed on improving social communication difficulties in children and adults.
Beezee bodies run lots of workshops and programmes to help improve the health and fitness of your family. Visit the website for more information on programmes running near you.
ERIC is a national registered charity providing support and information to children, teenagers, parents, carers and health professionals on toilet training, bedwetting, daytime wetting, soiling and constipation. ERIC has a series of information leaflets available to download from the ERIC website:
Family Lives aims to support parents with any difficulties that they may be experiencing with their children.
The Family Lives helpline is run by parent volunteers who have been trained to listen. This may be all the support that is needed. If further support is necessary they also run parenting sessions and workshops and operate a referral system.