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Below is a selection of groups and organisations operating in the local area that provide services and support to children, young people and adults.
YMCA East Surrey is a community focused charity that offers recreational programmes and services for all ages. Its wide range of projects and activities include after school and holiday clubs, SEND monitoring, parent befriending and a whole host of fitness fun.
Established in 2008 by parent-carers, Reaching Families aims to empower, inform and support parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Support comes in the form of guides, ebooks, training, a peer-based befriending service and much more.
The West Sussex Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities. Events range from support groups and workshops to drop-ins and experience sharing, with new ones added regularly.
Offering services including counselling and access to relaxation therapies as well as a Carer Wellbeing fund, Support Groups and Carer Response Line, Carers Support knows how important that carers look after themselves as well as those they support. It runs more than 60 support groups across West Sussex every month, catering for all types of caring situation.
Welcoming the parents and carers of children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum or with other social communication difficulties, Autism Support Crawley holds regular meet ups and social events for members. A closed Facebook group offers additional support and the organisation is also actively involved in raising awareness of Autism.
West Sussex SENDIAS (SEND Information, Advice and Support) Service provides information, advice and support to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and to their parent carers
Operating across the south-east of England, Aspens offers personalised support to children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities and complex needs, as well as those on the autism spectrum, helping them to learn new skills, live life to the full and contribute to society wherever possible.
Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. It represents the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings. Services include peer support networks, workshops, guides and online support groups.
Springboard focuses on supporting disabled children, young people and their families, helping all members reach their full potential. Two membership options are available, the first is for families with young children who can stay and play in Springboard’s centre. The second is a programme of activities for children and young people with additional needs during evenings, weekends and holidays.
We help families across the UK who are raising a child or young person with a disability or a serious illness.
Our grants for essential items help ease the additional pressures that families face and increase their quality of life. See whether your family could apply for a grant from the Family Fund.
Visit your West Sussex County Council website to see what local children and family centre are close to you, a place where children can make friends and learn as they play.