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Support groups for families and carers of children with SEND

If you care for a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), you can find a support group to meet other parents.

If you would like to add a support group to this list, email local.offer@lewisham.gov.uk.

Lewisham SENDIASS

The Lewisham SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) can give you advice, information and support on all SEND matters. You can also call them on 020 319 2163 or email lewisham@kids.org.uk. 

Special Kids in the UK

Special Kids in the UK is a charity by and for parents of children with SEN. They have a support forum and arrange Special Kids get togethers, where you can meet families in similar situations and make new friends.

YoungMinds

YoungMinds is a leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

If you’re worried about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health, you can contact their parents’ helpline for advice and support.

Autism drop-in

Families can get post-diagnosis support on the first Monday of the month, 10am–12 noon at Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green SE6 4JD.

A family support coordinator from the National Autistic Society will be available to give you information and advice to help you support your autistic child's needs.

Netmums Coffeehouse

Netmums Coffeehouse is an online forum where you can talk to other parents to get advice and support.

Lewisham Autism Support

Families can be referred to Lewisham Autism Support via the Communication Clinic at Kaleidoscope. They offer advice about autism and strategies and services that can support families of children and young people up to the age of 18 with autism. Call 020 8699 3066.

Down’s Friendship and Creativity Group (DFCG)

DFCG is a charity that aims to help families of children with Down’s Syndrome. They offer targeted programmes, activities and residential breaks which help to enhance creativity and hidden talent as well as working to strengthen and improve coordination, communication and listening skills. They also offer presentations and seminars for parents. Call 07930 393942 or email dfcg13@hotmail.com.

Working Families

Working Families aims to help working parents and carers, and their employers, find a better balance between responsibilities at home and in the workplace. Website: www.workingfamilies.org.uk.

Portage Team

Portage is a regular home visits service, working in partnership with parents and the main carers of pre-school children with developmental delay. They work to support the
development of play, communication, relationships and learning, and tailor the strategies to support individual needs of the child and family and multi-agency working. Call 020 7138 1100 (ask to be transferred to the Portage team).

Kaleidoscope drop in - parent and carer's forum

Improve services locally working in partnership with families, the local authority and service providers.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JD

Kaleidoscope drop in - autism support

Get information and advice about where to get help for your child with ASD.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - families with Down Syndrome

With the Down's friendship and creativity group. Their aim is to support children and families of children with Down Syndrome.

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13/05/2019 12:00:00

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

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Free

Kaleidoscope drop in - FIS

Lewisham family and information service offers free and impartial advice to parents and carers about finding childcare, accessing free early education and other family services for 0–25-year-olds.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

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Improve services locally working in partnership with families, the local authority and service providers.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JD

Kaleidoscope drop in - SENDIASS

Get impartial and confidential advice on all matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The aim of SENDIASS is to enable you to make informed decisions.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - autism support

Get information and advice about where to get help for your child with ASD.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - families with Down Syndrome

With the Down's friendship and creativity group. Their aim is to support children and families of children with Down Syndrome.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - Healthwatch

Have your say on health and social care services.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JD

Kaleidoscope drop in - Contact

Information and support for families with children with disabilities.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

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Improve services locally working in partnership with families, the local authority and service providers.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JD

Kaleidoscope drop in - SENDIASS

Get impartial and confidential advice on all matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The aim of SENDIASS is to enable you to make informed decisions.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - autism support

Get information and advice about where to get help for your child with ASD.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - Healthwatch

Have your say on health and social care services.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JD

Kaleidoscope drop in - autism support

Get information and advice about where to get help for your child with ASD.

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03/07/2019 11:00:00

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - families with Down Syndrome

With the Down's friendship and creativity group. Their aim is to support children and families of children with Down Syndrome.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - FIS

Lewisham family and information service offers free and impartial advice to parents and carers about finding childcare, accessing free early education and other family services for 0–25-year-olds.

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08/07/2019 13:00:00

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08/07/2019 15:30:00

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX

Kaleidoscope drop in - Contact

Information and support for families with children with disabilities.

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Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, SE6 4JX