Here are a selection of websites that you might find useful for additional information and online resources.
- This guide sets out the main points of the Code of Practice and explains the procedures to parents and carers.
- This website provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people. The AET manages online resources for children and young people. ‘The Kids Zone’ provides younger children with information, advice and games and ‘The Den’ is an interactive area for teenagers on the spectrum featuring personal experience films, ask the expert films , games and quizzes.
- Find and share new ideas through Network Autism by forging links in an online community.
- The NAS is a charity for people with autism (including Asperger’s) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services and they campaign for a better world for people with ASC.
- The local NAS meet at 10.30am to 12,30pm on the second Friday of the month. • Address: St Joseph’s Church, Devonport, Plymouth • Telephone: 07435 970301
- Cerebra support children up to 16 years with neurodevelopmental disorders and conditions, their parents, carers and professional practitioners.
- Help children (aged 6 months to 18 years) with conditions affecting their social, communication and learning abilities to achieve their potential for a happier and more fulfilled life.
- Friends and Families of Special Children is run by a team of professionals that come from a range of backgrounds including social work, youth work and counselling. The group organise family activity days during all school holidays for all the family to attend and have fun together. The days run 10am to 1pm at Hannah’s Hub at Dame Hannah Rogers School, Ivybridge. Sessions include use of hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms, soft play area, crafts, cookery and more. • Telephone: 01752 204369
Autism Spectrum Condition Support Group
A group of parents and carers of children with ASC who meet for a social chat and organised activities. They meet regularly on a Thursday at 10am.
- Address: Hamoaze House, Mount Wise, Devonport, Plymouth
- Telephone: 01752 566100
The A Team
This is a local parent/carer support group. It is well attended by parents of primary and secondary schools, from both mainstream and special schools. They meet on the first Friday of every month. The A Team organise extra activities in the evenings and weekends such as trips to Woodlands or swimming sessions. The group is run by one of the parents.
- Address: Virginia House Centre, Peacock Lane, Palace Street, Plymouth PL1 2AY
- Telephone: 01752 568315
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.
PIAS provides parents, carers of children and young people with SEND and also the children and young people independently with:
- support at meetings
- support around education and training issues.
Plymouth Parent Carer Voice
The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV) brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth.
PPCV is Plymouth’s official parent carer forum. They are a group of volunteer parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Together they work in partnership with the local authority, to help shape and improve the range of services in education, health and social care for families in the Plymouth area.
Parent Carer Forums like PPCV are run by volunteers and funded with a grant from the Department for Education (DfE). They receive this and other forms of support from ‘Contact’, who work in partnership with the DfE. They are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) from whom they receive regular guidance and support.
Simply Counselling is a Community Interest Company established in 2006 to offer affordable quality counselling for everyone living and working in Plymouth and its surrounds. Starting in the police cells in Devonport Guildhall we have grown and expanded. We now have over 30 counsellors and are based in premises in Stoke Village.
Simply Counselling has a sliding scale of fees based on household income, which are regularly reviewed.
Children from Plymouth and the immediate surrounding area are put in touch with Jeremiahs Journey for support when they have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special. This is often a call into the charity’s first Steps Advisory line. Jeremiahs Journey usually begin with a conversation with each family. For some this might offer enough reassurance or ideas to help. Where a family would like more, then an initial home visit is usually offered so that Jeremiahs Journey can hear how things have been and decide together, how Jeremiahs Journey can be of most help.
Livewell have resources for parents on:
- Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
- Mental health in young people.
- Bowel and bladder health for all children and teenagers.
- Speech and language.
- The first stop for information on children’s communication.
- Change 4 Life.
- Mental health, wellbeing and resilience for your whole school.
- Routine immunisation schedule.
- Drug and alcohol information.
- Smoking advice.
- Children’s sleep.