There are a variety of local and national organisations and schemes that can provide support for children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.
This support can range from advice about special education needs and disabilities to special funds that children, young people and their parents can apply to for family holidays.
There are also advocacy organisations listed.
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A family hub is a place where children, young people and their families can go when in need of help and support.
The people working in the family hub will work in partnership with you and your community.
They will help you find and get help from different services in the area and will be able to give you information, advice and support.
There are 8 Family Hubs in Coventry.
Scope is a disability equality charity.
Their aim is to have a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness.
They are a strong community of disabled people and non-disabled people with a shared vision of equality.
They provide practical advice and emotional support whenever people need it most. They do this through our Scope helpline, their online community, a range of employment services, community engagement programmes, and more.
Their helpline provides information, advice and support on disability issues.
They provide free, independent and impartial information and support on issues that matter to disabled people and their families.
Please visit the Scope website for more information
0808 800 3333 (Helpline)
Autism West Midlands are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum.
They use their expertise to enrich the lives of autistic people and those who love and care for them. Their passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support.
They support autistic people to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home
A world where autistic people are universally understood and accepted as equal citizens.
To provide specialist support and advice to autistic people of all ages and their families living in the West Midlands, enabling them to meet their full potential.
Fore more information please visit the Autism West Midlands website.
Many carers worry about what would happen to the person they care for if they were involved in an emergency situation, suddenly taken ill or prevented from looking after the person they care for.
The Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service (CRESS) is a membership scheme set up to provide an emergency support plan, giving carers peace of mind that the person they care for is well looked after in their absence. We take into account the views and wishes of those carers using this service and are sensitive to the needs of people from all backgrounds.
Fore more information, please visit the CRESS website.
Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
Family Fund believes that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same choices, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as other families.
Family Fund supports this aim by providing grants for essential items such as kitchen appliances, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets/computers, furniture and clothing.
It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.
Family Fund also provides a range of programmes and services, as well as information and advice to families that apply to them, in order to help them access more of the support that may be of help to them in raising their child or young person.
For more information, please visit the Family Fund Website
Grapevine helps all kinds of people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage to build better lives. They offer practical guidance, advocacy and support centred around the person.
Grapevine have a variety of programmes and initiatives, including some specific programmes focussed on the needs and strengths of young people with disabilities.
Help and Connect works with people who have a learning disability and autism (18+ and not in receipt of social care services).
Its purpose is to help people get ahead of their problems by focussing on the following things:
A project working with people with a learning disability or autism looking to gain paid employment. Journey guides work on a one-to-one basis with participants, helping them understand and navigate the world of work.
Grapevine wants learning disabled youngsters to have the relationships, confidence and skills they need in order to mature into independent young adults able to achieve their ambitions.
Teenvine Plus works intensively with around 20 young people a year who each get:
Grapevine is based at 123 Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ
For more information please visit the Grapevine website
024 7663 1040
St. Basils' Floating Support Service offers 'Floating Support' also known as 'Housing Related Support'. The aim of this service is both to prevent homelessness and prevent repeat homelessness.
It is available to both young people who have been identified as at risk of homelessness and those who have moved on from supported accommodation and need support to maintain their independence.
For more information please visit the St. Basil's Floating Support Service website.
Young carers are young people who help care for a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, has a long term serious illness or has a substance misuse problem.
This is a role that many young people are happy and proud to do. However, inappropriate or excessive levels of caring can put their education, training or health at risk, and may prevent them from enjoying their childhood.
A young carer is a child or young person under 18 and a young adult carer is aged 18 - 25.
For more information about young carers and the support available to them, please visit the Coventry City Council Young Carers website.
All children and young people in the youth justice system are vulnerable by virtue of their age and developmental immaturity. High numbers of children and young people who come to the attention of youth justice services also have complex learning needs and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are often un-diagnosed, as opportunities to assess are sometimes missed.
The Youth Justice SEND project supports youth offending teams and local authorities in effectively identifying and meeting young offenders’ special educational needs and disabilities, working towards more effective engagement and more positive long term outcomes.
For more information please visit the Youth Justice SEND website.
The CHYP Shop is the young people’s area of the SEND Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS).
It is a one stop shop for Children and Young People with SEND.
The CHYP Shop is a website where children and young people can ask questions about school, life or anything they are interested or concerned about.
This website is a place for children and young people with special needs to find out information that will help them make important decisions independently.
The CHYP Shop website is also a place for children and young people with SEND to have their voices heard.