Parenting a disabled child or young person can feel isolating and confusing at times. These resources should be able to help.
Information, Advice and Support Services
Local Authorities have a duty to provide information, advice and support (IAS) to disabled children and young people, and those with Special Educational Needs (SEN), and their parents.
Local Offer Websites
Local Authorities must publish information about services locally which support disabled children and young people (aged 0-25) and those with SEN. You can find the local offer websites by clicking the links below:
Short Breaks for Disabled Children
Southampton Buzz Network
The Buzz Network is the service which offers short-breaks in Southampton. These are self-referral. To see if your child/ren or young person/s meet the criteria, for more information and for contact details please see: Buzz Network. Short breaks offered under the service include One2One support in the form of a voucher for hours, discounted special needs playschemes and support accessing Universal (open to all) activities.
Portsmouth Short Breaks
Information on Short Breaks for disabled children in Portsmouth can be found here.
Parent Carer Forums
Southampton Parent Carer Forum
The Southampton Parent Carer Forum is being relaunched! We are a group of parents who participate in local service development and monitoring alongside colleagues in the Council and NHS. We are looking for new members to take this work forward. The new forum Coordinator, Claire, can be contacted by email email@example.com or call 07410 411344. Check out the Facebook page here.
Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN)
HPCN is an independent Parent Carer Forum, part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums. We represent the views of parents in Hampshire with children/young people (0-25) with disabilities or additional needs. Phone us on 01962 859849, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit our website.
Portsmouth Parent Voice
Portsmouth Parent Voice is run by Portsmouth Disability Forum and promotes parent participation and engagement and enables parent carers to change the way local services are commissioned and delivered. Phone us on 07825 185608, email email@example.com, or visit our website.
Other useful resources:
Rose Road Activity Directory
The Rose Road Activity Directory has been produced by the Rose Road Association for parents and carers of disabled/special needs children and young people. It contains information on accessible facilities and activities in and around Southampton and Southern Hampshire.
Carers in Southampton
Carers in Southampton is a new service for anyone who gives up their time, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who needs additional support. Please phone on 023 8058 2387 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Hampshire is an independent regional charity providing a range of services and information within Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire, as well as wider afield. The community access team can be reached on 023 8076 6162, by email email@example.com, or via their website.