I attend the support group for parents of autistic children run by the National Autistic Society (NAS), Surrey Branch. It’s really helpful to be in contact with people in a similar situation.
After the last meeting, the group coordinator sent an email with a list of help and support available in Surrey, UK. The list was so good that I didn’t want it to just get ‘lost’ in my inbox, so I’m reproducing it below verbatim for the benefit of others.
All copyright NAS and/or the original author (nb. I hope you don’t mind my posting it here).
NAS Surrey Branch | Moderated Email Forum – our forum has over 2000 members that can offer help, advise and support.
If you haven’t already – do sign up for the Stepping Up for Autism course.
Home :: Mindworks Surrey (mindworks-surrey.org) is the website to access information about Children and Young people’s mental health – there is also a Crisis line on 0800 915 4644. It’s open all day and all night, seven days a week.
There is also a service from The National Autistic Society professional side in Surrey that have an out of hours advice line for parents and carers who are struggling with behaviours and or difficulties that could be related to neurodevelopmental need, such as Autism or ADHD.
Skilled and friendly advisers will talk you through ways of calming down difficult situations and offer some coping strategies.
The service runs 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 5pm – 11pm.
Call: 0300 222 5755
You might also want to keep an eye on the events that are posted on the Surrey Local Offer website. https://www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk/kb5/surrey/localoffer/home.page
If you haven’t already joined Action for Carers – it is free and they can support you in many ways – Action for Carers | Supporting carers of all ages across Surrey
Also, register at your GP surgery as a carer.
EHCP’s – help and advice
Sunshine support- https://www.sunshine-support.org/ – they offer webinars on lots of topics.
Microsoft Word – NAS Surrey Schools list UPDATED JANUARY 2022 (nassurreybranch.org) – this list has been compiled by one of our committee members.
Outreach services that can help in mainstream settings
Freemantles Outreach – Resources – also has a great resource page
Linden Bridge School – About Outreach – check their resource section too
Sentas helps with Transport issues SENTAS – Special Educational Needs Transport Advocacy Service
There are a number of Facebook groups around for Surrey parents of children with special needs, such as:
- EHCP Experiences Surrey
- Surrey Parents of Children and Adults with Special Needs
- We Shine Local Network
- Special Needs Jungle – Lets Talk About SEND – plus website – Special Needs Jungle – News, info, resources & informed opinion about Special Educational Needs, disability, children’s physical and mental health, rare disease. Campaigning to #FixSEND
- Family Voice Surrey – Parent/Carer Chat and Questions – their website – EVENTS | family-voice-surrey (familyvoicesurrey.org)
- Runnymede – Family Voice
- Woking – Family Voice Surrey
- Elmbridge – Family Voice
- Surrey SENDtastic!
- Surrey ASD
These are more general and countrywide:-
- Operation Diversity Community@Dyslexia ADHD Autism Dyscalculia Dyspraxia
- Home to school Transport Issues – UK Only
For girls – Appeer CIC
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