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Support Groups

General support groups covering a range of SEN

Action For Sick Children

Action for Sick Children is committed to ensuring that children and young people receive the highest standards of care by supporting parents, carers and health care professionals in their pursuit of a high quality dedicated service.


Kids support over 15,000 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England. KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.


Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Together Trust

Together Trust is a charity providing special education, residential services, fostering, family support and community services. They support more than 3,700 vulnerable young people and adults across the North West including Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and Lancashire each year.

Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland delivers exemplary care, support and education for disabled children and adults across Scotland.


We support thousands of practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.


British Dyslexia Association

The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Supersummary - Guide to overcoming Dyslexia  

Dyslexia, a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading, is the most common learning disorder that affects both children and adults – including Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg and Anderson Cooper, among many others. Because it is so common, there is a high level of understanding about dyslexia and plenty of strategies for surmounting the challenges it presents.  And that’s why we put together this guide that is packed with 40 individual resources for anyone affected by dyslexia. Read on to discover resources for students and teachers, as well as games and activities and more.


Our dyslexia training courses are accredited programmes that provide training for practitioners working in the field of dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD). We provide tutor-supported online training through a virtual learning environment enabling our participants to engage in courses at times and in locations to suit them.

Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation supports all those with an interest in dyspraxia (parents, children, youths, adults, professionals, employers). They run a network of support groups around the UK, run regular conferences and events, and provide information and resources.

Lucid Research Limited

portfolio of assessments designed to screen and diagnose pupils with specific learning difficulties 


Patoss is the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties, for all those concerned with the teaching and support of pupils with SpLD, for example: dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic, ADHD. Membership is open to qualified teachers in SpLD and those studying for either the certificate or the diploma in SpLD. We also offer supporting and corporate memberships.

Life Coach Directory   

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is thought to be one of the most effective and accessible self-help methods to come from modern psychology. Many life coaches use NLP techniques to help 'reprogramme' clients' patterns of thinking and behaving. NLP works on the basis of assessing a client's perception of the world and adapting our behaviour and reactions to enable us to live a happy, desired life.



Young Minds Parent's Helpline
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are services that support young people with their mental health. You may also hear them called CYPMHS (Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services).

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Barnardos offer a range of support including counselling for children and young people.


Online mental wellbeing support


Cue & Review

Cue and review print speaking to the blind is a register charity

Listening Books

We are a UK charity providing a fantastic selection of high-quality audiobooks to some 50,000 people across the UK who find it difficult or impossible to read due to an illness, disability, learning or mental health difficulty. We help a wide range of organisations and individuals and provide our audiobooks in 3 easily accessible formats: through the post on MP3 CD, or downloaded and streamed online. Members can choose from a range of options to find the service that best suits their needs.


LOOK-UK supports young people and families living with a vision impairment


We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop.



We’re dedicated to improving communication between deaf, deafblind and hearing people, and creating better communities in the process. Since we began our work to promote and teach British Sign Language in 1982, we've supported more than 400,000 people to learn British Sign Language (BSL).

Autistic Spectrum

National Autistic Society

We are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services. Our trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. In this section, you'll find services directed towards autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.

Ambitious About Autisim

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College we offer specialist education and support. Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.

Autisim Education Trust

Our vision is a world where all autistic children and young people experience a positive education that supports wellbeing.

Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD)


EQUALS is a not-for-profit registered charity, first formed in 1994, committed to supporting the work of teachers, TAs, schools and parents/carers of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy

We work with babies, children and young people aged up to 18 who have movement disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, global development delay or acquired brain injury. We can also help children and adults with other conditions or disabilities. Many of the children we work with also have related difficulties such as learning disabilities and difficulties with sensory processing and/or communication.

Language and communication disorders


We are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world. Our vision is a world where all children have the communication skills, they need to fulfil their potential. Our mission is to ensure that all children with communication difficulties are identified and supported so that they’re not left out or left behind.

Learn-Write Centre

The Learn-Write System has been developed by Pamela Heather, who became involved after seeing the widely differing performance of her own children and others. These children were presented with the same opportunities, and intellect seemed on a par. Those who floundered appeared to be unable to take advantage of these opportunities. It was from this point that an enquiry began into the causes of under-achievement in written English over thirty years ago.

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