Aiming High

Tel: 01793 464080

Email: aiminghigh@swindon.gov.uk
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk/aiminghighshortbreaks

The Aiming High Short Breaks Team work to provide opportunities for parents and carers of disabled children and young people to have a break from their caring responsibilities and enable children and young people with disabilities to enjoy social and leisure activities. This includes children and young people with disabilities aged from 0 to 18th birthday, who are residents of the Borough of Swindon. There are a range of activities available in Swindon for children and young people with disabilities and their families. This could be activities during the day, evening, weekend or holidays. It could be an activity as a family, or a chance for a young person to spend time away from their family, whilst also giving their parents/carers a break from caring. The Aiming High Short Breaks Team can work with families to identify the activities that would be most suitable for them.

Chatterboxes (STEP)

Contact: Paul Dobson Tel: 01793 714042

Email: swindonsteppaul@aol.com
Website: www.swindonstep.org.uk

A Participation Group for any young person aged 13 – 18 with a disability; to have their say, discuss issues that affect them, and influence local services in order to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people.

Disabled Childrens Team

Tel: 01793 464240

Email: info@swindon.gov.uk
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

The Disabled Children Team is a specialist team based at Salt Way Centre. We work with children and families of children aged 0-18 years of age, who have a chronic illness or profound physical and/or learning disabilities.

Family Fund

Tel: 0845 130 4542

Email: info@familyfund.org.uk
Web: www.familyfund.org.uk

The Family Fund is a registered charity covering the whole of the UK and is funded by the national governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We are the largest independent grant-giving organisation helping low-income families caring for a severely disabled child. We support families by providing grants that relate to the need of their disabled child or young person. In 2009-10, the Fund distributed £32.8 million to 55,000 families.

Hop, Skip and Jump

Tel: 01453 836390

Email: office@hopskipandjump.org.uk
Website: www.hopskipandjumpswindon.org.uk

The Foundation’s Hop Skip & Jump centres provide play and support for children with a disability, life threatening illness, or any special need. They also offer vital day care respite for the children, their families and carers. Hop Skip & Jump give these special children the opportunity to build confidence, social skills and self esteem whilst providing parents, cares and siblings a place to have a well earned break. At present, there are centres at the following locations: Cotswold, Bristol and Swindon; with future plans for more to come.

Innerflame

Tel: 0753 147 3482

Email: info@innerflame.org.uk
Website: www.innerflame.org.uk

INSPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL - Do you know a young person who would like to be more confident? Who loves to challenge themself? Who would like to discover their potential and believe more strongly in themself?

National Autistic Society

Contact: Sally Grubb Branch Officer

Tel: 01793 484031 (work) Mob: 01793 770079 (home)
Email: salgrubb@aol.com

The NAS champions the rights and interests of all people with autism. We aim to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon. The local Swindon & District branch offers:

• Information and signposting
• Support and social groups
• Annual social events including activity days, summer picnic, barbequeand skittles
• Branch newsletter

Parents and Carers Advisory Group (PAG)

Tel: 01793 531133

Email: lisa.barrett@swindoncarers.org.uk
Website: www.www.swindonparentsandcarers.org.uk

The value of parent participation is being increasingly recognised in Swindon. The Swindon Parents & Carers Advisory Group (PAG) was established in 2008 to meet this need, in response to the South-West development of Standards for Participation. PAG aims to enable parents to become involved in the planning, development and delivery of policies and services, both in Swindon and nationally. Through consultation, information provision and ensuring we are involved in strategic decision making, we are shaping special needs services for children and young adults. As parents become more engaged in consultation with Health, Education and the Local Authority, we hope to be seen as partners in the decision making process and to ‘work smarter together.’ We hold regular meetings, coffee mornings and information events to keep parents and carers informed and ensure better outcomes for our children.

Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS)

Contact Names: Barbara, Melissa

Tel: 01793 708758
Email: palscomments@swindon-pct.nhs.uk
Website: www.swindonpct.nhs.uk

We are here to help if you need on the spot advice or information about NHS services. We aim to resolve issues as quickly as possible, so the sooner you get in touch, the sooner we can help. We also want to hear when you have received a good service from our staff because that lets us know when we are getting it right for you. If you have any ideas about how services could be improved we would like to hear them. No idea is too small – it is often the case that small changes can make a big difference.

SCWAD Group

Swindon Children without a Diagnosis

Telephone: 07913 625977
Email: scwad@btinternet.com
Website: www.scwad.org.uk

SCWAD is a parent-led mutual support group for children and young people aged 0 – 19 with learning and other disabilities who have rare and undiagnosed disorders, as well as their families.

SMASH Youth Project

Swindon Mentoring and Self Help Youth Project

Telephone: (01793) 879297
Email: smash.yproject@swindon.gov.uk
Website: www.smash-youth-project.co.uk

The SMASH Youth Project is currently funded by The J. Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, BBC Children In Need, Nationwide, LloydsTSB Foundation and Zurich to support vulnerable young people aged 13–18 in the Swindon area. ‘Swindon defines vulnerable children as those who face a number of barriers and obstacles preventing them from achieving their full social, emotional, health and educational potential without additional help’. The overall aim of the Project is to support and encourage young people to increase their potential for achievement in the future.

Swindon 10 – 18 Project

Contact Name: Paul Dobson

Tel: 01793 714042
Email: swindonsteppaul@aol.com
Website: www.swindonstep.org.uk

Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project is a registered charity, providing a safe and supportive environment for children and young people aged 10 - 18, who are experiencing isolation and exclusion due to either their lack of social skills, personal circumstances or poverty, living in Swindon or the wider community. They work creatively under the Every Child Matters guidance, using therapeutic group work to enable children and young people to make a positive contribution to society through the delivery of life and social skills, with recognition of achievement through accreditation. The Saturday project offers a combination of centre based group work that is structured by session plans and non-centre based activities.

Swindon Advocacy Movement 76

Tel: 01793 542266

Email: s.a.m.ltd@btconnect.com
Website: www.swindonadvocacy.org.uk

S.A.M is as an independent local charity that can provide free Advocacy support for people with a learning difficulty/disability. They can provide one to one advocacy, Parent Advocacy & Transitions Advocacy.

Swindon Carers Centre

Tel: 01793 531133

Email: carers@prtc-swindon.org
Website: www.swindoncarers.org.uk

Swindon Carers Centre provides support services for family carers of all ages. The services include one to one support, information, advocacy, benefits advice, complimentary therapies, counselling, courses, carers’ breaks and a young carers support service.

Swindon Downs Syndrome Group 78

Contact Name: Nicky Parker

Email: nicky.parker@swindondownsgroup.org.uk
Website: www.swindondownsgroup.org.uk

The Swindon Down's Syndrome Group is a parent-led support group. We aim to support people with Down's Syndrome, their families and carers and all those with an interest in Down's Syndrome in Swindon and the surrounding area. We are an independent charity, but are affiliated to the National Down's Syndrome Association.

Swindon Wheelchair Service

Tel: 0303 333 1460

Email: wheelchair.info@swindon-pct.nhs.uk
Website: www.swindonpct.nhs.uk/your-nhs/Wheelchair_service.aspx

Swindon Wheelchair & Special Seating Service work with adults & children, within the Borough of Swindon, who have a long term disability and who will need a wheelchair for 6 months or more. We also provide cushions and specialist seating when required. We are a team of Wheelchair Therapists that consist of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, a Rehab Engineer and assistant, all with clerical support. Initial referrals can come from a clients’ GP or any health professional, subsequent referrals/request can be self initiated.

Wiltshire Law Centre

Tel: 01793 486926

Email: info@wiltslawcentre.co.uk
Website: www.wiltslawcentre.org.uk

The Wiltshire Law Centre is a registered charity, established in 1981 providing free, independent legal advice in Welfare Benefits, Housing, Debt, Employment and Discrimination. We deal with the whole range of benefits such as Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits, Employment Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living Allowance. We also assist with Social Security appeals, representation at tribunals and court hearings. We deal with a wide range of housing issues for Council tenants and private tenants. Problems with housing associations, housing benefit queries and claims, issues with landlords regarding quality of accommodation especially for special needs clients, mortgage arrears and repossession are all dealt with at the Law Centre.

‘We offer advice to clients on all aspects of debt including Council Tax arrears and dealing with bailiffs, information on bankruptcy and Debt Relief Orders'.

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