Useful Websites and Charities:
Be Your Best – Surrey’s Family Weight Management program – www.bybsurrey.org
Surrey Local Offer is the online hub for 0-25-year olds with special educational needs or a disability. It provides advice, information and news to support children and families on issues of special educational needs or disabilities. https://www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk/kb5/surrey/localoffer/home.page.
The website also has a search facility and links of online parent forums which might be of interest. https://www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk/kb5/surrey/localoffer/discuss_it.page
Surrey Local Offer – Autism Information: The Surrey local offer has lots of information about special educational needs and disabilities. The information includes an Autism section accessed via this link https://www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk/kb5/surrey/localoffer/advice.page?id=_AVPAx-5Jj0
Apps Library – NHS Apps Library: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/. There are many apps listed here which you can apply a filter to and look at particular categories. For example, apps to support Emotional Wellbeing and good Mental Health. https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/filter/?categories=Mental%20health
Citizens Advice Bureau: Giving people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are, and whatever their problem. Their national charity and network of local charities offer confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Surrey Family Information Service: Free impartial information and signposting service for families with children aged 0 to 25. We can help you find organisations and services that may be able to support your family including information about childcare, finances, parenting and activities in your local area. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/children/support-and-advice/families
National Autistic Society: Offering support, advice, guidance, training, youth clubs and parent forums https://www.autism.org.uk/
Sleep Support: 0800 138 6565 https://sleepscotland.org/sleep-support/children-families/ Or National Sleep Helpline 0330 353 0541
Eating Support: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk The UKs leading eating disorder charity. There is a lot of research taking place to understand the link between ASD and Eating difficulties and they offer support and information to families and friends who are suffering.
Family Voice: Family Voices is a national family-led organization of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities. https://familyvoicesurrey.org/
Online Benefits Checker: https://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/
Family Fund: Provides a wide range of grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, or young adult on a low income. https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
GP Carer’s Break Payment: In Surrey we have a GP Carer’s Breaks Scheme which allows GPs to prescribe carers a break worth up to £300, based on a clinical assessment of your health. The money can be used to purchase alternative care to allow you to have a break or to pay for goods or services that will help you to relax and improve your health and well-being. If your GP agrees that you would benefit from a break, they will apply for the grant on your behalf and soon after you will be contacted by Surrey Independent Living Council, who administer the grant, to discuss your needs. In order to qualify for a GP Carer's Break carers must be registered as a carer.
Local services who can support with school uniform costs: The charities and organisations below may be able to help with the cost of school uniforms.
Stripey Stork - offer new/good condition pre-loved children's clothes from birth up to age 16. Stripey Stork is not able to respond to requests from individual families, but you can request a referral from a family support worker or a social worker.
Walton Charity - aims to improve the lives of people in Elmbridge in a number of ways, including providing individual grants, community grants and support for other organisations, independent living for people aged over 55, and social housing for single people in need.
The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund - helps local people facing financial problems, which includes with the cost of school uniforms. The referral needs to be completed by a professional involved with you such as a social worker, health visitor or doctor.
The Dempster Trust - provides support to those in the Farnham area, who are in need or financial hardship. They can support with costs associated with schooling, including uniforms and school trips. Requests to the Dempster Trust need to be supported/signed by a professional involved with you or your family.