Please see below a list of helpful links.

These are split into local and national categories.



Ansbury Guidance

As Ansbury Guidance, our organisation has the experience, skills and adaptability to deliver high quality guidance and support services within a constantly changing environment. Our professionally qualified staff provide high quality information, advice and guidance to all ages as well as bespoke programmes of support.

Autism Wessex

Our advice and support is available to anyone who needs it - people with autism, families and professionals. Anyone affected by autism can rely on us for support

Coping with Chaos

A parent run organisation that supports families caring for a child/children or young person with a disability or special educational need. We provide services for families living in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Dorset Carer's Hub

Whether you care for someone for a few hours a week or 24 hours a day, you can access local support and services that can assist you in your role as a carer.


The Dorset Parent Partnership Service offers independent information and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

Home Start West Dorset

We are a local charity which gives friendship, advice and practical support to families who live in West Dorset. We help parents, with a child under 5, discover, or rediscover, the joy and fun of parenting.

Independent Support

The aim of the Independent Supporter is to provide information and support that enables you to make decisions that are right for your child or young person

The Dorset Local Offer

Dorset’s Local Offer has been developed for children & young people with SEN and disabilities and their families to be the one place you need to visit for all information.

The Dorset Max Card

The Max Card entitles the holder plus one other person to free or discounted access or benefits at a range of leisure activities, venues and organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.The card is available to all Dorset based young carers, children in care, some care leavers and to all children and young people who are disabled and registered on the Xchange living in Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole.

The X Change

The interactive news and information network for children who are disabled and their families across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.




Bibic is a national charity offering practical help to families caring for children with conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, brain injury, and specific learning difficulties like ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. We specialise in understanding the causes of challenging behaviour and can even offer support if your child has not been diagnosed with a condition.


BILD is the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. Founded in 1971, we celebrated our 40th birthday last year.

We want people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect.


The Brainwave Programme rests on the theory of neuroplasticity and our qualified and experienced staff are drawn from the mainstream fields of physiotherapy, psychology and education. Following a telephone dialogue with one of our therapists, and request for medical information about your child, families are invited to benefit from the Centre’s full facilities during the two-day Initial Assessment Visit. During this visit, your child is assessed by a team of therapists, who design a daily Exercise Programme which is specifically suited to your child.


Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through researching, educating and directly supporting children and their carers.

Connecting Hands

We are dedicated to providing personalised portfolios and passports for children and adults with special needs and/or learning difficulties. We are a non-profit support service for parents, friends and families of children/adults with special needs and/or learning challenges.

Contact a Family

Contact a Family is committed to ending the poverty, disadvantage and isolation experienced by families with disabled children across the UK. We support families whatever their child's disability or health condition with a wide range of life-changing help and class-leading services.

Face 2 Face

Would you like to talk to another parent who understands what you are going through and can offer emotional and practical support? Face 2 Face schemes operate across the UK. Any parent of a disabled child may use their local scheme.


Hft is a national charity, providing local support services for people with learning disabilities throughout England. Whatever support you need to help you live life the way you choose - whether it's for just a couple of hours a week, or 24 hours a day - our teams will be happy to work with you.


IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All our advice is given by trained volunteers.


Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.

Network 81

Network 81 enhance opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities. If you have children with special educational needs and you need advice and support then we will help.


Office for Advice, Assistance, Support and Information on Special needs
A resource for parents & professionals caring for children and young people with Autism / Asperger Syndrome and other learning disabilities.


We support siblings of all ages who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition.

Supporting Head Injured Pupils In School

SHIPS offers dynamic assessment of the classroom behaviour of children and young people who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI), with a report of the student’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses and recommendations of how to manage their learning. 

Appropriate assessment may identify the child’s unaffected areas of retained knowledge and help to define complex learning problems that may be experienced, which will assist teachers to formulate appropriate differentiation and compensatory strategies for the pupil in the classroom.


SWAN UK is a project run by Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is a charity specialising in severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. Established by a family carer, we work with families and professionals supporting children and adults across the UK.

The Child Brain Injury Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) is a UK-wide charity offering information and training on childhood acquired brain injury. The impact of childhood acquired brain injury on a family is enormous and lifelong . Families are often unprepared to deal with the issues and often unaware of the services they will need to access.

The National Autistic Society

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

The Princes Royal Trust for Carers

Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With our Network Partners, we aim to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.

Transition Information Network

The Transition Information Network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who come together with one common aim; to improve disabled young people's experience of transition to adulthood.