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Contact is an organisation set up to support families of children with disabilities - everything from free helpline to financial/ benefits advice. Free helpline 0808 808 3555.


Carers of Barking & Dagenham Supporting People Who CareEverything from welfare benefits checks/ carer's assessments to advocacy support for parents. Phone 0208 593 4422.


The Heathway Centre is an inclusive resource centre for families with children and young people aged 0 to 17 years (up to their 18th birthday) with additional needs or disabilities. Contact 020 8227 5500

National Autistic Society - The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.  Provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Education Rights Service ​0808 800 4102 ​email:  ​

Welfare Rights ​Parents & young people ​0808 808 3555 ​


Sycamore Trust - Supporting the needs of individuals and families/carers for whom Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or Learning Difficulties are a part of daily life  Email:

Telephone: 0208 517 9317 / 0208 262 5330

DABD - Provide a wide range of services and support for families with children with additional needs ​020 8215 9630

LBBD Transport Services - Provide transport for children with additional needs ​



Just Say’ Parents Forum - Advice, information and awareness for parents/carers with children with additional needs Tel: 07936851199 email: 


LBBD Family Information Service

Advice and information on childcare, parent & Toddler groups,  paying for childcare, local support groups ​

020 8227 5395   email:


Add + Up - Support and action group for children with ADHD ​

01708 454 040 ​ email:

AFASIC - Provides support and information for children and young people up to age of 25 who are unable to communicate effectively because of a speech or language impairment. ​

 ​0845 355 5577 


National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. ​020 7490 8656


Dyspraxia Foundation - Offering help and advice to adults, parents, carers and families on and about Dyspraxia. 01462 454986 ​

Downs Syndrome Association supporting children and families of children with DS. DSA Helpline: +44 (0)333 1212 300


Sense - For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.  

Helpline Telephone or text relay (not SMS) 0300 330 9256.