Parenting a child with a disability or additional needs can often be a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences.

Navigating the often complex public services put in place to help your child can be confusing and stressful, but there are a number of organisations that can help you with direct information, advice and support.

Where to go for advice and support

Autism East Midlands is the largest specialist autism charity in the east midlands providing direct advice and support services to parent carers. They host a free national helpline which is open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.00pm
Tel: 0808 808 3555
Email: enquiries@autismeastmidlands.org.uk
Website: www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk

APTCOO (A Place To Call Our Own) Mansfield based organisation offering support and activities to families.
Tel: 01623 629 902
Email: enquiries@aptcoo.org
Website: www.aptcoo.co.uk

Ask Us Nottinghamshire is an independent Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service who provide dedicated and impartial advice to young people and parent carers.
Tel: 0800 121 7772
Website: www.askus.notts.org.uk

Independent Parent Special Education Advice (IPSEA) IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help parents get the right education for children and young people with SEND.
Tel: 01799 582 030
Email: office@ipsea.net
Website: www.ipsea.org.uk

Family Fund Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for disabled children and their families. Last year they provided financial support to over 70,000 families.
Tel: 01904 550 055
Website: www.familyfund.org.uk

Special Needs Jungle provides parent-centred information, news and resources about SEND.
Website: www.specialneedsjungle.com

Sunshine Support provide independent information, advice and support to parents/carers and professionals of children and young people with special educational needs.
Website: www.sunshine-support.org

Parent Support Groups

Parent support groups are a great way to meet other parents and carers for practical and emotional support. Most support groups are set up and run by families of children with additional needs

Nottinghamshire Parent Carers Forum
Notts PCF is an independent parent carer led organisation run by volunteers who represent the views of families who live in Nottinghamshire with a child or young person with an additional need or disability.
Tel: 07751 776 481 (Chair)
Email: enquiries@nottspcf.org
Website: www.nottspcf.org

Rainbow Parents Carers Forum
A parent carer led organisation for families with children and young people with additional needs whose mission is to ‘Support and Empower Families to be Heard and Achieve Better Outcomes’ and has families from both Nottingham City and County.
Tel: 0115 786 0211
Email: admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk
Website: www.rainbowpcf.org.uk

Spectrum Wasp
A well established Nottinghamshire support group for parents, children and young people with additional needs. Lots of activities to attend.
Tel: 07746 185 394
Email: info@spectrumwasp.org
Website: www.spectrumwasp.org

If you would like to register with Nottinghamshire Carers Hub and speak to an experienced support worker about your caring role, please use the contact details below.
Tel: 0115 8248 824
Email: nottinghamshirehub@tuvida.org
Website: www.tuvida.org/nottinghamshirehub