Links

We want to be a source of useful information for our members, and so include links below to a range of organisations which we hope you will find helpful. Please also see our page for Useful Documents.

And if you know of one that is not listed below please do let us know – we warmly welcome your input.

www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk
Action for Blind People provides practical and emotional advice and support across England to people who are blind or partially sighted and their friends and family

www.addiss.co.uk
ADDISS is the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
We provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance – parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. Whatever you’re looking for in ADHD, we’ll do our best to help.

www.advocacyinbarnet.org.uk
Advocacy in Barnet offers a free, independent and confidential advocacy service to people aged 50 and over living in the London Borough of Barnet and surrounding boroughs

www.afasic.org.uk
Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and influence policy. We exist to enable children with autism to learn, thrive and achieve. Through TreeHouse School we provide specialist education.

www.barnetcarers.org
Barnet Carers Centre was established in 1996 as part of the network of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers now merged with Crossroads Care and known as Carers Trust.

www.barnetcab.org.uk
Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

www.barnetcil.org.uk
The Barnet Centre for Independent Living (BCIL) is a peer-led organisation that promotes accessibility for disabled people by breaking down barriers to employment and social inclusion. It aims to provide a peer-led, multi-service one-stop-shop for people with any form of disability living or working in the London Borough of Barnet.

www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/children-young-people-and-families.html
Youth Support in Barnet.

www.barnetmencap.org.uk
Barnet Mencap provides a range of services and campaigns with people with learning disabilities and people with autism or Aspergers and their families to secure good services and support in the borough.

www.cafamily.org.uk
Contact a Family – Provides information, advice and support. Brings families together so they can support each other. Campaigns to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society. 

Cambridge Education and Barnet Council
An innovative partnership between Barnet Council and Cambridge Education began on 1st April 2016 with staff transferring over to the specialist education company.

Short Breaks Services – The journey so far’ presentation’
View the Contact a Family presentation and slides explaining what short breaks are, responsibilities of statutory authorities, how parent carer forums can be involved and useful resources

www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk
Our vision is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else. We work to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, empower families with information and support, and help others to provide better services and more opportunities.

www.cerebra.org.uk
Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and by directly supporting children and their carers

www.communitybarnet.org.uk
We are the umbrella organisation for the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Barnet. We are a membership organisation and we support and represent voluntary and community groups, charities and faith groups across the borough.  We have been established for over 35 years and our mission is to help ensure Barnet has a thriving, sustainable and vibrant third sector.

www.dabb.org.uk
DabB is a charitable organisation managed and run by staff and volunteers with experience of disabilities.  DabB promotes independent living for disabled people living and/or working in the London Borough of Barnet.

www.downs-syndrome.org.uk
Helping people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives.

www.hesleygroup.co.uk
Established in 1975, Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services and schools. We aim to offer the best possible care, education and vocational opportunities for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs with behaviour that may challenge.

ISBarnet@barnardos.org.uk
Independent Supporters are independent from the Local Authority and are specially trained to provide a range of advice and support, usually lasting between 15 and 20 weeks, for each family.
The support involves helping families or young people during the process of developing a statutory Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. The Independent Supporter will also offer support to parents and/or young people with statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) who are changing to the new Education, Health and Care assessment and planning process.
Independent Supporters will work directly with parents and carers, and with young people over the age of 16, and will link closely with agencies including schools and colleges, health and social care services and voluntary organisations.

http://www.ipsea.org.uk
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691). IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

www.kids.org.uk
London SEN Mediation Service-Our service aims to settle disagreements that arise between parents and local authorities / schools about the special educational needs (SEN) of children and young people, and how best to meet these needs.

www.kidscape.org.uk
We equip young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK

Local Offer – great things happening on the local offer for example see this link about requesting a statutory assessment for an EHCP. Have a question?  Find the answer on the new improved Local Offer

www.mindinbarnet.org.uk  
Mind in Barnet is a mental health charity affiliated to National Mind. We provide services primarily to Barnet residents including Advocacy, Befriending and Outreach, Counselling, a Recovery Hub as part of the Eclipse service, the Electra and Libra social clubs, and three Studio flats for letting to people with mental health issues. We also provide Mental Health First Aid training.

www.autism.org.uk
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.

www.norwood.org.uk
Norwood is a leading Jewish charity supporting children with special education needs, people with learning disabilities and vulnerable families at home, at school and throughout their lives.

www.pdasociety.org.uk
Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome-Formerly known as the PDA Contact Group, the PDA Society aims to offer support, advice and information to anyone involved with an individual with PDA, whether suspected or diagnosed, child or adult

www.pp4danbarnet.org.uk
Parents-Carers Participation for Disabiities and Additional Needs Barnet!  This organisation is for Parent-Carers of children and young people with a disability and additional needs aged 0 – 25 in the London Borough of Barnet.  We want all parent-carers to be involved about making decisions and helping to plan for the future for all our families affected by disability and additional needs.

www.resourcesforautism.org.uk
Resources for Autism provide practical services for children and adults with an autistic spectrum condition and for their families and carers. All staff and volunteers are autism trained and services are designed to be welcoming and accepting of users whatever their level of need and support. We are constantly developing new projects and are always happy to hear from anyone who would like a tailored provision from us.

www.royaldeaf.org.uk
Royal Association for Deaf people-We promote equality for Deaf people through the provision of accessible services.  RAD has been working with sign language users and promoting Deaf people’s rights since 1841.

www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/children-young-people-and-families/
Barnet SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership). Parents and carers of children and young people up to 25 years old with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability can get free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support.

www.sossen.org.uk
We offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN). We concentrate on helping people to find their way through the legal and procedural maze which is so daunting to so many who try to obtain satisfactory provision for a child’s special needs.

www.youngminds.org.uk
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

A Guide to UK-based Free Mental Health Helplines by Cassiobury Court.
This guide was produced because many helplines exist, and people seeking out the services of these helplines may be confused by their sheer number. This guide helps to demystify these helplines so people can select the most appropriate one for their needs.

www.therapy-directory.org.uk
A Therapy Directory of Professional Therapists from Acupuncture to Yoga.