Useful websites and links

Durham County Council – Register as disabled

Print form and fill in to register as disabled and also apply for a disabled bus pass. Children if eligible will also get a free carer element on bus pass.

Telephone : 03000 269425

Durham Children and Young People’s Network (CYPN)

Local authorities must keep a register of children & young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities and in Durham this is the CYPN . Register your child / young person ( 0- 25 years) to receive email or text alerts covering the latest news & developments, short break activities, events & general information, a local discount card and whilst stocks last a Max card which gives family discounts at large number of UK attractions.

Telephone: 03000 265 792

Durham SENDIASS (Durham Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service)

SENDIASS offer independent advice and support with any issues with regards to your young persons school and / or education.

Telephone: 0191 5873541 or 03000 267007

Durham Local offer

Local information on education, short breaks, health, social care, things to do, childcare, careers and training and much more for families of young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), from 0- 25 years in County Durham.

Telephone: 03000 269995

CAMHS single point of access

County Durham and Darlington have a single point of access for referrals and self-referrals to the CAMHS services.

Telephone: 0300 1239296

First contact Service

If you have a concern about a child or young person’s welfare who lives in County Durham.

Telephone: 03000 267 979

Durham County Carers Support

A charity supporting unpaid carers 18 years + in County Durham. They can help with information and advice, help with accessing and completing benefit and grant forms, carer breaks , carers card, carer support groups, counselling, training and give you a chance to have your say.

Telephone: 0300 005 1213

Family action / Bridge Young carers

They support children, young people and their families who have a challenging caring responsibilities.

Telephone: 0191 3832520

Family Fund

The UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

Telephone: 01904 550055

OT – Occupational therapy NHS

They work with children and young people from birth up to 19 years of age who have difficulties or a disability which affects their ability to carry out everyday tasks. Telephone to self-refer.

Telephone: 0191 387 6359

SALT- Speech and Language therapy NHS 

They work with children and young people from birth to 19 years old, who have speech, language and communication needs or difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing. Telephone to self-refer.

Telephone: 01429 522717

Cerebra

A charity dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together. They provide grants and training including sleep workshop etc plus a book lending service on specialist books.

Telephone: 0800 3281159

Heel and Toe

Provide free conductive education therapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities in the North East and surrounding areas. They can also provide occupation therapy and speech and language therapy.

Telephone: 0191 386 8606

IPSEA

Offer free & independent legally based educational information , advice & support plus training on subject like EHC plans.

Telephone: 01799 582030

North East Autism Society

Services include training for parents / carers , support groups, toddler groups, education for children aged 3-19, post 19 education and social/vocational training along with supported and open employment opportunities for adults. They provide year round residential placements and an ever-increasing range of social and leisure opportunities within the North East community for people of all age.

Telephone: Check website for department number you require.

National Autistic Society

Provide individuals with autism and their families help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.

Telephone: 0808 800 4104

Learning Library

Members can borrow games, jigsaws, toys, musical instruments , discovery boxes and specialist sensory equipment some of which may be beyond the reach of the average family budget. They are delivered direct to your home for free.

Telephone: 01388 420267

Tabithas’ Toys

They loan sensory toys and equipment to children who are disabled and have complex needs. They able to loan Toys and Equipment to children who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, the loan period is 6 months. This a free service. They can loan toys and equipment to children 0 to 16 years who live in the North East of England

Telephone: 07824618204 or 07824618302

Durham Portage Service

Are a home visit educational service for preschool children who have development learning difficulties, physical disability or other additional support needs.

Telephone: 03000 263 350

Contact

Support families with the best possible guidance and information. They bring families together to support each other and help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and other.

Telephone: 0808 808 3555

CEA Cinema card

Enables a disabled cinema user 8 years + to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema or theatre . Card costs for £6 a year but cardholder must be in receipt of certain disability benefits.

Telephone: 01244 526 016

Newcastle airport hidden disabilities information

Airports can be busy environments and they understand that for those people who are travelling with hidden disabilities this can make going on holiday a stressful experience. Website includes info on autism passports , airport social stories and other helpful information for your journey or try Passenger assistance general information for more general airport information and help available.

Council for disabled children

They work to build a better childhood for every child, by championing their right to be safe, secure and supported.

The Communication Trust

A coalition of over 50 not for profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Tel:0207 843 2526

Durham welfare rights

Provide help with questions & problems on a wide range of social security benefits & tax credit issues. Open 9am – 12 noon.

Telephone: 03000 268 968

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