Useful Resources

Knowing the law and getting advice on how it can be applied to help your family.

IPSEA – Independent Provider of Special Education Advice. A registered charity providing legally based information, advice and support to help you get the support your child needs in education. They run a free helpline, give training in SEND law, and their website also has fantastic resources including template letters you can use and a myth buster to cut through the misinformation which is often told to parents. https://www.ipsea.org.uk

SOS!SEN – They run a free, independant and confidential helpline, and also run frequent workshops, and drop-in advice centres at locations all over the country (including in Manchester) where you can take along any documents you have (e.g. EHCP) and go through your situation face-to-face to get help and advice. https://www.sossen.org.uk

SENDIAS – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service . Providing help, advice and support surrounding education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents related to SEND. https://www.kids.org.uk/sendiass


Other local (Trafford area) support

ASGMA – Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area. They run life skills coaching, social groups, activities and trips for children and teenagers. http://asgma.org.uk

Sleep Tight Trafford run by Together Trust. Autistic people have more sleep difficulties than any other group of people (getting to sleep, staying asleep, nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking etc.). Together Trust run workshops and individual appointments to help improve your child’s sleep – and by extension yours too! https://www.togethertrust.org.uk/family-support/sleep-tight-trafford

Trafford Parents Forum. http://www.traffordparentsforum.org


Local services and activities

Artism UK – supporting and showcasing the work of autistic artists. https://artismuk.webs.com

Simply Cycling – all ability fun cycling sessions with a wide range of bikes catering to all needs – drop in to one of their sessions and they will find a bike that you will be able to ride! They have sessions at various places, including Longford Park in Stretford. https://www.simply-cycling.org

Manchester Occupational Therapy Services – private occupational therapy based in Urmston, Trafford. They have the training and expertise to assess sensory processing difficulties. https://www.manchester-occupational-therapy-services.co.uk

Spectrum North West – private diagnosis for children and adults based in Warrington. https://www.spectrumnorthwest.org


How to find things locally

Each council must publish a ‘local offer’ on their website. It’s a searchable directory of services / groups / activities in their area specifically to support SEND. You can use it to e.g. search for autism friendly horse riding or swimming lessons and see what’s available. Visit the Trafford local offer. Visit the Manchester local offer.


Schemes you can benefit from

CEA Card. Carrying this card when visiting a UK cinema proves any need for disability adjustments and allows you to take an additional person (in the role of carer) into the cinema with you for free. https://www.ceacard.co.uk

GMPTE disabled travel pass. You may be eligible for free or low-cost travel on public transport within Greater Manchester. Find out on their website: https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/disabled-people