SEND Support & Groups 
At a glance
1) POSCH2) The Challenging Behaviour Foundation3) Ohana4) Fun With Autism5) Yorkshire Coast Families6) Portage7) The Carers Centre8) Ryedale Special Families9) Thirsk Community Care10) Contact
11) Home Start12) .henshaws13) MAIN14) Brainwave15) IDAS16) CEREBRA17) Daisy Chain18) nyas19) Communication Matters20) SWAN UK21) Unique22) Dona's Dream House


Parent & carers Of Special Children (POSCH)

For POSCH support groups and events check their facebook page –

POSCH believes in collective empowerment & partnership to support, improve and inspire better outcomes for children and their families.

They are a charitable organisation of volunteers who support North Yorkshire families who have children with any additional need with or without a diagnosis.


The Challenging Behaviour Foundationc/o The Old Courthouse New Road AvenueChatham KentME4 6BE Support Line 0300 666

Our vision is for all people with severe learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else and, with the right support, to live full and active lives in their community.

Our mission is to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, empower families with information and support, and help others to provide better services and more opportunities to people with severe learning disabilities who display behaviours that challenge.

We know there are at least 30,000 families in the UK supporting someone with a severe learning disability whose behaviour can challenge. 


OhanaTel: 0787 671 4702 (Martin) 

Ohana is a parent initiated, professionally led group offering support and friendship to all families coping with the unique challenge that is involved in raising a child with special educational needs or a disability. 


Fun With AutismTel: 07857 672012 or 07516 564169 

Aimed at those effected by autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD or other ‘hidden disabilities’. Events are held every third Friday of the month. Everyone is welcome, with or without a specific diagnosis. 


Yorkshire Coast FamiliesYMCA Leisure CenterSt THomas St.ScarboroughYO11 1DYTel: 01723 

Yorkshire Coast Families is a small, independent parent led charity (Registered Charity 1167417) that supports families with children and young people who have Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and impairments within the geographical borders of Scarborough Borough Council, including Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and the villages in between.

Our current main activities are running family events which allow our families to access fun activities as a group. These have included trips to East Barnby Outdoor Center, Energi Trampoline Park in York, Beach Chalet Days, Sewerby Hall at Bridlington and picnics at Dalby Forest. These trips allow our members to meet and support other families, share the stress of a day out with children and access activities they may otherwise avoid due to the potential for disaster that days out may have on families with children with SEND. 


Early Years and Portage teamChildren & Young People’s ServiceCounty HallNorthallertonNorth YorkshireDL7 8AETel: 01609 

Portage aims to improve the learning of young children with disabilities, and the skills of their parents through providing quality training and support for Portage Home Visitors and the Early Years workforce. 


2 Omega Business VillageThurston RoadNorthallertonDL6 2NJTel: 01609 

We provide support and advice to carers and the families of young carers across a range of subjects. If we don’t know the answer to a question we will always know someone to ask on your behalf. 


121 Town StreetOld MaltonNorth YorkshireYO17 7HDTel: 01653 

Ryedale Special Families: Supporting families of children and young adults with disabilities, additional needs and illness throughout Ryedale, North Yorkshire, for over 25 years.


Thirsk community care14a Market PlaceThirskNorth YorkshireYO7 1LBTel: 0184 552 3115Email: 

Our support for disabled children includes holiday playschemes for young people aged 3-21 years, and also respite sitting services for carers. 


Laura Burling (parent carer participation)Tel: 01625
Karen Hoe (SEND parent advisor)Tel: 07920 

Communication Matters values people who use any form of communication and promotes the individual’s right to participate in all aspects of life by using their most appropriate means of communication to express their thoughts, feelings, needs and desires. 


Home-Start RichmondshireUnit 18IPS InnovateChartermark WayCatterick GarrisonDL9 4QJTell: 01748 

Sometimes being a parent can be difficult – parents can feel exhausted and overwhelmed by everyday family life and additional stresses such as post-natal depression, illness, disability, separation, isolation or multiple births can make family life even more difficult. If there are no close family members or friends to turn to for help and encouragement it can be even tougher. 


Arts & Crafts Centre50 Bond EndKnaresboroughNorth YorkshireHG5 9ALTel: 01423 

Our charity supports people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and to go beyond expectations. Find out more about the work that we do, and the people that we support 


16 High Force RoadRiverside ParkMiddlesbroughTS2 1RHTel: 01642 

MAIN provides short breaks, allowing the individual an opportunity to gain new skills, make friends whilst affording parents/carers a chance for a well-earned break. Our PA service gives the individual the opportunity to meet social care outcomes with our highly trained and experienced outreach team and our team of qualified teachers come from a background of experience working with individuals with additional needs and deliver accredited and non-accredited training programmes in autism and associated conditions at our bespoke training room in our premises 


BrainwaveUnit 602, Birchwood One Business ParkDewhurst RoadBirchwoodWarringtonCheshireWA3 7GBTel. 01925 

Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies. 


39 Blossom StreetYorkYO24 1AQTel: 03000 110 110Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hour)Hambleton & RichmondshireTel: 01609 779 

IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Our services include refuge accommodation, community based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out of hours’ helpline. 


Cerebra2nd Floor OfficesThe Lyric BuildingsKing StreetCarmarthenSA31 1BDTel: 01267 

We’re the charity dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together. 


Calf Fallow FarmCalf Fallow LaneStockton-on-TeesTS20 1PF.Tel: 01642 

Daisy Chain is a unique charity which addresses the needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families. We provide a range of services, including support and activity groups for the whole family from our farm in Norton.


NYASTower House1 Tower RoadBirkenheadWirralCH41 1FFTel: 0151 649 

NYAS is a national children’s charity, based in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

NYAS provides advocacy and legal representation to children and vulnerable adults when important decisions are being made about them. The children and young people NYAS work with might be in care, have a disability or special needs, be subject to child protection plans, have mental health difficulties or their parents might be separating.


3rd Floor, University HouseUniversity of LeedsLEEDSLS2 9DFTel: 0113 343 

Communication Matters works across the UK for everyone involved in the provision of communication aids & augmentative and alternative communication.

Communication Matters values people who use any form of communication and promotes the individual’s right to participate in all aspects of life by using their most appropriate means of communication to express their thoughts, feelings, needs and desires. 


SWAN UKLevel 3, Barclay House37 Queen SquareLondonWC1N 3BHTel: 020 7831 

Approximately 6,000 children are born in the UK each year with a syndrome without a name – a genetic condition so rare that it is often impossible to diagnose. Our Big Ambition here at SWAN UK is that each of these families will have the support they need, when they need it. 


The Rare Chromosome Disorder GroupG1 The StablesStation Road WestOxtedSurryRH8 9EETel: 

Our mission is to inform, support and alleviate the isolation of anyone affected by a rare chromosome disorder and to raise public awareness. 


Donna’s Dream House21 Chapel StreetBlackpoolFY 5AWTel: 01253 

The Donna’s Dream House Charity in Blackpool is a locally based trust providing free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families. 

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