Local Offer SEND Information Hub

 

Welcome to Manchester Local Offer’s SEND Information Hub. There's a lot of information out there for the city's families, so we’ve created this resource to bring it together in one place.

To learn more about us, please visit Welcome to Manchester Local Offer. If you would like to sign up to our newsletter, see our newsletter information with a list of past issues. 

 

**SEND Review - Find out how to have your say on the government's green paper on the future of the SEND and alternative provision system. Closes 1st July 2022.**

 

WELCOME TO MANCHESTER LOCAL OFFER


For an introduction to who we are and how we can support you, whether you are a parent carer, family member, or working in the city with families, see Welcome To Manchester Local Offer. 

Benefits & Grants

 

This information is in two categories: 

 

BENEFITS & GRANTS

 

Household Support Fund (January 22) 

In response to the Government’s Household Support Fund, Manchester City Council has sent cheques to over 53,000 households in receipt of Council Tax Support. The Council has also set up a discretionary Household Support Fund for Manchester residents who don’t receive Council Tax Support but are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and pay household bills such as council tax, rent, mortgage, gas, water and phone. The discretionary fund will support eligible households through small one-off grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities. Grant amounts are: £100 for families with dependent children under 19, £70 for singles and couples with no children. See this Council information on the Household Support Fund to find out about eligibility and how to apply.

 

Benefits Information 

Contact has information on benefits and tax credits for families with disabled children. This includes information relating to coronavirus

 

Carer's Allowance & National Living Wage (April 21)

The national living wage has increased to £8.91 per hour for people aged over 23. While this is good news for many people in low paid work, it may affect you if you are claiming Carer’s Allowance. This is because there is a maximum amount that you can earn and remain entitled to the allowance. Read more here.

 

Carers Benefits

Carers Manchester provide advice and support relating to benefits.

 

Council Support

Manchester City Council funds lots of things – big and small – to keep people living independently at home. This includes:

Equipment to make life easier day to day – eg. for cooking and bathing

Minor adaptations - like grab rails and small ramps

Major adaptations – such as wider doorways, wet rooms and ramps

Funding for major adaptions comes through the Disabled Facilities Grant. Disability Grants has information on this here. There is also this factsheet from cerebra.org.uk.

 

DLA Information

It’s vital that families with disabled children apply for Disability Living Allowance. Take a look at Contact’s advice sheet.

 

Emergency Cash Grant

You can apply to the Council for a cash grant of between £30 and £60 if you are in crisis or have an emergency that's out of your control. See this page for how to apply.

 

Family Fund: Grants For Families

Families with children that have complex needs and disabilities can apply for grants for vital equipment - such as computers, specialist equipment and educational toys - to make their lives easier while maintaining social distancing measures. It can also help with the cost of goods or services, like washing machines and refrigerators. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family but vary depending on need. See the Family Fund website for how to apply.

 

Free Income Checks

Are you worrying about money and making ends meet? Are you accessing all of the financial support available? There is lots of support available to get you and your family through this crisis and to help in the longer term. Greater Manchester Law Centre offer a free confidential income check that will review benefits, grants and other support that may be available. Call 0161 769 2244 or email incomemax@gmlaw.org.uk. For further information see their website.

 

Free Reward Card

As a carer of a child with SEND in Manchester, you are entitled to access the Reward and Lifestyle Savings Group. It’s an online portal that has offers and savings in retail, lifestyle and leisure services. Find out more about the rewards scheme

 

Grants for School Uniform & Other Educational Resources

Applications can be made to the Mynshull’s Education Foundation for grants for school uniform and other resources that might support SEND children and young people. They have to be 25 and younger and live in the City of Manchester and adjoining areas. Applications need to be made by a professional (eg. Tutor, social worker, SEND worker). There isn’t a set deadline when they need to be made; they are reviewed, processed and taken to trustees as they come in. The fund is administered by Gaddum – call 0161 834 6069 or email trustfunds@gaddum.org.uk to request an application form or make a query.

 

Help from Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Manchester can provide support and advice around benefit issues. 

 

Help With Debts, Bills & Borrowing - If you’re not working at the moment due to COVID-19, visit www.manchester.gov.uk/helpinghands for advice and support on a range of topics, including debt advice, food banks and mortgage repayments.

  

Self Isolation Support Payments (January 22)

If you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self isolate and are employed and receiving certain benefits or unable to work from home and will lose income as a result of having to stay at home, you may be eligible for a one-off payment of £500. The scheme will end on 31 March 2022. Find out more on Manchester City Council’s website

 

Universal Credit (March 21)

Claiming Universal Credit for a disabled 16-20 year old can be a complicated process, and this is particularly true if they are still in education. To help, Contact’s specialist family finances team have produced new resources. These include a set of templates that parents can use to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) delays in processing claims and in organising medical assessments.

 

 

ORGANISATIONS WITH GRANTS LISTINGS

 

Disability Grants

Set up by a parent of a disabled child, Disability Grants is a free resource of grants and other information, including advice on applying. The grant information is in the following categories: 

Children & Young People: An introduction - Family Fund - Dreams & wishes - Funding for medical treatments - Grants for autism - Grants for ipads - Grants for trikes & bikes - Grants for young adults - Accessible play areas - Services & Support

Disabled Adults: General - Elderly & older adults - Individual occupations - Disabled veterans - Disabled women - Young adults - Disabled parents

Families & Carers: General grants - Family Fund - Young carers - Government funding - Information & Support

Individual Conditions & Disabilities: Autism - Blind & visually impaired - Cancer - Deaf & hearing impaired - Learning difficulties - Neurological disorders - Physical disabilities/conditions

Holidays: Disabled children - Disabled children & adults - Holiday grants for carers - Supported holidays - Travel & adventure grants - Other holiday funds & holidays - Holiday caravans for the disabled - Beach wheelchairs for hire

Recreation: Grants for disability arts - Grants for music - Grants for sports - Gardening grants - Travel & adventure grants Computer & assistive technology - Grants for trikes & bikes - Riding for the disabled

Equipment: General grants - Funding for mobility - Grants for wheelchairs step 1 - Grants for wheelchairs step 2 - Grants for cars - Funding for driving lessons - Grants for trikes & bikes - Funding for ipads - Computer & assistive technology - Independent living - Custom disability equipment - Information & advice

Housing: Disabled facilities grants - Energy saving grants - General grants - Grants for household items - Secondhand furniture & household items - Gardening grants

Grants for Education: Educational grants for schools - Grants & loans for college - Grants for higher education - Information & advice

Disability & Employment: Disability & employment information & advice - Access to Work grant - Business grants for the disabled - Disabled employment programmes

Grants UK: Grants by area, including Manchester

  

Grants In Manchester

Disability Grants have information on grant schemes in Manchester and the North West. There is also a list on Gaddum's website

 

Sky Badger

Sky Badger is a charity that finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families all over the UK. They have information on grants and finances, including help with bills, disability allowance and various ‘How to’ guides.

  

Turn2Us

Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through their partner organisations. They provide a fund finder where you can search for grants under criteria, like where you live, health conditions, and religion. They also have a benefits calculator.

 

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Coronavirus Advice & Information

 

During this difficult period, we have pulled together some information that we hope will be of help to you - Local Offer Coronavirus Advice & Information. We are still adding to this section of the Manchester Local Offer and regularly checking that the information is up to date.

 

Early Help

 

There are three Early Help locality hubs in Manchester. Each hub brings together staff from different agencies, including Manchester City Council. Rather than a service or a single team, it’s a way of working with families that helps them to cope with the difficulties they face and supports them to thrive. Early Help is for all children in Manchester up to 18 (or 25 for young people with SEND) but it’s recognised that children with special educational needs and disabilities may need more specialist support.

Most of the City Council website information about Early Help is aimed at practitioners - the people who work with families - rather than parents. They would usually refer your family for an Early Help Assessment. You can find out more in the Early Help Practitioners Zone and the Early Help Assessment Journey. You can also contact the hubs directly:

South Early Help Hub:  0161 234 1977, earlyhelpsouth@manchester.gov.uk

North Early Help Hub: 0161 234 1973, earlyhelpnorth@manchester.gov.uk

Central Early Help Hub: 0161 234 1975, earlyhelpcentral@manchester.gov.uk

 

Education, inc. EHC Plans

 

This information is in the following categories:

 

**SEND Review - Find out how to have your say on the government's green paper on the future of the SEND and alternative provision system. Closes 1st July 2022.**

 

 

EDUCATION, HEALTH & CARE PLANS & OTHER SEN SUPPORT

See Education, Health & Care Plans & Other SEN Support. This includes: SEN Support in mainstream schools; EHC Needs Assessment; What if I don’t agree with decisions about SEN provision?; Disagreement Resolution & Mediation Services in Manchester; Education, Health & Care Plans; Frequently Asked Questions; and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statutory Assessment Team.

Free e-learning: Holistic Outcomes in EHC Plans - This free, self-guided course from the Council for Disabled Children takes all the key elements from their popular live training and repackages it into a series of online modules. Suitable for parent carers and family members.

 

GETTING HELP & ADVICE

The Special Education & Disability Information, Advice & Support Manchester (SENDIASS) offers information, advice and support to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes health and social care where it is linked to education. It’s a free, confidential and impartial service with a dedicated Information, Advice and Support IAS line with a 24 hour answerphone. They also respond to email queries and have a contact form to receive messages from you. Find out more here.

 

RESOURCED PROVISION

Most children in Manchester with special educational needs and disabilities, including those with Education, Health and Care Plans, are supported in a mainstream school. A number of mainstream schools provide additional specialist facilities on their site called a Resourced Provision.

Here is a list of the primary and secondary schools that offer Resourced Provision.

 

SCHOOL PLACES

You can find information about school places for children with special educational needs on Manchester City Council’s admission pages. This also includes information on applying for all primary and secondary school places, finding your nearest school and appealing decisions.

 

SEND TRIBUNALS

On 20th July 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed the extended powers given to the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also included education elements, will continue. Here is a guide on the extended powers SEND Tribunal: extended appeals.

 

SPECIAL SCHOOLS & COLLEGES

You can locate individual special schools and colleges on this map with information on each on them.

 

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Emotional & Mental Wellbeing

 


This information is in two categories: 

For under 25s, see the 'Young People' section. 

 

FAMILIES WITH SEND CHILDREN

 

Ambitious About Autism Resources

Ambitious About Autism has shared some resources around autism and mental health, co-produced with young autistic people: How you can help young autistic peopleKnow Your Normal editable toolkit, and case studies around eating disorderssexual assault, and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 

 

Contact's Listening Ear

You might be struggling emotionlly and looking for strategies to help you cope. Maybe you just need to talk to someone who understands the extra challenges you face and can point you in the right direction to get the family support you need. Contact offers one to one confidential phone appointments with a family support adviser. Visit their Eventbrite booking page to see available appointments and to make a booking.

 

Easy Read Resources

The Clinical Psychology team in Pennine Care Learning Disability Directorate have developed some easy read online wellbeing resources, including sleep, anxiety and anger. 

 

Educational Psychology Support

OneEducation Educational Psychologists offer phone consultations to parents/carers of children and young people with an autism diagnosis from the Bridge, the Winnicott Centre and Carol Kendrick Unit. You can have a problem-solving conversation relating to any aspect of your child's education. This might be issues around learning, behaviour, anxiety and mental health needs. To book this, please send an email with your name and phone number: autism.edpsych@oneeducation.co.uk 

 

Free Counselling & Support Service

Respect For All offers a range of free support to autistic people, people with learning disabilities, and their parents and carers in Greater Manchester. This includes an Initial Support Service, counselling and Post Diagnosis Support. 

 

Greater Manchester Support

For a list of mental health and wellbeing resources in Greater Manchester see here. They’ve been grouped under topic headings to make it easier to find what you need, including learning disability, ADHD and autism.

 

Mental Health & Autistic Young People

Autism Peer Education from Great Minds Together has been set up to provide free education and support around the mental health needs of autistic young people.

 

Sense Connect

Sense Connect has several schemes to support mental wellbeing, including befriending and activities for siblings and young carers.  

 

 

 

GENERAL

 

Anxiety UK Support

Anxiety UK offers support around anxiety, including a helpline, text service and and live chat.

 

Bereavement Support

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service - visit their website for services.

CAHN Bereavement Counselling - The Caribbean & African Health Network in Manchester offers a counselling service.

Carers Manchester - can signpost you to a range of organisations if you have recently been bereaved.

Cruse - has some special resources around grief and loss at this time. 

Goodbye Daisy - Writer Stephanie Nimmo has created a free audio version of her book ‘Goodbye Daisy’ on You Tube. to help children, particularly those with learning disabilities, with their emotions around the death of a loved one.

Gov.uk - Practical guidance and advice on what to do following a loss. 

Winston’s Wish - offers support, including this guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during coronavirus. 

 

Be Well 

Be Well is the Social Prescribing Service for Manchester. Wherever you are in life, they can help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take control of your life, health and wellbeing. Ask your GP to put you in touch with them. 

 

Books To Go 

Do you love to read but struggle to get out and about with your caring duties? Carers can have books delivered to their home through Manchester Libraries’ free ‘Books To Go’ service.

 

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. 75% of all UK suicides are male and CALM exists to change this. They run a free and confidential helpline and webchat, 7 hours a day, 7 days a week, for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. They also support those bereaved by suicide. See the website for more information.

 

Carers Manchester

Carers Manchester can signpost you to a range of organisations that can help with your mental health and wellbeing. Visit their mental health information for tips.

 

COVID-19 Recovery Support Group

The Manchester COVID-19 Recovery Peer Support Group is for people who would like to talk to others going through a similar experience. The group meets online every Wednesday evening from 6pm. People can call in or join on a tablet or laptop (expenses provided for data if needed). Please text 07702 668169 with your name or email val.bayliss-brideaux@nhs.net at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.

 

Domestic Abuse - Support & Advice

Manchester City Council has information on help and support around domestic abuse and what to do if you’re in a situation. If you need to get off the page quickly for any reason, there’s an exit button which takes you to an unrelated website.

 

Ear For You: Helpline For BAME Families

This Greater Manchester Service offers support to any Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) family who are self-isolating, recovering, bereaved, or have family members who need help. See more information on the NESTAC website.

 

Every Mind Matters

The NHS Every Mind Matters has guidance around low mood and depression, mood-boosters, and helpful suggestions for looking after your mental health.

 

Free Family Wellbeing Courses - Manchester Adult Education has free online courses for parents around Confidence Building, Stress Management and Family Wellbeing.

 

Gardening On Prescription (Summer 21)

Sow the City has a gardening scheme - Nature for Health. See this information for how to access the service. 

 

Give Us A Shout

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text Shout to 85258.

There is also a crisis text service for deaf people. It’s free and available 24/7 to provide immediate support. Text DEAF to 85258.

 

Greater Manchester Support

For a list of COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing resources in Greater Manchester see here.

 

Help Hub

The Help Hub is a group of over 800 qualified therapists and counsellors offering their time to listen and support people during the pandemic. If you would like a free 20 minute chat, you can book a session through their website.

 

Helpline For Black & Asian Families

Barnardos has a helpline for Black and Asian families. It’s called Boloh, which means speak in many languages. The charity is encouraging Black and Asian children, young people and families affected by Covid-19 to speak to them about their worries, problems and stresses during this time. 

 

Hub Of Hope

The Hub of Hope is a mental health support network provided by Chasing the Stigma. You can put in your postcode and it brings up local support organisations and groups offering support and help.

 

Living Life To The Full

Living Life To The Full is a suite of free online self-help courses and resources for people in Greater Manchester that you can access at home or on the go. It teaches life skills and shares tools to improve wellbeing and resilience. Find out more here.  

 

Manchester Counselling 

Manchester's Community Development Initiative (CDI) offer a low-cost counselling service for individuals who are experiencing mental health issues or couples with relationship problems. They have limited free counselling for people who are unemployed. 

 

Manchester Mental Health 24/7 Helpline

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust's helpline for their service users and carers is open 24/7 and can be called free of charge any time, day or night.

 

Manchester Self Help Services

Manchester’s Self Help Services (part of Big Life Group) is still open and accepting referrals. They provide free therapeutic support for anxiety and low mood to the whole of Manchester and work with people over the phone and through video calls. You can be referred or self-refer. 

 

Meditation & Mindfulness

See this NHS link to mindfulness and relaxation techniques. There is also this information on a breathing exercise for stress.

 

Mental Wellbeing Audio-guides

These NHS Mental Wellbeing audio-guides, include low mood and depression, anxiety control training, sleep problems, and unhelpful thinking.

 

Mind in Manchester

There is various support available from Manchester Mind. See their website.

 

Mobilise - Carers Support

Mobilise is a free online community set up by carers for carers. Support includes regular virtual cuppas. Check out their website.  

 

Over 50’s Alcohol Helpline - The charity We Are With You has an over 50s alcohol helpline and webchat service providing support and advice to individuals aged over 50 worried about their drinking and their concerned others. 

 

Papyrus - Prevention of young suicide

Papyrus’ HOPELINEUK is for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. It is also for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. 

 

Samaritans

Whatever you’re going through, the Samaritans are there 24 hours a day. Call them free at any time, from any phone on 116 123. 

 

Shining A Light On Suicide

Suicide is being brought out of the dark in Greater Manchester. Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. See Shining A Light On Suicide for information and support.

 

SilverCloud – Free Online Therapy

SilverCloud is available for all Greater Manchester residents. This is a free, online therapy programme to help with stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.

 

Sleep Help

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, mentally and physically. You may be finding it harder to get a good night’s sleep at the moment. Resources are available from Public Health England at Every Mind Matters.

 

  

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Employment

 

Employment Support 

If you’re a Manchester resident who has lost your job, are worried about possible redundancy or have had your hours reduced due to COVID-19, there is support available. There is also information on redundancy and looking for work on the Council website. 

 

Free Employment Legal Advice

Do you live in Greater Manchester? Are you worried about your employment rights, redundancy, pay cuts, terms or disputes? The Growth Company have joined forces with a network of legal experts to ensure that Greater Manchester’s workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic can access free employment legal advice. The service is completely free, with legal experts from twelve law firms giving something back and donating their time. For more information and to apply, see the website, email info@employmentlegaladvice.org, or call 0161 233 2686.

 

Help from Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Manchester can provide support and advice around work issues and your rights. 

 

Household - inc. Energy & Digital Support

This information is in the following categories: 

 

DIGITAL & ONLINE SUPPORT

 

AbilityNet IT Support

AbilityNet’s digital accessibility services provide free IT support to people with disabilities of any age. They also have lots of other free resources and information. Helpline 0800 048 7642 during UK office hours or send an email to enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk.

 

Free Computer In Every Home Programme

The Free Computer for Every Home project, run by Manchester-based company MyOutsourcedIT, aims to provide a free computer in every home that needs it. They also offer IT support and classes to get the most out of the equipment, plus free computer repair if you are on a low income or benefits.

 

Staying safe online

As many families spend more time online, cyber security threats and fraud are increasing. Here's some guidance to help keep you safe and secure:

  • Government guidance on cyber security threats and being cyber-aware
  • House Party app advice
  • Zoom-bombing – how to prevent hackers from gate-crashing and posting disturbing content in your Zoom get-togethers
  • Inclusive Digital Safety - Resources to support parents and professionals working with a range of children with vulnerabilities, including children with special and education needs and disabilities.
  • Action Fraud have guidance in this area. This is also the place to report cyber crime.

 

Support In Getting Connected

Manchester City Council has a digital inclusion support service for people who have the internet at home but need help with their skills or confidence. Advice can be given on everything from the very basics to setting up an email address, video-calling family, downloading apps, making supermarket orders, and booking GP appointments. Text 07860 064 128 or email digitalinclusion@manchester.gov.uk, giving a name and the area of Manchester where you live. A digital volunteer will call you back. Calls can be made in 15 languages so if you'd like the call in a different language to English, let them know.

 

 

ENERGY & WATER

 

Help With Fuel (October 21)

You may be worried about the increase in energy prices this winter and how it could affect your energy bills. There are plenty of options to help you save, such as switching suppliers or changing tariffs. Contact your energy supplier to explain what you can pay and when, and they are bound to support you fairly. Visit the Citizen’s Advice website for more information. If you meet certain criteria or claim particular benefits, you can apply for Manchester City Council’s help to pay for fuel scheme and the Government’s Warm Home Discountcold weather payment or winter fuel payment.

 

What To Do If Your Supplier Goes Bust (October 21) 

Due to the increase in wholesale global gas prices and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may see more suppliers than usual exiting the energy market. You won’t stop receiving gas and electricity. Ofgem, the energy supplier regulator, will automatically switch you to a new supplier so there won't be any interruption. If you are notified that your energy supplier is going out of business, there are some simple steps you can take: 

  • Check out this advice from Ofgem.
  • Make a note or take a photo of your meter reading as soon as possible 
  • Download any bills while you're waiting for your new supplier to contact you 
  • If you're in a vulnerable situation, check out what extra help might be available from Ofgem.

 

Priority Services Register - Energy (October 21)

The Priority Services Register is a free support service to help people in vulnerable situations. Each energy supplier and network operator keeps their own register. Check out this Ofgem information to see if you're eligible.

 

Coping With A Power Cut

Could you cope during a power cut? What happens if you or the person you care for has a respiratory condition that means you use a ventilator or you have medicines stored in the fridge? The Electricity North West Priority Service Register (PSR) offers FREE additional support if and when there is a power cut. They can provide advance notice of service interruptions, and notice before any planned work in the area. They also provide additional service for those whose main language is not English or have communication difficulties. Find out more here

 

Energy Advice

As more people have been at home, bills may have been rising.  The Energy Advice Team at Citizens Advice Bureau in Manchester can help – this might be advice around energy efficiency measures, negotiating with energy suppliers, and grant support. See their website for contact details and their Out of Advice Service (6pm-9pm, 7 days a week). Energy Works at Groundwork Greater Manchester also offer support over the phone around energy issues. This includes advice around switching suppliers, pre-payment meters, and freezing rates where eligible. See their website for more information. There is also a Warm Homes video in BSL, about help with energy bills and energy efficiency this winter.

 

Help With Water Bills

United Utilities are asking customers having difficulty paying bills to get in touch. There is support for people who are struggling. See their website for more information. 

 

STEP Energy Advice

Did you know that heating rooms makes up 65% of your home energy costs? Take a look at this short video on using simple tricks to reduce your heating costs at home. STEP Energy also have videos on reducing bills when using hot water, laundry appliances and lights.

 

Warm Homes - Free Family Support

Warm Homes is a free family support service for families with disabled children under 19 in the North West, the East Midlands and West Midlands. The offer includes Home Energy and Family Needs assessments, funding for essential appliances and household items, and referrals to specialist organisations and agencies. Families can self-refer by going to the Caudwell Children Warm Homes webpage, emailing familyservices@caudwellchildren.com or calling 0345 300 1348.

 

FOOD

 

Feeding The Family On A Budget

Bite Back 2030 issued some advice on how to feed kids at home on a budget.

Love Food give advice about how to make food stay fresher and last longer; they also offer ideas on what to do with leftovers. You can find out about where to store food to help it last longer and recipes that make the most of the food you have and prevent waste.

 

Food Banks In Manchester

The Council's dedicated helpline can help with information on food banks and local organisations that can support you. Call 0800 234 6123 on Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. A text messaging service has also been set up. Text 078600 22876 and your message will be responded to by the next working day.

 

 

HOUSING

 

Evictions & Enforcement Action

If you're struggling with rent, it's important to seek help early. Call Citizens Advice Manchester free on 0808 278 7800 or see their website for other ways to get in touch. Manchester City Council can help you if you are at risk of losing your home.

 

Housing Guides 

There are some housing guides (Oct 20) for autistic and/or learning disabled people:

Renting a home

Needing help due to threat of eviction

Needing help due to threat of eviction (Easy-read)

They have been produced by the Greater Manchester Autism and Learning Disability Housing Implementation Group. There are also guides for housing associations, private landlords, and housing support organisations in Greater Manchester. They can all be found as downloads to the left of our National Autistic Society page.

 

Manchester Citizens Advice

For information on support options around mortgages and renting, contact Manchester Citizens Advice – see their website for contact details and their Out of Advice Service (6pm-9pm, 7 days a week).

 

 

WINTER IN MANCHESTER

 

Manchester City Council has a winter webpage, including details of Covid and flu vaccines, help with fuel bills, and more. There’s an accompanying video in British Sign Language with winter wellbeing advice.

 

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Local Offer In Other Languages

 

Website information on the Local Offer can be translated into numerous languages.

On a computer or tablet - At the top of each webpage there is a Google Translate facility. Select a language and it quickly translates the text.

On a mobile phone - On the top right hand side is a button with three lines. Click on it and you will see 'Accessibility'. When you go into this page, you will see the Google Translate facility. Select a language to translate the text. It can take a little longer on a phone. 

You can also change the text size and visual theme in the Accessibility settings. 

Short Breaks

 

A short break can range from an activity which lasts an hour or two through to a few days away from home, and includes day, evening, overnight, weekend and holiday activities. These activities provide a positive experience for the child as well as giving parents and carers a break from their caring duties.

Manchester City Council provides a range of Short Break services for disabled children and young people with special educational needs, rare disorders and chronic medical conditions age 0 - 17 years inclusive.

Go to Short Breaks for more information and to get in touch with the team.

 

Special Education & Disability Information, Advice & Support Manchester (SENDIASS)

 

The Special Education & Disability Information, Advice & Support Manchester (SENDIASS) offers information, advice and support to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes health and social care where it is linked to education. It’s a free, confidential and impartial service, based in the city and commissioned by Manchester City Council.

They have a dedicated Information, Advice and Support IAS line with a 24 hour answerphone. They also respond to email queries and have a contact form to receive messages from you.

Email:parents@manchester.gov.uk or info@iasmanchester.org

Telephone: 0161 209 8356  [Monday-Friday 8.30 am-3.30 pm]. Answer-machine available. They aim to respond to all calls within 48 hours.

Online contact form

It has its own, independent website: www.iasmanchester.org

Here is a video (to follow) created by artist Justin P Lees that shares his experience of the service as a young person.

 

Stuff To Do

 

This information is in the following categories:

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

 

Access Arts

Access Arts has great free resources for children, young people and parents to use at home. This includes mark making and drawing exercises, making worry dolls from twigs and old clothes, and creating finger puppets from bits and pieces around the home.

 

Creative Wellbeing

Manchester-based Starling has a programme of free creative wellbeing activities for neurodivergent young people aged 13-25. Contact them through the website to see what is currently available. Young people with a diagnosis and self-identifying welcome.

 

Open Door - Autism Friendly Sessions

Open Doors at Manchester Art Gallery is a series of creative workshops especially for autistic children and their families and carers. You can get hands on with a variety of making activities, explore the art gallery or just spend time together in the new children’s space, The Lion’s Den, or quiet room. Find out more here.  

 

The Horsfall 

The Horsfall, the creative programme of 42nd Street, has regular creative activities. Find out more on the website

 

 

DANCE

 

Autastic Dance Session

Autastic runs an accessible dance session on the first Sunday of every month at Gorton Community Centre - £2 optional donation. To book and for further information, contact Hayley Peters at theautasticcharity@gmail.com.

 

Dance Classes From Flamingo Chicks

Flamingo Chicks offer free, inclusive dance classes online.

 

Para Dance UK

Para Dance UK invite you to free inclusive dance sessions on Facebook.  

 

 

GAMING & VIRTUAL ACTIVITY

 

Gaming Sessions

Join Everyone Can at their Technology & Gaming centre in Sale for their popular gaming sessions for disabled children. They have various games and control methods to ensure everyone can game, matching technology to your children’s needs. Find out more and book here.

 

Spectrum Gaming

Spectrum Gaming is a friendly and accepting community for autistic young people aged 13 and above who have a shared passion for gaming. They can make friends, play games together and have fun. The group was set up by autistic advocates in Greater Manchester who oversee the community but all decisions are made by the young people. Find out more on their website.

 

Therapeutic Forest 

The Therapeutic Forest runs free alternate sessions of foraging treasure hunts, virtual forest school and outdoor yoga every Saturday for SEND young people aged 8-18. Spaces are limited - sign up here.

 

 

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

 

BBC Bitesize

The BBC have a SEND parents’ toolkit, including videos and information on mindfulness, helping to keep children calm and music activities.

 

Birley Sustainable Trail

The Hulme area has a hidden gem - the sensory gardens at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley Campus. It has herb beds, fruit trees and a wetland area, plus educational information about the environment on the campus. It's free and you can wander around as you like! Just a short walk away is urban oasis Hulme Community Garden Centre.

 

Culture In The City  

Go to Visit Manchester to find information on museums, galleries and libraries, theatre performances and film, music and dance, and a special section with events just for families.

 

Explore Manchester

With the help of 4CT Limited, Manchester Parent Carer Forum have created Explore Manchester, a newsletter about local museums and cultural places, along with some fun Manchester-themed puzzles and colouring sheets. See the issues - firstsecond

 

I Spy Nature Activity

The People’s History Museum piloted a new resource with SEND families. Lots of banners in the museum are decorated with patterns and images inspired by nature. The ‘I Spy…Nature Activity’ encourages families to look in their gardens or go for a walk to see how many they can find. See the Manchester Parent Carer Forum’s website for more information.

 

Loads To Do 

Manchester City Council have worked with local partners to put together a packed programme of things to do. Loads To Do is a one-stop shop to find out what culture, leisure and sports activities are in the city and near you.

 

Leisure In The City

Find out about leisure activities in the city on the MCRactive website.

 

Museums & Galleries In The City

Check out each site for visitor information, including opening hours, whether you need to pre-book, and how coronavirus safety might affect your visit:

Manchester Art GalleryNational Football MuseumMuseum of Science & IndustryPeople’s History MuseumHOME, Manchester MuseumWhitworth Art GalleryCastlefield GalleryMuseum of Transport Greater ManchesterManchester Jewish Museum

Open Doors at Manchester Art Gallery is a series of creative workshops especially for autistic children and their families and carers. You can get hands on with a variety of making activities, explore the art gallery or just spend time together in the new children’s space, The Lion’s Den, or quiet room. Find out more here.  

The National Football Museum have Relaxed mornings – Pre-Season Friendlys monthly on Sundays 9-10am. This time is ideal for neurodivergent adults and children. Gallery sound levels are minimal, with ear defenders and a quiet room available. Admission is free and there is no need to book – visitors can stay in the Museum once it opens fully at 10am. See the museum's What's On for more information or email denise.lambert@nationalfootballmuseum.com.

 

RNIB Activities

The RNIB have a programme of activities for children, young people and their families.

 

Sensory Rooms

Disabled Living have sensory rooms at Redbank House, north of the city centre from £10 for the hour. The rooms have a calming and interactive atmosphere with fibre-optic strands across the floor, twinkling lights, bubble tubes, water beds and much more. Parents and support workers free of charge.

There is also a low-priced sensory room at Benchill Community Centre in Wythenshawe. 

 

 

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

 

A-Z of Sensory Learning Activities

Special Education & Inclusive Learning’s A-Z has lots of ideas for sensory activities, like play with foil and material.

 

Online Play Sessions 

The Seashell Trust in Stockport runs free online sessions every Wednesday for babies and pre-school children with complex and additional needs. These are fun and interactive sessions that you can take part in at home. It runs during term time from 11am to 12 noon. To book contact outreach@seashelltrust.org.uk

 

Sensory & Messy Play Activities

Empowering Little Minds offers four free weeks of Parent & Teacher Support and Sensory & Play Training, as well as Sensory & Messy Play Activities for children with SEND.

 

Sensory Dispensary

Free resources created by two SEND teachers, aimed at children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.  

 

Two resources for families at home from 3PP Psychologies – 10 More Activities For HomeEven more activities to do at home

 

Ways to Learn Through Play

This SEN Resources blog has short You Tube videos on different ways to learn through play, like activities with leaves and collecting rain.

 

 

MUSIC-MAKING & DRAMA

 

Garden of Music

Garden of Music on Facebook has a list of free, fun and educational music making apps and websites.

 

Jamboree Sensory Sessions

Oily Cart, an inclusive theatre company, have shared three interactive, creative sessions inspired by the sensory moments in their show ‘Jamboree’. They have also have a closed Facebook group for families with a young person who relates to the world in a sensory way. 

 

Pop Up Percussion

Buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service have collaborated with Becca from Pop Up Percussion to bring you 24 free wonderfully fun and creative music sessions for babies, toddlers and children 0-6. Join the fun with Becca as she explores the world around us using song, movement, live instrumentation and storytelling. Find all the sessions on the Get Connected hub.

 

Sensory Theatre For The Family

Head2Head makes sensory theatre - live and online - that is accessible and inclusive for all. See the programme to find out what’s on.

 

Singing Hands

You Tube videos of songs and stories signed in Makaton.

 

Soundabout

Soundabout offer fun, interactive music making sessions on Facebook, including free sessions. For people of all ages with Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and Specific Learning Disability (SLD). Also see their free resources - Little Soundabout and Soundabout Life

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

Access Sport

Access Sports has lots of free home activities, with options for all ages and disabilities. 

 

Bumble Bee Physio

Bumble Bee Physio have a series of videos of past live physio sessions on their Facebook page. These are suitable for a range of children including PMLD, and adapted Joe Wicks PE. See their Events page on Facebook.

 

Community Gyms, Swimming & Leisure Services

See McrActive's website for information on leisure services in the city.  

 

Down’s Syndrome Association Activity (June 21)

The Association has a series of DSEngage activities free and open to all, including parents and carers. Find out more and sign up here.

 

Love Exploring App

The free Love Exploring App encourages walking around the local area of Manchester while making it fun for children and families. You just need data and a smart phone.

 

Manchester Green Trail

The Manchester Green Trail is a walking circuit made up of 14 routes connecting many of the beautiful green spaces, public parks and tree-lined streets around the city. It’s a collaboration between Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, and Manchester and Salford Ramblers. You can find all the 14 maps for viewing, downloading and printing here.

 

ParaNetball 

Dominoes Netball Club in Manchester is proud host the North West’s first Core Inclusive ParaNetball Club in partnership with England Netball. The club takes place on the first Saturday of each month, 10-11am, and involves netball skills and fun games. The club is open to girls and boys, as well as siblings, and is at Wright Robinson Sports College, Gorton. While it’s aimed at the under 18’s, it's open to young people up to 25 with additional needs. See the webpage for more information and how to book.  

 

Simply Cycling

Simply Cycling run low-cost adapated bike sessions starting on the hour for 45 minutes at Wythenshawe Park, Longford Park and Boggart Hole Clough. They also offer group and 1-to-1 rides. Please book online.

 

 

STORYTELLING

 

Sensory Stories & Attention Autism Activity

Riverside School in Kent has free sensory stories and Attention Autism Activity videos.

 

Sensory Stories By Pete Wells

Free, downloadable sensory stories and podcasts aimed at SEND children. 

 

Sensory Stories From Manchester Libraries

Manchester Libraries have two sensory stories - 'Wake Up, Lydia!' and 'Monkey & Me' as well as lots of other fun stories and crafts on their Manchester Libraries’ YouTube channel.

There's a regular bulletin for children and families full of ideas and resources from Manchester Libraries and partners. Sign up here.

They have also compiled a list of library services for customers with visual impairments. This includes ClearVision, a postal lending library of children’s books designed to be shared by visually impaired and sighted children and adults.

 

Storyline Online

Free videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations.

 

Story Massage

The Story Massage Programme has free sessions on Facebook. It’s a fun and interactive way of combining the benefits of positive touch with the creativity of storytelling and is fully inclusive for all ages and abilities.

 

The Book of Hopes

Completely free for all children and families, this collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators. The Book of Hopes was created to comfort, inspire and encourage children during lockdown. 

 

 

YOGA & MINDFULNESS

Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube has lots of free, animated videos around fun themes.

 

 

YOUTH CENTRES 

 

HideOut Youth Zone - Gorton

There is a Sunday Club from 11am-3pm at the HideOut for young people who identify as having additional needs or a disability. The Junior session (8-12 years) is 11am-1pm and the Seniors (13-25 years) 1-3pm. The club features lots of Hideout fun, including sports, team games, design, sensory art, guided meditation, boxing, gym, music-making, cooking, gardening, rock-climbing, gaming and everything inbetween! Become a member here and there’s no need to book. You're welcome to contact Emily, the Inclusion Co-ordinator for a chat - emily.aris@hideoutyouthzone.org  or call on 0161 511 3777. 

 

Powerhouse - Moss Side 

The Powerhouse youth offer is inclusive to all. The Junior Youth Club (8-11 years) is on Mondays 5-7pm and the Senior Youth Club is on Fridays 6.30-8.30pm. These are open access with no need to book. Powerhouse recognises that some young people need a little extra help and support to take part. Contact Lisa, who will help your child join in the fun, on 0161 226 4335, l.davenport@mcrpowerhouse.comOdd Arts are running free drama workshops Mondays at the Powerhouse: Drama Drop In (9-13 years) 4.30-5.30pm, Social Action Through Arts & Theatre (13+ years) 5.45-7pm. Sign up by emailing yasmin@oddarts.co.uk. If a young person has additional needs, let Yasmin know and they will be supported to engage and have fun. Odd Arts also offer 1:2:1 drama workshops at the Powerhouse. These can help your young person build their confidence and support them in joining the group activity. Get in touch with Yasmin.

 

Youth Involvement Team - Wythenshawe 

The Youth Involvement Team at Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust runs a free Ability Group every Tuesday evening 6-8pm at The Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Wythenshawe. These are SEND open access sessions for 13-25 year olds and an opportunity for young people to engage in fun activities based on sport, arts & crafts and skills for life. Young people need to be signed up using this online form. Any questions or if you'd like a chat, contact Daniel Armitt, Senior Youth Worker, daniel.armitt@wchg.org.uk, 0161 936 1565, 07580 870078.

 

Youth Zone - Harpurhey 

As Manchester Youth Zone is still closed at the weekend, their Inclusion Session (disabilities and/or additional needs) for 8-25 year olds runs on a Friday 4-6.30pm. All new members can join on the website and will be asked to attend a New Members Meeting before joining sessions. Weekly activities include games, arts & crafts, multi sports and fitness, gym access, sensory play and much more. If you’d like more information, visit the website or contact Corrina, the Inclusion Manager, for a chat at corrina.aitchison-hayles@manchesteryz.org or 0161 203 5333. 

 

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Support From Organisations

 

This information is in two categories:

 

SEND ORGANISATIONS 

 

21 Together: 21 Together is a registered charity in Kent set up in 2016 by four parents each with a child with Down’s syndrome. It offers learning resources, social stories, and information on law changes.

 

Autastic: Autastic is a charity for disabled young people under 18 in the Manchester and Stockport areas. It's a place where young people can be themselves without being judged and develop their life skills in a safe environment. Although Gorton-based, they offer telephone support for parents and carers to discuss issues with EHCP's and DLA. They also offer one-to-ones via zoom for young people to have a place to talk and chat with someone who understands their needs. For further information, contact Hayley Peters at theautasticcharity@gmail.com. You'll find Autastic on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Contact: Contact have a series of free virtual workshops for parents, including Anxiety and Encouraging Positive Behaviour. See here for more information

 

Disabled Living: Disabled Living can offer advice about products and equipment. This includes a Supplier Directory, with products and services listed, reviewed and rated so you can easily find trusted suppliers.

 

Down's Syndrome Association: The Down's Syndrome Association supports parent carers, including information and Facebook groups.

 

Down’s Syndrome Support Group: The South Manchester Down’s Syndrome Support Group has a range of resources, including a newsletter and online training.

 

Epilepsy Support Group (October 21): Neuro-speak is an epilepsy support group for parents and carers. Meetings are monthly on Mondays, 12.30-2.30pm at The Green Room, The Lighthouse Project (Top Floor) Middleton Shopping Centre M24 4EL. Contact Jeanette 07599 276030.

 

Lifted – Supporting Parent Carers: Lifted offers 1-1 support, guidance and advocacy to parent carers. They are based at the Dandelion Community in Wythenshawe where they are offering individual appointments. There’s also a weekly guided walk on Wednesdays in Wythenshawe Park. While Lifted’s work is based in the south of the city, it’s a city wide service and they can provide support over the telephone. See their website for further details.

 

Manchester Deaf Centre: The centre offers a range of support, including a newsletter which you can sign up to at the bottom of their home page.

 

Manchester Parent Carer Forum: The Manchester Parent Carer Forum website has a range of information relevant to SEND families. They also have a Facebook page, sharing news and information. They understand the day to day challenges faced by parent carers, as they are parent carers too. They are there to make sure that parent carer views are heard in the improvement of services.

 

Manchester Parent Champions: The Champions are connected to the Manchester Local Offer. They have a Facebook group as a place to support each other and share information. Parent carers in the city of Manchester are encouraged to join - take a look here. Like MPCF, they are parents and are there to give you a voice.

 

Mencap: Mencap has a range of advice and information, as well as an online forum where people can ask questions, share experiences and offer support. 

 

National Deaf Children’s Society: The Society has a range of various support services. 

 

RNIB: Offers various support around sight loss and for blind ande partially sighted people. See their website. 

 

RNID: The RNID offer free, confidential information and support on topics relating to hearing loss or deafness.

 

Sibs: Sibs supports brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults. 

 

Support For Parent Carers Over 50: Talbot House provides support to older parent carers of people with learning disabilities. 

 

 

 

GENERAL

 

AFRUCA: AFRUCA promotes the well-being and protection of children in Black and Minority Ethnic communities. They provide support to parents with children age 11+ who may be at risk of county lines child trafficking or criminal exploitation. The contact in Manchester is Janete Seide, 0161 205 9274, 07547 139195, janete@afruca.org.

 

Black, Asian or ethnically diverse carers: Being a carer from a Black, Asian or ethnically diverse community can bring different challenges that others may not recognise. Worries about discrimination may mean you prefer to get support from someone in your own community or you may feel more comfortable discussing difficult issues in your preferred language. Carers Manchester have put together a web page for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse carers, including a directory of services in Manchester where you can get support. 

 

Carers Manchester: Carers Manchester offer a range of information support, including a helpline, newsletter and courses. The helpline team includes advice workers that can provide support in other languages. Carers Manchester is a partnership which includes numerous organisations who support unwaged carers in the city. You can find out more about each of them on the website.

 

Citizens Advice: Citizens Advice Manchester offer a range of advice and information, and have an Out Of Hours Advice Service.

 

Crossroads Together UK:  Crossroads Together offers a range of support to Manchester carers and the people they care for. 

 

Domestic Abuse - Support & Advice: Manchester City Council has information on help and support around domestic abuse and what to do if you’re in a situation. If you need to get off the page quickly for any reason, there’s an exit button which takes you to an unrelated website.

 

LGBTQ+ Carers Group (November 21): Do you identify as LGBTQ+? Do you look after someone? Join Gaddum and the LGBT Foundation at their friendly group for LGBTQ+ carers on the last Tuesday of every month from 6-7pm. The group currently meets on Zoom but are looking at some face to face get-togethers in the near future. Contact keisha.tomlinson@gaddum.org.uk to sign up.

 

Manchester Carers Centre: The centre offers a range of support to Manchester Carers. See their website. 

 

 

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Travel

 

Home To School Transport Team
Enquiries about home to school transport for children with EHC plans. Please note that telephone enquiries are answered by Environment On Call, 0161 219 6400, hometoschool@manchester.gov.uk.

 

Passenger Assistance App

The 'Passenger Assistance’ app makes it easier and quicker for disabled people to ask for assistance with their train journeys. It’s been designed to speed up the booking process for customers and provide frontline staff with real-time information on passengers' requirements.

 

Ring & Ride
Ring & Ride is an accessible, low-cost mini-bus service for people who have difficulty in using public transport. Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

 

Transport for Sick Children

Manchester Transport For Sick Children has volunteer drivers throughout Greater Manchester who take sick children under 16 to hospital and clinic appointments with their carer/parent. 

 

Travel Training - See 'Young People' for free travel training in Manchester for ages 14-25.

 

Young People (18-25)

 

This information is aimed at young people up to the age of 25 and is in the following categories:

 

ARTS & CREATIVITY

 

Community Media Crew

This alternative day service is for learning disabled and autistic people over the age of 18 and is based in St John’s Club in Wythenshawe, where it meets 3 days a week. Set up by TV film and producer John McCormack, participants can join in film-making, acting workshops and recording radio shows for Wythenshawe FM in a COVID-safe setting. There is a charge but with some concessions. People can go free for the first day as a taster, to see if they like it! You find out more on the website.

 

Creative Wellbeing

Manchester-based Starling has a programme of free creative wellbeing activities for neurodivergent young people aged 13-25. Contact them through the website to see what is currently available. Young people with a diagnosis and self-identifying welcome.

 

The Horsfall

The Horsfall is the creative programme of 42nd Street. Find out more on the website

  

Venture Arts (January 22)

Venture Arts have a limited number of spaces in their Young Artists group for learning disabled or autistic young people aged 19-25. The group meets on Thursdays, 1.30-3.30pm at Z-arts in Hulme. No skills or experience necessary – just an interest in making art. The group helps young people develop their identity as artists and includes trying out different art forms, visits and commissions and placements. £10 per week. Contact Lydia on 0161 232 1223 or lydia@venturearts.org.

 

 

EMOTIONAL & MENTAL WELLBEING

 

42nd Street

42nd Street offers online support to young people in Manchester. Check their website for more information and updates about the service.

 

Ambitious About Autism Resources

Ambitious About Autism has shared some resources around autism and mental health, co-produced with young autistic people: How you can help young autistic peopleKnow Your Normal editable toolkit, and case studies around eating disorderssexual assault, and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 

 

Autism Diagnosis Resources

A group of autistic young people have shared their experiences of receiving an autism diagnosis to help others going through the process. Members of Ambitious About Autism’s Youth Network have created a series of new videos and blogs in which they talk about what it felt like to be diagnosed  - some as children, teenagers or as young adults.

 

Breakthrough Support 

Breakthrough UK have a project supporting disabled people to reconnect with their communities and health services following Covid. It’s for over 18s living in Manchester who consider themselves to be disabled. The project offers one to one support to help with things like travel training, becoming more confident with technology, attending social activities and connecting with support services. Young people can be referred or self-refer. More information on Breakthrough's website.

 

Health For Teens

Health For Teens is a website about health, relationships, feelings, lifestyle and growing up, plus information on services in your area. 

 

Kooth

Free, safe and anonymous online counselling is available for all young people aged 11-18 across Greater Manchester - https://kooth.com. Find out more about Kooth in this video and FAQ, aimed at professionals but helpful to parent carers. This other video can be helpful to start conversations with your child around their mental health and getting Kooth’s support.

 

Free Counselling & Support Service

Respect For All offers a range of free support to autistic people, people with learning disabilities, and their parents and carers in Greater Manchester. This includes an Initial Support Service, counselling and Post Diagnosis Support.

 

 

Manchester Mind

Manchester Mind have free services for young people aged 13-25. See their website

 

Mental Health & Autistic Young People

Autism Peer Education from Great Minds Together is a programme that has been set up to provide free education and support around the mental health needs of autistic young people.

 

Myplace Eco-Therapy Sessions

The Myplace project offers free activies for young people in Lancashire, Manchester and north Merseyside, including face to face and virtual nature sessions, Myplace gaming activity and one to one support.

 

Papyrus

Papyrus’ HOPELINEUK is a phoneline for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. It is also for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. 

 

Sleep Advice For Teens

Here is some sleep advice for young people, answering questions like ‘How much sleep do you really need?’ and ‘Why do you sleepwalk?’

 

Stormbreak

Stormbreak have mental health videos and activities with the aim to act as a ‘break’ from the storm and help young people be happier and more resilient. 

 

The Mix

The Mix is a free and confidential multi-channel service for the under 25s. 

 

Time To Talk - Next Steps 

Time to Talk Next Steps offers free support for young people with additional needs aged between 16 and 25. It’s aimed at those experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future. A trained supporter will work with them to move forward. This might be linking them with people who have similar issues and interests or to local activities, as well as individual sessions to build confidence and explore the next steps. Find out more about it and how young people can sign up.

 

Young Manchester Hub

The Young Manchester hub has resources for young people and families.

 

 

GAMING & VIRTUAL ACTIVITY

  

Gaming Sessions

Join Everyone Can at their Technology & Gaming centre in Sale for their popular gaming sessions for disabled children. They have various games and control methods to ensure everyone can game, matching technology to your children’s needs. Find out more and book here.

 

Myplace Gaming Activity

The Myplace project offers free eco-therapy activies for young people in Lancashire, Manchester and north Merseyside, including Myplace gaming activity. 

 

Spectrum Gaming

Spectrum Gaming is a friendly and accepting community for autistic young people aged 13 and above who have a shared passion for gaming. They can make friends, play games together and have fun. The group was set up by autistic advocates in Greater Manchester who oversee the community but all decisions are made by the young people. Find out more on their website.

 

Therapeutic Forest 

The Therapeutic Forest runs free alternate sessions of foraging treasure hunts, virtual forest school and outdoor yoga every Saturday for SEND young people aged 8-18. Spaces are limited - sign up here.

 

 

HAVING THEIR SAY

 

The Changemakers at GMYN

Manchester Changemakers invites young people aged 13 to 25 to join them. The group is a way for young people with additional needs to have a voice about the things that matter to them and help to make positive changes to services. It’s fun too, with a chance to make friends and learn new skills. To find out more, message the Greater Manchester Youth Network Facebook page or contact Joseph on 07592 845246, joseph.cain@gmyn.co.uk.

 

 

SUPPORT FROM ORGANISATIONS

 

Support For Deaf Young People

Manchester Deaf Centre has a Children's & Young People's Service, welcoming Deaf, Hard of hearing and Deafblind children and young people, as well as children of deaf adults (CODA) and those who have deaf siblings. 

 

The Proud Trust

Proud Connections is a digital support service for LGBT+ young people and the adults who support them. The one-to-one web chat is a first port of call for LGBT+ young people wanting to speak to a trained youth worker, from where they can be signposted to further services such as youth groups or mentoring projects if needed.

 

Website For Deaf Young People

The National Deaf Children's Society's website The Buzz is the only website for deaf young people aged 8 to 18 in the UK. It’s a safe, online space created by deaf young people for deaf young people.

 

 

TRAVEL TRAINING 

In response to the voice of young people, Manchester City Council has commissioned free travel training for young disabled people aged 14-25 living in Manchester. It's being run through Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN). Contact psamphire@icloud.cominfo@gmyn.co.uk or 07429 351627.

 

 

VOLUNTEERING, TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT

 

Join The Changemakers 

Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) are recruiting young people 16-25 with special educational needs and disabilities to take part in their Changemakers programme. This gives young people the opportunity to have their voices heard on issues and policies that matter to them and be supported to make changes. On top of this, there will be lots of opportunities to have fun, enjoy new things and meet new people! Contact Joseph at GMYM via email joseph.cain@gmyn.co.uk or phone 07592845246.

 

Prince's Trust Development Awards 

The Prince’s Trust Development Awards are small, fast-access grants to support those aged 16-30 to progress into education, training or employment. Development awards can help to cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment to help young people achieve their goals. They can offer up to £250 per young person and up to £500 for care leavers. Find out more here.

 

Rising Stars Fund

We Love MCR Charity aims to improve the lives and life chances of individuals and communities across Manchester. The Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund supports ambitious, talented, young people aged 16 to 24 years old to achieve their potential. Read the Grant Guidance

 

Transition To Employment Toolkit

Ambitious About Autism have created an employment toolkit to support autistic young people into the job market. It has sections for autistic young people, careers professionals and employers, and includes lots of editable forms and templates. It has been developed to tackle the low autism employment rate and aims to prevent autistic young people from falling out of education, employment or training when they leave school. Download for free here.

 

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