Parent Support Groups For SEND Children

Education Health News Things To Do | by | 16th Feb 2016

Parent support groups

Parent support groups can be a lifeline for those raising children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Ask any parent, and they will say that for all the rewards that come with bringing up a child, it can be pretty challenging at times.

Finding parent support groups full of people to chat with who know exactly what you’re going through can be very reassuring. It can help you feel less alone.

However, if you have a child with additional needs, it’s not always as easy to find other parents in your situation. This can make the challenges feel even greater.

So, to help you find other parents, we’ve done some research. We have found a range of parent support groups in Wales for different disabilities.

All disabilities and additional needs

Contact a Family - parent support group network

Contact a Family is for parents and carers of disabled children, whatever their need. They have a handy Google map of support groups. They have an even bigger database, so if there’s nothing in your area on the map, it doesn’t mean there’s not one there. Give them a ring on their helpline (0808 808 3555)

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Scope has a befriending and mentoring service for disabled people and parents of disabled children to provide short-term, one-to-one support. They have services all over Wales so check their directory for support near you.  You can also call their helpline on 0808 800 3333

Speech, language & communication needs

Afasic Cymru, for parent support groups

Afasic Cymru supports parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language. They have parent drop-in groups across Wales. Their helpline is 0300 666 9410

Emotional, behavioural and social difficulties

Together Trust, for parent support groups

Together Trust works with the whole family where a children has special educational needs. This includes those with physical and learning disabilities, autism, emotional and behavioural difficulties, as well as  speech, language and communication difficulties. Although Together Trust based in Manchester, they support families in Wales. You can reach them on 0161 283 4848.

Learning disabilities

Cardiff & Vale parents federation for parent support groups

The Cardiff & Vale Parents’ Federation is often called Parents Fed. It is a charity based in Cardiff, run by parents and carers of children (and adults) with learning disabilities who live in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. You can call Parents Fed on 029 2056 5917. While on their site, check out their excellent Where You Stand reference guide for families.

Brain related conditions

Cerebra for parent support groups

Cerebra can provide parent support workers for face-to-face support in West, South West and South East Wales. They help families where a child has a brain related condition. This includes autism, delayed speech and language, mental health issues, ADHD, learning disabilities. Parent support workers also organise events and outings. Cerebra have a free telephone counselling service for parents across Wales called the Stress Helpline (0800 043 9385).

Down’s Syndrome

Downs Syndrome Association for parent support groups

The Down’s Syndrome Association has a directory of local parent support groups for parents, carers, children and families across Wales. The DSA Helpline is 0333 1212 300.

If you’re local to Newport, T21 Dragons are a support group for parents/carers of children with Down Syndrome. They meet every first Tuesday monthly, 10am-1pm at Serennu Children’s Centre Newport and everybody is welcome. For further information you can ask to join their Facebook group, T:21 Dragons or email



For more local information about parent support groups, you can contact your local FIS – Family Information Service or contact FamilyPoint Cymru directly by email, phone, text or online chat and we’ll help you find what you need.

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