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Parents/Carers Support

Core and Essential Service Standards for Supporting People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities 

Please see the attached Core & Essential Service Standards for Supporting people
with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

The Core and Essential Service Standards are designed to improve the lives and life experiences of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Arun – Children and Family Centres – 2019

Please see the link “What’s On July-September 2019”  (opens in a new page)

If you should have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Children & Family Centre.

The Children’s sleep charity- Sleep information


Children’s and Family Centres

To see what is going on at you local Children’s and Family centre please use the link below and select the centre you want,


Please see  the Adur and Worthing Hub – Summer Programmes, with details of activities running from 1st July to 30th September 2019.




Coastal West Sussex Mind

An independent local charity working to promote good mental health in West Sussex.

Services support young people, adults, carers and families affected by mental health issues.

Courses can be booked through the Eventbrite page here:


Information on Mental Health Training programmes available from Coastal west Sussex Mind:

Link to brochures on training for Parents, Carers and Professionals.



National Autistic Society – Early Bird Programme

Leaflet regarding the National Autistic Society EarlyBird Plus programme that is run by the Educational Psychology Service and Social Communication Team across West Sussex.

West Sussex Parent Carer Forum  Website

The West Sussex Parent Carer Forum have a website at www.wspcf.org.uk

Written and developed by parent carers, it aims to be both simple and easy to use.   Both parent carers and professionals, will find information on what we do and the help and support that is available in West Sussex for children and young people, aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and their families.

Please note that, as a registered charity, we are using org.uk in our domain name.  Our emails have also changed to this effect and you can contact us on our general office email at office@wspcf.org.uk


















Behaviour Support Group for Parents and Carers

Sup Group


Well Springs Newsletter

WELLSPRING WEST SUSSEX- A regular newsletter for children and young people with disabilities, and their parents and carers across West Sussex. Click here to see Oak Grove College feature in Well Spring’s newsletter.


Events available in the Worthing area

Weekly/monthly parent and carers events


SEND Newsletter

The latest SEND newsletter has lots of useful information including:

  • Key points on the new Care Act and Children & Families Act 2014
  • How to feedback on the West Sussex Local Offer?
  • What you said about our Newsletter
  • Information on our new website which is being launched shortly

Click here to open/download up our latest newsletter

Umbrella Arts

Umbrella Arts is an exciting new day service for adults with learning disabilities and those on the Autistic spectrum that provides art therapy, a chance to make new friends, to improve your independence skills and to be involved in social enterprise opportunities.

For more information, call Chris Foster on 01243 214122 or e-mail at chris.foster@autismsussex.org.uk

Umbrella Arts

Click on the poster to visit the website

Autism Sussex

Autism Sussex are offering families FREE support and information over the summer. Sessions do have to be pre booked. Autism Sussex are also offering a siblings session over the summer too. You can find out more on their website

Autism Sussex

Reaching Families

Here is a summary of the projects and services provided by Reaching Families

Making Sense Of It All – a comprehensive handbook for parent-carers covering subjects like diagnosis, coping strategies, benefits & money matters, education, getting help from health & social care agencies, local leisure opportunities, etc. it also contains a directory of over 400 local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster.The book costs £5 and can be ordered via our website or it is also FREE to download as a PDF.

Factsheets – we have published a series of factsheets on childhood disabilities which combines clinical information on a given condition with local information on relevant projects and services. Again, these are free to download from our website

Training Roadshow – we deliver a range of training workshops at locations and venues across the county. Subjects covered include benefits, challenging behavior, communications, changes in education, handling stress & building resilience and sleep management. Training dates are regularly updated on our website

Group counseling – we have begun providing group counseling to parents. We’re currently running a group in Crawley and will be running another group in Bognor in the Autumn. More information will be posted on our website

Reaching Families
Reaching Families Training Roadshow Winter/Spring 2019


Lodge Hill

Lodge Hill is an outdoor activity centre, nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, for schools, youth groups & adults.

Please see the latest poster for Half Term Holiday Activity Clubs – February 2020.

Barnados – DICE Programme

Dice is a supportive, non-judgemental 4 week programme for parents and carers who are concerned that their child (approx. age 9-14) might be ‘at risk’ and therefore, possibly vulnerable to exploitation. Dice is delivered over two hour workshop sessions by two trained Barnardo’s project leaders. Each session will be relaxed and informal, with a variety of activities, discussions and videos. There will be a maximum of 12 parents/carers, providing an ideal opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to share and learn in a caring, non-judgmental, confidential and safe setting.


Please see below for further information:

Southern Water – WaterSure Applications

WaterSure can help you if you have a low income and your water is supplied by a meter. It can help by putting a limit on your charges for water and sewerage services, if you meet the qualifying conditions.


Please see below for further information and application form:


IGNITE facebook page link: IGNITE

Do you have an interest or want to do more to help improve children’s (up to 11yrs) mental health and wellbeing in the Worthing community? Then please check out the IGNITE! Worthing page for more information and tickets to this FREE event. Together as a community we can make a difference.

Sup Group

Reaching Families

Reaching Families supports parent carers of children with additional needs/disabilities. The new Face 2 Face project will provide a befriending service for parents carers of children recently identified as having additional needs or going through the diagnosis process. This service launches in Worthing this summer, with a further cohort planned for Crawley later in the year.

Reaching Families are currently planning their strategy for the coming period and are holding focus groups for service users and those working with parent carers. Please see the flier for more information.

Finally, our current term’s training workshops are available to book via Eventbrite. These are free to attend although we do suggest a donation if possible, and are aimed at parents but where numbers allow they are open to professionals.

For further information about our charity please visit our website where you can also sign up to our mailing list.


Enabling Families

  • Are you a parent struggling with the children during the school holiday?
  • Are you worried about a family situation or problem?
  • Would it help to talk it through?


Your Space Therapies

Your Space Therapies are running a therapeutic parenting course ‘The BEST Relationship with your Child’ on Tuesday 12th November 2019. There has been amazing feedback for this course, with 93% of parents who have attended, rating it ‘Excellent’.

This course is being held at St. Nicolas and St. Mary’s Primary School in Shoreham from 6-8pm.

Details below:

TCV Growing Communities


January programme and posters for our Moon Walk and Walk to Fitness.