Local Organisations

2gether NHS Foundation Trust – Let’s Talk is a free service from the NHS. We offer short-term talking therapies to people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. You can contact the Let’s Talk Team: Mon – Fri  9.00 am – 5.00 pm 0800 073 2200. We also run a range of courses that you can book on yourself by vising our website on https://courses.talk2gether.nhs.uk

Active Gloucestershire – Our vision is to make Gloucestershire a physically active and thriving sporting countySimply, we want more people to be more active and more often. Phone 01242 243362 or visit the website www.activegloucestershire.org

Active Impact – We work in partnership with other organisations and with families to provide opportunities for disabled children and young people alongside their non-disabled peers. Please phone Philip Douch – 01453 298337 or visit the website www.activeimpact.org.uk

Allsorts – Based in the Stroud Valleys and covering the whole of Gloucestershire, we welcome families with a child or young person with additional needs or disabilities, with or without a diagnosis.  Activities, events, outings and support for disabled children, non-disabled siblings, whole families and parents and carers. Please phone Sheila Munnoch – 07794 009663 or visit the websitewww.allsortsglos.org

Bournstream – Bournstream is a unique outdoor adventure playsite on the Cotswold edge. It has picnic areas with tables and benches, toilet house, with changing platform. The playsite also has an extensive pathway for bikes, play vehicles and wheelchairs. It has giant sandpits, a play house, swings, roundabout, slides and a football pitch. Please phone Jinny Rawlings on 01531 820693 or visit the website www.bournstream.org.uk

Carers Gloucestershire – Carers Gloucestershire is an independent carer-led charitable organisation, working to enhance the lives of Carers and empower them to make informed choices that have a positive influence on their lives. Please phone 0300 111 9000 or visit the websitewww.carersgloucestershire.org.uk

Charlotte’s Tandems – Charlotte’s Tandems is a charity. They have a number of tandems available for disabled or less able people and those with special or additional needs to borrow for free. They welcome applications from all ages. You may contact Charlotte’s Tandems via their websitewww.charlottestandems.weebly.com

Cheltenham and District Carers and Families (CADCAF) – Cheltenham and District Carers and Families was set up in 1990. We are a family support group for families and carers who care for children with special needs. We provide mutual support, information exchange and holiday activities. Support is given to the whole family – they are all special. Please contact Sarah Miller 01242 222117 or 07944 2804612 or email psw@cadcaf.com Alternatively, please visit their website www.cadcaf.com

Disability Grants – Are you a parent or carer of a Disabled child or adult? If so, you may like to use this website to save time finding Disability Grants. A grant is a financial donation or contribution. Unlike loans they do not have to be repaid.Many UK charities or trusts provide grants for the disabled, each with their own criteria for providing funds. Please visit the website: www.disability-grants.org

Door Youth Project – for young people aged 11-25 yrs. Provides trained mentors and family support workers to work with young people on a 1:1 basis to explore worrying issues. Also offers ‘Hope Training’ for 15-25 yr olds in vocational subjects (i.e music, media, art and retail). Telephone: 01453 756745 website: www.ticplus.org.uk

Down’s Heart Group – We are a friendly group providing support to individuals and families whose lives are touched by Down’s Syndrome. In addition to giving support and advice to families with new babies and young children on a one to one basis we have a number of fun family regular meets and events. Please contact call 0300 102 1644 or email info@dhg.org.uk Alternatively, please visit their website www.dhg.org.uk

Embrace Youth Club (Cheltenham Disability Youth Group) – This Social club meet on Monday evenings (6.30 pm – 9.00 pm) at Whaddon Youth Centre, Dart Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5QX. The group is for 13-25 year olds. For more information, please telephone 01242 242825

Family Information Service (FIS) – FIS advisers give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting and education. We support families, children and young people aged 0- 19 years of age (25 for young people with additional needs) and professionals working with these families. Please phone 0800 542 0202 or 01452 427362

Five Valleys Homeopothy – Aim to make homeopathy accessible to those who would not ordinarily try this form of treatment. It is open to anyone who wishes to try homeopathy for specific chronic health difficulties. Please visit their website for more information: www.fivevalleyshomeopathy.co.uk

Glosfamilies Directory – Online guide to services, organisations and activities for children, young people and their families. It is also aimed at people who provide information, advice and support for families.

Gloucestershire Branch – National Autistic Society – The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Please contact Rachel Brown- Branch Mobile – 07770 731012 or email gloucestershire@nas.org.uk or you can visit the website: www.nas-gloucestershire.com

Gloucestershire Deaf Association – Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) is a user-led organisation and managed by a Council of Management whose members must be either deaf, hard of hearing, or have a recognised interest in hearing matters. The strategic drive and day to day operations of the charity are run from the office in Colin Road by the Chief Executive, Jenny Hopkins. Telephone: 01452 372999; Fax: 01452 372288; Mobile / Text: 07875 610860 or Minicom: 01452 372600

Gloucestershire Deaf Youth Zone (GDYZ) – Welcomes young people 9-21 years of age who are D/deaf, deaf-blind, or with any level of hearing loss. Hearing siblings are also welcome. Gloucestershire Deaf Youth Zone (GDYZ) meets on alternate Friday evenings 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm at Gloucestershire Deaf Community Centre for Deaf People, Colin Road, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3JL. Please phone 01452 372999 or email gdyz@glosdeaf.org.uk

Gloucestershire Young Carers – Gloucestershire Young Carers aim to create a network of support for Young Carers across the county. We work with young carers to ensure that service providers understand their needs and respond appropriately. Fifteen young carers groups currently operate across the county.  Please contact Nick Bollington on 01452 733060 or email nick@glosyoungcarers.org.uk

Have a Go Disability Sports Club – For young people (aged 8 – 18 years) with a disability and their siblings. Weekly sessions held Saturdays (1.30 pm – 2.30pm) at Leisure@Cheltenham Sports Centre. For more information please contact CDSAD (Cheltenham and District Sports Association for the Disabled) email: cdsad@gardnerbrown.co.uk

Healthwatch – Healthwatch Gloucestershire is responsible for providing the public with local information to help them make informed choices about their health and social care needs.

Hop, Skip and Jump (Seven Springs, Cheltenham) – Hop Skip and Jump is a ‘not for profit’ charity that provides immediate and flexible, day and evening respite care, 7 days a week, to children and adults with life limiting illness, disabilities and special needs, no matter how complex. Please contact the centre on 01242 870438 or email supervisor.cotswold@hopskipandjump.org.uk

Parent Carer Participation Network – The Parent Carer Participation Network represents the views of Parent Carers across the county, enabling parents to be resilient and positive through being empowered and involved. There are also many opportunities for training and volunteering so parents can use and develop skills, gain experience and expertise. Membership is free and you will receive a welcome pack, information about services, discounts, news of upcoming events, plus have the opportunity to shape future services. We look forward to welcoming you to our award winning team. Please contact Deborah Livingstone 01452 386283 or email www.glosparentcarers.org.uk

Pedalabikeaway (Forest of Dean) – We have a big range of bikes for those with specific requirements.  Whether you are after a trike, wheelchair bike, hand-cranked wheelchair, electric bike or tandem we have something for you. Telephone: 01594 860065 or please visit the websitewww.pedalabikeaway.co.uk

Playgroup and Toddler Association (PATA) – PATA is the largest voluntary sector provider of support to early years childcare and education in Gloucestershire. PATA’s mission is to support the development of high quality, accessible childcare, play and learning provision for children, young people and families. Please phone 01452 541244 or email info@pataglos.org.uk

PING (Physical Inclusion Network Gloucestershire) – PING is a network, linking physically disabled people and services in Gloucestershire. Its website includes a directory of services and information relevant to physically disabled people of all ages. PING also provides independent support, carries out quality checking services and creates inclusive networks for people with physical disabilities. Please contact Vicci Livingstone-Thompson on 01242 580502 or email info@pinglos.org.uk Alternatively please visit the website www.pinglos.org.uk

Positive Caring Programme – The Positive Caring Programme is a series of informal group sessions providing support and information for carers. The programme is delivered in local venues across the county and is free for all carers to attend. Please contact Chris Cam 01452 500885 / 01452 426254  / 07920 560650 or email christine.cam@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Riding for the Disabled Association – Cotswold Riding for the Disabled is a member of the Riding for the Disabled Association national charity, providing riding lessons for disabled children and adults. All our riders are physically disabled or have learning difficulties or special needs, so having a facility such as ours available to them makes a huge impact on their confidence as well as developing / supporting therapy and achievement. Please phone 0845 241 4344 or email cotswold.rda@btconnect.com or please visit the website www.cotswoldrda.org.uk

SCOPE – We can point you in the right direction, whether it’s through our helpline, website or training. We offer free, impartial advice on a wide range of disability issues and can always put you in touch with someone who can support or help. Our expertise in cerebral palsy means we can support parents of a newly diagnosed child with a home visit. Please contact Karin Gray 01453 755475 or 07736 093421or email karin.gray@scope.org.uk

Special Needs JungleParent-led information, resources & informed opinion about Children & Young People with SEN, Special Needs, Disability, Health Conditions and Rare Diseases. Please visit the website www.specialneedsjungle.com

The Key – The Key is an information service for families in Gloucestershire who have a child or young person with medical or educational needs aged 0 – 25. The Key is a free and confidential service and registration is voluntary. Please phone Sarah Hopkins or Sarah Mansion on 0800 009 3443 or emailthekey@gloucestershire.gov.uk

The Spring Centre – The Spring Centre provides care and support to children and young people with disabilities and their families from across Gloucestershire. The Spring Centre provides help for children and young people (aged from 0 – 18 years) with complex needs and often profound or multiple disabilities. We also support the parents, carers, brothers and sisters of the children that attend the Centre. We provide practical help for each family and work with parents to ensure that they can access our services in a way that is appropriate for them. Please contact 01452 725935 or email info@springcentre.org Alternatively, please visit the website www.springcentre.org

Total Communication – Gloucestershire Total Communication actively promotes all methods of communication. Our aim is to ensure a ‘common language’ is adopted for all people to help make a consistent and positive difference to everybody’s lives. Information, networking and the development of shared resources for a common language are vital. For more information, please visit the website http://www.totalcommunication.org.uk or email helen@totalcommunication.org.uk