Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
Of course all parents look after their children, but if you're a parent or guardian who looks after a child with disabilities, a long-term health condition or learning difficulties, there are ways to get support for you and your family.
One of the first things to do is to get in contact with your local council and ask for an assessment. Assessments are the first step in getting support from your local council.
If you are caring for a child then ask for a needs assessment under the Children Act.
The assessment should consider all the help that the disabled child needs, the needs of any other children in the family and the help that you may need to care for the disabled child.
The assessment will allow the Council to make decisions about the support they can provide for you and your family.
Contact your council about having an assessment under the Children Act as follows:
Hammersmith and FulhamDisabled children's team 2nd Floor 145 Kings St Hammersmith W6 9XY Tel: 0208 753 3321
The council has produced a leaflet which explain the services currently available to children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities, and their parents and carers.
Kensington and ChelseaSocial Services DepartmentThe Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NXTel: 020 7361 3013: Social Services LineFax: 020 7938 1445Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The council has produced a collection of leaflets which explain the services currently available to children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities, and their parents and carers.
WestminsterChildren with Disabilities Team,The Medical Centre, 7e Woodfield Road, London, W9 3XZTel: 020 7641 5100
In most cases, you will not need to have a separate carer's assessment if you and your family have had a needs assessment. However if you do feel that you would like an additional carer's assessment, or want to know about local support available for carers, then the following should be useful:-
Carers Kensington and Chelsea are the main organisation in Kensington and Chelsea providing information, advice and support for carers.
They have produced an information booklet for carers for 2016.
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Kensington and Chelsea for a handy summary of local support options.
Westminster have produced an information booklet for carers.
The Carers Network are the main organisation in Westminster providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers.
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Westminster for a handy summary of local support options.
The Carers Network are the main organisation in Hammersmith and Fulham providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers.They have produced the following leaflets with details of support available locally:-
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Hammersmith and Fulham for a handy summary of local support options.
You can find out more about local support available to carers on our Carers' advice and support organisations page.
And our Events calendar offers information on support groups and other activities for carers in your area.
The government's main website provides more information on getting help if you have a disabled child.
The NHS Choices website provides support on caring for a disabled child.
The Working Families website provides information on your financial and employment rights when looking after a disabled child or adult.