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Directory of Useful Contacts

Many of these services are for residents who live in the London Borough of Wandsworth but equivalents should be available in other boroughs.

0 to 25 DISABILITY TEAM

 

The 0 to 25 Disability Team is a social work service.  They work with children and young people with severe and enduring disabilities from 0 - 25 years old and their parents / carers.  They provide support for children and young people and their families and carers; assessments of children and young people's needs; ensuring the safety of disabled children and young people; identification of additional resources required; care of looked after children and young people with disabilities and organisation of short breaks.

 

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ASDAN 

 

Asdan is an education charity and awarding organisation.  They provide flexible and engaging programmes and qualifications that help young people develop skills for learning, work and life.

 

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AURORA CENTRE

 

Aurora is a non-residential, specialist centre for 16-25 year olds with autistic spectrum disorder and complex needs.  They offer bespoke educational opportunities in this specialist centre, based at their Merton campus.

  

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BARNARDO'S

 

They are a registered charity and aim to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through the work of our services, campaigning and research expertise.  They believe they can bring out the very best in every child whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.

 

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BUDGETING LOANS

 

These are provided by the government to help pay for essential things like rent, furniture, clothes or hire purchase debts.  You’re only eligible for a Budgeting Loan if you’ve been on certain benefits for 6 months.

 

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CAMHS - CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE 

 

This is a multi-disciplinary service providing a specialist service for children and young people with severe, complex and persistent mental health disorders. It provides a comprehensive assessment and treatment service.  They are based in Springfield Hospital in Tooting.

 

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CARE TRADE

 

Care Trade create opportunities for young Londoners with autism. They aim, with the right support, to enable young people with autism to work and to play an active part in their community.  And for those whose autism limits their ability to become fully independent, they too need more choices and opportunities to live full and happy lives.

 

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CARERS ALLOWANCE

 

You can claim Carers Allowance if you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer’s Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits.

 

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CARSHALTON COLLEGE

 

Carshalton provides training and work experience opportunities for students with learning difficulties and / or disabilities. The focus of their study programmes is to embed independence and employability skills to enable their learners to secure positive and meaningful progression, be that into independent living, or into the workplace through vocational study within their specialist areas across the College.

 

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CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING

 

If you believe there is an immediate need for a safeguarding response, call Wandsworth's Initial Point of Contact (IPOC).

 

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CHILD TAX CREDITS

 

You may be able to claim Child Tax Credit if you’re responsible for children either:

  • aged 16 or under - you can claim up until 31 August after their 16th birthday
  • under 20 and in eligible education or training

 

You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit. Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a child.

 

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CITIZENS ADVICE WANDSWORTH

 

They offer advice and information on a range of social welfare issues such as finance, debt and housing.

 

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CLDHT - COMMUNITY LEARNING DISABILITY HEALTH TEAM 

 

If you have a learning disability or know someone that does, and they have difficulties accessing mainstream health services, Wandsworth's Community Learning Disability Health Team (CLDHT) may be able to help you.

 

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CONNEXIONS - SPECIAL NEEDS TEAM

 

They provide Specialist Careers Guidance, Information and Advice for young Wandsworth residents aged 14 to 25 with learning difficulties and disabilities who have statements of special educational needs. Learning Difficulty Assessments or the new Educational Health and Care Plans and their parents or carers.

 

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CONTACT 

 

For families with disabled children, Contact support families with the best possible guidance and information.  They bring families together to support each other and help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

 

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CONTINENCE ADVISORY SERVICE

 

Continence Advisory service provides children with disabilities over the age of three or four their entitled free nappy service.  Please contact our Healthcare Assistant through the school to ask for a referral.

 

Primary School 020 8788 5648

Secondary School 020 8878 1521

 

DASCAS - DISABILITY AND SOCIAL CARE ADVICE SERVICE 

 

Citizens Advice Wandsworth's Disability and Social Care Advice Service (DASCAS) team, gives independent advice to residents of the London Borough of Wandsworth about disability and sickness benefits and services.  The service is for people with disabilities and the relatives and friends who care for them.  They offer telephone advice, home visits and office interviews.

 

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DCR - Disable Children's Register

 

The Disable Children's Register (DCR) records details of children and young people in the borough who have a physical or learning disability.  The voluntary register collects information on children and young people aged 0 - 18.

 

The information is used to help the London Borough of Wandsworth and local health services plan appropriate services in the borough, for parents to have a voice and ensure that the London Borough of Wandsworth and other services are aware of the needs and demands for services in the borough and to provide regular up to date information to parents and carers of children and young people with a disability or special need.

 

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DIRECT PAYMENTS

 

Direct payments can be accessed via a social worker to contribute towards respite such as personal assistants, baby sitters or access to leisure facilities. These let you choose and buy the services you need yourself, instead of getting them from your council.

 

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DISABILITY GRANTS

 

Charities and Trusts provide funding towards the high cost of disability equipment, holidays, housing, days out.........in fact anything above and beyond the normal costs of everyday living.

 

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DISABILITY SERVICE CENTRE

 

Get advice or information about a claim you’ve already made for Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

 

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DLA - DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE 

 

 Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:

  • is under 16
  • has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability

 

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FARES TO HOSPITAL

 

If you're referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor, dentist or another health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS).

 

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FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER AT PADDOCK SCHOOL

 

Georgina Hania has been our Family Liaison Officer for more than 10 years and is always happy to be contacted to discuss any issues you may have. She has worked with the children at Paddock School for many years and is very experienced in helping children with their toilet training, feeding issues, communication programs and sensory development. 

 

Contact through the school office or email: haniag@paddock.wandsworth.sch.uk

 

FIS -  FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE

 

Wandsworth Council's Family Information Service (FIS) provides information and assistance to parents, children, young perople and professionals on support services and activities for the 0 - 19 years age group (25 if the young person has a special need).

 

The service has information on how to find childcare including childminders and nurseries, education, family support services, financial support for families, activities to do with your child, health information and school holiday activities.

 

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FOPS - Friends of Paddock School

 

FOPS is a registered charity set up by parents and staff with the following aims:

  • To support the school and its pupils by helping to provide funding for trips and educational visits
  • To purchase a range of specialist equipment 
  • To organise activites for parents and children who attend Paddock School.

 

If you're interested in joining them to help, please contact Georgina Hania, our Family Liaison Officer, email: haniag@paddock.wandsworth.sch.uk

 

GENERATE

 

Opportunities for people with learning disabilites.  Community Connections offers a range of support options and activities for people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders.  The outreach project offers 1-1 support to facilitate access to the community, learning, employment, health services and to assist with the day to day management of living an independent life.  Group projects provide daily access to health and wellbeing programs, independent life skills courses, exercise, social connections, art classes and music.

 

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GEORGE SHEARING CENTRE - YOUTH CLUB

 

The Youth Club at the George Shearing Centre is for young people aged 13 - 25 years old with severe learning disabilities and complex needs. The centre provides a chance for young people to meet their friends in an informal setting and offers various activities and facilities including pool, drumming, football, art, computers, the Wii and a sensory room.

 

George Shearing offers our secondary school children under 18 an After School Club on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and provide transport.  They are based in Battersea.

 

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HAIL WANDSWORTH COMMUNITY HUB

 

The HAIL community is a true community venue offering a range of opportunities, activities and services.  The Hub is a friendly and welcoming environment.  They aim to give people the independence they need to lead their own lives.  They do this with personal home support, by helping people to get out and about on public transport, by finding people the right jobs and even assisting with start up businesses.

 

It currently offers brokerage services for people with personal budgets; employment services for people with learning disabilities, Autism and physical disabilities; specialist care and support for people with personality disorders, learning disabilities and Autism; Travel Mate service and travel training service.

 

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HEARING SUPPORT SERVICE

 

If you have a deaf child or young person in your family, Wandsworth Hearing Support Service are there to help.  Their dedicated team provide unparalleled expertise in the field of deafness support, advice, resources and training.

 

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HOME START WANDSWORTH

 

Home start places volunteers with parents in their own homes.  Volunteers may offer emotional as well as practical support to parents who are experiencing isolation, post natal illnesses, bereavement, multiple births or any other issue affecting their family.

 

For families with children aged 0 - 5 living in the borough of Wandsworth. 

 

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LADY ALLEN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

 

KIDS' Adventure Playgrounds provide an opportunity for stimulating and inclusive play on a closed access site. They cater for children across the entire range of disablities including profoundly disabled children with cerebral palsy, visual impairments, hearing impairments, severe development delay, children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, children with varying degrees of learning disabilites, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, children with ADHD and also children who are still being diagnosed.

 

They offer sessions after school, Saturdays as well as school holidays.  They are based in Battersea.

 

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LAMBETH COLLEGE

 

Lambeth College provides courses and programmes for people with moderate to severe learning difficulties or disabilities.  Their Supported Learning programme is personalised to meet individual needs and their Supported Learning curriculum plays an important role in developing independence and employability skills.  Courses include hospitality and catering, hair and beauty, arts, media and retail.  They are based in Brixton and Clapham Common.

 

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LIVE TOO LIMITED

 

Live Too Limited provide supported living and community support services to adults with learning difficulties in Wandsworth and the surrounding boroughs of Lambeth.  They are based in Tooting.

 

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LOCAL OFFER

 

Wandsworth's Local Offer for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

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MENCAP

 

Mencap is a learning disability charity working with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.  The services they provide range from round-the-clock care to helping someone join in with local leisure activities, providing advice and information on things like employment and education, helping someone to live independently for the first time, and even things like reporting a crime to the police.

 

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Wandsworth Mencap

 

 

MOTABILITY

 

Motability is a charity which helps disabled people become more mobile. It helps them by using the higher rate component of their disability living allowance to lease or buy a car, powered wheelchair or scooter. A wide range of cars, wheelchairs and scooters are available through a national network of motability accredited suppliers. Children of three years old and non drivers can also apply for a car as passengers, provided they receive the correct allowance.

 

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NAPPY AND PADS

 

Many of our children wear nappies and pads and out dedicated Healthcare Assistant, Elaine Hurd is responsible for referral.

 

Contact via email: elainehurd@nhs.net

 

NASH COLLEGE

 

Livability Nash College is an independent specialist further education college for disabled people aged 19 - 25.  The college caters for a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) including physical, communication and sensory disabilities, medical conditions or autism, in addition to learning disabilities, from severe to profound.  They are based in Bromley.

 

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NCS - THE CHALLENGE

 

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15-17 year olds.  The National Citizen Service helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

 

Running during summer and half-term and involves a short time away from home, trying new things as well as taking part in a team project in the local community and much more!

 

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NHS 111

 

NHS 111 is much more than a helpline – if you're worried about an urgent medical concern, you can call 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.

 

Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one.

 

NHS 111 advisers can also assess if you need an ambulance and send one immediately if necessary.

 

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OAKDENE - RESIDENTIAL UNIT

 

Oakdene provides overnight short breaks for children and young people aged from 5, though more usually from 8 to 18 years. All children and young people, who use the service have moderate to severe learning difficulties as well as associated physical or medical needs, sensory impairments and some challenging behaviours.

 

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

 

OT provides input into developing a child's independence and development of skills, as well as advice regarding access to the curriculum and learning, using strategies such as Sensory Integration.

 

The therapy team can be contacted through the school office on

020 8878 1521 (secondary)

020 8788 5648 (primary) 

or the home/school communication diary and they will contact you as soon as possible. 

 

ONE TRUST

 

One Trust is an independent charity based in South West London.  They offer fun, engaging and personalised day services for adults with learning disabilities,  They provide flexible and responsive support 52 weeks a year, within welcoming and well-resourced environments.

 

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ORCHARD HILL COLLEGE

 

They are a community based specialist college offering educational opportunities for students over 16 years old with a wide range of special needs.

 

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PIP - PERSONAL INPENDENCE PAYMENT

 

For people aged 16 - 64, you may be able to get help with some of the extra costs caused by long term ill-health or disability.

 

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PLATFORM ONE CAFE

 

Platform One Cafe in Clapham Junction is a training Cafe for people with learning disabilities run by the Camden Society.  If you would like to work in catering or want to find out what it's like to have a job, you can come to Platform One to get that experience.

 

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POSITIVE PARENT ACTION

 

Positive Parent Action are parents and carers who've come together to champion children and young people (from birth to 25), living in Wandsworth who are affected by disability.  Knowing that there's strength in numbers and shared experience, we work closely with Wandsworth Council to improve provision for all families in the borough with additional needs.

 

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SCHOOL NURSE

 

At Paddock, we have our very own school nurse, Maria Momoh, who covers both the Primary and Secondary school. She deals with things like Care Plans.

 

Contact via email: Mariatu.Momoh@stgeorges.nhs.uk

 

SIBS

 

Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister.  It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings.

 

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SNAS - SPECIAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SERVICE

 

The special Needs Assessment Service is responsible for carrying out the statutory assessment process for individual children and young people with special educational needs to find out what their needs are and what help they can be offered.  They also review these assessments each year.

 

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SOCIAL SERVICES

 

The 0 - 25 Team are based at the Town Hall in central Wandsworth and the duty social worked can be contact on 020 8871 7192.

 

SPECIAL SERVICES PLANNING

 

Wandsworth's Special Services Planning Team is responsible for planning and policy development of special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision within Wandsworth.

 

This includes planning for the number of school places and types of provision required; school reorganisations; working with Finance colleagues and schools to plan and implement any changes to high needs funding; commissioning short breaks services and activites; running the short breaks small grants programme; running the Local Offer website, the Disabled Children's Register (DCR), WAND and WAND+ schemes and co-ordinating the Wiki project.

 

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST

 

Our speech and language therapists work closely with our class teams and  they offer training and support to parents.  

 

They can be contacted through the school office on

020 8878 1521 (secondary)

020 8788 5648 (primary)

or the home/school communication diary and they will contact you as soon as possible.

 

ST JOHN'S THERAPY CENTRE

 

St John's Therapy Centre brings together community-based therapy services, a mental health unit and two GP practices.  Many of the services provided at the centre are walk-in clinics however some require a referral from a health service professional.

 

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ST PIERS COLLEGE

 

St Piers College is an incredible place for children with neurological conditions and behavioural difficulties to thrive. Their highly experienced and dedicated staff excell in teaching pupils with a range of needs including:

ASC - Autistic Spectrum Condition 

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Acquired brain injuries

Behaviour Difficulties

Epilepsy

Learning Difficulties

Non Weight Bearing Needs 

 

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THE BAKED BEAN COMPANY

 

The Baked Bean Company started out specialising in drama-based services, using drama as a learning tool to help improve confidence, social skills and living skills for people with learning disabilities.  They now also provide Dance and Movement, Singing, Craft, Performing Arts, Cookery, Filming, Djing, Musical Theatre, Health and Fitness and Holidays. They are based in Battersea, Clapham Junction, Southfields and Tooting.

 

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THE NATIONAL AUTISM SOCIETY

 

They support autistic people and their families across the UK and are working to change society for the better for those with the autism spectrum.

 

They run residential, supported living, community day hubs, outreach, befriending, social groups and employment support services for adults as well as specialist schools, autism centres in mainstream school and further education support for children and young people.

 

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TRANSPORT

 

Most children come to school on transport provided by Wandsworth through CT Plus.  This is authorised by your child’s case manager at the Town Hall.  All transport is organised by CT Plus and not by Paddock School.  Therefore any issues must be addressed directly with CT Plus on 020 3559 5900 . 

 

Any written  messages that you have may be given to the escort.  If your child is not travelling on the bus on any day, you will need to contact the bus garage to let the driver know not to call at your house. 

 

WANDSWORTH CARERS CENTRE

 

Wandsworth Carers' Centre is a registered charity and limited company that has been providing support to unpaid Carers in Wandsworth since 1995 and are the lead provider of Carers Partnership Wandsworth.

 

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WANDSWORTH TRANSITION SERVICE

 

If you're a young person with a disability you may be able to get support to help you transition to adulthood. There could be support to help you into education, work and training, with housing and benefits and more. Transition age usually starts when you're a teenager and ends at around 25. You can find out more by speaking to your key worker or social worker, if you have one, or the people who are currently involved in your support.

 

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WANDSWORTH YOUTH SERVICE

 

They are a service for young people aged 11 - 19 or up to 25 if the young person has a disability.

 

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WARDLEY STREET RESPITE SERVICE

 

 

They are a respite service managed by Certitude.  Certitude provides personalised support for adults in Wandsworth with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

 

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WIASS - Wandsworth Information, Advice and Support Services

 

They provide a confidential, impartial, information, advice and support service to parents / carers, children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

 

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WORKING TAX CREDITS

 

You could get Working Tax Credit if either of the following apply:

  • you’re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability
  • you’re 25 or over, with or without children

 

You must:

  • work a certain number of hours a week
  • get paid for the work you do (or expect to)
  • have an income below a certain level

 

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WVSS - WANDSWORTH VISION SUPPORT SERVICE

 

They are based in the Lodge Family Centre within the grounds of Linden Lodge School.  There service works in close collaboration with the Hearing Support Service to support all children and young people from birth to 25 years with visual impairment with and without additional needs in the borough of Wandsworth, Lambeth and Islington.  

 

Visual impairment creates many potential barriers to learning. Their service strives to break down these barriers and they are a team of specialist teachers and experienced children's workers who aim to deliver high quality support and advice to enable children and young people with a visual impairment to have full access to their learning environment.

 

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