Information about local, regional and national groups and networks related to special education needs and disabilities.
Access to Music
Action for Children
Afasic supports parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language.
Telephone: 0300 666 9410
Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource (AWARE)
Association of Educational Psychologists
Autism Angels work with their equine facilitated learning model, whereby individuals, families and professionals will gain new insights into how to communicate, empower and connect with those on the autistic spectrum.
Telephone: 0113 3873064
Autism Education Trust
Dedicated to coordinating, supporting and promoting effective education practice for all children and young people on the autism spectrum
Easi Works has been created by Autism Plus in Easingwold. They support people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions to develop work related skills and to find work experience or employment in a fun working environment.
Basics Plus is a social enterprise providing work training opportunities for more than 80 people with learning difficulties, supported by 30 staff. Basics Plus offers a diverse range of business activities, including a craft and print works and catering.
Basics Plus at Betton Farm
Betton Farm is owned and run by the Basics Plus social enterprise and provides additional skills training and employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties in the Scarborough area. The farm features various facilities and amenities.
Blind Children UK
Leading charity for children and young people with sight loss.
British Association of Educational Audiologists
Provides support for all hearing impaired children.
The British Psychological Society
Representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.
The British Stammering Association
Support to all whose lives are affected by stammering.
Provides music theatre opportunities for adults and young people with learning and physical disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Challenging Behaviour Foundation is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else.
The Chopsticks social enterprise provides work-based support to adults with learning disabilities, making bags of kindling wood and biomass woodchip fuel from waste timber. Chopsticks also provide garden care and home maintenance services.
Claro Enterprises provide a workplace for people with mental health problems to develop their self-esteem, motivation and confidence and to enhance their work and social skills. They produce wooden craft items, commercial signs and garden stoneware.
The Communication Trust
A coalition of more than 50 not-for-profit organisations working together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
Council for Disabled Children
CDC aims to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and children with special educational needs.
Creative Coffee is a social enterprise providing work placements with a coffee cart service in the Scarborough and Whitby area, for adults with learning difficulties, mental health problems and others currently receiving social care services.
Reduce the harms of drug and alcohol misuse.
Department for Education
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England.
Telephone: 0370 000 2288
Disability Action Yorkshire
Disability Action Yorkshire provides ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) accredited training courses for disabled adults in North Yorkshire. The courses are supported with work experience programmes.
Provide support assessments and tuition.
Dyslexia Network Plus
DNPlus is a local association in North Yorkshire to support people with dyslexia, dyslexic type difficulties and other specific difficulties with literacy and numeracy. It is run by volunteers and based in the Hambleton and Richmond area, but is open to anyone in the region who is prepared to travel.
The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust
Collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information.
Education Endowment Foundation
Independent grant-making charity.
The Flying High Group
The Flying High Group is a group of young adults with disabilities or extra support needs, aged 16 to 25 years old. They represent different areas across North Yorkshire and take the views of young people to the officers at North Yorkshire County Council, to help them find ways to improve opportunities and services for young people.
Harrogate NAS (National Autistic Society)
Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre
Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre supports people with disabilities to reach their true potential by providing independence skills and vocational training through the Handmade at Henshaws social enterprise scheme.
Telephone: 01423 541888
Home from Home Care
Created by parents to make the difference; Home from Home Care provides specialist residential care for adults (17+) with complex needs, including Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, PMLD, Sensory Impairment and other associated health and mental health issues, supporting individuals to lead active and fulfilled lives.
Horticap's social enterprise activities include a retail shop selling plants, horticultural sundries, crafts and gifts. They also offer gardening services around the Harrogate district.
Inclusive Music Group
Scarborough based arts organisation Create, in partnership with York based Accessible Arts and Media are setting up an Inclusive Music Group at Wheatcroft School in Scarborough.
Telephone: 01904 626965
Jennyruth Workshops is a productive social enterprise where adults with learning difficulties gain confidence, skills and happiness. Workers learn practical skills such as painting, woodwork, sewing, card making, IT/computer and office skills.
MigLoo is a portable hoisted changing suite and is recognized by the Changing Places charity as a designated mobile Changing Place. It is ideal for leaving the confines of a wheelchair to experience freedom, touch sand, lie on grass, sit in a beanbag and be part of the fun.
Migraine Action is the national advisory and support charity for people affected by migraine. They have produced a leaflet primarily for children and young people, but also for those who support them. It is free to download from their website.
The Mulberry Bush School
We provide specialist therapeutic care, treatment, education and family support to severely emotionally troubled children. These are children who have suffered early trauma, neglect and abuse, and their behaviours are often very high risk, chaotic, aggressive and/or sexualised.
Telephone: 01865 300202
Seeks to support, advise and influence the leadership of educational psychology services and supports the continuing development of our profession in order to achieve the most positive, inclusive outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.
National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network
We provide information and intelligence to improve decision-making for high quality, cost effective services.
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
The National Deaf Children's Society is a national charity offering free information and support to families with a deaf child.
National Governors’ Association
An independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of children and young people.
National Sensory Impairment Partnership.
Next Steps Mental Health Centre
Next Steps run a community café that is open to all, providing adults with mental health issues work and volunteering opportunities to improve their life and job skills. The café also allows people to access training to further extend their skills.
Nipperbout Active Childcare
Northallerton Mencap Society
Northallerton and the Dales Mencap Society is based in Northallerton and covers the Hambleton and Richmondshire Districts of North Yorkshire. The main aims of the society are to give help, advice and support to people with learning disabilities, their families and their carers.
North Yorkshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (previously known as the Parent Partnership Service)
Information about the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS), along with general SEND advice and information, is available on the special educational needs advice and support page.
NYMAZ Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Music Network
The network is open to all those in North Yorkshire and Teesside who are working with (or interested in learning more about how to work with) children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability, including music practitioners, workshop leaders, classroom teachers, staff, freelance practitioners, and carers.
Membership is free and includes invitations to training events and conferences; opportunities to network with peers; online forums to share learning and effective practice; plus e-bulletins featuring the latest policy updates, research and sector news.
Telephone: 01904 543382
NYPACT is the parent carer forum for North Yorkshire and aim to provide a collective voice for parents of children with disabilities and additional needs. They are a voluntary organisation run by a management committee of volunteer parent carers and supported by a part-time paid member of staff based at North Yorkshire and York Forum.
North Yorkshire families that include children or young people aged up to 25 with special educational needs or a disability can now access affordable days out.
The Max card provides free or discounted access for up to two adult and two children at attractions such as Yorvik, Castle Howard and Eureka in Yorkshire and more than 400 UK attractions. We have provided funding to NYPACT to enable it to offer these cards free to its members. Contact NYPACT to join and receive a free Max card.
Orb Community Enterprise
The Orb Community Arts project works with a positive mental health focus to support vulnerable people who are suffering social and economic exclusion to grow in skills and confidence and have more opportunity to play a role in the life of the community.
Paperworks provide work experience and practical skills training for adults with a range of extra needs, including disabilities. They offer print, mailing and packing services to provide real work experience, as well as personalised training programmes.
Professional Association for teachers and assessors of students with Specific Learning Difficulties.
Support for professionals in education who promote positive outcomes for children and young people with a physical disability.
Pioneer Projects (Celebratory Arts) Ltd
The Pioneer Projects social enterprise is based at Looking Well Studios and works across Craven to provide opportunities for the whole community, including people with disabilities and mental health problems.
Purple Patch Arts
The Purple Patch Arts social enterprise works to improve the lives and life chances of people living with learning disabilities, mental ill health or dementia by running arts workshops, lifelong learning courses and social inclusion projects.
Red Balloon of the air
Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. We provide an academic and theraputic programme to enable our students to get back on track and reconnect with society.
Rehab 4 Addiction
Free helpline for people suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health problems.
Ripon Walled Garden
The Ripon Community Link - Walled Garden social enterprise supports adults with learning disabilities to develop skills leading to employment in the Ripon and Harrogate areas and towards Northallerton, Thirsk and Nidderdale.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK; providing leadership and setting professional standards.
Ryedale Special Families
Ryedale Special Families supports families of children and young people with disabilities, additional needs and illness in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. They are a parent-led group providing advocacy, information, social groups, respite care and family activities.
We are a voluntary group of parents of children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition.
Selby Garden Enterprise
Selby Garden Enterprise offers a practical gardening and landscaping service for residents and businesses in the Selby area, whilst providing supported training and work experience for adults with physical, mental health and learning needs.
Supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.
Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group North East England
This group offers support, advice, networking, meetings, education and strategies for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), all of whom have either ASD, DCD (Dyspraxia), ADHD or SPD. They are affiliated with the Sensory Processing Foundation in the USA and with Tree Tops Children's Occupational Therapy in Newton Aycliffe.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spdpsg
Sibs is a UK charity for siblings who may be finding it hard to cope with a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long term condition. Sibs can give information and advice both over the phone and online. Sibs also runs YoungSibs, an online only support service for siblings in the UK aged 6 to 17.
Skipton Extended Learning for All (SELFA)
SELFA is a charity providing out-of-school activities for disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Skipton and Craven.
SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information & Research Association)
Support families with selectively mute children.
Sparkle is a social support group of parents and carers who have children with autism/Asperger's or an ASC, who meet twice a month in term-time for a chat and a drink. The group is open to parents of children with or without an official diagnosis.
Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire
Telephone: 07792 123955
At Special iApps, we develop educational apps for children with special educational needs, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and other learning disabilities.
The aims of our website is to find the best tutors in your area and allow parents and children to connect with a suitable tutor. Currently we have several tutors offering their services in the North Yorkshire area. We have a policy whereby for every student who pays, we give free tutoring to a child who can't.
We offer beginner, intermediate or advanced Wheelchair Skills Training programmes across four age ranges: ages 2 to 7, ages 8-14, ages 15 -18 and ages 19-25. Each Wheelchair Skills Training Programme can also be adapted to meet the specific needs of the young people who attend.
The Wilf's Café social enterprise provides employment training for disabled people in the Pickering and district area, to enable them to move into the local employment market. The café also includes a sandwich delivery round to the local area.
Telephone: 01751 474740
Yatton House Print Service
The Yatton House Print Service social enterprise offers a bespoke print service within Yatton House that serves the printing needs of the local community and areas surrounding Great Ayton.
Yorkshire and Humberside Training Services
Yorkshire Coast Families
We are a community, not-for-profit organisation based in the Coast and Vale Community Action (CaVCA) office at ‘The Street’ in Scarborough. We are led by parents of children with disabilities and special needs. We also have access to expert advice.More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Telephone: 01723 362205
Young Carers Resource
The Young Carers and Families team at Carers’ Resource exists to support young carers and young adult carers in the Harrogate and Craven districts of North Yorkshire.
Youthability - Hambleton and Richmondshire
Youthability is a youth club for young people aged from 11 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. They offer free, inclusive activities for young people to enjoy and achieve. Young people can take part in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, cooking and baking, sports and trips out. Every young person has a named link worker at the session and an individual Youthability support plan.
Youthability operate sessions in Northallerton, Bedale, Thirsk and Richmond.
See the Youthability - Hambleton and Richmondshire (pdf / 206 KB) leaflet for more details.
Alternatively, see the following Facebook pages:
National groups and charities
The Department for Education has published a guide to the SEND reforms, which includes a very useful section on information and contacts relating to special educational needs and disabilities. The full document is available here. (pdf / 484 KB) (pdf / 484 KB) Further information on support groups and organisations is available here (pdf / 175 KB).
More information about voluntary and community sector services and support networks can be found on the local offer community directory page.