Information about local, regional and national groups and networks related to special education needs and disabilities.
The list of groups and networks are organised by children's and young people's specific needs:
Access Create College
Access Create College aims to develop the next generation of creatives through innovative, practical, employment-led training.
Action for Children
Action for Children help disadvantaged children across the United Kingdom.
Association of Educational Psychologists
Trade union and professional association for educational psychologists in the United Kingdom.
Basics Plus is a social enterprise based in Scarborough 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.
The British Psychological Society
Representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.
Carers Resource promotes the rights and encourages the recognition of all those with caring responsibilities.
Provides music theatre opportunities for adults and young people with learning and physical disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.
The Chopsticks social enterprise in Northallerton 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.
Council for Disabled Children
The Council for Disabled Children 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.
Dear Albert helps individuals to stop taking alcohol and drugs.
Department for Education
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England.
Telephone: 0370 000 2288
Disability Action Yorkshire
Based in Harrogate, 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.
Education Endowment Foundation
The Education Endowment Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.
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.
Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre
Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough supports people with disabilities to reach their true potential by providing independence skills and vocational training through the Handmade at Henshaws social enterprise scheme.
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.
Jennyruth Workshops in Ripon 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 and IT, computer and office skills.
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.
National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists
NAPEP 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.
National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impaired Children
NAPLIC is an established national organisation for teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals, led by a volunteer committee.
Nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs)
Organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.
National Governors’ Association
An independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and wellbeing of children and young people.
Nipperbout Active Childcare
Nipperbout Active Childcare provide mobile crèche and event childcare services.
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.
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 who are supported with administration by Community First Yorkshire.
Membership is free and is open to North Yorkshire families that include children or young people aged up to 25 with special educational needs or a disability. Parents, carers and others can also volunteer to support NYPACT, either as part of the committee or in their locality.
Telephone: 01904 704177
Paperworks in Harrogate 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.
The Professional Association for teachers and assessors of students with Specific Learning Difficulties.
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.
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.
Ryedale Special Families
Ryedale Special Families in Malton 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.
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.
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 six 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.
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.
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.
WHISH (Whitby Hidden Impairments Support & Help)
WHISH is a parent led support group and charity for all in Whitby and the surrounding area with an interest in hidden impairments.
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 and Humberside Training Services provide vocational training and workforce development solutions for local people and businesses.
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.
Young Carers Resource
The Young Carers and Families team at Carers’ Resource in Harrogate 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 / 239 KB) leaflet for more details.
Alternatively, see the following Facebook pages:
Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource (AWARE)
AWARE is a parent-run group supporting families with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum covering the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven areas and beyond.
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.
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.
Harrogate NAS (National Autistic Society)
Support for young people with high functioning autism / Asperger syndrome and their parents in the Harrogate area.
We are a voluntary group of parents of children and young people with an autistic spectrum condition in the Scarborough area.
Sparkle is a social support group of parents and carers who have children with autism. Asperger's or an autism spectrum condition, 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 in the Skipton and Craven area. They also welcome parents or carers of children with any disability who feel they will benefit from the group.
Dyslexia Action Training and Professional Development is an accredited national training provider of courses designed and delivered to support professionals working with individuals with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.
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.
Afasic supports parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language.
The British Stammering Association
Support to all whose lives are affected by stammering.
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.
Children’s communication charity.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK; providing leadership and setting professional standards.
SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information & Research Association)
Support for families with selectively mute children.
British Association of Educational Audiologists
Provides support for all hearing impaired children.
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.
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.
Support for professionals in education who promote positive outcomes for children and young people with a physical disability.
We offer beginner, intermediate or advanced Wheelchair Skills Training programmes across four age ranges: ages two to seven, ages eight to 14, ages 15 to 18 and ages 19 to 25. Each Wheelchair Skills Training Programme can also be adapted to meet the specific needs of the young people who attend.
NatSIP, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.
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: www.facebook.com/groups/spdpsg
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.
Claro Enterprises in Starbeck near Harrogate 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.
Next Steps Mental Health Centre
Next Steps in Malton 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.
Orb Community Enterprise
The Orb Community Arts project in Knaresborough 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.
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.
Access our community directory to find activities, local clubs, societies, organisations and help groups in your area.
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).