Useful links

Local Charities & Support

Little Stars

Friendly rhyme and sign group for children aged 0-5 years led by Qualified Makaton Teacher, Laura

The Elizabeth Foundation

Helping young deaf children learn to listen and talk


PACSO is a local charity that supports children with disabilities and their families in the Chichester and Arun districts of West Sussex

Reaching Families

Set up to empower, care for and inform parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex

Suzanne Hill School of Dance

Teaching children and adults of all ages and abilities in West Sussex in a friendly and supportive environment

The Snowdrop Trust

Supporting families in Sussex with very sick children stay at home

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association

Committed to improving the lives of children and their families, in Portsmouth and South Hampshire

Solent Speech

Speech and language therapy agency based in Havant

National Charities & Support

Blue Badge Parking Scheme

The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems. It allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme operates throughout the UK and is managed by local authorities, who deal with applications and issue Blue Badges.


Supporting families with a child with a brain condition

Disability Benefit Advice

Disability Living Allowance; Employment and Support Allowance; Incapacity Benefit; Constant Attendance Allowance; Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (diseases and deafness); Disabled Facilities Grants; The Independent Living Fund; Medical costs for war pensioners; Vaccine Damage Payment; Attendance Allowance; Direct payments for care and services; Benefits if you are ill or disabled – changes you need to know about; Disabled Students’ Allowances (disabled people section); Community Care Grants; Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (accidents); Blue Badge parking scheme (disabled people section); War Disablement Pension; Severe Disablement Allowance from Direct Gov

Down Syndrome Education International

Down Syndrome Education International is a leading international charity dedicated to raising levels of educational achievement among children with Down syndrome. We have been at the forefront of developmental and educational research and evidence-based services improving outcomes for children with Down syndrome for over 30 years

Downs Heart Group

A charity offering support and information relating to heart conditions associated with Down’s Syndrome

Down’s Syndrome Association

We are the only organisation in this country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome.


Registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales to assess and provide for children with special educational needs


We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose

Makaton Charity

NHS Choices – Carers Direct –Carers Direct is the official website designed to help you get the help and support you need as a carer


Help and advice for SEN We offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Special Kids in the UK

Offering friendship and support for families of children and young people with special needs throughout the United Kingdom. Special Needs covers a broad spectrum including learning, physical and behavioural difficulties.

Speech picture resources

Free pictures to aid speech practice

Singing Hands

Suzanne and Tracy introduce Makaton signing through singing –

Trikes Fund

These organisations can provide funding for trikes for children with Downs Syndrome