Are a charity that work in partnership with children, young people, adults and their families and carers. They support people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss.
Bid Services run activities throughout Lincolnshire called Chance to Meets for families with children with sensory impairments. These events given families an opportunity to meet, socialise and share experiences. Activities include sports events, bowling, music sessions and sensory activities at local parks and nature reserves and much more!
They also have a specialist care and support service to help children, young people and adults with a sensory loss to maintain their independence and improve their lives. They have a team of support workers trained in Deaf and Visual Awareness, BSL and Deafblind communication and sighted guide.
BID services also has as an employment coach for people with sensory impairment.
BRIC provides emotional and practical support for vulnerable young children and their families at an early stage to improve their lives and their opportunities. They provide emotional support and practical help to children and their families to get them back on their feet after dealing with issues such as illness, disability, abuse, isolation, and the demands of having a young family.
Bringing up children is not easy and in the current situation is causing many families more anxiety and stress and in the need of some extra support, their family support mentors offer support through phone calls to help work through the issues you are currently facing, working together to achieve the outcomes that are right for your family.
You may feel isolated and struggling with your emotional health, you could be struggling to manage routines and behaviour, be worried about your family finances, or going through relationship issues. You may just need someone to talk to.
BRIC recruits Family Support Mentors, who are currently providing all support remotely, to provide this one-to-one support for families. If you have some time, a non-judgemental and empathetic approach with an understanding of the stresses that family life can bring, we would love to hear from you.
Sarah Westwood and Paul Belliere-Wilson are solicitors from Buckles Solicitors LLP are specialists in providing legal advice to families with disabled children (including adult disabled children) in terms of Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney.
They can provide advice highlighting the importance of making a Will so that a child with disabilities is protected and does not inherit outright under a Will as otherwise benefits and local authority funding may be lost completely.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet additional needs. Each Changing Places toilet provides:
● A height adjustable adult-sized changing bench (wall-mounted or free-standing)
● A tracking hoist system
● Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers (Minimum of 3m x 4m/ 12m2 in new builds and 3m x 3m/9m2 in existing buildings)
● Centrally placed toilet with room either side for carers
Changing Places toilets have sufficient space for the disabled person and their carer thus allowing carers themselves to use the toilet, something which they cannot do in a standard disabled toilets.
Children’s Links provides a range of services to support families for inclusion.
They have a fantastic toy library in Lincoln with a range of specialist sensory toys available to hire and an inclusive play area.
Also they offer support to parents/carers to help them back into work, have a ranging of training programmes, inclusive nurseries and they operate a voluntary sector forum to support those in the sector to support local families.
Community Dental Services in Lincolnshire is a specialist dental provider for residents within the County (excluding North and North East Lincolnshire) with significant medical, physical or mental health disabilities, or people with severe dental anxiety. We are a referral only service, and our acceptance criteria and referral form can be found on our website.
They pride themselves on providing high quality care and treatment for children and adults whose dental care cannot be managed by a General Dental Practitioner. They accept referrals from all healthcare providers, however any referrals for dental anxiety reasons must come from a Dentist.
The Oral Health Improvement Team are part of the service co-ordinating, facilitating and supporting a range of evidence-based interventions to reduce oral health inequalities and promote better oral health.
Oral health is everyone’s responsibility; therefore, training is available to health and non- health professionals.
Sessions are tailored to meet the requirements of specific teams e.g. health visiting, teachers and many voluntary sector areas.
CLIP Community Learning in Partnership (CLIP) has a clear goal of widening participation in learning by people from rural, coastal and isolated communities.
They work, with equal commitment, with young people aged 16-18 years who have under-achieved at school and with adults who are looking to refresh their skills – for personal development, family, higher education or work. CLIP is also committed to supporting people who have experienced mental health difficulties. Through their Learning Minds project, they are developing a "recovery approach" through a series of courses on mental health and well-being.
CLIP now works with over 2000 learners a year and has over 40 staff and tutors. Most of their work is located in their community learning centres in Mablethorpe, Market Rasen and Gainsborough. Most of the programmes are publicly-funded and therefore open to quality inspection by Ofsted and other bodies. They were inspected in October 2017 gaining a Grade 2 - Good.
They have a wide range of opportunities available including:
• Study Programmes for 16-18s including work preparation, personal/social skills, Maths and English
• Community Learning for interest and personal development in a wide range of subjects, including Mental Health First Aid, Makaton and Introduction to Counselling
• ICT for beginners and improvers
• Accredited courses in a variety of vocational areas such as L2 Certificates in Understanding Autism, Mental Health Awareness and Counselling
• Job search and work-related skills for people looking for work
• English and Maths from Entry Level to GCSE
• Teacher training
County Care is widely regarded as one of the most respected, innovative providers of support for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health throughout Lincolnshire , Surrey, and West Sussex.
They are committed to providing high quality, person centred services which promote the independence, choice and inclusion of the people they support.
They have an excellent track record for the delivery of services which are truly personalised.
The services provided are
Day Services Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm at their centres in Holbeach and Skegness
Registered with the Care Quality Commission –
Support in the community for Children and Younger Adults
Head Office is situated in Skegness.
A leading early years charity delivering the Best Start Children’s and Family Service across the 48 Children’s Centres of Lincolnshire and outreach venues. Offering Early Years and Skills Development support for families; supporting the understanding of children’s learning and development, offering high quality Early Years sessions for families, and supporting parents and carers on their personal pathways to success.
Additionally, providers of certificated ‘Family Learning’ for families, and sector workshops for practitioners, delivered by experienced and qualified tutors.
Every-One were originally commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council through the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board to develop and establish a Carers Quality Standards Award. Continuation of funding through Lincolnshire County Council’s Better Care Fund has enabled the work to develop and the award has become a recognised symbol of quality.
The Carers Charter Quality Award ‘You Care – We Care’ ensures that the profile of unpaid carers in Lincolnshire is raised and the invaluable and essential contribution they make is recognised enabling carers to live fulfilling lives combined with their caring roles.
Undertaking the Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award to achieve the recognised quality award ‘You Care – We Care’ is a positive experience and strengthens organisational effectiveness and achieves recognition for the valuable way an organisation supports those carers with whom it works. It ensures the continuing development of quality approaches for those with caring responsibilities across Lincolnshire and beyond.
The Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award is going from strength to strength and numerous, wide and varied organisations are working towards accreditation and the request for and submission of applications grows weekly.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum has received the Carers Quality award.
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provide support to children and young people 0-19 (25 if SEND or care leavers) on emotional wellbeing needs and building resilience through evidence based practice.
Their offer includes workshops, groups, accessible online content or up to 6 one-to-one sessions.
They are passionate about including parents and carers at every stage of intervention, as they know collaboration and holding the child at the centre is the key to success.
Contact(s):- Sophie / Mob:- 07966181541
Hil is a successful Master Practitioner and Coach in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), with a Masters Degree in Leadership.
She loves working with a wide range of individuals facing significant, personal challenge as well as groups of varying sizes across business and education.
Hil offers a fresh perspective, bold problem-solving and unorthodox strategies. Her main strengths lie in her ability to connect with people;motivating and developing them to think actively, flexibly and creatively. She relishes new challenges and is committed to adding value to, and facilitating the growth of individuals and teams.
Hil is currently the trainer for LPCF's parents workshops - "waving not drowning".
Created by Parents to Make the Difference; Home from Home Care provides specialist residential care to adults (18+) with learning disabilities and complex needs, including autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), sensory impairment and associated health and mental health needs.
They support and encourage individuals to lead a fulfilled life through active days and meaningful activities.
Would like to see a society in which families have the support they need to give children they care for the best possible start.
Home-Start Lincolnshire support many parents/carers through home visiting family support mentors (volunteers), all who have had parenting experience so understand the demands of family life.
They aim to support parents/carers grow in confidence, strengthen relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community by providing non-judgemental practical and emotional support.
The family support mentor visits families in their homes once a week at a time that suits both the family and the volunteer. All family support mentors receive training, ongoing support, travel expenses and are DBS checked.
Nicole Woodcock is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and lecturer in her practice Hummingbird Hypnotherapy. Working with adults and children from the age of 4.
With a background of working in a social care setting for 15 years Nicole now uses clinical hypnotherapy to work with children with additional needs and neuro diversity.
Offering a supportive and relaxed environment for positive therapy.
Teaching young people how their brain works and incorporating psychotherapy with trance relaxation.
Sessions available face to face and online via zoom.
Nicole runs LPCF's "Learning to see the light after Lockdown" sessions.
Day centre for adults with Autism & Learning disabilities.
We are Lincoln's new Day Centre.
We are a privately run day centre for adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism, aged 18 and over. We provide person centred support within a safe and fun environment. We look to promote personal development, social and independent living skills in a setting where everyone and everybody feels welcome.
We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, 49 weeks a year.
Activities we cover range from baking, sports, dance, arts & crafts, bowling, golf, nature walks, lift skills, discos, team building exercises, cinema trips, drama sessions and more!
We love our centre, and we are committed to ensure everybody who attends Inclusion21 loves it too.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Retired specialist in talking to children about relationships and sexual health.
Specialising in sexual health for children with SEND.
Exploring the often difficult and challenging issue of how parents of a child with SEND can manage and support their child through adolescence.
KIDS is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.
Established in 1970, they work with thousands of families across the country each year, providing a wide range of services. They recognise that in order to support a disabled child, they must also support their family and through their services they aim to do that.
KIDS Positive Activities is a county wide service commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council to deliver fun sessions for children with disabilities age 5 -18 years.
Kooth is a digital service available to all 11- 18 yr olds, this extends up to 25 yrs for Care Leavers and those with SEN.
Kooth provides safe, free and anonymous text based 1:1 counselling and youth support. This is available from 12 - 10 pm Mon - Fri and 6 - 10 pm at the weekend, every day of the year
The Kooth platform is available 24/7 and is a safe and supportive online community where children and young people can boost their wellbeing with access to therapeutic content and peer to peer support via our magazine, live forums, static discussion boards, mini activities hub, journaling, goal setting and much more.
Here is the link to the Kooth video https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de
Lincolnshire County Council’s Children with Disabilities Team are part of the Special Education Need and Disability Service.
The social work team provides a statutory service for children and young people with a severe and profound disability.
Services may be available to those that are eligible after being subject of a social care assessment.
Tel:- 01522 782111
LCC Children's Health
We are Children's Health and we consist of a team of Health Visitors and CYPN'S (Children and Young people's nurses).
We support parents in inclusion by working with SENCO'S, ESCO'S and providing continence products.
LCC Childrens Centres
Children's Centres offer child and family health services, and advice and information for families. They provide stay and play sessions to support children's development, including groups specifically for Early Years children with SEND. Some centres have bookable sensory rooms which can be accessed on a 1:1 basis for parent/carers and children.
In addition, Children's Centres can provide adult learning and volunteering opportunities, and support for parents on a wide range of issues, including the delivery of parenting programmes.
Children’s Centre Skills Development Officer
Offers friendly and personalised information, to identify skills gaps and support parents to enter into learning, volunteering, apprenticeships and employment.
Also provides individual support by tailoring a personal development plan for individual parents/carers, identifying next steps and supporting them to achieve their goals.
Dyslexia Outreach is a county-wide service provided by Lincolnshire County Council. The team consists of two specialist teachers who have a wealth of expert knowledge and experience in teaching and supporting students with Dyslexia and literacy/maths difficulties, across the Primary and Secondary phases and beyond.
Dyslexia Outreach offer support, advice and training within schools. They also work closely with parents, supporting and advising through helpline and email contact, this is a free service for parents.
Reassurance and advice can be offered to help develop understanding of literacy and learning difficulties. This includes how to support to children to develop literacy and learning skills through home strategies, transition advice, signposting to other services and available resources
Early Years Specialist Teachers based in localities provide ongoing support for Childminders, Nurseries and Pre Schools /EY SENCOs who have children with SEND.
Early Years SENCOs can also request support via the Early Years and Childcare website.
Early Years and Childcare support deliver a range of training opportunities such as networks and SENCO training for Early Years Providers to ensure that they meet the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice.
Early Years Specialist Teachers also target their support for Children who are looked after, Vulnerable children on a plan who are behind age related attainment, Children at risk of exclusion, Transition support.
Early Years Specialist teachers are based under the Early Help Locality Teams so can link with Health and Social care.
Tel:- 01522 552752
ESCO is committed to improving the delivery of services for children and young people aged 0 - 18 years with significant and complex additional needs who require targeted coordination of services.
This can include:
Children who have a greater difficulty communicating
Have sensory or physical difficulties
Complex health needs including those with a disability
Babies leaving hospital with medical and other support needs
Children with life-limiting conditions and palliative care
Children with multiple and significant factors affecting their learning and development.
All need additional support during much of their daily lives and it is probable that there will be a long term impact on their development and learning.
ESCO keyworkers also offer support through drop-in appointments.
These provide the opportunity for parents/carers to meet with an ESCO Keyworker to discuss the available information, services and support in Lincolnshire.
ESCO offers a bookable one hour session at local Children’s Centres across Lincolnshire.
Parents/Carers can book a drop in appointment directly with Lincolnshire’s Customer Service Centre on:
01522 782 111
Is one-to-one training designed to equip young people who are entitled by Lincolnshire County Council to home to school or college transport with the confidence and skills required to travel independently.
ITT is facilitated by Independent Travel Trainers who will work closely with school/college staff, parents, carers and the trainees.
Anyone who is entitled to free home to school transport or Post 16 supported home to school/college transport is able to apply for Independent Travel Training.
The Local Offer is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014.
There are two main purposes for the Local Offer:
To improve information about services and provision available for families, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and to make it easier for all families to find this information by making it available in one place.
That by working directly with families, children and young people on developing the Local Offer, Local Authorities and Health partners can improve provision.
Lincolnshire’s Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups.
The Local Offer, as with the rest of the Family Services Directory, is provided to help you find services more easily.
Portage is a scheme for teaching pre-school children with special educational needs, new and useful skills in their own homes. The basis of Portage is weekly home visiting, with the Portage worker and the parents/carers working together.
The Portage Home Visitor works with parents in their home because young children initially learn best in the security of their own home with the people who know them. The Portage Home Visitor visits the family at home weekly or fortnightly and plans activities with the parents/carers. Every activity is written down, as is every success. Each child’s progress is reviewed at least every three months and the need for ongoing Portage is discussed.
Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with special educational needs. These may be pre-school children who have learning difficulties, delays in their development and/or physical difficulties. The Portage Teams aim to help families by working with them in their home, helping them to meet the needs of their child.
Children can be referred from birth by parents/carers or any agency involved with the child such as health visitors, general practitioners, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists, physiotherapists, paediatricians etc.
Each area has its own portage team.
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Team at Lincolnshire County Council has embarked on an Employment project.
The project is aimed at embedding an employment pathway into our special school's existing Post-16 curriculum offer, which significantly increases young people's chances of obtaining paid employment upon leaving education.
The project aims to create opportunities; not only for our young people to enter the world of work but also for local businesses to develop and grow themselves in breaking down barriers associated with disability. They are working with schools to develop realistic and aspirational pathways for our young people to follow as they prepare for adulthood.
In addition, a SEND Employers Forum has also been created to develop a support network for employers, educators and other key stakeholders to benefit young people with additional needs across the county. The Forum is an opportunity to discuss and overcome challenges, explore new and innovative ways of working, drawing upon the skills and expertise around the table to promote and increase Supported Internships across Lincolnshire.
The SEND Team have experience with supporting families, children/young people with a varying degree of SEND that have required support and intervention above that which can be provided in an educational setting
Tel:- 01522 782030
LCC Sensory Education and Support Team
This service is delivered by teachers who have specialist qualification in the education of sensory impaired children and young people.
Experts include teaching assistants working with those with sensory impairment and an educational mobility officer for visually impaired children and young people.
The team is involved from an early stage soon after birth and through the learning journey to independent adulthood.
The team work alongside parents to support the development of their child, then with settings and schools to ensure the child or young person can access the full educational curriculum.
Individual support or advice is available to all children and young people with diagnosed sensory impairment.
Bespoke training is given to schools and settings with children and young people with sensory impairments
LCC Specialist Teaching Team - ECLIPS speech and language specialist teachers – plus Dyslexia Outreach specialist teachers
ECLIPS are part of Lincolnshire County Council's Specialist Teaching Team, they specialise in supporting children and young adults with speech and language difficulties.
They work closely with parents/carers, schools/colleges and other professional agencies such as the NHS Speech and Language Therapy service.
They are keen to promote Makaton training and support options for families and educators. Makaton is an internationally recognised language development programme that supports a multi-modal approach to teaching communication, language and literacy skills.
It can be used to support a wide range of communication and language needs from individuals with profound, moderate or mild learning difficulties, individuals with Developmental Language Disorder, individuals with no or developing speech, individuals with autistic spectrum disorders or sensory impairments to individuals with EAL.
The Dyslexia Outreach specialist teachers are also part of LCC's Specialist Teaching Team and offer advice and support for individuals with Dyslexia.
Lincolnshire’s Autism, social communication SEND outreach service.
The Working Together Team (WTT) is a National Autistic Society (NAS) Accredited service, awarded the Professional Excellence Award in 2014 and Commended Practice December 2017.
Team members are skilled practitioners with specialist training and day-to-day hands on experience of working with youngsters with Autism, Social Communication and a wealth of special educational needs.
They offer high quality, specialist support for schools, academies, colleges and their families with children and young people, aged 4-19, with Autism, social communication needs
WTT provide expertise and practical specialised advice that enables schools to support children and young people to achieve the best possible social and educational outcomes and make the successful transitions to adulthood.
WTT can support the transition into Primary school from Nursery/pre-school (the summer term before entering school) and then further transitions up to college.
The team will support settings to identify the needs of the young person and work with staff and families in schools to tailor approaches to create specific programmes of intervention that they can implement.
Transitions Quality and Audit Officer
Quality and Standards Team Children Services Lincolnshire. County Council
I work in partnership with schools, colleges, as well as internal and external agencies , supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in transitions and preparing for adulthood.
Although I am not in a key-working role; I can offer information, advice and guidance on transitions planning in individual complex cases.
I attend parent evenings, open events and any parent carer events across the county. I sit on various working groups including the Local Offer, Autism Service Provision Group and the Children and Young People Operational Group for children and young people in care. I meet on a quarterly basis with Operational Leads of the colleges and Transitions Coordinators in the special schools.
My role also involves quality review and monitoring of the transitions planning process.
The Lincolnshire Young Carers Service supports young carers up to the age of 19.
Young Carers may be helping and supporting a family member or friend due to disability, mental ill-health, illness or substance misuse.
A young carer may be providing support with:
cooking, housework and shopping
physical care, such as helping someone in and out of bed
personal care, such as assistance with dressing, toileting and administering medication
managing the family budget
collecting prescriptions and arranging GP or hospital appointments
helping with communication
looking after brothers or sisters
The Young People’s Learning Provision (YPLP) offers alternative education to any young person aged 16-19, or to age 24 if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
They work at seven different sites around the county: Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Louth, Market Deeping, Skegness and Spalding. Young people come to them for lots of reasons, but all seeking the same thing - something a bit different, that offers support in the transition between education and adulthood.
They work at your pace, as quickly or as slowly as you need to go, and provide you with all you need to take those next steps - whether into employment, onto an apprenticeship, or into further education. With teachers, support workers, employment officers and job coaches, you will be well supported in every area of our work-based study programmes. Your time will be spent improving your level of English and maths if needed, alongside gaining qualifications in ICT and Employability-related subjects. You will also follow your own individualised programme of study designed around your needs and focusing on the skills needed for Adulthood, such as, employability, communication skills, team work, independent living skills, community inclusion and so much more.
Liaise is the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Advice and Support Service for Lincolnshire.
They provide information and advice relating to SEN and disabilities to parents, children and young people which is free, confidential and impartial.
This can include help with understanding SEND law, local SEN and disability policy and procedures, support in schools and colleges, resolving disagreements, education, health and care plans, exclusions and admissions and personal budgets.
They provide initial help and support by telephone and email, and can allocate a Liaise Caseworker if further specific support is required.
Part of the Office for Students Uni Connect Project, LiNCHigher works with over forty schools, six colleges, two universities and a number of community groups across Lincolnshire, to break down barriers and obstacles for young people in accessing Higher Education.
Provide support and help to children with a visual impairment from birth to age 19 (and beyond in thier adult service). This usually means giving help, support, and advice to families of children, but they also work with older children and teenagers directly. They can visit you in your own home or can arrange to meet you at another venue if that helps, this may include a nursery, school, or hospital if your child is sick or in supported living.
They have no criteria that you must meet other than the child or young person has a visual impairment or a sight related difficulty for example a neurological disorder.
They can help to support and guide you through thinking about your child’s future and development needs. They can give you advice about gaining the right equipment, education support and refer onto other services such as habilitation. They are a charity and their services are completely free.
Lincoln College Group consists of Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark Colleges, which train 11,000 school leavers and adults a year across professional and industry courses, apprenticeships, A levels and Higher Education.
For more than 130 years they have been adding recognised economic and social value across the Region. Working with more than 1,200 local businesses in the East Midlands, they train 4,200 apprentices a year across a range of delivery models to meet employers’ specific needs. They pride themselves on being the most responsive training provider in the region.
Lincoln College Group is a not-for-profit charity. Unlike private training providers, their profit does not go to shareholders.
The Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society is a local independent charity, here to support everyone in the County affected by Cerebral Palsy.
The experienced team understand the difficulties and pressures of daily life with Cerebral Palsy.
They provide help for treatment, education, training, equipment and welfare. They make grants or donations for the benefit of those with Cerebral Palsy.
They cooperate with local authorities or other organisations providing local services for people with Cerebral Palsy.
They try to make living with Cerebral Palsy easier.
Lincolnshire Down's Syndrome Support Group (LDSSG)
The Lincolnshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group (LDSSG) are a parent-led charity whose principle aim is to enhance the lives of people with Down’s Syndrome and their families in Lincolnshire.
Established in 1983 by a group of parents wishing to offer support and share experiences of parenting a child with Down’s Syndrome, they still hold this value at the heart of our group. They love to welcome new members and regularly hold events where families can gather to offer each other support, advice and most importantly, friendship.
They currently support over 70 families throughout Lincolnshire and see ourselves as one big family joined by a common thread…they all love someone with Down’s Syndrome and value the joy they bring to their lives!
Lincolnshire fire and rescue are able to give advice on home fire safety, evacuation plans and the fire setting intervention scheme. The fire service may also be able to offer a free safe and well check in your home which may include the fitting of a free smoke alarm.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum is the official independent parent carer forum in our county and represents parents and carers of family members with disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN).
We are tasked by the Department for Education in the SEND Code of Practice(2015) to work alongside Education, Health & Care to help improve the quality , range and accessibility of services. We host coffee mornings and events around the County.
Please see our website events page for more information.
We are always on the look out for volunteers to help with our work.
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Recovery College
Promoting recovery and quality of life through effective, innovative and caring mental health, social care and specialist community services.
The Lincolnshire Recovery College offers free educational courses on mental health and wellbeing, to anyone aged 16+.
Are you finding life challenging or supporting someone who is? Do you want to learn from people with real life experience of mental health challenges, as well as education and health professionals? If so, the Lincolnshire Recovery College could be for you.
Lincolnshire Sensory services provides specialist services for anyone in Lincolnshire living with sight and/or hearing loss.
They understand the practical and emotional challenges that people with sensory loss can face in their everyday lives and, through their work, they focus on promoting independence, wellbeing and accessibility.
They aim to help people maintain independence and dignity in every aspect of their lives.
They also work closely with carers families and other professionals to increase their understanding of the impact of sensory loss and to assist them to build a wide network of support
AJM Healthcare manages the Lincolnshire Wheelchair Service on behalf of the NHS.
With their focus on customer care as a priority, their teams provide a genuine caring and holistic approach in all they do.
AJM’s partnership and engagement team holds regular forums for those wishing to meet other wheelchair users and get to know more about the service
Offers personalised day services for young people with complex needs, to develop skills around independence, communication, through ensuring they have a voice and choice, to work on their aspirations. Their vision is to ensure that each individual is supported to make decisions about their lives based around areas of interest and strengths.
Community inclusion activities play a large role within the offer.
Lincolnshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) is a specialist mental health service providing community assessment and treatment to young people and families who experience mental health difficulties.
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provides emotional wellbeing support for children and young people up to 19 years old (25 if they have special educational needs/ disability or are leaving care).
Evidence tells us that early intervention, when issues arise, helps to prevent mental health problems developing in the future. That’s why the service is focused on providing children and young people with early interventions to prevent emotional wellbeing concerns escalating into mental health problems.
Healthy Minds provide evidence based brief interventions either on a one to one basis, small group sessions or signposting to other more suitable services (depending on need). Vulnerable children and young people will be given priority. They also offer support and advice to parents and carers and training to education staff and children’s services.
NRS Healthcare work in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council to provide technology enabled care services across Lincolnshire.
They have a dedicated technology enabled care team including Occupational Therapists who can provide advice and support to parent carers. They can discuss specific situations with parent carers and their desired outcomes and requirements and help with the appropriate combination of equipment to meet these.
There is a technology enabled care website which parent carers can refer to www.nrstelecare.co.uk/lincolnshire which is supported by a dedicated helpline 01476 852492 (option 1).
Their team can also come and talk to groups about how technology enabled care can help their members.
PAACT is a Lincolnshire-based support group for families with members who are on the autistic spectrum. We are run solely by volunteers and each committee member has a child or other family member with an autistic spectrum condition or is on the autistic spectrum themselves.
Our aim is to provide advice, support and signposting to anyone with queries or issues relating to autism and associated conditions. There is no requirement for a formal diagnosis in order to access this help.
We are a very friendly, informal and non-judgemental group and run our regular support group meetings on the same basis. In addition to these meetings, we have a Facebook group where parents and carers can share their ideas and thoughts.
During term time and holidays, we run regular activities for our younger members: there is a monthly games club, a weekly youth club plus holiday activities such as exclusive use of Fun Farm, bowling, crazy golf, pizza making... the list goes on!
We organise training for parents and professionals, including Makaton, behaviour and an introduction to ASC. We are also available in our Lincoln office between the hours of 10am and 2pm daily to offer support and guidance.
Pelican Trust Ltd. has been a strong part of the Lincoln community for nearly 30 years. Our services are greatly needed and appreciated in Lincoln and the surrounding areas which we hope to continue for years to come.
We have seen first hand what we can achieve with individuals who use our services and work alongside us. Through patience and perseverance their goals - however big or small - have been achieved at the Trust.
We strive to be an effective and supportive organisation providing meaningful work and training for people with mental health issues, physical disabilities and learning difficulties and disabilities.
Through our various departments and training we provide a service that helps individuals gain skills and confidence.
Penderels Trust is a charity providing direct payment support services to adults and children with disabilities and long term health conditions.
They provide these services under contract to Lincolnshire County Council. Their friendly and experienced independent living advisers in the Lincolnshire team work with many families with children with disabilities in the county.
A direct payment can make a real difference to a family and doesn’t need to be complicated. They will support you from the very start, making sure your family gets the most from your care and support package, with the peace of mind that we are always there to support you if you need them.
Portland College is a vibrant, charitable, independent specialist college based on a large campus in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.
Portland College offers personalised programmes of education to young people aged 16 to 25 with a wide range of disabilities, including those with autism, PMLD, physical disabilities and acquired brain injury. They also offer support with behavioural and psychological support for more complex needs. Their curriculum can range from sensory (pre-entry) level through to level 2 or 3 qualifications depending on the individual.
Their education is underpinned with multi-disciplinary support including nursing, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, all within the grounds of the campus.
They can offer an education programme for 3 days per week with the option to use respite provision to stay overnight. They also offer a day service on the campus. The support offered is individually tailored for each learner based on their needs, aspirations and interests, enabling them to achieve the best possible outcomes for learning and transition into adult life.
Rett syndrome is a rare neurological disorder affecting mainly females and very few males. It is present from conception and usually remains undetected until major regression occurs at around one year of age, when children may lose acquired skills and become withdrawn. Genetic but largely not inherited, Rett syndrome is usually caused by a fault on a gene called MECP2 which is found on the X chromosome. People with Rett syndrome have profound and multiple physical and communication disabilities and are totally reliant on others for support throughout their lives.
Rett UK provide free support, advice and resources to anyone affected by Rett syndrome. Amongst their services their Family Support Team offer: help with diagnosis, support groups, advocacy, getting started with communication support and training, regional roadshows, accessing a specialist Rett syndrome clinic, as well as bereavement support.
Rhubarb Theatre create theatrical experiences for any age or ability.
They are very bespoke, and can run a variety of sessions including drama, music, movement and making for your group, interactive storytelling sessions and even online arts sessions.
Their performances (inside and out) are visual, full of music and perfect for families. They also do lots of wonderful walkabout which can add a sprinkle of joy to your outdoor events and festivals.
They are a charity based in Lincolnshire, created to bring arts and joy to anyone who will have them!
Ruskin Mill Trust provides students with holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment with pathway support onto further education bespoke to the individual student.
Freeman College in Sheffield is one of the four specialist colleges operated by Ruskin Mill Trust offering both day and residential provision. Based in the illustrious metalworking district of Sheffield, the college offers young people a unique opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through meaningful real-life activities and accredited courses in both the day and residential programmes.
They have expertise in working with children and young people aged 16-25 years with complex behaviour and learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum conditions.
Brantwood School is part of the Ruskin Mill Trust group.
It comprises three sites:
Brantwood House for pupils aged 7 to 16,
Tintagel House, located a short walk away for sixth-form learners
Eyam Centre, an outdoor education provision for all pupils.
By immersing students within the productive aspect of their curriculum, they learn to overcome barriers to learning and to care for their own wellbeing whilst positive outcomes are always linked to outcomes in the areas as detailed in their EHCP. Through this method a student can recognise their capability’s and positively contribute to society. They create their awareness and are empowered to achieve and make positive contributions to society giving back in a self-directed productive way.
Sensory Traveller is a specialised Tour Organiser company based in Lincoln, United Kingdom. We provide quality, bespoke, accessible holidays combined with activities that integrate elements from various types of expressive therapies (e.g., Dramatherapy, Music Therapy, Therapeutic Photography).
Their vision is to build an inclusive society by shaping a universal design across all aspects of the tourism and hospitality sector, by embracing the diversity of travellers.
Their innovative service utilizes the skills, experience and knowledge of a multidisciplinary team of experts (psychologists, therapists, artists, tourism and hospitality specialists) to provide bespoke holiday and self growth activity programmes.
The aim of their service is to limit challenges associated with travelling transitions and to promote self growth, enhance well-being and support clients to explore the world.
My primary aim for setting up Siblinks is to offer a structured block of support groups specifically for siblings of disabled children.
It will be a safe environment for them to talk freely about their experiences as a sibling and the mixed feelings that provokes.
There will also be esteem building activities, a chance for them to do activities that aren't easy for them to do at home such as arts, crafts or just play games with other children. The most important thing I feel though is to give these children an opportunity to meet other children in similar situations to themselves. Having other children they can relate to will help relieve their feelings of isolation and possibly lead to lasting friendships.
As the mum of 2 remarkable children, one of severely autistic, I have seen 1st hand the detrimental impact his disabilities & needs have had on my daughter and my relationship with her. I also have friends with SEN children and their siblings are in exactly the same situation as my daughter. Our SEN childs 'needs' have to come before our other childs 'wants'.
steps2change is an NHS talking therapies service for Lincolnshire. We are a part of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
At times, it is completely normal to feel anxious, low, sad, overwhelmed and frustrated. For some people these feelings can persist and have a negative impact on their life, sometimes leading to a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety.
If you feel that you may be experiencing a common mental health problem, it is important to seek the right help sooner than later. Here at steps2change we are committed to help you with your needs. All of our therapies are recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE recommends that therapy services should provide the least intrusive, most effective intervention first. We offer a range of talking therapies tailored to meet your individual needs. They are free of charge, proven to be effective and helpful and provided by experienced and qualified professionals.
You can self-refer without the need of contacting your GP or another healthcare professional. If you prefer, you can speak to your GP first and they will be able to refer you to steps2change Lincolnshire.
When we receive your referral, we aim to ensure that you receive the support you need. You will be contacted by telephone to arrange an appointment for an assessment. Following the assessment, a decision will be reached about the appropriate treatment available for you, or you may be signposted to other services that may be of benefit to you.
The Electronic Assistive Technology Service (EATS)
The Electronic Assistive Technology Service (EATS) provides assessments and equipment for people with complex communication needs across the East Midlands.
Within Lincolnshire they also carry out assessments and provide equipment for environmental control needs.
Referrals for Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) are received from the local Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) Service and, following a joint assessment they advise regarding next steps and provide equipment and training as appropriate.
The services are commissioned by NHS England and have clear referral criteria.
John Fielding Special School provides a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of pupils. Pupils range in age from 2 -19 Years old and all have severe learning difficulties.
Staff will be on hand to talk to parents and carers about the work that the school does to support children with a variety of special needs, and to talk about the exciting plans underway to rebuild the school on a new site in Boston.
A national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Together we overcome the social and educational barriers that hold deaf children back.
They offer the following support; Families - They help families give the best possible support to their deaf child every step of the way. Children - Deaf children and young people are at the heart of our work. They make sure their needs come first, and they help others do the same. Choice - They give expert unbiased support to help deaf children and their parents make informed choices about their lives. Challenge - They work together with others to positively challenge unfairness.
Sleep deprivation can have a serious impact on emotional, physical and emotional health. The Sleep Charity offer a range of support and services from working directly with families who are approaching crisis point to delivering training to professionals
They help families on a one to one basis within the Lincolnshire area, supporting them and their children to get better sleep. They do this by looking at aspects such as bedtime routines, helping to recognise sleep issues, the causes of those issues and build in strategies to help aid better sleep.
Expert travel planners, who help tailor and book your perfect holiday
The service is also focused on making the world accessible to people of all abilities.
With a level of personal experience you can be confident that I will understand your needs and provide a specialist travel service that is second to none. Whatever your additional access, mobility, sensory or cognitive requirements might be... and wherever in the world you wish to go
VoiceAbility provides advocacy services for people in Lincolnshire. Advocacy is a free, independent and confidential service available to help you to understand and be fully involved in important decisions about your life.
Advocacy is about helping you when you're making difficult decisions to:
• speak up to make your views and wishes heard
• think through different choices and options available to you so you can make your own decisions
• understand your rights
• represent your views if you are unable to do so yourself
Is a non-for-profit daytime provider for adults with Learning Disabilities in Boston, set up by four individuals who shared the same vision of providing day services.
They therefore provide affordable quality, meaningful and fulfilling daytime opportunities and enable individuals to make choices about how they wish to spend their day whilst promoting independence and self-worth in a safe and supportive environment.
They are based at the Len Medlock Centre and occupy a suite of rooms including fully equipped kitchen which allows them to offer a wide variety of activities both in house and within the community.