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.
Bridge House Independent School is a SEMH setting, with three schools based in Boston: the Grantham Road Campus, Carlton Road Campus and Great Fen Road Campus.
They pride themselves in supporting Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 (7-18 years) pupils who disengage from education or (for whatever reason) find themselves outside of mainstream school.
They share the Government’s commitment in helping children achieve more and are fully committed to Safeguarding.
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.
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.
Carers FIRST is a charity who supports people who look after a relative or friend who could not manage without their help.
Delivers the Lincolnshire Carers Service in partnership with the Lincolnshire County Councils Service Centre.
Together they provide a wide range of services to carers across the County.
Tel:- 01522 782224
County Care Independent Living Ltd
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 Surrey, West Sussex and Lincolnshire.
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.
These holidays are for families living in Lincolnshire, with children / adult children who have a physical disability, sensory impairment, autism or similar condition which demonstrates challenging behaviour.
The caravans are located at Butlin's in Skegness and are available between March and November each year.
The rental for the holidays has been subsidised by Lincolnshire County Council.
Family Fund provides grants to families who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child aged 17 or under.
Their grants bring practical and essential help that is often a lifeline to a family such as washing machines, fridges, bedding, specialist toys and much needed family breaks.
They are a registered charity and the UK’s largest provider of grants to families living on low incomes who are raising disabled or seriously ill children.
To find out more or download an application form visit their website
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.
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.
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.
Kooth provides anonymous, professional online counselling & emotional wellbeing support for 11-25 year olds. The service is free at point of access being fully commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council.
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.
Tel:- 01522 552752
LCC Early Years & ChildCare Support
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
A Team manager will be available to talk to parents.
Tel:- 01522 782030
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lincolnshire County Council - Transitions
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.
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.
Please ask the volunteers on our stand for more information.
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
Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust, manages The Avenue and Lincolnshire Wolds Federation, which consists of two specialist education schools in East Lindsey.
We provide an inspiring, purposeful and personalised education for all students and young people aged 2-25 years. We support learning for life and working for the future to enable our young people to dream, believe and achieve.
Linkage Community Trust is a charity delivering high-quality specialist education, day services, care, employment and support services for people with learning disabilities.
Their vision is that people with learning difficulties and disabilities have opportunities and choice, and are supported to achieve their aspirations.
They support and encourage individuals to make decisions about their own lives and enable them to develop skills and behaviours to live the life they choose based on their talents and abilities.
Is wanting to get out the message that Travel Is Accessible for Everyone, Everywhere.
Travel Counsellors is a multi- national Tour Operator with contacts throughout the world and they specialise in accessible travel with the view that travel is accessible for all, making it an inclusive experience for all travellers within the party.
Nick has had specialist training in this area.
Tel:- 01754 867980
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.
Help with personal budgets and direct payments, support planning and personal health budgets.
Tel:- 01526 833803
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.
Tel:- 01623 499114
Have six offices across Lincolnshire and Newark and have an outstanding reputation for dealing with family matters.
Their caring and experienced team can assist with family mediation, domestic abuse and injunctions, children law and child care proceedings, divorce, separation & finances and mental health.
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.
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.
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.
The Thomas Centre provides “Short Breaks” for Lincolnshire families. They focus on providing a break for the whole family with a range of facilities available on site for everyone to enjoy. They offer a safe environment for guests of all ages and abilities and the park near Louth specifically caters for visitors with autism, complex needs, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
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.
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