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Support Organisations

There are a number of support organisations nationwide and in the Barnet area - listed below are ones that parent/carers find most useful. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, Oakleigh School cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.

If you have any suggestions for web sites that you have found useful please let us know.

Founded in 2001, Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support. They are dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together.


Visit Cerebra

Contact is a charity for families with disabled children. They offer a wide range of advice and information on issues such as child development, feeding and behaviour, as well as information on local services and ways to meet other families like yours. They also have information on education, financial matters and health services..

Visit Contact

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations. They are the only national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice. Their work impacts on over 800,000 disabled children and their families.

Visit Council for Disabled Children

Down’s Syndrome Association is a charity supporting people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives. Here you will find answers to questions that we are often asked about Down’s syndrome. This information will help you to separate the facts from some common misconceptions.

Visit Down’s Syndrome Association

The Family Fund is a charity which helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. You need to have been living in the UK for 6 months or longer, or three months if your child is less than six months old and you are eligible for public funds

Visit The Family Fund

Hope is a charity dedicated to supporting families and children that have been affected by Epilepsy. Epilepsy can have a devastating impact on a family. HOPE London provides a safe space for families to socialise, reduce isolation and build relationships. As well as sharing information, Hope for Paediatric Epilepsy: London offers access to support and guidance and most importantly for children to have some fun!

Visit Hope London

I Can is a children’s communication charity. They have a range of programmes and services available throughout the UK, for parents, practitioners and children with speech and language difficulties.

They have phone line where you can speak to speech and language specialists for advice and guidance as well as range of resources.

Visit I Can

At Learning Disability Today you will find the latest news and views in learning disabilities, videos and a selection of the best articles from the print edition of Learning Disability Today. Additionally, there is a bookshop and jobs section.

Visit Learning Disability Today

If you are a parent or carer of a disabled child, or a healthcare professional looking for ideas, advice and information about daily living equipment then the Living made easy for children web site is a wonderful resource that you can trust.

Visit Living made easy for children

Mencap is a UK charity for people with a learning disability. They also support their families and carers, too. Find out more about our services and get involved.

Visit Mencap

National Autistic Society is a British Charity for autistic people and their families. They have a helpline, local branches, services directory, offer training and much more.

Visit National Autistic Society

Newlife is a charity which supports families with children who are disabled or ill. In particular, they have an information and advice phone line, they offer grants to help families purchase specialist equipment, and have sensory toy pods, which are available for loan for 3 months at a time. Many families have enjoyed the sensory toy pods as it provides a variety of stimulating age appropriate toys so families do not need to buy them.

Visit Newlife

Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support we offer. They support these families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness and are in the greatest need. Their Family Support Workers provide a life line to these families and children.

Visit Rainbow Trust

SCOPE is a disability equality charity in England and Wales. It provides practical information and emotional support. They have a helpline which offers free independent and impartial advice on issues such as benefits, social care, housing and home adaptations.


Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings.

At Sibs we run YoungSibs - a UK wide online support service for siblings under 18 who have a brother or sister who is disabled or has additional needs.

Visit SIBS

Special Kids in the UK is a charity for families who have a child of any age with special needs.Their aim is to bring families together for friendship, to share information and to support one another.

Visit Special Kids in the UK

SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) is the only dedicated support network available for families of children and young adults with undiagnosed genetic conditions in the UK. It is run by the charity Genetic Alliance UK.

Visit Swan UK