Find out where to get help

including a link to the Connect to Support

website (Hillingdon Local Offer) 

All these links open in a new window/tab. While we are happy to share knowledge and information with you, it is your choice as to whether you make contact with the providers and use the services they are offering.

AccessAble (formerly DisabledGo) ~ Our mission is to provide independence and choice to disabled people in the UK. Working on behalf of a wide range of clients from both public and private sectors, we provide fine-grain access information to over 120,000 places of interest across the UK and Republic of Ireland. We also offer a comprehensive range of inclusive and accessible solutions enabling organisations large and small to better understand and meet the needs of disabled customers and employees.


Ambitious About Autism (AAA) Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College we offer specialist education and support.


Carers Trust ~ Crossroads Care merged with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to form this leading carers charity. Their website contains information about local help and support on money, benefits, etc.


Centre for ADHD and Autism Support ~ a well established local charity [charity reg: 1080795] that has been in existence since 1996. The aim of the charity is to support parents, carers professionals and individuals affected by a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD] and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by bringing a range of expertise and experience under one umbrella.


Cerebra ~ 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.

Living with neurological conditions can make life very hard, not just for the child, but for their family too. At Cerebra, with the help of our supporters, we aim to make it easier.


Cerebral Palsy Guidance ~ was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.

We cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles.

Our information is provided by expert writers and is thoroughly researched and cited.


The Challenging Behaviour Foundation ~ The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) was founded in 1997 by Vivien Cooper OBE, the parent of a child with severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging.

We are the only charity for people with severe learning disabilities who display behaviour described as challenging.

We are making a difference to the lives of children and adults across the UK by providing information and support, running workshops and speaking up for families on a national level.


Counselling directory ~ A directory of counsellors and psychotherapists in your area.


DASH ~ Disablement Association Hillingdon known more commonly as DASH, was formed in 1984 and is a user-led charity based in Hillingdon, West London. They provide advice, support and activities that allow disabled people to take control of their lives and become more independent, confident and part of the community. DASH is an inclusive organisation and promotes independence to every individual.


Downs Syndrome Association (DSA) ~ Children and adults with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals with their own personalities, family backgrounds and preferences that make them who they are.

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. If you do not find what you are looking for ring our helpline and speak to one of our specialist advisors.


Dyslexia Action ~ A local group providing support for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, LD, ADHD, ADD, ASD, ODD, Conduct disorder, Auditory Processing, Sensory Processing. A diagnosis is not necessary. Monthly support groups in Oak Farm Library for more info email or call 07957 177 104 / 07796 266 030.


Dyspraxia Foundation local Middlesex group ~ A local support group for the Dyspraxia Foundation run by Wendy Caines. Monthly meetings and support. For more information Email or call 07544 452 031.A local support group for the Dyspraxia Foundation run by Wendy Caines. Monthly meetings and support. For more information Email or call 07544 452 031.


Family Fund ~ A Charitable Organisation that helps Parent Carers with Grants to help their needs. For info or to apply for Grant click on the link.


Friendship Circle ~  A Website with Blogs, Links and Apps suitable for Parents Carers with disabled and or special needs children. Also have a very useful App to download.


Friends of Earlybird Hillingdon ~ A local support group for parents and carers of children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Informal meetings every 3rd Friday of the month 10-12 at Colham Manor Childrens Centre in Violet Avenue Hillingdon UB8 3PT.


Harrow and Hillingdon Deaf Children Society ~ Support groups, information and buddy systems.


Healthwatch Hillingdon ~ Healthwatch Hillingdon is a health and social care watchdog run by and for local people. It is independent of the NHS and the local Council.


Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services (HAVS) ~ an independant voluntary organisation which aims to promote the development and support of the local voluntary and community sector.


Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS) ~ working in partnership with Health, Education and social services to enhance the range of quality and provision of services for parents and carers of adults and children on the autistic spectrum.


Hillingdon Carers ~ an independant charity that delivers a wide range of local support services to meet the needs of carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon.


Hillingdon DADS ~ A Charity of DADS4DADS caring for children with Disabilities and their Families - Local Group has regular meetings in a social aspect. Call on 07889 651 016 and email us on


Home Independence Services founded in 2008 with a focus on providing clients with practical and long - lasting solutions to improve safety and independence at home.

Karers 4 Kidz ~ Karers 4 Kidz began in October 2000 at a coffee morning in Ickenham. Katrina & Chris Bijowski, the parents of a daughter with cerebral palsy, invited other parents to their home to discuss their concerns about the local authority’s proposal to re-structure the respite care service for children.

Kids ~ We care for over 8,000 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering around 140 services across England. Our work helps disabled children and young people to gain independence, social skills and self confidence. We are very proud of the reputation of the services that we deliver to disabled children, young people and their families. We are passionate about making a life changing difference to the lives of disabled children and young people along with their families.

Link Counselling Services ~ Link Counselling is a self referral agency for young people aged 13-25 years who live, work or study in the borough. We offer counselling for young people with emotional / mental health distress. The service offered is confidential and no information regarding a client will be shared unless there is a legal obligation or serious risk to the client or another person. Call us on 01895 277 222 for more info and to refer yourself.


London Borough of Hillingdon Family Information Directory ~ information about services including the Local Offer, organisations and activities for families in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Hillingdon Local Offer (Connect to Support)


LIttle Specials ~ a nonprofitable organisation to support children with special needs and their families. Meet at Oak Farm library, saturday afternoons (term time) 2-3.30pm Cost - FREE.


The National Autistic Society ~ We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families.


NatSIP ~  the National Sensory Impairment Partnership is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

NDCS ~  National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

Netmums ~ advice, support, information and blogs on all sorts of subjects.

OACS Charity ~ We are here to support all families touched by Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndromes. OACS is the only patient led registered charity for Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome in the UK and Ireland.


Orchyd ~ a registered charity which provides an annual residential holiday for children with disabilities. We aim to produce an unforgettable ten Days in August for twenty children from around the UK.

It was initially set up in 1971 when a collection of like-minded people from the Ruislip Christian Council and the charity Scope (formerly the Spastics Society) got together to organise and run a holiday for physically disabled children based in Ruislip, West London. Although a lot has changed in the last three decades - Scope are no longer involved, DBS checks are imposed and the coach has an iPod dock - the core purpose is the same; to provide an amazing ten-day holiday for twenty physically disabled children.

P3 Charity ~ We’re a charity and social enterprise, made up of passionate people, who care about people. We run a variety of services all over the UK, that aim to give everyone the chance to be part of the community they live in and feel connected to society. We think that everyone is unique and with support and confidence, can unlock their potential within, opening up a world of possibilities. Oh and did we mention that we love people?

PDA Society ~ The organisation was first established in 1997 by parents of children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), an autism spectrum condition. The PDA Society became a registered charity in January 2016. We provide information, support and training for parents, carers, teachers and individuals with PDA.

Preparing for Adulthood ~ The partnership brings together a wide range of expertise and experience of working with young people and families, at a local and national level and across government, to support young people into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living and friends, relationships and community inclusion.

The Preparing for Adulthood team previously worked on key transition programmes including the Transition Support Programme, Valuing People Now, Valuing Employment Now (Getting a Life project, Jobs First, Aspirations for Life and Project Search) and Learning for Living and Work.

RCPCH & US ~ Our mission is to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise.

Explore the College's current strategic plan as well as our governance and staff structures. Find out about our activity across the four nations and globally. And, see how you can get involved through nominations for College posts, fellowships and prizes.

RSBC ~ We are on a mission to make sure every single blind child has the self-belief and skills to fulfil the potential we know they’ve got.

On the 1st January 2017 the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) and Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) joined together to create a leading charity in England & Wales dedicated to achieve this goal. The new charity is privileged to have the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

We are an ambitious charity; by 2020 we want to have helped 11,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales.


SENDirect ~ In 2011 nine of the leading charities in the disability sector decided to start working in partnership in order to collaborate on the development of new products and services, to meet the growing and changing needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.


SENDIASS ~ The Service provides legally based, impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support for parents of children and young people with SEN or disabilities, about education, health and social care. The service can offer face to face, telephone advice as well as casework and representation when needed. We offer support to parents of children with special educational needs and those who have been excluded or are at risk of being excluded from school. The Service will often work with parents and children/young people together but will also provide a service directly and separately to young people aged 16-25.

Contact Details - Phone - 01895 277001 E-mail - London Borough Of Hillingdon, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW

SENTAS ~ We have in-depth knowledge and expertise on the government guidance surrounding SEND home to school/college transport. SENTAS supports both parents of children and young people themselves, who have physical or learning disabilities, with the process of appealing incorrect Local Authorities decisions that refuses to provide funded transport.  We will take away the stress and hassle of appealing Local Authorities decisions to get your child the service they are entitled to.


Shaw Trust ~ Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally.
Our specialist services help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. As a charity we add value to every service we deliver by investing back into the people and communities we support.

The Special Needs Jungle ~ We decided to become a not-for-profit organisation in 2014 because we wanted to be able to raise funds to expand on activities providing resources, training and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special needs and disabilities.

Many families do not get the help they need because they do not know where to look or how to cut their way through the increasingly complicated system. We aim to highlight resources and inspire and empower families to do this successfully by providing resources, tips, facts and examples.


VoiceAbility NHS Complaints Advocacy Service ~ NHS complaints advocacy service can help you if you, or someone you know, has not had the care or treatment you expect to receive from your NHS services and you want to complain.

Advocacy is there to help you understand and go through the complaints process. Advocates will support you until you receive a satisfactory conclusion or until you no longer want advocacy support.

Advocacy is a free and confidential service. Advocates are independent to the NHS.



Other Useful Links


Charlottes Tandems ~ we have heard about this interesting organisation which lends various designs of tandems to people with disabilities or special needs. Their borrowers are both children and adults who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own.


Colham Manor Children's Centre ~ Wide variety of daily activities and groups for young children from 0-5 years (children up to the age of 8 can attend with a younger sibling), and parents.

Disability Sports Coach This multi-sports club love to experiment with Paralympic and adapted sports so be prepared to try something new! All sports are adapted to suit everyone’s needs.

Specialist taster sessions also take place in the club from time to time including boxing, dance, golf and more. Siblings are welcome to join in and parents/carers are encouraged to stay, watch and even take part! All disabilities and impairments welcome. 

Club Details;

Date: Saturday (term-time only)

Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: Botwell Leisure Centre, East Ave, Hayes, Hillingdon, UB3 2HW

Price: £3

Hillingdon Parent Carers Support Group ~ A group for Parents Caring for Adults with Learning Disabilities.


QPR in the Community ~ Football sessions for children with special needs. Ages 12+.


Ruislip Turtles ~ a swimming club, based at Highgrove Swimming Pool, for anyone with a physical, mental health or learning disability. They meet every Saturday between 5pm and 6pm.


RNIB ~ We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, our practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence.


The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell ~ a day out to a hands on science based exhibition and an outdoor adventure playground. You can call 01344 354400 for further info.


U-Can Ask Angels ~ a Saturday club for children with a variety of complex disorders and special needs and their families. Visit their Netmums webpage by clicking on the link or call 07826 567 034.