Disabled Children’s Services

Below you will find a list of local services providing support and information if you’re caring for and supporting children with disabilities.

If you’re the main carer for a child with disabilities don’t forget to visit our page listing services for carers to help you find the support you need to: Carers Support.

Also, please see our page on respite services to see services in your area that could offer respite or a short break: Respite and Short Breaks.


Worcestershire County Council

If you’re caring for a child with disabilities you should contact Worcestershire County Council, using the details below, to find out what help you may be entitled to. They will arrange an assessment of your childs needs and discuss with you services and support that you may be able to access.

Worcestershire Childrens Services

Telephone: 0845 607 2000

Website: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20097/children_families_communities

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Child Development Team

(Worcestershire NHS Trust) Community Health Service

Coordinates the range of therapeutic and medical services available to children with special needs.

Telephone: 01905 681860

Website: http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/childrens-community-health-services/child-development-services/


Worcestershire Services for Children

Information about this service for children with special needs includes the statutory assessment process.

Telephone: 01905 610858

Website: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20107/special_educational_needs

Email: sendiass@worcestershire.gov.uk


Acorns Children’s Hospice

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England.

350 Bath Road,
Worcester,
WR5 3EX

Telephone: 01564 825000

Website: www.acorns.org.uk

Email: info@acorns.org.uk

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Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association

The Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association is the leading charity run by parents and professionals to provide help and information for children with arthritis, their families and professionals involved in their care.

Amber Gate,
City Walls Road,
Worcester,
WR1 2AH

Telephone: 07958187600

Website: www.ccaa.org.uk

Email: info@ccaa.org.uk

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Contact A Family

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability and have over 30 years of experience of working with families with disabled children.

209-211 City Road,
London,
EC1V 1JN

Telephone: 0808 808 3555

Website: www.cafamily.org.uk

Email: helpline@cafamily.org.uk

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Council for Disabled Children

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to the other UK nations. They provide information and resources developed specifically for parents, young people, public sector professionals and those in the voluntary sector.

8 Wakley Street,
London,
EC1V 7QE

Telephone: 020 7843 1900

Website: www.ncb.org.uk/cdc

Email: cdc@ncb.org.uk

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Family Fund

The Family Fund helps families with severely disabled or seriously ill children and young people by providing grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays. Each families request is looked at individually.

Telephone: 01904 621115

Website: www.familyfund.org.uk

Email: info@familyfund.org.uk

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Association of Wheelchair Children – Go Kids Go!

Go Kids Go! offer training and support to equip young wheelchair-users with the skills to be independently mobile, help them reach their full potential and also to increase their confidence. Their free courses enable parents/carers, siblings and friends to join in with the training too.

Telephone: 01482 887163

Website: www.go-kids-go.org.uk

Email: roy@go-kids-go.org.uk

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Home Start

Home Start are a national organisation that help to increase the confidence and independence of families by visiting families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance details. You can contact their nationwide advice line or your local contact for help and more information

Information line – Telephone: 08000 686368

Website: www.home-start.org.uk

South Worcestershire

Telephone: 01905 29377

Website: home-startsw.org.uk

Wyre Forest

Telephone: 01562 825896

North-East Worcestershire

Telephone: 01527 62819

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Malvern Special Families

Malvern Special Families supports families who have children with special needs and disabilities. They offer support to over 100 families in the area of the Malvern Hills and Worcester. Has youth club and social evenings and weekend playschemes.

Telephone: 01684 892526

Website: www.malvernspecialfamilies.org.uk

Email: malvernfamilies@btconnect.com

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Mencap

Mencap works exclusively with and for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Their specialist services enable people with a learning disability to develop the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives.

Telephone: 01905 740555

Helpline Telephone: 0808 808 1111

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

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CHILD LAW ADVICE

Specialist advice on child, family and education law

Telephone: 0300 3305485

Website: www.childlawadvice.org.uk

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New Hope

New Hope is an organisation providing day care services for children with disabilities, and support for parents and carers, in Worcester. (Saturdays & school holidays only)

Telephone: 01905 355295

Website: www.newhopeworcester.co.uk

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Worcestershire Special Educational Needs (SENDIASS)

An independent information and support service for parents with a focus on children who have educational needs.

Telephone: 01905 768153

Website: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20287/
special_educational_needs_and_disabilities_information_advice_and_support_service


Worcestershire Children’s Information Service

Information around child care.

Telephone: 01905 763763

Website: www.worcestershire.gov.uk

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Worcestershire Parent and Carers Council

A registered charity supporting parents and carers who have children with a disability or additional needs. It also contributes to the decision making process when services are being planned, developed and reviewed.

Website: www.parentcarers.org.uk

Email: enquiries@parentcarers.org.uk

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Worcester Snoezelen

The Worcester Snoezelen centre provides a multi-sensory centre that is available to people with special needs

3 Turnpike Close,
Worcester,
WR2 6AB

Telephone: 01905 748229

Website: www.worcestersnoezelen.org.uk

Email: worcestersnoezelen@yahoo.co.uk

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Family Lives

National family support charity

Palace Chambers,
41, London Road,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 2AJ

Telephone: 08088 002222

Website: www.familylives.org.uk


Childline (Helpline)

Helpline for children and young people up to the age of 18, in danger, in distress or with any problem whatsoever

Telephone: 0800 1111

Website: www.childline.org.uk


Hansel & Gretel Child Development Centre

This is a day unit for children with special needs aged between 0 and 5 years. It offers play, learning and assessment for children and support for families. Wyre Forest area.

Telephone: 07525668608

Website: www.hanselgretel.org.uk


Scott Atkinson Child Development Centre

The service provides multi-agency needs assessment, advice and support to children under 5 and their families. Redditch and Bromsgrove area.

Telephone: 01527 488520


AFASIC Worcestershire

Support group of local parents of children with speech, language & communication difficulties

National Number: 0300 666 9410

Website: www.afasic.org.uk


 Fledgling Family Services

Helps families caring for a disabled child to obtain impartial independent information products which help with a Child’s development or help the carer in their caring role.

Telephone: 01799 541807

Website: fledglings.org.uk


Autism West Midlands

Autism West Midlands is a charitable organisation offering free information, advice and support for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families. Helpline available Monday to Friday 10a.m. to 2.00p.m.

Telephone: 0121 450 7582

Website: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk 


Worcestershire Short Breaks Project

Run by Barnardos (in partnership with Worcestershire County Council). This project links families who have children with disabilities (up to the age of 18) to specially approved carers to allow families to take a break from caring for their child with special needs, and to give children the chance to widen their social life.

Telephone: 01905 778275


Whizz-Kidz

Provides equipment for disabled children’s mobility, trikes, bikes, manual wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs, that are not available on the NHS.

Telephone: 020 7233 6600

Website: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk


Kaleidoscope Breakaway, South Worcestershire

Respite for pre-school children with special needs. Sessions take place at Osborne Court, Osborne Road, Malvern, WR14 1JE

Telephone: 01684 565204

Website: www.kaleidoscope-breakaway.org.uk


Dyspraxia Foundation

Information, support and training organisation

Telephone: 01462 454986

Website: dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk


Sociables & Crew Hub

Help children and young people to enjoy life. Play, social and work programmes. Bewdley.

Telephone: 01299 400655

Website: facebook.com/Sociables-Hub-CREWS-528003450594885/


Deaf Direct (Family Services Department)

Works with deaf and hard of hearing children and their families in the community of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  Some children’s activities incur a small charge.

Telephone: 01905 746301

Website: www.deafdirect.org.uk


Osborne Court

Children’s emergency assessment and support service. Short break (respite) service. Hydrotherapy service.

Osborne Road,
Malvern Link,
WR14 1JE

Telephone: 01684 612727

Website: www.hacw.nhs.uk


ERIC (Education & Resources for Improving Childhood Continence)

ERIC is the UK’s childhood continence harity. They work to reduce the suffering to children and young people caused by continence issues.

Helpline: 08453 708008

Website: www.eric.org.uk


Child Brain Injury Trust

Support/activity group for young people with an acquired brain injury, plus information and support for parents. Acquired brain injury can be as a result of traumatic injury (accident) or illness such as meningitis.

Telephone: 0303 3032248

Website: www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk


Barnardos Breakaway & Dudley Share Care Project

Long term foster care, short break and respite care project for children with disabilities

Telephone: 01384 458585

Website: www.barnardos.org.uk

Email: breakaway@barnardos.org.uk


Brambles Buddies

Specialist facility for children, young people and adults with learning and physical disabilities in Malvern.  Use animal assisted therapy techniques.

Telephone: 01684 833336

Website: www.livingfarm.co.uk


Evesham Adventure Playground

Adventure playground for children with disabilities

Telephone: 01386 442154

Website: www.eveshamadventureplayground.btck.co.uk


Children – Sport

Bromsgrove Dolphin Centre

They have a changing bed and an oxford dipper. Phone prior to visit for swimming.

Telephone: 01527 549130


Droitwich Swimming Pool

They have changing rooms, showers, hoist and emergency cords

Telephone: 01905 771212


Evesham Swimming Pool

They have changing rooms, showers, hoist, toilet, ramps and hearing loop

Telephone: 01386 444212


Malvern Special Needs Swimming Club

Malvern Splash every Saturday from 5.15pm to 6.15pm

Telephone: 01684 893423


Hewell Road Swimming Pool, Redditch

They have disabled changing room, shower, and hoist. The disabled session is on Thursdays from 3.00pm until 3.30pm

Telephone: 01527 64189


Stourport Sports Centre

They have ramps, changing rooms, electric doors, hoist and emergency cords.

Telephone: 01299 822308


Worcester Citizens Swimming Pool

They have level access

Telephone: 01905 20241


Worcester Swimming and Fitness Centre

They have a disabled changing room, hoist and ramps

Telephone: 01905 20241


Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre

They have a changing room, toilet, shower, emergency cords and wheelchair access to side of pool

Telephone: 01562 515151


Inclusive Athletics

Club for young people with a physical disability. Sessions at Ryland Centre, Bromsgrove

Telephone: 01527 875207


Wheelchair Basketball

Sessions at Rylands Centre, Bromsgrove

Telephone: 01527 881652


Wheelchair Basketball

Sessions at University of Worcester

Telephone: 01905 855509 or 01905 542001


Dizz Kidz

Multi skills and multi sports club for children with coordination difficulties Thursday evenings at University of Worcester Sports Hall

Telephone: 07974 846961


Triple A Club

Disability Sports Club for children and young people. Saturdays at Kingsley Sports Centre, Redditch.

Telephone: 01527 64676