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: 01905 768053
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
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,
Telephone: 01564 825000
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.
City Walls Road,
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,
Telephone: 0808 808 3555
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,
Telephone: 020 7843 1900
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
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
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
Telephone: 01905 29377
Telephone: 01562 825896
Telephone: 01527 62819
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
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
CHILD LAW ADVICE
Specialist advice on child, family and education law
Telephone: 0300 3305485
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
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
Worcestershire Children’s Information Service
Information around child care.
Telephone: 01905 763763
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.
The Worcester Snoezelen centre provides a multi-sensory centre that is available to people with special needs
3 Turnpike Close,
Telephone: 01905 748229
National family support charity
41, London Road,
Telephone: 08088 002222
Helpline for children and young people up to the age of 18, in danger, in distress or with any problem whatsoever
Telephone: 0800 1111
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.
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
Support group of local parents of children with speech, language & communication difficulties
National Number: 0300 666 9410
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
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
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
Provides equipment for disabled children’s mobility, trikes, bikes, manual wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs, that are not available on the NHS.
Telephone: 020 7233 6600
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
Information, support and training organisation
Telephone: 01462 454986
Sociables & Crew Hub
Help children and young people to enjoy life. Play, social and work programmes. Bewdley.
Telephone: 01299 400655
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
Children’s emergency assessment and support service. Short break (respite) service. Hydrotherapy service.
Telephone: 01684 612727
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
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
Barnardos Breakaway & Dudley Share Care Project
Long term foster care, short break and respite care project for children with disabilities
Telephone: 01384 458585
Specialist facility for children, young people and adults with learning and physical disabilities in Malvern. Use animal assisted therapy techniques.
Telephone: 01684 833336
Evesham Adventure Playground
Adventure playground for children with disabilities
Telephone: 01386 442154
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
Club for young people with a physical disability. Sessions at Ryland Centre, Bromsgrove
Telephone: 01527 875207
Sessions at Rylands Centre, Bromsgrove
Telephone: 01527 881652
Sessions at University of Worcester
Telephone: 01905 855509 or 01905 542001
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