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National Autistic Society - Wandsworth Branch

The National Autistic Society (NAS) champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and aims to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference…
228Battersea Bridge RoadLondonSW11 3AA

National Autistic Society - Wandsworth Branch

The National Autistic Society (NAS) champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and aims to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.

The Wandsworth Branch meets once a month to provide support and information to local parents and carers as well as young people and adults with autism.

See below for upcoming dates.

Please RVSP to the email address below.

Who to contact

E-mail
wandsworth@nas.org.uk
Website
Visit Website
Parent Organisation
National Autistic Society

Where to go

Name
Duke Of Cambridge
Address
228
Battersea Bridge Road
London
Postcode
SW11 3AA

Other Details

Costs

Details
Free

Generate Buddy and Transitions Youth Club

Generate's Buddy scheme offers young people with a mild to moderate disability who live in the Borough of Wandsworth up to 4 hours per week of 1:1 targeted support for a period of 3 months. This project offers young people aged 11 to…
020 8879 6333

Generate Buddy and Transitions Youth Club

Generate's Buddy scheme offers young people with a mild to moderate disability who live in the Borough of Wandsworth up to 4 hours per week of 1:1 targeted support for a period of 3 months. This project offers young people aged 11 to 19 a short term intervention to talk about their goals and to take steps to try and make them a reality.

The main aims of our workers are to support choices, give a sense of control and independence and increase confidence and self-esteem.

This support is bespoke to the individual and their needs and has taken many forms such as;

  • Travel Training
  • Accessing Leisure facilities
  • Finding a positive peer group
  • Accessing mainstream services
  • Activities with friends or families
  • Support to youth club

Anyone can refer a Young person to the buddy service.

Parents and young people can also refer themselves by calling Nicole Allwood or Nathan Lindsay on 020 8879 6333 and asking for a referral form.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jake or Nathan
Telephone
020 8879 6333
E-mail
enquiries@generate-uk.org
Website
Visit Website
Parent Organisation
Generate

Other Details

Costs

Details
Contact provider for costs

Availability

Age Ranges
From 11 years to 18 years

Disability Cricket in Wandsworth

Mondays: 4pm to 5pm. This activity takes place during term time only.
Surrey Cricket Board is organising a Disability Cricket activity in Wandsworth. This activity is for young people aged 14+ with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. The activity is funded by the Lord's Taverners and the Berkeley Foundation. Disabled young people can:
FieldviewEarlsfieldLONDONSW18 3HF
0777 589 3650

Disability Cricket in Wandsworth

Mondays: 4pm to 5pm. This activity takes place during term time only.

Surrey Cricket Board is organising a Disability Cricket activity in Wandsworth. This activity is for young people aged 14+ with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. The activity is funded by the Lord's Taverners and the Berkeley Foundation.

Disabled young people can:

  • have fun and make new friends,
  • enjoy learning how to play cricket,
  • get active with professional sports coaches,
  • develop confidence, team building and communications skills.

During the winter (October to April) the sessions will take place at Burntwood School, Burntwood Lane, London SW17 0AQ. During the summer (May to July) they will be held at Spencer Cricket Club, Fieldview (Off Burntwood Lane), London SW18 3HF.

During training, play will involve the use of soft balls to avoid injuries. Once players are familiar with the rules of play, players will get the opportunity to play matches against other boroughs.

Please see the website/flyer for more details.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Alain Jason
Telephone
0777 589 3650
E-mail
alain@googlycricket.com
Website
Visit Website
Parent Organisation
The Spencer Club

Where to go

Name
The Spencer Sports Club
Address
Fieldview
Earlsfield
LONDON
Postcode
SW18 3HF

Other Details

Costs

Details
Free to participate for young people with disabilities

Availability

Age Ranges
14+
Other notes
Spencer Cricket Club presently has the largest junior section the country with over 950 junior members, of which about 200 are girls. They also have a women’s cricket team.

The Family Fund

The Family Fund is a registered charity allocating grants for specific requests made by families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person. They are the largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people…
01904 621115 01904 658085 (textphone) 01904 652625 (Fax)

The Family Fund

The Family Fund is a registered charity allocating grants for specific requests made by families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person. They are the largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people in the UK.

Grants can be awarded for a variety of things such as:

  • washing machines, fridges and clothing
  • furniture, bedding or decorating
  • a family break or holiday
  • transport costs
  • specialist equipment

Grants for 16-17 year olds might include funding to assist with attending College, for example:

  • Computers
  • Driving Lessons
  • Telephone

Each child’s situation is different and ‘severe disability’ depends on many things. These include the child’s age, how much their abilities are already affected, and how much attention they need. A family can apply to the Fund once every 12 months.

Goods and services are normally paid for directly to the supplier by the Fund. A Family Fund representative will visit the family to discuss the best way to help. The Fund considers applications from families in accordance with specific criteria.

Please consult the Family Fund website for more information.

Who to contact

Telephone
01904 621115
01904 658085 (textphone)
01904 652625 (Fax)
E-mail
info@familyfund.org.uk
Website
Visit Website

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
For children up to 18 years
Referral required
No

Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card

This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. To apply for the card you will need submit proof to show…
PO Box 199DeesideCH5 9BW
01244 526 016 Minicom - Text phone: 18001 01244 526 016 0845 123 1296

Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card

This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

To apply for the card you will need submit proof to show that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • recieve Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance; or
  • are a registered blind person.

You will also need to supply a passport-sized photo with your application to appear on the card.

A processing fee of £6.00 is chargeable per card. This is to be sent along with the completed application.

The card lasts for a year.

Who to contact

Telephone
01244 526 016
Minicom - Text phone: 18001 01244 526 016
0845 123 1296
E-mail
info@ceacard.co.uk
Website
Visit Website

Where to go

Name
CEA Card
Address
PO Box 199
Deeside
Postcode
CH5 9BW

Other Details

Costs

Details
£6 per year.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

This is a tax-free benefit for children under 16 and young people over 16 with a physical and/or learning disability who need help with personal care or walking.   Personal Independence Payment or PIP started to replace DLA from 8th April 2013 for people aged…
0345 712 3456

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

This is a tax-free benefit for children under 16 and young people over 16 with a physical and/or learning disability who need help with personal care or walking.  

Personal Independence Payment or PIP started to replace DLA from 8th April 2013 for people aged 16 to 64 with a health condition or disability; but most people currently getting DLA won't be affected by PIP until 2015 and for children under 16, DLA still remains. 

To be eligible for DLA, your child must need a lot more help or supervision than other children of the same age.  Support with care and mobility can be claimed from 3 months onward.

Once you start getting DLA it may increase the amount of other benefits or credits you are entitled to, such as income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit, carer's allowance, working tax credit and child tax credit. 

To find out more:

  • call 0845 123 456 
  • contact your local Jobcentre Plus or Social Security Office or
  • visit the website at GOV.UK

Who to contact

Telephone
0345 712 3456
Website
Visit Website

Carers Allowance

This is a benefit for parents and carers who look after a disabled child or adult for at least 35 hours a week.  The disabled person must get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the middle or higher rate for personal…
Palantine HouseLancaster RoadPrestonLancashirePR1 1HB
0845 608 4321 (textphone: 0845 604 5312)

Carers Allowance

This is a benefit for parents and carers who look after a disabled child or adult for at least 35 hours a week. 

The disabled person must get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the middle or higher rate for personal care.

For information on DLA and Carer's Allowance you can:

  • contact your local Jobcentre Plus,
  • call  0845 608 4321
  • visit the GOV.UK website, where you can also find out how to claim on-line,
  • or, contact the Carer's Allowance Unit who can send you a claim form. Tell them if you need the claim form in an alternative format, such as Braille. 

Who to contact

Telephone
0845 608 4321 (textphone: 0845 604 5312)
E-mail
cau.customer-services@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
Website
Visit Website

Where to go

Name
Carer's Allowance Unit
Address
Palantine House
Lancaster Road
Preston
Lancashire
Postcode
PR1 1HB

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 8th April 2013 for people aged 16 to 64 with a health condition or disability. To qualify for PIP you must have a long-term health condition or disability and…

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 8th April 2013 for people aged 16 to 64 with a health condition or disability.

To qualify for PIP you must have a long-term health condition or disability and have difficulties with activities related to: "daily living" and/or "mobility". You must have had these difficulties for 3 months and expect them to last for at least 9 months. What you will get is not based on your condition but how your condition affects you.

You will need an assessment so Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can work out the level to help you get. Your award will be regularly reassessed to make sure you're getting the right support.

Use the PIP checker to find out:

  • if and when PIP affects your DLA
  • when you can claim PIP

PIP is usually paid every 4 weeks. It's tax free and can be paid if you're in or out of work. It is made up of 2 components; a daily living component and a mobility component. Whether you get 1 or both of these depends on how your condition affects you.

Most people getting DLA won't be affected by PIP until 2015 or later. 

Who to contact

Website
Visit Website

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
From 16 years to 64 years

Extra child tax credits for disabled children

Families with a disabled child or young person, who gets either disability living allowance (DLA), or personal independence payment (PIP) can claim additional child tax credits (CTCs).   A higher rate of CTC increases your income.  You can claim tax credits by calling the Tax Credit Helpline…
Helpline: 0345 300 3900 Textphone: 0345 300 3909

Extra child tax credits for disabled children

Families with a disabled child or young person, who gets either disability living allowance (DLA), or personal independence payment (PIP) can claim additional child tax credits (CTCs).   A higher rate of CTC increases your income.  

You can claim tax credits by calling the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900 or Textphone: 0345 300 3909

There is more information on the GOV.UK website. And, HMRC's website http://bit.ly/14O6gdy

Who to contact

Telephone
Helpline: 0345 300 3900
Textphone: 0345 300 3909
Website
Visit Website

The WAND Card

Wandsworth's WAND Card, helps a child or young person, up to 18 years old,  whose disability or special needs significantly impact on their ability to get out and about around the Borough.  The WAND Card can be used as a form of identification, for example, as…
Town HallWandsworth High StreetWandsworthLONDONSW18 2PU
020 8871 7899

The WAND Card

Wandsworth's WAND Card, helps a child or young person, up to 18 years old,  whose disability or special needs significantly impact on their ability to get out and about around the Borough. 

The WAND Card can be used as a form of identification, for example, as proof of eligibility for existing concessions.

A WAND Card holder may have:

  • a physical disability,
  • a major visual or hearing impairment,
  • a chronic physical illness,
  • autistic and communication disorders,
  • learning disability or
  • pre-school delay.

Where can you use the WAND card?

Please contact the Family Information Service for a registration form and explanatory leaflet or for further information about the DCR and the WAND card. 

More information about the WAND card

More information about the DCR.

Who to contact

Telephone
020 8871 7899
E-mail
fis@wandsworth.gov.uk
Website
Visit Website

Where to go

Name
Family Information Service
Address
Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
Wandsworth
LONDON
Postcode
SW18 2PU

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
From 0 years to 18 years

Positive Parent Action (PPA)

Positive Parent Action (PPA) is an independent parents' forum which aims to improve provision for all disabled children and young people from 0-25 years old, living in the Borough of Wandsworth. This voluntary group of parents and carers use their shared experience to help Wandsworth Council make…
c/o Contact a FamilySiward RoadEarlsfieldLONDONSW17 0LA
020 8947 5260

Positive Parent Action (PPA)

Positive Parent Action (PPA) is an independent parents' forum which aims to improve provision for all disabled children and young people from 0-25 years old, living in the Borough of Wandsworth.

This voluntary group of parents and carers use their shared experience to help Wandsworth Council make informed decisions about how to spend the funds available and understand what local disabled children and young people and their families need.

PPA would like to hear from parents and carers.  For instance:

  • How would you like to see money spent in Wandsworth for Short Breaks?
  • What are the most frustrating problems for you and your children?
  • What services and support are good, and what would you like to see more of?

In addition, the forum has a really important role in Wandsworth's ongoing implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms, which came into force on 1st September 2014. 

Some PPA members Co-chair the council's committees running various work streams.  Some PPA members attend meetings, or take part in pilot schemes to test new ways of working.  All PPA members have the chance to give their views in various ways.

Please email or write to them. PPA want to hear from you, whether it's a quick phone call or email sharing your views or a bit of spare time to help with some administrative jobs, they would love you to get involved.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Erica Spink
Contact Position
Parent Participation Facilitator (Contact a Family)
Telephone
020 8947 5260
E-mail
positiveparentaction@yahoo.co.uk
Website
Visit Website

Where to go

Name
Positive Parent Action
Address
c/o Contact a Family
Siward Road
Earlsfield
LONDON
Postcode
SW17 0LA

Other Details

Costs

Details
Free

Availability

Age Ranges
From 0 years to 25 years
Other notes
Complaints: Initially these should be addressed to the Parent Participation Facilitator. In the case of any complaints that cannot be resolved in this way, these should be directed to the Chair of Positive Parent Action at: info@positiveparentaction.org.uk

Contact - Wandsworth

Contact Wandsworth is the local office of Contact, the charity for families with disabled children,  and is funded to provide targeted family support services to families with disabled children in Wandsworth. Parents and carers can contact this service themselves or ask a professional, such as a…
1Siward RoadTootingLONDONSW17 0LA
020 8947 5260

Contact - Wandsworth

Contact Wandsworth is the local office of Contact, the charity for families with disabled children,  and is funded to provide targeted family support services to families with disabled children in Wandsworth.

Parents and carers can contact this service themselves or ask a professional, such as a health visitor, to help them. In order to receive services you will need to get in touch so that a member of the team can go through a registration form with you.

Contact Wandsworth provides services to families with children with disabilities and special educational needs across the borough including:

  • drop-in and phone support services on any issues related to your disabled child
  • a family worker service for families with disabled children 0-13 in each of the three localities Battersea, Tooting and Roehampton
  • holiday events and outings for the whole family at subsidised rates
  • particular focus on welfare rights, education, benefits, debt and financial advice;
  • workshops on topics including: Understanding Behaviour, Coping with emotions and Toilet training
  • advice around short breaks, leisure and holiday activities;
  • a quarterly newsletter with local and national updates
  • a monthly e-bulletin with local and national updates
  • links with Positive Parent Action to ensure parent participation in the borough
  • working closely with a steering group of local parents

Professionals working with families can also get advice and help with benefits, grants and any other issues.

Who to contact

Telephone
020 8947 5260
E-mail
wandsworth.office@contact.org.uk
Website
Visit Website

Where to go

Name
Early Years Centre
Address
1
Siward Road
Tooting
LONDON
Postcode
SW17 0LA

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
From 0 to 25 years
Referral Details

Parents can self-refer or get a professional to do it for them – just call.

Other notes
Complaints, compliments or suggestions about this service should be directed to the manager in the first instance.

Contact - Benefits and Advice Helpline

This is a free, confidential helpline for parents of disabled children living in England, run by Contact offering high quality and up-to-date advice on welfare benefits. Contact is a charity for families with disabled children. Contact advisers will make sure that parents have the right information…
Freephone: 0808 808 3555 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday; free from UK landlines and UK mobiles

Contact - Benefits and Advice Helpline

This is a free, confidential helpline for parents of disabled children living in England, run by Contact offering high quality and up-to-date advice on welfare benefits.

Contact is a charity for families with disabled children.

Contact advisers will make sure that parents have the right information to make informed choices about issues such as:

  • moving into work
  • benefit options when a child reaches 16
  • how to use self-directed support to take greater control over how services are provided to their disabled child.

Contact this service and they will be able to offer you an appointment with a welfare expert to discuss your situation. They can then take you through the latest relevant benefits advice and run through any other financial help you may be entitled to, to maximise your income. 

Visit the CaF website for information on changes to the welfare system including more about the personal independence payment (PIP) and universal credit.

Who to contact

Telephone
Freephone: 0808 808 3555 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday; free from UK landlines and UK mobiles
E-mail
helpline@cafamily.org.uk
Website
Visit Website
Parent Organisation
Contact, the charity for families with disabled children.
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