Please find below links to groups and services that you might find useful.
Happy Days Children’s Charity – www.happydayscharity.org
The Happy Days Children’s Charity works with local communities right across the UK to provide vital respite breaks for individuals, families and groups who support children with additional needs. This is open to those with learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities and with acute, chronic or life limiting illnesses. Age range is from 3 to 17.
They have funding available for family respite holidays. These breaks are usually for 3 – 4 nights and are located in the UK.
If you click on this link above and this should take you to the main web site. Near the top of the page is: ‘APPLY FOR FUNDING’. Click on this text and you will see a new page and in the middle column: Family Respite Breaks. There you will find the application form, a contact name and telephone number.
They have a popular postal lending library of books on topics relating to neurological conditions, media (DVDs) and sensory equipment, such as fibre optics and the ever popular Sensory in a Suitcase, which contains a range of equipment to stimulate all the senses.
Anyone in the UK, (including NI), can borrow items from the library and it’s free to return them by using their freepost address for books or a courier service that they can arrange for you for the sensory equipment. You can borrow two books at a time and one sensory item for a month at a time.
Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – www.newlifecharity.co.uk
Newlife is the largest national children’s charity that provides free disability equipment to families, as well as funding research into inborn conditions. We can provide everyday essential equipment to any disabled or life limited child under the age of 19, who is in need. There is no limit on what we will spend, and we do not means test, as we believe that every child should have the right piece of equipment at the right time.
Newlife can help children that may have been previously refused help, or perhaps the equipment they need is not available in their area, or if the healthcare professional has recommended a piece of equipment that isn’t supplied by Statutory Services. Through our grant and loan schemes, Newlife can provide wheelchairs, car seats, buggies, communication aids, beds, cots, seats and many other items. We also have numerous new and exciting services to offer families with disabled or life limited children, such as our Play Therapy Pods, a sensory toy loan suite.
If you are concerned about threadworms or suspect that your child has threadworms there is an information leaflet for parents available here and you can find out more information on threadworms on the websites below:
iCan Swim – www.icanswim.co.uk
Swimming for all
iCan Swim sessions available at these Leisure Centres:
Haverhill Leisure Centre
Tuesdays 11am – 12pm
Book by calling 01440 702548
Newmarket Leisure Centre
Tuesdays 2pm – 3pm
Book by calling 01637 782500
Mildenhall Swimming Pool
Thursdays 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Book by calling 01638 712515
Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre
Fridays 10am – 12pm
Book by calling 01284 753496
School Nursing Service – www.suffolk.gov.uk
If you need advice or support about health issues for your child please contact us on 01473 275800 or by email SpecialistSchoolNursingTeam@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk .
We can also assist with any problems with continence products but please remember changes to orders take around 10 days to process so don’t leave it too late before contacting us if a delivery is due soon.
The Specialist School Nursing Team still have places available on the following workshops this term:
- Puberty at Churchill School, Haverhill on 23rd November 2016
- Puberty at Stone Lodge Academy, Ipswich on 24th November 2016
- Sleep at Riverwalk on 28th November 2016
- Emotional Health & Well-Being at Churchill School, Haverhill on 7th December 2016
- Emotional Health & Well-Being at Stone Lodge Academy, Ipswich on 8th December 2016
Workshops are held in the morning from 9.30am.
For further details / to book a place please contact the team on 01473 275800 or by emailing SpecialistSchoolNursingTeam@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk
We also have workshops in the spring term so please contact the team if you would like details of these.