See the following organisations which offer emotional support for carents and carers. This is not an exhaustive list, but a hand-picked selection of really useful sources of help. For the most comprehensive, searchable guide to services for disabled children and their families please see the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Local Offer website.
ASD SUPPORT - PARENT TO PARENT
Parent to Parent (P2P) is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing confidential, emotional support to parents and carers of children or adults with autism. It is run by the National Autistic Society. Info below comes from the NAS website:
“The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who are all parents themselves of a child or adult with autism. Volunteers are based across the UK so you don’t have to share information with someone in your local area. Our volunteers have personal experience of autism and the impact it has on their own families. They can give other parents the opportunity to talk through problems and feelings, suggest helpful strategies, or provide a non-judgemental listening ear.
How can I contact the Parent to Parent Service?
You can call at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answer phone. Please be aware that you will not speak to someone immediately as this is not a manned line. If you leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. Alternatively you can use our online enquiry service.
GREENWICH EXPERT PATIENTS PROGRAMME
The Greenwich Expert Patients Programme provides free self-management courses for anybody caring for someone with a long-term condition or living with a long-term health condition. Courses offer you the opportunity to develop the confidence and skills necessary to manage long-term conditions on a day-to-day basis.
As an expert patient you can:
- Feel confident and in control of your life
- Aim to manage your condition and its treatment with the support of healthcare professionals
- Communicate effectively with healthcare professionals and be willing to share responsibility for treatment
- Be realistic about how your condition affects them and their family
- Uses your skills and knowledge to lead a full life.
Courses typically run over six weeks, structured as a two-and-a-half hour session each week.
Parents courses – ‘Supporting Parents’
This course is for parents of children who live with a long-term health condition or disability. It is a place to share experiences and ways of managing and looks at how to care for the carer. The course also explores the impact of childhood illness or disability on the whole family and ways of finding meaning in the experience.
If you would like to register for a course or speak to someone for more information, please contact Vitta Curtis on 020 8921 5528 or go to this website.
GREENWICH CARERS CENTRE
Greenwich Carers Centre provides a ‘One Stop Shop’ service to all carers living within the Borough of Greenwich, or who care for someone living in the Borough of Greenwich. The service provides individual needs-led support via the offering of information, advice, emotional and practical support, representation, advocacy, and consultation opportunities. All specialist knowledge gained from undertaking this work will be used to inform others both locally and nationally, in order to further awareness of Carers issues.
What’s on offer from April 1st:
- a bi-monthly newsletter.
- events with monthly speakers.
- a new Spa for carers which carer for person can also use (charges apply). A lovely dedicated space for carers, tastefully decorated and have some really nice therapies on offer including a Chauffeur to pick up carer!
- The Carers Centre also offer coach day trips, activity sessions, film nights and drop-off respite service (2 hours at the stables £ 8.50 per person per hour plus lunch or refreshment costs).
You can contact the Greenwich Carers Centre by phone, e-mail, post or through their website.
The Greenwich Carers Centre office hours are Mon–Fri 8am to 7pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm. At other times our answer machine will take your details.
The Greenwich Carers Centre
76 Hornfair Road
Mainline: 0300 300 2233
A new mental health resource online for young people. HeadScape is a brand new self-help website for young people created by Oxleas NHS Trust. It has been created to meet a need for children and young people to access mental health services and self-help online. A cool, simply-designed website draws the young user in straightaway with quizzes about the users’s outlook and state of mind, with next-step advice. Lots of info clearly organised covering a huge range of relevant topics from ASD to eating disorders, anxiety and phobias, self-harm and family difficulties. The Urgent Help button gives users the right phone numbers for emergency mental health or physical help.
KIDSCAPE: SUPPORT IN SITUATIONS OF BULLYING
The people Kidscape helps are from every age group: children and young people from 6 to 19, concerned parents and grandparents, teachers and carers. And they come from every background and every part of the country: from inner-London comprehensives and from public schools; from rural villages and from major cities. The children we work with aren’t all being bullied – some of them are bullies themselves, and need help to stop.
Whatever the situation, they aim to listen without judgement and offer sound advice based on years of experience and the counsel of some of the most experienced and respected psychologists in the field.
2 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0DH
Tel: 020 7730 3300
General enquiries: email@example.com
THE MAYPOLE PROJECT FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE LIMITING AND THEATENING CONDITIONSSupport for children with life threatening, life limiting illnesses and their families across South East London. The Maypole Project provides a lifeline of support for children with complex medical needs and their whole family.
The Maypole Project provides unique emotional support that is ongoing, flexible, responsive, professional and confidential. Each family is supported by one of our key workers who are specifically trained and supervised to offer emotional support, which ranges from befriending to counselling or therapy. This can be offered to whole families, one to one, couples, groups, and also extends into provision of information, advice and advocacy.
Every year, 12 to 17 of every 10,000 children are diagnosed with an illness and/or disability that threatens or shortens life, 65% of these families will need to seek professional support. The diagnosis itself is life-shattering and stressful for each and every family member.
Maypole Munchkins is an inclusive sports and activities club, designed for children with a complex medical need or disability to gain access to sport.
It ensures that children of all abilities can join in with the sport or activity taking place. It is also a great way for children to socialise with their team mates, make friendships and create peer support in an informal setting. Importantly, it also gives the parents or carer time to take a break.
Maypole Munchkins takes place every Wednesday from 5pm until 6pm ~ term time only.
To find out more about Maypole Munchkins contact the Support Team on 01689 889 889 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITY TRUST
For support for parents and carers with mental health issues. The Mental Health Activity Trust is a charity based in Greenwich which helps people with mental health problems back into employment as well as supporting their family members. Established by CEO and Founder Toni Hale, the charity also runs a successful shop. Both the charity and the shop employ volunteers and staff who have mental health problems to support them back into the work place.
The MHA Trust helps people in their quest to find employment by providing that employment, supporting people into paid full-time and part-time work, and offering in-work support as well as help enrolling in education.
The MHA Trust believe having a mental health problem can be debilitating and isolating so aids social inclusion in the community. They believe everyone has a right to live fulfilling lives, whatever that is and are here to help you achieve your goals. The charity follows a holistic approach believing that each person is unique and that everyone has a right to be free from stigma and discrimination.
2,000 people with mental health problems are unemployed in the Greenwich borough alone and the charity believes there are far more than this. The many people who walk through the charity’s doors show this is a real issue which needs addressing and the MHA Trust is here to help.
Mental Health Activity Trust
MHA Trust Shop/Head Office
15 Delacourt Road
Monday – 9am-5.30pm
Tuesday – 9am-5.30pm
Wednesday – 9am-5.30pm
Thursday – 10am-7pm (from March we will close at 9pm)
Friday – 10am-5.30pm
Saturday – 9am-4pm
Promise Dreams is a national charity that was launched in 2001 with the aim of making a real difference to children who are seriously or terminally ill.
Every child has a dream and whatever it may be they aim to make it come true –whether it be to go on the holiday of a lifetime and spend time with their siblings following extended hospital stays, the chance to meet their celebrity hero, a specially adapted trike to enable them to join in on family bike rides, or essential equipment and resources for their home. In fact, anything that will make life happier and easier for the family in need.
They accept applications for children from all over the UK from birth up to the age of eighteen. To find out more about how to apply for a dream click here.
SEN PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH
Parent Support Group is a charity based in Lewisham which is also available to parents/carers outside the borough - so Greenwich families are welcome. They specifically focus on difficulties when parenting a young people aged 10-16yrs with challenging behaviour. The charity supports challenging behaviour in a wider context and the child does not have to be 'offending'.
They provide support in the form of parent drop-ins, days out, parent buddy system and provide a counselling service.