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Parent/Carer Support Groups in Bristol

  • The Carers Support Centre (Bristol and Sth.Glos). Find out more by calling Carers Line on 0117 965 2200. Do register with them - they can loan out a family zoo pass to parent carers, offer advice and e-updates to carers of anyone who has extra needs in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and run the young carers service.
  • Contact A Family - UK wide. Advice on benefits, education, grants, finding local support and groups.  National Helpline 0808 808 3555.
  • Supportive Parents (Bristol, Sth.Glos and Nth.Somerset). Your local independent SEND Information, Advice, and Support Service that covers all things to do with special educational needs and accessing education provision. 
  • Findability - Bristol's Local Offer.  Information on services from education, health and social care for children and young people (birth to 25 years old) with Special Educational Needs or a Disability, and their families.
  • Cerebra 

    • A National Helpline 0800 328 1159
    • A national Sleep Advice Service for parents. You can refer directly for Sleep support via the website or by calling 0800 32 81 159
    • A range of publications, many FREE Guides for Parent/Carers, and a step by step guide to completing the DLA claim form.
    • An Equipment/Design Innovation Centre (Cerebra CIC), that can advise on equipment that a child may need
    • A Postal Lending Library of toys and literature
    • Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving project   
    • An ’1000 families’ research study on learning disability
    • Workshops for Parent Carers relating to Sleep, Accessing Public Services, or DLA. These workshops can be delivered here in your area for FREE provided an existing parent group can supply a venue and refreshments - call Cerebra's Helpline for more information, and remind schools and your local parent carer organisations to make use of this opportunity.
  • Advice Services (Benefits)
  • Citizens Advice Centres
  • Local Advice Centres across the South West
  • Bristol Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service
  • WECIL Disabled People's Helpline (Bristol Only) Call 0117 947 9922
  •  Avon and Somerset Police Launch an Improved Safe Places Scheme. Click here: To discover all about it

Avon and Somerset Police have launched improvements to their scheme that gives teens and young people with communication difficulties places to go where someone will help them if they feel unsafe or confused. It now includes direct access to police support 24 hours a day via the Safe Places telephone number. You can apply for a Safe Places card that the young person keeps with them and hands to someone at one of the designated Safe Places sites.


Come along to the support group and meet other parent carers in a safe and confidential space.

 They offer:

* A friendly informal setting to laugh, chat and share experiences

* Participation events

* Advice, information and help to fill in forms

* Free relaxing 15 minute therapy with a trained therapist 

* Free Refreshments

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