Family Support and Resources

Family Support and Resources

Kent SEND Newsletter

Read the latest (December 2021) KCC SEND Newsletter here.

You can read previous newsletters and sign up to new ones here.

Schools Reconnect Program Update

We are pleased to inform you of some exciting opportunities being made available to
children and young people in Kent by businesses and community organisations who are working with us to make Reconnect a success. These include:

  • Free travel on buses
  • Free learning opportunities
  • Discounted leisure centre offer
  • Locality events

Find more information here

Online Safety

Parent Toolkit - Online issues

An open letter

An open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

Click here for more information

HomeStart Ashford & District - Working alongside families

HomeStart Leaflet

Includes Us 2 “My Time” Groups (April - July 2022)

Includes Us 2 “My Time” support groups provide a relaxed and informal space for parents/carers of children with a disability or a special educational need to meet up.

Click here for more information.

Ashford Youth Hub Program 2022


Disabled Sports Academy Information


Parenting Drop in

The weekly Parenting Drop in session is aimed at all parents with children aged 0-25 years. If you have any concerns about your child/children’s behaviour or have found yourself in a challenging situation, please come along for advice, guidance and support. *No appointment necessary*

Parent Drop in - Ashford Youth Hub

Parenting Drop-In Information

Imago Short Breaks - Respite service for children with learning disabilities

For ages 8-13 years Imago provides:

-       Support for the child and the family

-       6-7 hour day trips during the school half term and summer holidays

-       After school clubs (will hopefully be returning from April 2022)

-       Weekly online meeting via Zoom where we run various activities and games

For ages 14-19 year Imago provides:

-       Support for the young person and their family

-       6-7 hour day trips once a month on a Saturday

-       6-7 hour day trips during the school half term and summer holidays

-       Weekly online meeting via Zoom where we run various activities and games

The criteria for our service is that a child/young person needs to either have a diagnosis of a disability and/or have an EHCP in place or in process.

If you wish to refer any young people to our service, you can do here on our website: Short Breaks Service (

Mental Health Awareness Week - 9th May-15th May 2022

Our Mental Health is affected by the relationships we build. A feeling of loneliness can happen if we do not have a good relationship with ourselves, others and the world around us. Everyone can experience loneliness from time to time, even if you are surrounded by many people. Loneliness is different for everyone.

If you are feeling lonely it's important to find a good supportive network and to share your thoughts and feelings.

Mental Health Week  - Information for studentsMental Health Week - Information for parents