Family Support and Resources


We are a small charity that supports the needs of a child with any type of disability or Special Educational Need (SEND), from the ages of 0-25 within the Ashford, Shepway or Dover/Deal area. Unlike other agencies and organisations who may support just the child, siblings or the parents, we support the whole family in a number of ways.


Understanding Autism

Online Parent Workshops - NHS Foundation Trust

Understanding Autism poster

Principles of Nurture

  • Children's Learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communications
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  • The importance of transitions in children's lives


Parent Information Sessions

Parent Information Sessions

SEND Newsletter 2023

https://SEND NEWSLETTER 2023

Moodspark - Mental Health Friends Workbook

Moodspark - Mental Health Friends Handbook

CUES Parenting Support Group

Coping with Uncertainty in Everyday Situations


Waterside Children's Centre

Come along once a month to the Waterside Children's Centre's friendly support group for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

SEND Parent and Carer Support GroupParent Information Sessions

Waterside's Childrens Centre-SEND Parent and Carer-Support GroupWaterside's Children Centre - Under 25s Parents GroupWaterside's Children Centre - Parent Information Sessions

Black and Minority Ethnic Sahayak Support Services

Sahayak Support Service LeafletRethink Asian Helpline

Rethink Asian Helpline Leaflet

Ashford Youth Hub

Parent-Information-October 2023

SEN Information Day - The Autism Apprentice

Please see below details of The Autism Apprentice's SEN information day being held on 9th November in Queenborough.

The Autism Apprentice

How Mainstream Schools Support Children with SEN

The Education People have been funded by Kent County Council to deliver training to parents and carers of children with SEND from across Kent.

Support for Parents and Carers Leaflet

CUES Parenting Support Group

CUES Parenting Support Group

Kent Autistic Trust (KAT)

We have been informed that Kent Autistic Trust (KAT) have begun to provide information sessions for parents.

IASK Virtual Workshops

Please find information below about free online Special Educational Needs (SEN) support in the early years, mainstream schools and colleges workshops.

Kent SEND Newsletter

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

Kent's Special Education Needs and Disabilities Newsletter. Please read the SEND newsletter, Bumper Summer Holiday Edition 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 

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.

Disabled Sports Academy Information

Disabled Sports Academy pdf

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 (

Kent's Local Offer

Are you a parent/carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)?

Register your interest today by visiting: or email with any questions you have or if you are unable to attend these sessions.

A new group for girls with diagnosed ADHD traits or are on the pathway to diagnosis.

Unstoppable Girls

PDA Supporters Group Kent
pda group flyer


A forum for parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within Kent local authority.

Parent Guides

A Parent Guide to ADHDA Parent Guide to Cognition Learning-An Understanding of Dyslexia in the ClassroomA Parent Guide to Pupil Voice 

KCC Understanding Your Child

Solihull Courses Leaflet

Parent Consultation Line

Parent Consultation Line Flyer

Coffee Mornings

Autumn Term 1 Flyer

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