Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is visiting Sheffield to promote its recently-launched Family Support Service.
The service helps parents to access statutory support and funding.
It also provides equipment, treatments, support and therapy enabling progress for children with brain injuries, plus autistic children’s therapies, specialist disability sports equipment and respite holidays for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The charity is already working with 26 families across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
Family Support coordinator for the region, Karen Askham, is going on a whistle stop tour of the area.
In Sheffield, she will promote the Family Support service at a Sheffield Parent Carer Forum conference on special educational needs reforms.
The forum will discuss the major changes for disabled children and young people following the publication of the Children and Families Bill 2013, which will be introduced this year.
The event takes place at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane tomorrow, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Karen said: “I’m looking forward to explaining to parents, potential partners and agencies, what it is that we do. For some it will mean helping them to understand that we can offer support in the home, or in hospital, whilst for others it will be explaining how we can offer short breaks and respite holidays overseas.”
She will also explain how the charity can access mobility equipment, treatments, therapies and specifically-designed sporting equipment for children with a wide range of needs.
However, for many it will simply be a case of explaining how she can sit down with parents and help them to complete the necessary paperwork to access statutory support.
As she explained: “Some families simply don’t know where to start. Filling in the required forms can prove to be a considerable challenge.
“Funding applications and letters of support have become a necessary part of my workload in order to help families get what they are entitled to.”
For further information on the services that Caudwell Children provide, or to arrange an appointment at the Sheffield event email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07972 688019. She is also visiting Wakefield on March 24.