Best Practice & Advice
There are numerous organisations with websites that can be useful to parents and carers. They include :
1. www.familyandchildcaretrust.org a website aiming to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents to reduce pressures on family life.
2. www.gingerbread.org.uk a website providing expert advice, practical support and campaigning for single parents.
3. www.mind.org.uk a website providing expert advice and support related to mental health issues and learning disabilities.
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) is a free 10-week healthy lifestyle programme helping children and their families lead happier, healthier lives. Developed by experts in child health, MEND is for families with children aged up to 13-years-old.
If you are aged between 13-17 years, live or go to school in the Medway area and are above a healthy weight, Fit Fix is here to help. This is a 12 week programme, where you will learn about healthier choices and health habits. You will be offered five 1-2-1 personal training sessions and an hour of fun exercise sessions every week, with the offer of a free gym membership for up to a year after completing the programme.
For anyone over 18 years who are at risk of type 2 diabetes with a BMI over 25.
Free 12 week programme, various venues and times across Medway, self refer or ask your GP to refer you.
Aim is to enable young people aged 11 – 19 with disabilities to have support to access mainstream youth and leisure activities. This is achieved by bringing together young people with additional needs with mainstream peer mentors. The mentors are trained to develop supportive relationships and once matched will meet with your child one night per week for up to 20 weeks to support them in attending a local youth or leisure based club of their choice.
8. Money Management
Debt for households across England is increasing and in January 2016 it was reported that average debt has soared by two fifths in six months, currently standing at £13,000. If you would like advice re managing your own debt please see the agencies below that you can contact directly to seek support.
Christians Against Poverty
CAP can assist in a number of ways;
Money management course
Free course re budgeting, various venues, dates and times.
Trained debt counsellors will work with you to make a plan to manage and pay off debt.
Free advice to manage your debt, including a debt management plan or voluntary repay arrangements.
If you are experiencing difficulties with purchasing food then up to three vouchers can be provided for food parcels for your family, food parcels generally last approximately three days. Please contact Emma McGregor-Davies or Kelly Pope for confidential support.
Medway Primary Care Psychological Therapies
Tel: 01634 841524
Free counselling service for anyone over 18 years.
11. Carers Line
A free service for carers in Medway
Tel: 0800 1974517, email first to obtain a user name and password email@example.com
We are a charity supporting adult and young Carers, a Carer being anyone who provides unpaid support to a loved one. Carers can be of any age and may be looking after a relative including husband or wife, friend or neighbour. We provide emotional and practical support, advice, information, guidance and offer statutory carers assessments, training, events, social groups, short break respite, activities trips and more.
There are two family support officers who may be able to offer help. KAT offers coffee mornings, emails groups, telephone support, help to apply for benefits and grants.
Please find below a list of documents that we have either prepared ourselves or sourced from other groups working with Parents & Carers.
The first three documents have been produced by our Blue Zone Team to support staff, parents & carers and other family members in working with our ASD students.
The next 3 leaflets are from 'Family Action' which is a charity supporting parents and carers.
The next 4 booklets are from the NSPCC and are advice for Parents & Carers on a variety of situations.
The next booklet is from Mind and contains advice for Parenting.
Going out for the day or on holiday?
You may find The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain of use as it gives details on sites for families with children with disabilities.
The website 'Day Out With The Kids' will also help you find something to do during the weekend or holiday period.
Gatwick Airport Lanyards
Time Out For Parents
Advice for Parents & Carers about Social Media
Preparing for Christmas: Autism Resources
Information Document on Girls and Autism
Carers can obtain an emergency card, from Carers First on tel 01634 582132. This can be carried in your purse or wallet so that in an emergency others are aware that you are a carer and can contact the designated person to care for your son / daughter. www.kentcarersemergencycard.org.uk for more information.
The Kent Autistic Trust are able to provide an Autism Alert Card. This can be used to alert police and other emergency services to the fact that the holder has an Autistic Spectrum Condition. This will indicate that the holder may have difficulty with communicating or may exhibit behaviours which may seem strange or be misinterpreted. This card is of most benefit to those accessing the community independently. Contact Kent Autistic Trust on 01634 405168 for further information