Best Practice & Advice
There are numerous organisations with websites that can be useful to parents and carers. They include :
- http://www.abettermedway.co.uk/healthyeating/ a website providing advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle within Medway.
- www.medwaydiabetes.co.uk For anyone who wishes to learn more about diabetes and how Medway services can help you.
- https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ - a range of tools and support to help improve your overall health.
Mental Health Services
- www.mind.org.uk a website providing expert advice and support related to mental health issues and learning disabilities.
https://www.kmpt.nhs.uk/ - Medway Primary Care Psychological Therapies, Tel: 01634 841524
Carers Line - A free service for carers in Medway, Tel: 0800 1974517, email first to obtain a user name and password firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Cope as a Carer - This booklet is for you if you are supporting a friend or relative and want to know how to look after your own mental health. It offers advice on how to look after yourself and where to get further support.
https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/ - The NHS has compiled a list of apps, both paid and free, that have been found to be beneficial to people's mental health. These apps have been assessed against a range of NHS standards.
Parent & Carer Support Services
- https://medwaypcf.org.uk/ - The Medway Parents and Carers Forum is a group formed to help bring together the parents, families and carers of children and young people with a variety of additional needs to have a voice within Medway.
- 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.
- www.gingerbread.org.uk a website providing expert advice, practical support and campaigning for single parents.
- www.carersfirst.org.uk is 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.
- www.kentautistic.com - KAT offers coffee mornings, emails groups, telephone support, help to apply for benefits and grants.
If you would like advice on managing your finances, please see the agencies below, who you can contact directly to seek support.
- Christians Against Poverty - https://capuk.org
- Step Change - www.stepchange.org Free advice to manage your debt, including a debt management plan or voluntary repay arrangements.
- Foodbank - 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 on 01634 683990
Disrespect Nobody - Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other
Practical Parenting Guides
- Encouraging Better Behaviour - NSPCC practical Guide to Positive Parenting to encourage better behaviour.
- Listening to Children - NSPCC practical Guide to help improve communication with your child.
- Out Alone - NSPCC practical guide to keeping your child safe when they are away from home and alone.
- Keeping Your Cool - NSPCC practical guide for Parents & Carers on managing stress and anger.
Below are joint NAHT and Family Action guide which are based on the latest research about what helps children to succeed at school
- Giving your child a helping hand - This guide is to assist Parents & Carers help their child learn in and out of the home, at school etc.
- Preparing for change at school - Change will happen throughout your child’s time at school; some will be easy and some harder. Change can affect both your child and the rest of the family. With the right support at home and school, you can help your child to succeed through these changes.
- Ready to Learn - This guide is to assist Parents & Carers in helping their child get the most out of school.
Going out for the day or on holiday?
- Accessible Guide - You may find The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain of use as it gives details on sites for families with children with disabilities.
- Day Out With The Kids - The website 'Day Out With The Kids' will also help you find something to do during the weekend or holiday period.
- Hidden Disabilities - Advice for passengers or their carers with hidden disabilities travelling through Gatwick.
- Preparing for the Summer Holidays - Getting ready for the Summer Break.
A Parents Guide to Gangs
- A Parents Guide to Gangs - A guide for Parents & Carers, created by Kent Police, regarding gangs.
- www.kentcarersemergencycard.org.uk - 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. for more information.
- National Autistic Society - Preparing for Christmas.
- Flying Under the Radar - Information Document on Girls and Autism
- 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
- A guide to supporting students with autism - The aim of this document is to provide an overview of what autism is, how it can affect people, the inherent challenges in teaching and supporting people, and some positive strategies to provide the best support.
- Routines and Anxiety - Providing a visual, well-structured and personalised set of instructions.