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Stop Germs Spreading (NHS)

The NHS resource on Stop Germs Spreading teaches those simple yet vital gestures. Hand washing: Wet Soap Wash Rinse Dry Coughing and sneezing: Catching it Bin it Kill it Norovirus bug Known as the 'winter vomiting bug', this virus is highly contagious.  Some useful tips and advice to…

Substance Misuse

This advice and guidance page looks at substance abuse and the organisations that are available nationwide and locally to support individuals and families. Page reviewed April 2022.

Suicide Prevention - information page

Suicide is not inevitable. Preventing suicides is a complex and challenging issue, but there are effective solutions for many of the individual factors which contribute towards the risk of suicide. If you are concerned about someone you think may be at risk or is vulnerable,…

Support for young carers

If you are between 5 and 18 years and you spend a lot more time looking after a family member or carrying out household chores than other children/young people your age because a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative is ill, disabled, has a…

Support to help vulnerable residents stay warm this winter

Winter Watch Winter Watch offers advice and help to older people, people with disabilities or long term health conditions and families with very young children whose health and well being is most at risk because their homes are cold and damp. This includes: a home energy…

SWAN UK (Syndrome Without A Name)

SWAN create awareness of undiagnosed conditions A project offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions SWAN UK (Syndrome Without A Name) estimate that 30-50% of children with severe learning disabilities and 50% of children in contact with NHS Regional Genetics…

Tax-Free Childcare: Helping Working Parents Pay for Childcare

The government introduced Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) in 2017, a UK-wide scheme to help working parents pay for childcare for children 0 - 11 years, or if your child is disabled and under 16 years old. If you're a working parent of a 3 or 4 year…

Things to do

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) ~ Holiday Activities and Food scheme (HAF) for information on activities running over the school holidays for eligible families Children and young people of all ages enjoy meeting and experiencing new things to do. Often Parents and carers can go with…

Training and resources for carers

Click here to find courses for carers, online apps, advice and information.   Page last reviewed: 29/09/2020

Transition - Becoming an adult and preparing for the future

This section is designed to provide information for young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) on support and services available to help them make informed choices about their futures. This sections includes information on a wide range of subjects, including the following: Post-16…