Below is a short list of some agencies and groups available for parents/guardians to contact direct for information, advice and support.

However, we also recommend you use the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Local Offer website which has lots of online information, advice and guidance on:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Support, mediation
  • Things to do

This online resource is updated regularly with groups, events and new information.

Agency Service Contact Details
Advice for All A free, local and independent central point for advice on housing, welfare and benefits.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has partnered with Shelter and the Citizens Advice Bureau into a central point in Blackburn Library.

03444 515 1831


Apple Trees Youth Club For 8-18 years olds, sessions run by experienced by staff on a Monday during term time from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for young people with low to moderate disabilities. Offering activities such as crafts, baking, computer games, sports etc to help develop skills or independence and socialising.

01254 666787
Tue – Fri

Blackburn Youth Zone For 8-25 year olds, sessions Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm and after school, where young people with disabilities can meet new friends and develop new skills, and get involved in a wide range of sports and activities such as table tennis, football, music, and crafts.

50p a session, annual membership £3. Pick up direct from Crosshill after school one day a week. Family Days run the last Sunday of every month.

01254 292000

Children and Young
People’s SEND Forum
For children with SEND. Meets 3 times a year on Saturday morning at Kaleidoscope.

Gives young people with SEND regular opportunities to socialise and share their views about local service provision.

01254 666711

Disability Links
& Parents Forum
Voluntary register that parents/carers put their name on. The register provides regular information about events, activities and support for 0-25 year olds. The register also organises a Parents Forum which meets 4 times a year for parents, carers, young people and professionals to meet and discuss issues of issues, invite guests, suggest changes.

01254 666711

In Di Go A voice for parent/carers and children.

Support to prepare for meetings/appointments.

Support, guidance and signposting

Group activities, parties, fundraising.

01254 209708, 0750 535 3508


Parents in Partnership
For parents/carers of children 0-25 years with SEND. Voluntary parent/carer led group empowering parent/carers through information sharing.

07923 252 483

SEN Information,
Advice & Support Service
For parents/carers, children/young people 0-25, schools and professionals.

Offers opportunity of working together to meet the special educational needs and disability of the individual pupil.

Personal and confidential information, advice and support relating to special educational needs and disability.

01254 503049, 01254 583957

Young People Services
Leisure Inclusion Project
For 8-19 year olds. Offers opportunity to participate in exciting and fun activities, learn and socialize in a safe environment.

01254 298632

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