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 Web or email address Contact number
Advice for All Central point for benefits and financial advice, free, local and independent advice in the Borough.

It brings together services provided by Blackburn with Darwen Council, Age UK and the Citizens Advice Bureau into a central point in Blackburn Library.


03444 889 622


Apple Trees Youth Club For 5–16 year olds.  Sessions run by experienced staff.  Monday term time from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm for young people with low to moderate disabilities.  Offering activities such as crafts, baking, computer games, sports etc to help develop skills of independence and socialising. 01254 666774
Blackburn Youth Zone For 8-25 year olds. Sessions Sunday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and after school, where young people with disabilities can meet new friends and develop new skills, getting involved in a wide range of sports and activities i.e table tennis, football, music, 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 – for all family.  or


01254 292000
Children and Young People’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Forum For children with SEND.  Meets 3 times a year on Saturday morning at Kaleidoscope.

Aims to ensure young people with SEND are given regular opportunities to socialise and share their views about local service provision. 01254 666711
Disability Links and 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 (Blackburn with Darwen) For parents/carers of children 0-25 years with SEND.  Voluntary parent/carer led group empowering parent/carers through information sharing.


07923 252 483
Special Educational Needs Information, Advice & Support Service (PP SENDIASS) (formerly Parent Partnership 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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