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:
- 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|In Di Go||A voice for parent /carers and children.
Support to prepare for meetings/appointments.
Support, guidance and signposting
Group activities, parties, fundraising
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.
|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.