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Useful organisations for fun & support

Looking for something fun to do? Looking for some support? This is our growing directory of organisations that may be useful to you.  

Use the tick boxes and filter button to narrow down what you're looking for, then click an organisation to find out more about them and also see a list of any upcoming events that we know about.

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  • Action for Blind People

    Action for Blind People has been offering vital support for people who are blind and partially sighted for over 150 years. They have been known under different names but supporting blind and partially sighted people has always been at the heart of what they do.

    Action is one of the largest sight loss charities in the UK. They have many services which help blind and partially sighted people with different aspects of their lives, from supporting people at the time they are diagnosed with a sight condition to hotels, resource centres and employment services.

  • Dimensions

    Dimensions provides services for people with learning disabilities and autism. Alongside supported living and residential care, we also offer vital specialist services including sector leading Positive Behaviour Support.

    The organisation also works wth Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase cinemas to put on monthly autism friendly film screenings - you can find the details here www.dimensions-uk.org/families/autism-friendly-screenings/latest-autism-friendly-films/

  • The Engine Shed

    A monthly ‘train club’ for children on the autistic spectrum and their families in the North East London area.  The club has  Model Hornby railways & train sets for all abilities will be set up and a range of train-related resources for children to play with.

    Train-loving children who are not on the spectrum also welcome. and there is no charge. 
    If you would like to come or want more information contact Gill:

    The organisation aims to:

    • Provide a unique special interest facility for children on the autistic spectrum and their families.

    • Provide an opportunity for families to share and learn new strategies for promoting the learning and social skills of our children, using their love of trains as an entry point.

    • Create a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which all children, siblings, parents and other family members can feel comfortable and relaxed.

    Where and when

    Meetings usually  happen second Sunday of each month 11.00-2.00pm  at:

    St Francis Church Hall,

    Hawkswood Crescent,

    Chingford,

    E4 7RS 

  • North London Actionnaires

    North London Actionnaires is a multi activity club run by Action for Blind for blind & partially sighted children & young people from 6–16 years, siblings welcome. 

  • Picturehouse Cinemas

    Picturehouse Cinemas run autism-friendly film screenings on a monthly basis. 

  • Scope Face 2 Face

    Would you like to talk to another parent who understands what you are going through and can offer emotional and practical support?

    Face 2 Face schemes operate across the UK. Any parent of a disabled child may use their local scheme, even if their child hasn't been diagnosed.

     

  • RNIB

    The  RNIB offers support for everyone affected by sight loss. 

    Support and advice is available for both people with sight-loss and friends and family. One Helpline is all you need to reach all the RNIB services

    You can also check out the RNIB's online shop to find products to maintain your independence and keep doing the things you love.

  • Talking Therapies

    Everyday life can be tough for anyone. Waltham Forest Talking Therapies IAPT is a free NHS service that can help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and bereavement.

    • Panic Attacks
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Excessive Worry
    • Social anxiety/shyness
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Agoraphobia
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Health Anxiety
    • Stress

    Operating hours are:

    Monday through Thursday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm and Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

    Website: wftalkingtherapies.co.uk

    Telephone : 0300 555 1271

    WF IAPT offers the following therapies:

    Low intervention therapy (LI) is CBT based and is guided self-help in the form of therapy, psycho-education groups and workshops and may involve sign posting to other services. LI therapy is up to a maximum of 8 sessions.

    High intervention therapy (HI) is provided in the following modalities ranging from 8-16 sessions:

    •    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    •    Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
    •    Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT)
    •    Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

    You can refer yourself by calling the above telephone number where a member of our admin team will take your details and give you the information on the next steps. Alternatively, you can self-refer via the website or via your GP.

    We will offer you a telephone assessment appointment  usually within 2-5 working days. Following the assessment you will be offered LI and HI intensity interventions depending on your identified needs at the time of assessment. There is no waiting list for LI and a short waiting list for HI. The majority of patients usually have LI before having HI therapy.

    Please contact us it is good to talk.

  • Waltham Forest Local Offer

    The local offer is a guide to all the services that are available for children and young people in Waltham Forest with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged from birth to 25.

  • Waltham Forest Parent Forum

    Waltham Forest Parent Forum is a friendly, formal voluntary group of parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged from 0 to 25 in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. 

    It aims to provide feedback on the development and direction of services for disabled children and young people in the borough to key policy makers in the borough and to support families through sharing experiences and building networks.

  • WFPF Dad's Group

    The Dads' support group is provided the Waltham Forest Parent Forum and run by Andreas Arnmar an expert behaviour consultant working in the borough. Dads’ Group is a group for dads, grandads, extended family and friends who support families who have a child with a disability or special need. The aim of the group is to help dads to meet and share experiences with each other.

    Dads group meetings are held in cafes or community rooms around the borough once every half term and speakers often attend sessions to  share their experiences of working within the field of special needs. The speakers can be anything from social service workers, teachers, SENCOs, local politicians or parents.

  • Waltham Forest SENDIASS

    The Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice and Support Service provided by Citizens Advice Bureau in Waltham Forest is a confidential service and that can:

    • Listen to parents concerns and queries
    • Can offer contact with an independent supporter
    • Signpost to other sources of help and information
    • Help you to get your views, the views of your child or young person known, understood and valued
    • Help you prepare and go with you to meetings
    • Help with paperwork and writing reports and letters
    • Help you to look at all of the options
    • Look at ways of overcoming differences

    CAB is available to all parents resident in Waltham Forest whose children have special educational needs. We aim to promote partnership between parents, the Local Authority (LA), schools, early years settings, health, social services and specialist children's services. Parents know their child better than anyone and have a key role to play in their child's education.