Find out which organisations can give you independent help.
- I think my child has or may have Special Educational Needs / Disability and needs an Educational Health Care Plan assessment
Benefits and allowances
T: 07917 607730
W: Active Independence
- AI Complaints Procedure
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- DIAL Complaints Procedure
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Direct Payments can be used for a number of things - but are usually used to employ a Personal Assistant (PA) to work directly with your disabled child or young person. The money is paid at a set hourly rate (from which you will be responsible for ensuring tax, insurance and national insurances are paid). Direct Payments can be used to give you a Short Break from your caring responsibilities for your child. Doncaster Council's Children's Commissioning Team facilitate Direct Payments, for further information contact the team.
Disability Student Allowance
As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a:
- Long-term health condition
- Mental health condition
- Specific learning difficulty like dyslexia
The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income. Please see the following link for more information:
Disability Living Allowance
If you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
DLA is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over. You'll continue to get DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to you to:
- tell you when it will end
- invite you to apply for PIP
Use the PIP checker linked below to find out if and when you’ll be asked to claim.
For more information please see the website link and contact details below:
T: 0800 917 2222
Employment and Support
If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:
- financial support if you’re unable to work
- personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to
You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.
For further information, eligibility, and how to claim please see the link below:
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Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
These benefits help with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you're aged 16 to 24. You could get between £21.80 and £139.75 a week.
The rate depends on how your condition affects you, no the condition itself.
Personal Budgets are the way of delivering social care to people in Doncaster. They are designed to help you take control of your own social care budget, manage your support and choose the services that suit you best. It puts you at the centre of the planning process as you are best placed to understand your own needs.
If you have been assessed as being eligible for care services from Doncaster Council, you will be told exactly how much money you have to spend on your eligible care and support needs. This amount of money is known as your ‘Personal Budget’.
For more information, please click on the link below.
Carers, family and friends
If you provide unpaid practical and emotional support to a person who has a mental health problem or learning disability you are a carer. You may be a partner, friend, relative or neighbour. A carer can also include young carers who are under the age of 18. The person they look after is often a parent, but can be a brother or sister, grandparent or other relative. Please see the services below for more information and support.
If you are a carer for someone close to you, and would benefit from a couple of hours' break each week to get stuff done or just to have a rest, why not give Safe & Sound a try?
We are running 10 weeks of FREE taster sessions from early February to give you the opportunity to try it and find out more.
Each Tuesday afternoon from 2pm, we will have a designated area at Sainsbury's Cafe in the Edenthorpe store. Our friendly team will be there to welcome your loved ones, look after them, and provide activities.
They will be able to enjoy a cuppa and something to eat in a safe environment, giving you the freedom to do your grocery shopping or any other tasks you need to get done.
Click the following link and complete the form to register your interest, or simply send us a Facebook message... https://www.choices4doncaster.co.uk/safe
Doncaster Carers Service
T: 01302 812827
- Doncaster Carers Emergency Contact Scheme
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Achievements & Newsletters
- Doncaster Carers Achievements
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- CEC 2
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Doncaster Partnership for Carers (Doncaster Carers Centre)
Campaigning – We work with and help facilitate Doncaster Carers Forum (the campaigning voice for all adult carers) , Doncaster Parent Carers Forum ( the raising awareness forum for all parents of children with SEND - Special Educational Needs and /or Disability) and the Ladder Group ( the campaigning group for young people with SEND) all these groups meet at the Carers Centre.
T: 01302 637566
- Carers Support Poster
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- Carers Therapies Poster
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- Carers Wellbeing Sessions
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Minton Hollins Building
Shelton Old Road
- DIAL Complaints Procedure
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Doncaster Deaf Children's Society
All of the local groups registered to NDCS are very different. Most get together regularly and organise occasional activities for deaf children and their parents.
T: 0207 014 5919
W: Doncaster Deaf Children's Society
Doncaster Parent's Voice
Doncaster Parents Voice DPVoice are an independent group of parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with disabilities and/or special educational needs (SEND). Our aim is for all children, young people and their families living with disabilities/additional needs in Doncaster to have the same opportunities, hopes and aspirations as other families in Education, Health, Social Care and leisure. We are run by a steering group of parent carers with a vested interest in shaping services fit for purpose for children and young people and their families living with disabilities and/or SEND. To achieve this we have parents representatives working with the local education, health and social care commissioners and service providers.
We also carry out various activities:
- A parent carers drop in / pamper session at Doncaster Carers Centre on the fourth Friday of the month (apart from school holidays), 10.00am to 12.30pm,
- Family night out session on the first Tuesday of the month at Diamond, 35-46 Wood St, Doncaster, DN1 3LH from 6.00pm to 8.30pm in partnership with the LADDER Group.
- We are the Doncaster Suppliers for the MAX CARD - Discount Entry Card
- We hold information sessions, events, training, activity sessions and pamper days for families throughout the year. Please see our Facebook page and Events section for the latest details
- We engage with other local parent carer support groups
We provide information for parents on a range of issues including education, health and social care services either over the phone or face to face If you would like to learn more about Doncaster Parents Forum or you are a parent/carer of a child with an additional need looking for information or support then please do not hesitate to contact us, either by telephone, e-mail or Facebook.
LADDER Group - Learning about Disability, Differences, Equalities and Rights
We are a group of young people aged under 25yrs with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and long term health conditions, passionate about making a difference and getting our voices heard.
We need you to join us and be the voice of under 25yrs with:
- Learning impairment
- Mental health issues
- Physical disabilities
- Sensory impairment
- and any long term health condition
This is the Social Arm of The LADDER Group in partnership with DPVoice and DICE Doncaster.
Monthly sessions include
For more information
Call: 01302 637566
Mob: 07917 690590
You can find out more about the LADDER group on this video.
South Yorkshire for Inclusive Living
We have a variety of services for disabled people and those living with long term conditions. Services include:
• Occupational therapy
• Support at appointments
• Help to increase confidence and reduce social isolation
T: 01302 892949
- SYCIL Referral Form
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- Additional Information - SYCIL
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- Referral Pathway- SYCIL
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T: 01302 734951
Disability aids & equipment
Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. We also run our Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and our Destination Dreams holiday for children fighting life threatening conditions.
T: 0845 300 1348
For more information, please visit www.caudwellchildren.com
Short-term Wheelchair Hire Service available
- Sale of Radar Keys, Car Stickers and Blue Badge Holders
- We also offer a wide range of information which includes fact sheets that cover a variety of topics including – Car Adaptations, Disabled Facilities Grant, Equipment Hire, Home Alarm Systems, Wheelchair Supply as well as many others.
Doncaster Community Equipment Service - NRS
Doncaster Community Equipment Service is an integrated community equipment service commissioned by NHS Doncaster CCG and Doncaster Council to provide health and social care related equipment; such as walking aids, toilet raises, commodes etc. Assessments will be undertaken by an Authorised Prescriber who will usually be an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Nurse.
T: 0300 1000 243
Advice and Support for Adults
We provide support for:
◾ older people
◾ people with disabilities
◾ people with mental health problems
◾ people with learning difficulties
◾ people who misuse drugs or alcohol
◾ young offenders
◾ vulnerable people and those who may be being abused
For more information, please visit the link below:
Care and Support to help you live independently
Frenchgate Disabled Toilet
Frenchgate now provide a fully accessible changing / toileting /feeding area in the Frenchgate Centre above the standard of a Changing Places facility.
This is available for all children with disabilities who have personal care needs and also any disabled adults who require the same facilities. It includes ;
- Changing bench
- Height adjustable wash basin
- Fold down rail
- Privacy screen
- Wash / dry toilet facility and H system track hoist
Disabled Facilities Grant
If you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, you could get a grant from your local council to help with the costs. The changes can include:
- widening doors and installing ramps
- improving access to rooms and facilities - eg by installing a stair lift or a downstairs bathroom
- providing a heating system suitable for your needs
- adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
To request an assessment for an adult or child call the number or visit the link for further information below:
T: 01302 737391
South Yorkshire for Inclusive Living
- The Local Offer Homepage
- Education Support Services
- Online Protection and Cyber Bullying
- Short breaks
- Doncaster Youth Council
- Glossary Of Terms
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- DfE - Children and Young Peoples Guide to SEND Code of Practice
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- MAX CARD - Discount Entry Card
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- Carers and Former Carers Social Groups
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