Below is a list of benefits, discounts, grants and organisations which provide support and advice which is available nationally. Click on one of the categories below to display only results from those categories. Click on the appropriate name to display more information about it. If you're just starting out on your SEND journey I'd recommend you first read "Getting Started". The first few listings down to SENDIAS are the things we would recommend looking at to start with, after that everything else is listed in alphabetical order.
Accessibility Advice / Information / Support Benefits Carers Days Out / Send Activities Education Legal Advice Mobility / Transport Other Respite Care School Holiday / After School Clubs Wish Granting Charities
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Benefit for children with higher than average care needs
Benefit available for people who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week
Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)
Accessing extra educational support
Children With Disability Services
Support for you and your child from social servies
You can apply for a needs assessment from your local Children with Disabilities Service (part of the social care department) to see what help they may be able to offer both your child and you as a carer.
To find out how to apply in your local area, enter your details here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-needs-assessment-social-services
Support for low income families raising disabled or seriously ill children
Sunflower Lanyard Scheme
Bringing awareness to hidden disabilities
Free Child Care For 2-4 Year Olds
Government scheme to provide free child care for some children
Free School Transport / Claim Mileage For Taking Your Child To School
If your child has an EHCP or Statement of Special Educational Needs and you live 2 or more miles away from their school if the child is under 8, or 3 or more miles away if your child is 8 or over, you should be entitled to be provided with free transportation for them to and from their school. For more information on eligibility see: https://www.ipsea.org.uk/pages/category/transport-to-school-or-college
Car leasing scheme for those in receipt of Higher Rate DLA Mobility Element and grants
If you are awarded the High Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance, you have the option of using some or all of it to lease a car through the Motability scheme. The price of a lease is all inclusive (insurance, servicing, maintenance, breakdown cover, tyre replacement and windscreen repairs). If the car you require to meet your needs requires a deposit, they may be able to provide you with a grant to cover this cost depending on your circumstances.