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Supportive Parents

South Glos Parents and Carers

South Glos Parents and Carers are a supportive community of parents and carers who work to improve services and support for children, young people with additional needs and their families.

ERIC - The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity

ERIC, The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity is usually recommended as part of the continence assessment carried out by the School Health Nurse.

Tel: 08453708008




Cerebra is a national charity that offers advice on:


SWAN UK is the only specialist support available in the UK for families of children and young adults affected by a syndrome without a name.  They can provide support an information in hospital, at home and in their local community.

Tel: 020 7831 0883


JIGSAW Thornbury

JIGSAW Thornbury was founded in March 2013, supporting families who have children who are 0-25 years and have any additional needs or disability. This can be anything from learning needs such as dyslexia to complex disabilities or medical problems including children who have no diagnosis.‚Äč  JIGSAW staff and volunteers are passionate about supporting families to help them get the support they need.

Family Fund

Family Fund is helping families raise disabled children or seriously ill children across the UK to have the same opportunities as others.  They do this by providing grants for essential items such as washing machines, cookers, clothes, tablets, computers, bedding, and much needed family breaks.  The website gives details on the eligibility criteria. 

Young Minds

Young Minds offers confidential online and telephone information and support for anyone worried about the emotional, behaviour, or mental health of a child/young person up to 25 years of age, including ADHD, Autism and Aspergers.  0808 8025544

Children's Playlink

Children's Playlink offer holiday play schemes to approximately 200 disabled children and young people. The schemes run in Yate, Little Stoke, Kingswood, and Thornbury.

Running during Easter, Summer, October, and February school holidays, they provide respite for parents and carers, and offer a setting where children can enjoy fun activities.

Our teenage workshops provide opportunities for teenagers to engage in interesting age-appropriate activities.

The buddy scheme supports youngsters with disabilities to attend mainstream play or leisure activities in the local community. It aims to provide new experiences, promote friendships, encourage a sense of independence, and improve self-confidence.

Play workers

Our play workers are responsible for encouraging participation in activities for children and young people with disabilities on a 1:1 ratio.



Early Bird & Cygnet Course

A range of courses for parents/carers whose children have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Early Bird 2 - 4 yrs, Cygnet 5 -18 yrs. The courses run during each term and can be accessed via a referral or self-referral from parents. Currently running an expressions of interest list:


Butterflies-Haven support families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) by providing two social groups - The Young Voice Social Group (for ages 3-11 years) and The Step-Up Youth Group (for ages 12-16 years). We are a caring, supportive organisation providing social events for parents/carers, Children and youths who experience autism spectrum related challenges.

Telephone: 07837 348690

St Francis Church, Warwick Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2PW

National Autistic Society 

 NAS South Gloucestershire branch:

Supportive Parents

Registered in England and Wales as Supportive Parents for Special Children Charity No 1079761 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No 3905996

Incredible Kids

Incredible Kids is an inclusive play centre where young people with additional needs can have fun and play alongside siblings. They provide a mutually supportive environment for parent carers.

Incredible Kids provide a safe place for families with young people who have additional needs to come together and spend quality time as a family, providing a short break from the pressures of family life.

Special Friends Club

Special Friends Club is a charity operating throughout the City and County of Bristol and the County of South Gloucestershire. The Charity was founded by and is run by parent volunteers. We are unique in providing support for families of children with special needs and disabilities by organising a wide range of weekend and School holiday activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family!

The club has a membership of 180 families who have at least one disabled child or young person aged between 3-25 years old. All have a diagnosed disability which inhibits them accessing mainstream activities and venues. The children and young people have a broad range of needs and disabilities including Profound and Multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), Severe learning difficulties (SLD), Cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome and other genetic conditions.



Click here to find out more.


SENSE offers personalised support to children and adults who have complex disabilities.  They offer over the phone advice, housing support, education and day services, as well as short breaks and activity groups. 

Tel: 0300 330 9256