As a parent/carer of a child with learning and development delay – there is a range of family support available in Waltham Forest and Nationwide.
You will find information on connecting with other parents/carers in the local community, accessing information and advice and everyday parenting matters..
- Waltham Forest Parent’s Forum - a friendly, voluntary group of parent/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25 in Waltham Forest. You can join the forum through their website and find out more about their regular support groups.
- Waltham Forest Carers First - works directly with and for carers to provide personalised information and advice. Making it easier for those caring for someone else to continue living their lives to the fullest. In Waltham Forest, they offer 1-2-1 support and a weekly borough wide Parent's Talk Time group where parents get the chance to talk, share useful information and support each other in a safe environment.
- The Together Space - A place where children and families with and without learning disabilities can comfortably socialise, learn and play together. They have monthly events you and your child can join.
- Walthamstow Toy Library have sites in both, Walthamstow and Leytonstone. They run inclusive play sessions, led by experienced play workers, with plenty of toys and books, and activities such as messy play, music makers and physical fun. All their sessions include a healthy snack, singing and story-telling time. They also provide a toy loaning service with a wide variety of high-quality, fun toys you can borrow. For more information, visit the Walthamstow Toy Library website.
Specific Parent Support
- Good Beginnings courses are available to randomly selected groups of parents/carers of children waiting for assessment on the Social and Communication Clinic (SACC). If you would like to find out more about this, you can watch the online videos or speak to your child’s Speech and Language Therapist to find out more.
- Haven House supports local children and families, from birth, who are seriously ill and have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. You can ask a health professional who is working with your child to make a referral to access respite, yoga, music therapy and play sessions.
- Downright Excellent! works with children, their families and their schools, combining fun learning activities, training, specialist therapies, peer support and socialising to form a circle of support around each child and family to support, empower and inspire. Find out more about their weekly 0-5 play sessions.
- If you want to find out more information about your child’s condition, the charity, Contact, have a useful A-Z of conditions which provides helpful information and links to condition specific support groups.
Accessing information and advice
Everyday parenting matters
Contact offer free virtual Brighter Beginnings Workshops covering a range of topics around caring for your child in the early years. Click on the following workshop links to find out more:
- Speech language and communication,
- Early years entitlements,
- Toilet training,
- Money matters,
- Handling meetings,
- Encouraging positive behaviour,
- Education workshops,
- Speech and language 0 to 5,
- Sleep workshops,
- Siblings workshops,
- Growing up workshops,
- Wellbeing workshops.