Parent carer support groups

At support groups you can meet other families, share your experiences and learn from others in an informal setting.

Groups might be set up by parents or run by professionals or organisations. They may cater for parents who live in the same area whose children have a variety of different disabilities or the same condition.

Meeting other parents or carers in the same position can help you feel less isolated. Support groups may offer:

  • opportunities to socialise
  • information and advice
  • emotional support
  • a crèche for younger children or siblings
  • family activities

We have compiled a list of local support groups for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities. For more groups and activities for you and your child or young person see our list of local accessible and inclusive activities.

Online support

Websites and online forums can be another source of support you can access at a time that suits you. If your child has a rare disorder or condition, online forums can be a way of connecting with other families in the same situation. Our list of national organisations includes links to associations for particular conditions and websites created for parents, by parents.

Local groups

If you know of any support groups that are not included and would like to be, please ask them to email FIND@lancashire.gov.uk or add their details to the FIND directory of services.

North - Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde

Group name Address Details Contact
Support Sundays, Lancaster Boys and Girls Club Lancaster Boys and Girls Club,
Dallas Road,
Lancaster,
LA1 1TP

Coffee and chat for families and carers of children with additional needs. All family members are welcome, special needs centred play and also youth club activities for siblings.

Alternate Sundays during term time, 10am – 12noon
£1 per child, carers and adults free

Text Rachel: 07809 413 766
Parent and Carers United Mencap, Charles Street, Morecambe

A social group for any parent carer who cares for anyone who has any additional needs, a place to meet other people, share stories, ask advice or just to talk. Pre-school children welcome.

Monday ( term time only), 10am - 11.30am

Leona
Tel: 07867 483 638
Email: leonapye@hotmail.co.uk
National Autistic Society Lancaster and Morecambe Branch Carnforth's Children's Centre,
The Carnforth Hub,
Kellet Rd,
Carnforth,
LA5 9LS

Forum for parents of children and young people on the Autistic spectrum. 

NAS Drop in Monday 9.30am - 11.30am. Please contact to check details.

Tel: 07500 881 831
National Autistic Society Lancaster and Morecambe Branch  Firbank Children's Centre,
Firbank Road,
Lancaster
LA1 3HL

Support group for parents of children and young people on the Autistic spectrum. 

First Wednesday of the month, 10am - 12noon ( term time) 

Tel: 07500 881 831
AOK Lune Park Children's Centre,
Ryelands Park,
Lancaster
LA1 2LN

Parent peer support group for parents and carers of children aged birth to 8 years with additional needs. Siblings welcome.

Wednesday 1pm-3pm term time and in school holidays. Free.

Tel: 01524 581 280

Chill and Chat The Loyne Specialist School,
Sefton Drive,
Lancaster
LA1 2PZ

Support group for parent carers of children and young people aged 0-19 with SEND.

Thursday 9.15am  to 11.45am term time only 

Tel: 01524 64543
Downs Syndrome Support Group

Woodhill Lane, Morecambe,
LA4 4NW

Support group for parent carers of a child or young person with Downs Syndrome.

1st Saturday of the month 10am-12noon.

Tel: 07951 722 761
Email:  lancasterdsgroup@hotmail.co.uk
Skerton St Luke's SEN Parent Group Skerton St Luke's School,
Slyne Road,
Lancaster
LA1 2JH

For parents of children with additional needs.

Lucy Ellis
Tel: 07873818153 or

Mrs Walling-Lewis or Mrs Armistead at the school
Tel: 01524 65445

CSI Carer Support and Information - Wyre Fleetwood Fire Station,
Radcliffe Rd,
Fleetwood
FY7 6UJ

Coffee, Cake & Craft (with guest speakers) at Fleetwood Fire Station on the second Monday each month from 1pm-3pm.

Time2gether socials on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12noon-2.30pm.

Tel: 07935 751 228
Email: info@csi-wyre.co.uk

Scope Face to Face Parent Support Groups North West Heysham Children's Centre,
Middleton Way,
Heysham,
Morecambe
LA3 2LL

Support group for parent carers, grandparents or relatives.

Fridays 10.30am-12noon term time only.

Tel: 01524 853 912

The Bay Addlink GYM Methodist Church,
Townley Street,
Morecambe

ADHD Family Support Group for parent carers. Meets Wednesdays.

ADHD Northwest
Tel 01254 411 044
Email: reception@adhdnorthwest.org.uk

South - Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire

Group name Address Details Contact
Rainbow Support Group

Jollies Barn, The Gravel, Mere Brow, Tarleton. PR4 6JX

Parent support group and play centre quiet sessions. Please contact to book a place.

2nd Sunday of the month, 9am–10am, £2 per child.

To book a place:

Tel: 01772 812309
Email: info@jolliesbarn.co.uk 

TAAG Lancashire - Teenage ASD ADHD Group

Venues around Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.

Parent Support Group meets while the young people ages 8-18 take part in activities. Email or telephone for details.

Tel: 07738 129447
Email: info@taaglancashire.co.uk

Face 2 Face 

Park Centre Children's Centre,
Barnes Road,
Skelmersdale,
WN8 8HN

Support group

Monthly 3rd Tuesday 9.30am – 11.30am

Julia Johnson
Tel: 07974 197 894
Email: Julia.johnson@scope.org.uk

Sleep Advice/Face2Face Drop in group, Cherry Tree Children's Centre

Cherry Tree Children's Centre,
8 Sharoe Green Lane,
Preston
PR2 8ED

Support Group for Parent Carers.

4th Friday of the month (term time), 1pm – 3pm.

Julia Johnson
Tel: 07974 197 894
Email: julia.johnson@scope.org.uk 

Duchhenne Muscular Dystrophy Parent's Support Group Derian House Children's Hospice,
Chancery Road,
Astley Village
PR7 1DH
Parent support group. Meets monthly. Alison Griffith
Tel:  01257 233 300
Email: carlgriffith@hotmail.co.uk
High Five Based in Chorley High Five provide a variety of activities and also support groups for parents

Activities for children with disabilities and support groups for parents.

Email: info@high5lancashire.com
Spectrum & Me St Aidan's Church Hall, Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6QL

Support group for parents with children on the autistic spectrum or with sensory processing condition. Special events and trips out during school holidays.

1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 9:45am – 12noon. Term time and during school holidays. There is a cost – contact for information.

Tel: 07793 153 637
Email: emmavlamb@hotmail.com
Facebook: @SpectrumandMe
All In Fulwood Free Methodist Church,
Lightfoot Lane,
Preston,
PR2 3LT

Group for parents/carers of primary aged children (4-11 years with additional needs. A space for your child(ren) to play while you relax and chat to other parents and carers.

Every 2 months on a Saturday, 10am – 12noon.

Tel: 01772 861 597
Email: inclusion@fulwoodfmc.net
Facebook: @fulwoodfmc
Face the Future evening support group Hallmark Hotel,
Leyland Way,
Leyland,
PR25 4JX

An evening group run by Scope for parent carers of disabled children from Central and West Lancashire. Provides an opportunity for parents to relax and get together in a social setting. Refreshments provided.


Monthly (usually 3rd Thursday of the month), from 7pm.

Email: Julia.johnson@scope.org.uk 
The Lighthouse – Brighten up your day! Hesketh Bank Christian Centre,
Moss Lane,
Hesketh Bank,
Preston,
PR4 6AA

We are a group of parents to children with Additional Needs and Disabilities. Our focus is on building new friendships and sharing life's experiences: hoping that this information will help others in the group to find more services and support. Tea, coffee and biscuits too!

Second Friday of each month, from 9.30am

Jan Christie
Tel: 01772 816 727

East - Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale

Group name Address Details Contact
ADHD North West

Hyndburn Voluntary and Community Resource Centre,
Cannon Street,
Accrington,
Lancashire 

ADHD North West provide a free support service to families affected by an Attention Deficit Disorder and associated conditions, including local support groups.

Tel: 01254 352 586

(please note that this office is not manned full time - if you need to speak with someone urgently please ring the Morecambe office)

Tor View Support Group

The Garage Café, Tor View School,
Clod Lane,
Haslingden,
Rossendale,
BB4 6LR

Support group for parents and carers of children and adults with ASD, ADHD, Aspergers, learning difficulties or disabilities.

Monday once a month, 09.45am-11.45am

Louise Cunliff  
Tel: 07880 571 169 or 01706 214 640
Email: office@theviewtrust.org

Rainbow

Holden Centre,
Gisburn Road,
Burrowford
BB9 8NF

Monthly coffee morning.

To move to a new centre. Please check with Kath Grady.
Kath Grady
01282 662497
Ridgewood School Ridgewood School,
Eastern Road,
Burnley
BB10 2AT

Parents' support group.

1.30pm-2.45pm every other Wednesday.

Sam Jackson
01282 682316
Home Start

De Lacy House,
Station Road,
Clitheroe,
Lancashire
BB7 2JT

Home-Start Pendle and Ribble Valley supports parents with at least one child under 5 who are dealing with issues such as isolation, sickness, disability, mental health, domestic abuse, twins/triplets or difficult relationships.

Open Monday to Friday.

Tel: 01200 443 827
Email: info@homestartpendle.plus.com

Home Start

Suite 1,
Bridgewater House,
Surrey Road,
Nelson,
BB9 7TZ

Home-Start Pendle and Ribble Valley supports parents with at least one child under 5 who are dealing with issues such as…isolation, sickness, disability, mental health, domestic abuse, twins/triplets or difficult relationships.

Open Monday to Friday

Tel: 01282 690 536
Email: info@homestartpendle.plus.com

Home-Start Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn

Suite 28,
Hardman Business Centre,
New Hall Hey Road,
Rawtenstall,
Rossendale,
BB4 6HH

Home-Start Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn is a voluntary organisation offering friendship and support to local families with at least one child under 5 years of age. This unique service is provided by volunteers, who have been parents themselves, who give regular support, friendship and practical help to families who are struggling whilst raising their own families.

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Tel: 01706 214 621
Email: info@homestartrbh.co.uk

East Lancashire Down's Syndrome Support Group Whitewell Bottom Community Centre, Rossendale
BB4 9LB

Group activities and friendships for the children, support to new parents. To raise awareness and understanding of Down's syndrome in the local community.

1st Saturday of the month 2pm-4pm.

East Lancashire Down's Syndrome Support Group

01706 217354 or eastlancsdssg@aol.co.uk

Tourette's Action

Mellor Brook District and Community Centre,
7 Whalley Road,
Blackburn
BB2 7PR

Support group for adults and children with tourettes. 

Saturday 2-4pm. Free Coffee and Tea

Michelle Kelly
Tel: 07725 819 884
Email: michelle@tourettes-action.org.uk     http://www.mellorbrook.org/

Clovers The Maden Centre,
Rochdale Road,
Bacup,
OL13 9NZ

A support group for parents of children with additional needs.

Monthly on a Monday (term time), 1pm–3pm: please contact for dates.

Tel: 01706 237 780

Carers Link Lancashire

Carers Link Lancashire,
Melbourne House,
Eastgate,
Accrington,
BB5 6PW

Information and support for all East Lancashire carers.

Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm

Tel: 01254 387 444
Email: info@carerslink.net 

Crossroads Care Ribble Valley

Crossroads Care,
Ribble Valley,
Bellman Mill,
Salthill Road,
Clitheroe
BB7 1QW

We support all members of the family, including parent carer and young person. We deliver a young people's outing on a monthly basis (limited funding), for children and young people with learning disabilities. We provide respite care for parent carers, as well as engaging activities on an individual basis such as taking a person with SEND swimming or to the gym. Enabling and empowering the individual to do every day activities of their choice. We support families both emotionally and practically with our trained carer support workers (domiciliary care).

Tel: 01200 422 104
Email: hello@crossroadscareribblevalley.co.uk
ASPiA

1 Dale Street,
Bacup,
Lancashire,
OL13 8AP

ASPiA is a signposting network service for parents and carers of special needs children and adults. They organise day trips which they try to subsidise. They post details on their website of any upcoming events or information which may be relevant to people with SEN's

Tel: 07899 960 061 or 01706 601136
Email: info@ASPiA.co.uk
East Lancashire Deaf Society

6-8 Heaton Street,
Blackburn,
BB2 2EF

East Lancashire Deaf Society is a non-profit charity, based in Blackburn, which provides support to different deaf groups across Lancashire.

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Tel: 01254 844 550
Email: info@elds.org.uk
North East Lancashire Dyslexia Association

NELDA,
Bradshawgate House,
1 Oak Street,
Accrington,
BB5 1EQ

North East Lancashire Dyslexia Association (NELDA) is a charity affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). They are a community volunteer group providing services to North East Lancashire. They offer support to families, schools and employers to cater for the needs of children and adults who are dyslexic or dyspraxic.

Tel: 01254 306 833
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Email: nelda@hotmail.co.uk

Sparkling Stars Simply Wicked,
43 Albert Road,
Barnoldswick,
BB18 5AA

ASD Parent/Carer Support Group – email Debs Williams for confirmation of dates.

Usually 2nd Wednesday of the month, 9.15am–11.15am.

Email: Debs.williams@hotmail.co.uk
Sparkling Stars The Old Stone Trough,
Colne Road,
Barnoldswick,
BB18 6XY

ASD Parent/Carer Support Group – email Debs Williams for confirmation of dates.

Meet once a month on a Wednesday, 7pm – 9pm.

Email: Debs.williams@hotmail.co.uk
Action for ASD Parents, Partners and Carers Support Group Krafty Cow Tea Room,
16 Boot Way,
Burnley,
BB11 2EE

A support group for parents, partners and carers of people aged 16+ with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA). A chance to meet other like-minded people, have a coffee and a chat and make new friends.

1st Wednesday of the month, 1pm–3pm.

Tel: 01282 415 455 (extension 2)

 


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