Special Needs


This scheme is aimed at Children of 5 – 11 years old and follows the philosophy that all children should be encouraged to play regardless of their individual ability. After school and holiday clubs.
Yipee Project
Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm
YMCA Sovereign
  • Bounce on the bouncy castle
  • Climb on the Soft Play
  • Draw and colour
  • Or read a story 

This group is specifically created for younger children with a disability. Come along and do all of these fun activities at our Soft Play & Bounce sessions!

Members £2.00. Non Members £ 2.50

Orbit Shed
This was established in 2004 by the Chickenshed Theatre Company. It is an independent local charity, based at St. Lukes Church and is open to boys and girls aged 7-17 of all abilities and backgrounds. The young people learn and grow through inclusive performing arts. They work individually and in groups, developing teamwork, communication skills and self-confidence.
Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.
South East Area Education Office
Lesbourne Road
Tel: 01737 737 979
Fax: 01737 737 911

 The National Autistic Society

For every one of the 500,000 people in the UK with autism, there are thousands more parents, partners, siblings and carers who dedicate their lives to supporting their loved ones, with hardly any outside help.
It's vital that the carers are cared for too. That's why we offer respite support and further help and training through our Befriending, family support, EarlyBird and help! Programmes.


Surrey Parent Partnership

Are you worried about your child's progress?

Partnership with Parents and Surrey Early Years & Childcare Service are able to help parents and carers of pre-school children with special or additional needs understand the support their child may be able to get in their early years settings.

For further information, www.surreyparentpartnership.org.uk, or telephone the Partnership with Parents Helpline on 01737 737300




 The EarlyBird Programme


 The EarlyBird Programme for children with autism.The Surrey portage early education support service together with the Autism Outreach Service deliver the  EarlyBird Programme, which is an intensive parent programme aimed at supporting parents when their child is first diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder. The EarlyBird Programme aims to: Support parents in the period between diagnosis and transition to nursery or school.

Empower parents and help them facilitate their child’s social communication and appropriate behaviour within the child’s natural environment.
Help parents establish good practice in handling their child at an early age so as to pre-empt the development of inappropriate behaviours.
Parents wishing to be included in the EarlyBird programme attend an initial information meeting following which they make a referral to the EarlyBird team. The EarlyBird programme works with six families at a time and applications are accepted from parents of a child not of statutory age (ie under 5 years) with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder. Two parents (or carers) from each family may attend. The programme is run on a regular basis throughout Surrey.
For older children (4-8 years), Surrey also runs the EarlyBird Plus Programme. Three places are allocated to each family: two for parents/carers and one for a professional who is currently working with the child.
For more information, contact portage early education service or the contact centre on Tel: 0300 200 1004.
 Disabled Parents
Disabled Parents Network is
run by disabled parents, their allies and family members, disabled people who would like to be parents in the future and others who are already grandparents. They offer a telephone helpline, a support network across the country and a quarterly newsletter for members.

Deaf Parenting Project

 The Deaf Parenting Project is set up to improve information and resources for deaf and hard of hearing parents. They also run a thriving Deaf parenting email group that you can join through the web site.  Deaf Parenting Project


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