Support for Parent Carers (including young adults aged 18 - 25)

Below are details of services available to parents caring for a disabled child, in some circumstances the range of these services extends to young adults aged 18 – 25. Some of the services are already dealt with by the organisations mentioned above in this factsheet, others may have very specific services for children. Further more detailed information about eligibility is available from your local authority Children’s Services:


Bournemouth Children’s Social Care: Tel: 01202 458101, Children’s Information Services: Tel: 01202 456222,


Dorset Family Information Service: via Dorset Direct Tel: 01305 221016, Email:

 The Xchange – news and information service for Dorset based families.


Poole Children’s Social Care: 01202 735046. Family Information Service: 01202 261999.


Cystic Fibrosis – information and advice for people caring for a child with Cystic Fibrosis


Disabled Children’s Partnership – work to raise awareness of and campaign for the rights of disabled children by improving understanding of the issues that affect their everyday lives .


Dorset Deaf Children’s Society – Information, advice and support for the families and carers of hearing impaired children in Dorset. Contact Shirley Sorbie on 01202 571089, email .


Dorset ADHD Support Group – support for parents and carers of children and young people with ADD/ADHD. Regular meetings for parents, carers, and professionals. For further details contact 01305 768297, email:  .


Family Fund – support, information and advice, access to grants for families and carers of disabled children  .


Mencap – advice, information and support for the parents and carers of a child or young person with learning disabilities. Local support and activity groups available.


National Deaf Children’s Society – advice, information and support for parents and carers of hearing impaired children. Contact 0808 800 8880 email




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