Top tips for a Successful Summer 

Dear  Parent Carer,

 After more than 3 months of lockdown, the summer holidays are nearly upon us! We know from speaking to many of you who have a child with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities, that this time might be your most challenging yet.   

 To help you through the weeks ahead, West Sussex Parent Carer Forum and West Sussex County Council have come together to bring you our Top Tips for planning a successful summer:   

Tips for your Child/Young Person  

  • Use picture timetables to plan each week with your child. Twinkl have some great free resources  
  • Ensure that your child gets plenty of sleep. If you need help, The Sleep Game may help  
  • Get out into the fresh air  
  • Visit a (virtual) Museum 
  • Visit your West Sussex library; choose a book or join in one of their Wednesday Virtual Events.  
  • Keep Fit by working out to Joe Wicks  

  Tips for You  

You’re important too. If you look after yourself first, looking after your child or young person with SEND will be much more manageable  

  • Try to build in a little ‘me time’ every day 
  • Form a support bubble with one other household – see the latest government guidelines   
  • Rest! Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a night. If that’s impossible, try napping during the day   
  • Drink lots of water – at least 8 glasses a day, or more if it’s hot 
  • Keep active. Take your child for a roam in one of the county’s green spaces.  
  • If you’re in a bubble, arrange a few hours for yourself and return the favour another time 
  • Keep positive. The WSPCF Facebook page will inspire you to keep going! 
  • Open a free account with Pinterest and look for your own inspirational quotes 
  • Arrange a quiz night over Zoom with your friends or family 
  • Listen to some free ‘calming’ music at Amazon.  
  • Read or listen to a book. Your local library has a good selection of e:books, e:zines, comics and newspapers and audio books that you can borrow. There’s something for the whole family! 

 Top Resources  for your Child/Young Person  

Open Spaces   
Picture Timetables  
The Sleep Game  
Virtual Museums  
Virtual Short Breaks 
West Sussex Library  
Workout with Joe Wicks  

  Top Resources for You  

Amazon ‘free’ music  
Compass Card WSx  
Local Offer  
Open spaces  
Reaching Families    
Short Breaks wiki  
Support bubbles  
West Sussex library  
WSPCF Facebook  


Care Services

We have compiled a list of the following organisations who may be able to help you or your family if you are in crisis. These are in alphabetical order to make your search a little easier.

Adoption UK

For every adoptive family. 

Phone: Helpline – 0300 666 0006 (Mon to Thur 10.00am – 2.30pm and Fri 10.00am – 12.30pm) 


Live Chat via our website available for Parents and Carers living with ASC, ADHD or associated traits or Characteristics. (Mon 9.30am -11.30am and Fri 12.00pm-2.00pm) 

Or book a family support virtual clinic (30 min session) by emailing 

Carers Support West Sussex 

For family and friend carers. 

Phone: 0300 028 888 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (Wed extended till 7pm and Sat 10am-12pm) 


Working wonders for children with brain conditions 

Phone: 01267 244 200 

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Offer information about challenging behaviour to anyone who provides unpaid support to a child, young person or adult with a severe learning disability. 

Phone: 0300 666 0126 (Mon-Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-3pm) or Email:  


Chat online: (7 days, 9am – midnight) 

Phone: 0800 1111 (Free call – 7 days, 9am – midnight) 

Citizens Advice West Sussex

Webchat and email help service 

Phone: Adviceline – 0344 477 1171 (Mon to Fri 9am-4.30pm) 


The charity for families with disabled children. 

Phone: Helpline – 0808 808 3555  

Including an extremely helpful common benefits questions section 


The Charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives. 

For general support click here 

For professional advice or immediate support,

Phone: 0808 802 0925 (free call – weekdays during office hours) 


The voice of learning disability. 

Mencap’s online community

A safe and supportive place to meet others, ask questions about learning disability, share experiences and offer support

Phone: Learning Disability Helpline – 0808 808 1111 (Mon to Fri 9am – 3pm) 

Mind Ed

A useful resource for families, this is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health

Mind UK  

For better mental health 

Phone: Infoline – 0300 123 3393 or Text: 86463 

My Sister’s House Women’s Centre  

We provide a range of support needs to women from all backgrounds facing all kinds of issues. 

 Phone: 01243 697800 

National Autistic Society 

Phone: Autism Helpline – 0808 800 4104 (Mon to Thur 10am-4pm and Fri 9am-3pm)  


Dedicated to supporting people affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), their families and communities. 

Phone: Helpline – 020 8458 5951.  

If you are unable to get through and need an urgent response, please call 07920 747 560  


Reaching Families 

We empower, inform and support parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex 

Phone: 01903 366360  


Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services. 

Their national domestic abuse helpline can be contacted here

Phone: National Domestic Abuse hotline – 0808 2000 247 (24 hours, 7 days) 

Safe in Sussex

Providing help and support for people affected by domestic abuse in West Sussex 

Phone: 0330 333 7416 (Mon to Fri 9.30am-4.30pm) 


Phone: 116 123 (Free call – 24 hours, 7 days a week) 

The Trussell Trust

If you cannot afford food, please contact your local food bank by clicking on the above link. Alternatively, contact The Trussell Trust – 01722 580 180 (central number)

Together for Short Lives

Making a lifetime of difference for seriously ill children. 

Phone: Helpline – 0808 8088 100 

Unique Charity 

Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene disorders 

Phone: Helpline – 01883 723356 

West Sussex County Council Community Hub

For local support – especially for those classed as vulnerable (in relation to COVID-19) 

West Sussex Community Support Helpline – Phone033 022 27980 (Lines are open 8.00am – 8.00pm) 

West Sussex Local Offer

The West Sussex Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

West Sussex County Council

Find the latest information and advice about Coronavirus and the status of WSCC’s services in West Sussex.   

West Sussex Local (District and Borough) Councils

Full list of contact details for West Sussex councils

Adur and Worthing

  • Email: 
  • Phone: 01273 263000 


  • Email: 
  • Phone: 01903 737500 


  • Email: 
  • Phone: 01243 785166 


  • Email: 
  • Phone: 01293 438000 


  • Email: 
  • Phone: 01403 215100 

Mid Sussex

  • Email: 
  • Phone: 01444 458166 

West Sussex Mental Healthline  

We provide a 24 hour telephone support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. 

Phone: 0300 5000 101 (24hrs, 7 days) 


 “Being part of the WellChild family tree helps immensely. Being able to talk to other parents any time of the day & for them to understand exactly what you are going through is priceless” – Victoria, Jack’s mum.

Join the WellChild family tree

Support from the ‘Wellchild’ organisation has increased greatly since the beginning of lock-down for families with specific needs.

Young Minds UK  

We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. 

Phone: Parents Helpline – 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines) 

Are you a young person in crisis and need urgent help? Then text YM to 85258 (free 24/7 support) 






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