Advice and support organisations

Every child and family needs support at different times.

The agencies listed here offer advice and support for families with children who need specific kinds of help. There is also a range of additional organisations who offer support and guidance:

Please refer to the Disability Provisions and Jobcentre Disability provisions for young people in Barking and Dagenham, documents for further assistance.


For children and young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) or challenging behaviour
Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious College

Age range: 16-25 years Eligibility: Ambitious College admits young people from age 16 to 25, who have a primary diagnosis of ASD with a learning difficulty and who require special education. Local authorities, parents or self referral. Cost by arrangement - learners are funded by local authorities, usually from education budgets with some input from social care and / or health as best meets the young person’s needs. Personal budgets can be used for the service,
Barking and Dagenham Family Information Service

020 8227 5395

Information, advice and support about services and groups for parents, carers and young children with learning, physical, sensory disabilities and additional needs.
Family Information Service directory
Barnardos London Independent Support Service (BLISS)
Suite One, 49-51 The Broadway, London E15 4BQ

020 8555 1880


Contact is a national charity for families with disabled children.
Carers of Barking and Dagenham

Carers provide a range of services to support families who have a long term illness or are disabled.
Children's Centres
Your local children's centre provides a range of services.
What's on at your local childrens centre

CareTrade is a multi-award winning charity providing innovative opportunities for Londoners with autism to transition from school/college towards and into employment. It also provides in-work support (funded by DWP Access to Work), runs a weekend café training programme at Spa School House Café in Bermondsey.
Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham (DABD)

DABD celebrates diverse ability and work with individuals, local organisations and communities to develop services to support and promote independence, social inclusion and personal development.
Disabled Go

Developed by disabled people for disabled people, Disabled Go is a provider of access information.
Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation is committed to making the teaching and medical professions more aware of dyspraxia; and to spread understanding of how those who have the condition can be helped.
Haven House Children's Hospice

Haven House provides specialist care and support for children and young people (birth to 19 years of age) who have life-limiting and life threatening conditions. Referrals are assessed and discussed at a weekly panel meeting to determine whether the child / young person meets the criteria for care at the hospice. This service is commissioned by Barking and Dagenham CCG
Home From Home Care

Home From Home Care is a family-led company which provides specialist residential service for adults (17+) with complex needs, including autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, PMLD, sensory impairment and associated health and mental health issues. The cost of the service is based on an assessment.
Independent Living Agency

Aims to maximise the potential of individual disabled people so that they can live their own lives.
I Can Ventures (Day Opportunities)

For adults (18+) with learning disabilities, autism, and additional physical/sensory disabilities Cost: £50 per day, £25 per half day. Provides group and individual activities designed to support you to learn skills for work and life. You will be able to have fun and socialise with other people whilst taking part in lots of enjoyable activities. Specific programmes are available for transition clients. We also have social enterprises and vocational activities which cater for all ages and abilities.
Just Say Parents Forum

For parents and carers of disabled children and young people, and those with SEN.

Mencap works with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose.
Mobility Services

020 8227 2334 or 020 8227 2325

Mobility Services can help with Blue Badges, Taxicards and Freedom Passes
Mobility services
The Mullberry Bush Organisation

Specialist therapeutic residential provision. On site National Curriculum education. Family support and intervention. Genuine early intervention to achieve excellent outcomes.
TreeHouse School

Age range: 3 to 19 years Eligibility: Local authority, parents or self referral, where a diagnosis of autism or a related communication disorder has been made. Cost by arrangement. Learners are funded by local authorities, usually from education budgets with some input from social care and / or health as best meets the young person’s needs. Personal budgets can be used for the service.
Richard House Children's Hospice

Richard House Children’s Hospice supports children and their families in East London to lead as happy a life as possible when dealing with a life-limiting health condition.
Portage and Early Support
Alibon Children's Centre, 175 Sterry Road, Dagenham, RM10 8PT

020 8724 8550

Portage and Inclusion is an education service for pre-school children with additional needs, run by the Children’s Services department and NHS Barking and Dagenham.
Portage and Inclusion
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust supports over 25% of the 6,000 families in England who have a child aged 0 to 18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness. It supports the whole family 24/7, 365 days a year, regardless of diagnosis.

Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Sycamore Trust

A voluntary organisation that aims to support the needs of families, carers and friends of children with autistic spectrum disorders.
The Communication Trust

Supports people who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
The Heathway Centre
Heathway Centre is designed to be fully inclusive. All services have been developed in consultation with families.
The Heathway Centre
The Vine Respite Services

For children and young people aged 8 to 18 years with additional needs & challenging behaviour specialising, in autism
27 - 29 Woodward Road, Dagenham RM9 4SJ

020 8517 9317 / 020 8262 5330

The Way2Say group delivers Picture Exchange Communication System and supports implementation.