Parent and Carer Support

Allsorts grew from a parent and carer group which wanted to create a strong and supportive community.  This is still at the root of all our parent and carer activities – we find ways to come together for support, information and friendship.

Connect with others

Allsorts families often tell us that being with other people who “get it” is one of the most important aspects of their membership. You can connect with others whilst taking your child to an activity or you can dip in to our parent and carer sessions, where the focus is firmly on you. 

We know that Allsorts parents and carers work harder than most and we want to make life easier where we can. The Covid-19 pandemic has left many parents feeling even more isolated than usual, but the Allsorts community is here for you.

Our Families Team

The Allsorts team is made up of dedicated professionals who are experienced in their field. Our Families Team can offer emotional support as well as information and signposting to other organisations which can help you and your child. Plus we hold regular information sessions on topics including:

  • Parental Self-Care
  • Sensory Issues
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Social Care Rights
  • EHCP Advice

Parent Carer Group

Allsorts originally began back in 2009 with a parent group meeting every Friday morning.  We’ve developed a lot since then and whilst there are lots of other ways to connect, the Friday morning get together is still a great way to start meeting other parents who understand what others are experiencing.  You can drop in every week or once in a while to this welcoming group hosted by our Head of Families.  Friendship, support, signposting and sharing experiences are all on offer and we’ll have the kettle on ready for you.

Crafty Carers

It’s fun to focus on something away from the family and we offer parent carers the chance to connect with each other whilst enjoying a therapeutic craft session. No artistic skills needed, our craft activities are suited to all levels and all are welcome.

Grandparents Group

Allsorts Grandparents Group meet monthly in pubs and hotels around the county for coffee, cake, support and friendship.  Being the Grandparent of a child with additional needs is a complex experience, as you hold the worries and needs of both your child and your grandchild in mind.  Join this warm, vibrant and supportive group who can share the highs and lows of family life.

Information Sessions

Our group information sessions are an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and to share ideas with other parent carers, through a mix of face to face and online events. Allsorts invites professionals to be part of the charity and offer one to one advice to parent carers.  There are times when perhaps a general information session is just too broad and you need advice about your specific situation. We’ve hosted information surgeries with bookable appointments on subjects including education, health and care plans with a local solicitor, financial planning and budgeting with Clean Slate and advice from SENDIASS (Special Educational Need and Disability Information and Support Service).