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DADLG April 2022 Newsletter

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Little Sparrows Parent/Carers Support Group

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Little Sparrows Support and Learning CIC are a new business run by a qualified parent of a child who used to attend Villa Real school with the aim of supporting children and adults with disabilities as well as their families. They will be starting up a group for 11 years and older for children with disabilities.  Initially it will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The first meeting will be snacks and crafts during which time they will ask the children what kind of activities they enjoy and would like to do on the future.
In addition to this they run a Parent's and Carers Support Group usually on a Wednesday morning in Consett. From feedback they will be running this on the 1st Tuesday of every month on an evening. Hopefully this will allow more parents and carers to be able to access the group. Both sessions will take place at Tesco Community Room in Consett.

The groups are fully insured, Tesco check this as a requirement of hiring their community room and Staff are DBS checked. All sessions will have appropriate risk assessments etc.

Contact them via Facebook at

Funds for Coats and Shoes

Families may be eligible for funds for coats and shoes. Click here for more information.

New Website for Parents to Help Their Children Catch Up

The Department for Education has launched an information site for parents, to support children of all age ranges and abilities catch up on lost learning from the pandemic. The site features advice and support for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as programmes, resources and activities for children and young people this summer.

Further information can be found on the education catch-up for your child homepage.



Clarks in Durham Offer Fitting Appointment Service



Parent Partnership Service
County Durham Parent Partnership Service offers support to parents of children with special educational needs (SEN).

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a statutory service supporting parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and children and young people with SEND.

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides confidential information advice and support through a range of services. This includes home visits, attending meetings in educational settings and liaison with all services working with children and young people. Training and guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals on SEND issues are also provided.

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service operates at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and the services provided are confidential and impartial.

County Durham School Benevolent Fund

The County Durham School Benevolent Fund is an independent registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils. A grant of up to £35.00 can be awarded towards a winter coat and up to £35.00 for a pair of shoes for families who are eligible. A full list detailing who is eligible can be found within the application form. From 1 November 2020, CYPS have administered this fund on behalf of schools. 


The home page of the Durham County Council website​ provides additional information and we ask at this time that families requesting support are signposted to this link.


Please note that requests for application forms can only be made by contacting the following: ​​


Previous application forms which schools made hold should no longer be issued.

This item applies to all schools, including academies in the following phases:

  • Nursery

  • Primary (including infant and junior)

  • Secondary

  • Special

Family Fund Website Offers Laptops

The family fund website are offering laptops and tablets for disabled children. Click here for more information.

Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service

See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:

  • an online hub of support and information

  • online counselling and therapy

  • face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation, and

  • helping children and young people reintegrate back into school

You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.