Woodlands School

Useful Links

As a parent / carer of a student a Woodlands school, you may find some of the following links useful:

Aiming Higher

Aiming Higher is a Blackpool based charity established in 2011 for disabled children and their families, set up to improve the children and families lives and offer them much needed support.  They provide a timetable of activities for pre-schoolers, family support, family trips & events and counselling services.


Headstart - The Resilience Revolution

Are you a parent or carer? Or someone who has a significant relationship with a young person?

Ever heard the phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’? Basically, it means that lots of people in a community have a part to play in helping children and young people be resilient and thrive. Parents, carers, grandparents, teachers, youth workers ... we welcome everyone and anyone, including parents and carers into Blackpool’s Resilience Revolution

A wonderful mix of parents, carers and significant others are already involved and using their expertise to contribute.

Blackpool Headstart Parent Carers Information


Founded in 2001, Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support. Living with neurological conditions can make life very hard, not just for the child, but for their family too. At Cerebra, with the help of our supporters, we aim to make it easier.

W: www.cerebra.org.uk

T: 01267 244200

E: enquiries@cerebra.org.uk

Changing Places

Thousands of people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

W: www.changing-places.org

T: 020 7696 6019

E: changingplaces@mencap.org.uk

Disabled Facilities Grant

You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:

• widen doors and install ramps

• improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom

• provide a heating system suitable for your needs

• adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

A Disabled Facilities Grant will not affect any benefits that you receive.


Dogs for Good: formerly Dogs for the Disabled

Our assistance dogs support children with a range of disabilities, giving them more independence, confidence and a best friend. Our autism assistance dogs transform the lives of families affected by autism, helping a child remain calm and focused in busy places.

W: www.dogsforgood.org

 T: 01295 252600

E: info@dogsforgood.org


The national children’s museum: the Extra Pair of Hands service provides families and organised groups with a specially trained enabler to support them throughout their visit. The service is free with an annual pass, and each family is entitled to two supported visits (each visit lasting two hours) per year. There is also a monthly Super Saturday club for children with additional needs – check the website for dates and further details.

W: www.eureka.org.uk

T: 01422 330012

E: info@eureka.org.uk

Newlife foundation for disabled children

The UK’s largest charity funder of children’s specialist disability equipment. We also run the UK’s only national emergency equipment service, for terminally ill children. Newlife Nurses support thousands of families, we campaign for policy change and we fund targeted medical research, to improve child health.

W: www.newlifecharity.co.uk

T: 01543 462 777

E: info@newlifecharity.co.uk

The SPACE Centre

Based in Preston, we have two large sensory rooms and a third smaller room. The centre has the largest multi-sensory environment in the United Kingdom for people with special needs. SPACE can cater for people with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Profound Multiple Disabilities, Autism and brain injuries.

W: www.thespacecentre.org

T: 01772 760403

E: thespacecentre@gmail.com

Riding for the Disabled Association

Our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.

Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and Hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people each year.

W: www.rda.org.uk

T: 0845 658 1082

E: info@rda.org.uk

Munch, Poke, Ping (MPP)

A project which explores how social media and mobile phone technology affects young people’s peer relationships, behaviour and identity and how they cope when there is conflict online. The project works directly with young people who are, or who feel, excluded and uses film-making to help ‘unlock’ and explore young people’s experience of growing up online.

Priory Woods Website http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/

Education City http://www.educationcity.comSpark Island http://www.sparkisland.comParent Line Plus http://www.parentlineplus.org.uk

Product Diggers https://productdiggers.com/autism-playroom/

 Parent Partnership Service

Help and advice is available to all our parents. A Parent Partnership Officer may accompany parents to meetings with school or the Local Authority.

Contact Blackpool Parent Partnership Via the following linkhttp://blackpool.fsd.org.uk/kb5/blackpool/fsd/home.page