Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) - www.blackpool.gov.uk/sendiass 

Contact - for families with disabled children 

A short online course for parents on how to identify the signs of CSE 

Blackpool Family Information Service - www.blackpool.gov.uk/fis


News from Blackpool Better Start

ParentView Ofsted

ParentView toolkit for schools

Anti Bullying Information - http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/Bullying.aspx


Other Useful Info


Activity providers

Drop-in Group for young people between 10-16 years old

Dates: 16th January, 30th January, 13th February, 27th February, 13th March, 27th March, 10th April, 24th April 2018

Time: 5.00 - 7.00pm

Venue: Talbot and Brunswick Chidren's Centre

Contact details: Diana Barker 

Call: 01253 651190

Email: john.stainton@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk

Blackpool Bears multi disability sports

Venue: Blackpool Sports Centre, West Park Drive

Contact details: Ian Howson

Call: 01253 761144

Email: blackpoolbears@aol.com

Blackpool Bears ‘Little Bears’

Venue: Woodlands School, Whitegate Drive

Contact details: Ian Howson

Call: 01253 461144

Email: blackpoolbears@aol.com

Urban Dance Project (UDP)

Contact details: Michelle Ramsey (Mimi)

Call: 07584359310

Email: urbandanceproject@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.urbandanceproject.co.uk

Safe play centre

Contact details: Clare or Rob Jones

Call: 01772 793681

Email: enquires@safeplaycentre.co.uk

Website: www.safeplaycentre.co.uk

Blackpool Circus School

Venue: Highfield Humanities College, FY4 3JZ

Contact details: Yuri Gridneff

Call: 01253 735725

Email: yuri@blackpoolcircusschool.co.uk

Website: www.blackpoolcircusschool.co.uk

Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club

Venue: St Anne’s YMCA swimming pool and YMCA Kirkham baths

Contact details: Pam Young

Call: 07922522895

Email: Helen@fyldesharks.co.uk


Venue: YMCA Thornton, Victoria Road East, FY5 3SX

Contact details: Becky

Call: 01253 205134/07891367389

Email: info@thecheetahs.co.uk


Venue: Unit 23, Sycamore Trading Estate, Squires Gate Lane, FY4 3RL

Book by: Please note you MUST be a member to go to Tiggers

Call: 01253 365734

Email: office@blackpooltiggers.co.uk


Venue: Springfield Methodist Church, Bispham Road, Blackpool, FY2 0FY

Contact details: Julie Clarke

Call: 07747533846

Email: seesaws@live.com

The A Team Youth Club

Venue: Whiteholme Youth and Community Centre, All Saints Road, Bispham, FY5 3AL

Contact details: Jacqui Ghigi

Call: 01253 476642

Email: Jacqui.ghigi@blackpool.gov.uk

The GFS Platform

Venue: St Marks Church Hall, Westcliffe Drive, Layton, FY3

Contact details: Mrs Barbara Brook

Call: 01253 885044

Email: babsbrook@hotmail.co.uk

Beatz Meetz

Venue: St Bernadettes RC School, Blackpool, FY2 0AS

Contact details: Mark Barnes

Call: 07411051457

Email: mike.barnes@live.co.uk

ALS holiday club

Venue: Marton and Mereside’s Community Centre, Bowness Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 4TE

Contact details: Lynda Dwornik/Suzanne Dwornik

Call: 07540091300/07873650140

Email: lynda.dwornik@yahoo.co.uk

Play Inclusion Project (PIP)

Venue: Highfurlong Special School, FY3 7LR

Contact details: Francoisie Peill

Call: 01253 899883/07809067773

Email: pip.bfw@ic24.net

Mosaic car group

Venue: Stanley Park

Contact details: Alicia Roberts

Call: 01772 325350

Email: Alicia@mosaiccommunitycare.co.uk

Website: www.mosaiccommunitycare.co.uk

The Together Centre

Contact Details: The Together Centre

Call: 01253 476322

Website: www.blackpool.gov.uk

Blackpool Carers’ Centre

Contact Details: Blackpool Carers’ Centre, Norman House, Robson Way, Blackpool, FY3 7PP

Call: 01253 393748

Email: admin@blackpoolcarers.org

Blackpool Polar Bears swimming club

Blackpool Polar Bears swimming club

Venue: Moor Park Pool, Blackpool

Contact details: Linda Ingles

Call: 01253 751076

Email: blackpool_polarbears@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.blackpoolpolarbears.com


Other Useful Links

Sandcastle Water Park - accessibility guide 

Website: https://www.sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk/accessible-venue/#Austism

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.

Website:   http://familylives.org.uk/

Parent Partnership in Blackpool for help and advice for children with a statement of special needs.

Website:  http://blackpool.fsd.org.uk/kb5/blackpool/fsd/home.page

Riding for the Disabled (local branch)

Website: http://www.seaside_rda.org.uk/

Riding for the Disabled (national)

Website: http://www.rda.org.uk/

The National Autistic Society


The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. It provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Website:   http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/related-conditions/dyspraxia.aspx

The National Society for Epilepsy

Website:  www.epilepsynse.org.uk

The National Society for Epilepsy is a medical charity. It carries out research into epilepsy, raises awareness of epilepsy and provides a range of services for people with epilepsy.

Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndromes (OACS) Fetal anti-convulsant syndrome (FACS)

Website:  www.oacs-uk.co.uk

Diabetes UK

Self help charity for diabetics

Website:  www.diabetes.co.uk/

The Down's Syndrome Association

Website: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

The British Dyslexia Association

Website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk


Supporting blind and partially sighted people

Website: www.rnib.org.uk

Action On Hearing Loss: RNID

Action On Hearing Loss is the name for RNID, the largest charity representing people who are deaf or have hearing loss in the UK.

Website: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/

I CAN The childrens communication charity

The charity that supports children with speech, language and communicatioin difficulties.

Website:  www.ican.org.uk/

BSL - An online guide to British Sign Language


The Makaton Charity

Makaton used signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

Website:  www.makaton.org/

Learning Disabilities


Mencap campaigns for equal rights for children and adults with a learning disability and can offer information via its helplines.

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)

BILD works to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities across the UK.

Website: www.bild.org.uk

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Supports people with learning disabilities and their families and works to improve services.

Website: www.learningdisabilities.org.uk