Family Support

We've provided a short list of agencies and groups that parents and carers can contact for information, advice and support.

We also recommend you use the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Local Offer website which has lots of online information, advice and guidance on:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Support, mediation
  • Things to do
AgencyServiceContact Details
Advice for All

Free, local and independent central point for advice on housing, welfare and benefits.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has partnered with Shelter and the Citizens Advice Bureau into a central point in Blackburn Library.

Citizens Advice Lancashire

03444 515 1831

Apple Trees Youth Club

Sessions run by experienced staff on a Monday during term time from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for young people with low to moderate disabilities.

Offering activities such as crafts, baking, computer games, sports etc to help develop skills or independence and socialising.

Joanne.birtwistle@blackburn.gov.uk

01254 666898

Blackburn Youth Zone

For 8-25 year olds, sessions Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm and after school, where young people with disabilities can meet new friends and develop new skills, and get involved in a wide range of sports and activities such as table tennis, football, music, and crafts.

50p a session, annual membership £3. Pick up direct from Crosshill after school one day a week. Family Days run the last Sunday of every month.

laura.walker@blackburnyz.org

01254 292000

Children and Young
People’s SEND Forum

For children with SEND. Meets 3 times a year on Saturday morning at Kaleidoscope.

Gives young people with SEND regular opportunities to socialise and share their views about local service provision.

AnnMarie.Pickering@blackburn.gov.uk

01254 666711

Disability Links
& Parents Forum
Voluntary register that parents/carers put their name on. The register provides regular information about events, activities and support for 0-25 year olds. The register also organises a Parents Forum which meets 4 times a year for parents, carers, young people and professionals to meet and discuss issues of issues, invite guests, suggest changes.

AnnMarie.Pickering@blackburn.gov.uk

01254 666711

In Di Go

A voice for parent/carers and children.
Support to prepare for meetings/appointments.

Support, guidance and signposting

Group activities, parties, fundraising.

My In Di Go World

diane@myindigoworld.org.uk

01254 209708, 0750 535 3508

Parents in Partnership
For parents/carers of children 0-25 years with SEND. Voluntary parent/carer led group empowering parent/carers through information sharing.

Blackburn Parents in Partnership

bwdpip1@gmail.com

07923 252 483

SEN Information,
Advice & Support Service

For parents/carers, children/young people 0-25, schools and professionals.

Offers opportunity of working together to meet the special educational needs and disability of the individual pupil.

Personal and confidential information, advice and support relating to special educational needs and disability.

Community CVS

jane.partington@communitycvs.org.uk

01254 503049, 01254 583957

Young People Services
Leisure Inclusion Project
For 8-19 year olds. Offers opportunity to participate in exciting and fun activities, learn and socialize in a safe environment.

Lauren.north@blackburn.gov.uk

01254 298632