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SEN SUPPORT GROUPS IN EPSOM AND EWELL…

Posted by Devenia Besant on 22 Jan 2024

Since publishing my blog last week about my family’s SEN experience and the support groups in and around the area, we have had others going through the same get in touch with details of groups and organisations they have found useful so here’s an updated list.

“Earlier this year we found ourselves in the world of Special Educational Needs  (SEN) as one of our daughters received her diagnosis.  It suddenly felt like a lonely world of uncertainty and feelings as a family we had never experienced before.  However, I soon realised that it doesn’t need to be this way BUT it does take research to find support groups or individuals that really can help and support you and your child.  With this in mind I’m going to share with you some groups/organisations that I have found extremely useful and ones I think others will too”

Sams Classroom

Sam’s Classroom support SEN families through tuition, home education groups and regular in person courses to develop understanding of neurodivergent children.  In the spring they will be we will be launching a monthly, drop in, support group in Tadworth.

Visit the website here for more information.

Yorda Adventures

Stay and Play! Tuesday 23rd January, 9.30-11.30am for children under 5 with additional needs.

Booking is essential via the booking site here or bookwhen.com/yordaplayhouseevents or email family.yordaadventures@gmail.com .

IPSEA

Not local as such but IPSEA is a registered charity improving education for children and young people with SEND in England by providing free legally-based advice.

Visit the website here for more information.

Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club

Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club have a FREE sensory room for children with additional needs. We visited last week and it was lovely.

Pre-Booking is essential via their website here.

Surrey Voice Epsom

Surrey Voice Epsom on Facebook was my first point of call.  Anna runs the group and is so helpful.  I went along to an in person meeting but the information shared within the support group online has also been invaluable. They also run annual events which you might be interested in.

You can join there group here.

The Jam Place

The Jam Place is a fabulous charity both for neurotypical and neurodiverse children.

Run by the lovely Helen and Cass.  They teach a range of classes of dance and drama, including a SEN class.  The special thing about the Jam Place is that as well as these amazing classes the children can use their facilities including a sensory room, teenage room and teenage gym.

Whether you have a child with SEN or not, this is a very special place and would definitely recommend a visit.  They are based in Leatherhead.

Visit the website here for more information.

Scope Charity

Scope charity is another organisation that has offered amazing support.  Although they are not local you can receive over the phone sessions.   They will talk you through any concerns or worries that you have and they can support with practical advice too.

Visit the website here for more information.

Epsom & Ewell Special Needs Support Group

This is a specific facebook group for SEN and is run by local parents.  It is a forum for local parents to share information and ask for support.

You can join the group here.

Childrens Centres

Do check out your local Childrens Centres as they all have different groups.

Ewell Family Centre
SEN parent support group run by the centre & Home Start more information below.
www.ewellfamilycentre.com

Epsom Downs Surrey
SEND support group
SEN stay & play
https://www.epsomdowns.surrey.sch.uk/

Epsom Family Centre
CAN do playgroup for children with send (0-11 year olds)
https://www.epsomfamilycentre.co.uk/

Epsom and Ewell Home Start

Home Start Epsom and Ewell are an amazing local charity who support children with additional needs.  They meet on a Tuesday afternoon at Ewell Childrens Centre where you can meet other parents with SEN children to have a coffee and a chat.

Visit the website here for more information.

Action For Carers

I’ve recently been told about this organisation.  They help with Surrey’s unpaid carers (whatever their age) with information, practical help, emotional support, events, form filling, advice and much more. All the services are free of charge.

More information can be found on the website here.

SOS Sen

This is another one I’ve recently been made aware of, SOS SEN has been supporting families for more than 20 years to help them secure the right special educational provision for children and young people with SEND.

Visit the website here for more information.

Feel free to share this information with anyone you know that may need it, also do share with us any group that you think maybe useful to others.

Becky xx

 
Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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