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Information & Support for Parents

A Parents’ Guide to Special Educational Needs at Ashgate

Parent & Carers Together

Derby's Families Information Hub 01332 640758

Guidance and Support for Parents & Carers

Social communication and autism parent/carer support groups and courses


Does your child have a new diagnosis of autism? Do you need someone to talk to?

Make an appointment with a children’s centre autism champion. These sessions will give you an opportunity to talk to someone about your child’s diagnosis, your thoughts and feelings and where you might go for further support and help.


Contact your nearest participating children’s centre for an appointment:
• Osmaston/Allenton children’s centre: 60 Cockayne Street, DE24 8XB

Tel: 01332 715620

• Mackworth/Morley children’s centre: Reigate Drive, DE22 4EQ

Tel: 01332 208175

• Becket children’s centre: 35 Stockbrook Street, DE22 3WR

Tel: 01332 640250


Online forums and social media groups

These Facebook groups share information about events, news, groups and upcoming courses in the Derby area:

  • Advocates for ADHD and ASD Derby, non-profit organisation

  • Autism Derby Julie Fearn

  • Derby city local offer, public service

  • Derby SEND information advice and support service, public service

  • Derbyshire autism support group, non-profit organisation

  • Fun-abil8y service, non-profit organisation

  • National autistic society Derby and district branch, non- profit organisation

  • Parent carers together, community organisation

  • Special needs circle east midlands, non-profit organisation

  • Sunshine support, non-profit organisation

  • Tegan’s butterflies in paradise, community

  • Umbrella Derby and Derbyshire

  • Intensive interaction for parents.

Helping Your Child Cope (click to enlarge)

Websites with more information (click to view)


Young Minds

NHS Every Mind Matters


Mentally Healthy Schools

Mental - a wide range of information about mental health for adults and children


You can also direct your child to the school's Mental Health and Wellbeing Activities webpages HERE.

To contact the SENCo at Ashgate

Please call in to arrange to speak to Mrs Forte, or you can send an email below.