Useful Links

Useful Links 2017-12-07T11:57:20+00:00

Please see below a few links that we think may be of use to you. Click on the + symbol to expand a section and see details of a particular item.

You may also view our Benefits information page if you want to learn more about benefits that may be available to you or the person you care for, as well as our Grants information page to learn more about grants that you might be eligible to apply for.

Caring can present all kinds of challenges, from filling in forms to coping with emotions. Carers UK offers advice, information and support every step of the way, from the Carers UK Adviceline to their online forum.

Calls to the Adviceline are free if you are calling from any landline or from the following mobile phone networks:

  • 3
  • T-Mobile
  • Vodafone
  • Orange
  • O2
  • Everything Everywhere (EE)
  • Virgin Mobile

Calls from other networks may not be free so please check with your provider. Charges will also apply for any calls made outside of the UK.

Web Link: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/talk-to-us#adviceline

The Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is the voluntary sector support organisation for the city-region of Greater Manchester. Their activities comprise a range of projects and partnership, services and networks, including Greater Manchester AddVenture, an initiative that provides a shared legal and governance structure that groups and projects can simply ‘plug in’ to, and broker support, services and resources from across all sectors for the projects it hosts.

Web Link: https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/

IPSEA is a registered charity that offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

IPSEA gives advice and support on:

  • Local Authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs
  • Exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities
  • Action/inaction by Local Authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children and young people with disabilities.

Web Link: https://www.ipsea.org.uk

IASM is a statutory service that offers confidential, impartial information, advice and free support to parents, carers, children and young people with special educational needs and disability up to the age of 25.

Web Link: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500132/special_educational_needs/628/information_advice_and_support_ias_manchester

Manchester Carers Network is a group of organisations providing information, advice and support for carers.

Web Link: https://twitter.com/carers_hub

The Mental Wellbeing Grant is a monetary grant that is given to services that improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. It aims to make services become pro-active in encouraging people to do more for themselves as well as to balance the promotion of better mental health and wellbeing, together with care and treatment when appropriate.

Web Link: https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/news/manchester-city-council-%E2%80%93-mental-wellbeing-grant-programme-201315

Manchester Parent Carer Forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with Manchester Local Authorities, Education Settings, Health Providers and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families in Manchester.

Web Link: http://manchesterparentcarerforum.org.uk/

The Real Neighbours Wythenshawe Time Bank programme, delivered and co-founded by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) and Manchester City Council Health & Wellbeing Fund, provides a platform for volunteering that makes it easier for more people to volunteer at a time that suits them and their busy lives. This approach will also reward volunteers for their hard work and their time.

Web Link: http://www.timebanking.org/location/wythenshawe-community-housing-group/

The SEND Local Offer offers information for parents, in a single place.The Local Offer helps children, young people and their parents to understand what services and support they can expect from a range of local agencies – including their statutory entitlements.

Web Link: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer

This code contains the legal requirements and statutory guidance for education providers, local authorities and health and social service providers.

Web Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25

The specialist resource team work with parents and carers of children with disabilities from ages 0 – 17 years. They assess eligibility for short breaks and provide information, support and advice on available grants, services, specialist leisure activities and parent/carer support.

Web Link: https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/service.page?id=aoaD2q1gFjQ

The Together Trust is a charity that offers residential care, fostering, family support, community services, and special education to children, adults and families.

“We believe everybody deserves an equal chance in life. There are no exceptions.”

Web Link: https://www.togethertrust.org.uk/

The Wythenshawe Community Housing Group was formed on 1st April 2013 following a new group structure of Willow Park Housing Trust and Parkway Green Housing Trust. It has since built on the existing strengths of both companies and will enable the preservation of high quality community services and continued investment in the local area.

Web Link: http://www.wchg.org.uk