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Support services and organisations

Local organisations

National organisations

Support if a parent is in prison

The following organisations are able to offer support if your partner or a parent is in prison:

The following bereavement charities offer help, support and information for parents, siblings and other family members who are grieving the loss of a child.

All helplines are run by trained parent volunteers, who themselves have sadly experienced the loss of a child. Many of the websites have sites specifically for siblings to access support. Others run online forums, providing bereaved families the opportunity to make contact, share experiences and offer support to one another.

Financial support following a death

  • Child funeral charity - offers financial assistance for families with funeral payments for a child under 16
  • Funeral payments - offer help for those on a low income for payment towards funeral expenses

Carer 2 Carer was set up by Jane Richards, the parent/carer of a young man who has successfully transitioned into adulthood.

Jane works closely with the council, attending meetings to represent the views of parents/carers, and co-producing the transition information that is available. She also attends the Moving On events to offer advice and answer your questions.

Jane has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to offer support as your young person transitions into adulthood.

You can contact Jane on 07816 070098.

Haven House Children's Hospice is run by Sue Irwin, a registered nurse and health visitor, along with friends and colleagues. The charity provides free care to life-limited children and their families.

Noah's Ark Hospice is a community based hospice service providing support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in the Central and North London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington and Hertsmere. The children they work with have a range of conditions and often have very complex needs. Their services aim to help the children, their siblings and parents make the most of the time they have together, and we continue to support the families after bereavement.

Rainbow Trust’s family support workers join the family in their own home and provide practical support when needed. They may attend hospital appointments with parents, sit with your sick child to give parents a break or take worried siblings out for the day.

The Sapphire Service provides health care assessments, nursing support, and play and bereavement services to families. The team aim to support children who need palliative care and their siblings, or children who meet the continuing healthcare threshold.

Children who have multiple complex health needs may meet our criteria for continuing healthcare funded support. This enables families to receive care for their child, which is currently provided by external agencies.

Children are assessed by a nursing team and any necessary funding is agreed. This is reviewed regularly with the family and may change depending on the child’s health support requirements.

Assessments are usually carried out within 13 days and reviews within five days of the planned date.

For more information, contact the team on 020 8375 2945.

Our Voice is a forum for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special needs and disabilities, living in Enfield.

We are a parent-led organisation and work closely with families in Enfield and key partners in the voluntary sector, the local authority, health and schools.

We represent the views of parents and aim to influence how policy and services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities are developed in Enfield.

What Our Voice offers to parents and carers

Having a child with special needs can be challenging and we provide support through our helpline and events. This includes opportunities for parents to get together to share knowledge, experiences and mutual support.

Our Voice offers:

  • regular email updates about news and events
  • coffee mornings, including online and school sessions, to get support and meet other parents
  • events for families
  • a support helpline on 07516 662 315 to answer questions and give information about other help and support meetings available

Contact Our Voice

For more information or to join our mailing list, visit Our Voice, email info@ourvoiceenfield.org.uk, or call us on 07516 662 315.

The Joint Service for Disabled Children (JSDC) is an important partnership which works with third-party organisations to support and promote opportunities for disabled children and their families. View more information about Joint Service for Disabled Children (JSDC).

Specialist support is available for primary and secondary school children who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The services are available for children, parents and teachers, with the aim of supporting learning and wellbeing, increase understanding of childrens' behaviour, and reducing permanent exclusions.

View more information about specialist support.

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