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Useful Information

We have added a number of information resources on a range of SEND topics for individuals, parents/carers and professionals.  We'll be adding more useful handouts to this section over time.  Please click on the headings below to find out more:

Useful Information

Barnardos Useful Links

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team 

Gateshead Carers

We believe that no carer should feel alone, and it is vital that all unpaid carers feel supported in their caring role, or feels supported to stop providing care if that's what they choose.

Time Out Parent/Carer Support Group

For parents/carers living  in the Newcastle/Gateshead area, who are supporting a child or young person with emotional or mental health issues.

Contact Listening Service

You might be struggling emotionally and looking for strategies to help you cope. Or maybe you just need to talk to someone who understands the extra challenges you face and who can point you in the right direction to get the support you need for your family.  

To help, we offer 1-1 telephone appointments with a family support adviser for parent carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support.  


PeerTalk is a national charity that provides weekly volunteer facilitated peer support groups for people living with depression, anxiety and related distress.

PeerTalk offers a forum for sharing and listening, providing encouragement and, (more importantly), hope to attendees.

Princes Trust

We believe that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. So, we help 11 to 30 year-olds to find the tools and confidence to try free courses and start careers. 

Gateshead young carers 

We believe that young carers should have a life of their own alongside their caring role. Being a young carer shouldn't prevent children and young people from having time to themselves, making friends, being happy and healthy or having the same opportunities as their peers.


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Young Minds

We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Barnardos: Supporting Children and young people experiencing loss 

We are making sure vital support is available. Every year, we work with children and young people who are dealing with loss, bereavement and grief through our UK-wide services.

NDCS The Buzz

The only website for deaf young people aged 8 to 18 in the UK. This safe, online space, created by deaf young people, is entirely yours. You can read inspiring stories, connect with other deaf young people, find the latest information and support, sign up to events, ask questions and get involved.

Kooth | Home 

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

Platform Gateshead - Humankind

If you are a young person in Gateshead we can help you to focus on building on your strengths to enable you to be healthy, stay safe and think about a better future.

Our service is free, friendly and confidential and is there for you, your family or your friends.

The Gateshead Autism Information Hub is available to anyone with an interest in autism – parents/carers/family members, professionals, practitioners, or individuals with autism, with or without a diagnosis.


To find out more, visit:

or join the Autism Hub’s Facebook Group here:


During the Covid pandemic, the Autism Hub is hosting weekly support group meetings on Zoom. For further details, please contact: or message through the Facebook Group. When the service resumes, dates for drop-in sessions and support group meetings will be released on the Local Offer and the Autism Hub’s Facebook Group.

A personal budget sets out the amount of money that is available to spend on support for your child, to meet their assessed needs. This money may come from your local social services team, local education department, or in some cases from your NHS clinical commissioning group (CCG). If you receive funding from the NHS this is known as a personal health budget.

Please see information from Contact on Personal Budgets.

Mind Your Words

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have developed some free, online training to ‘improve understanding of children and young people who have both mental health needs (or social emotional and mental health needs – SEMH) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN’).





Guide Dogs Tech for All Pilot

Guide Dogs new pilot scheme Tech for All provides free iPads or iPhones for children with a vision impairment.


For a limited time, we are offering iPads to children with a vision impairment aged 3-18, while secondary school-age children may choose an iPhone as an alternative.  The devices have excellent accessibility features built-in, and online guides and tutorials will be provided to help them get started and to ensure that they know how to stay safe online. 


The devices will be completely free of charge, with the only requirement being proof of vision impairment.

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