£15,000 for Parenting Special Children

by Paul Thomsett

Parenting Special Children’s mission is to provide specialist parenting support to parents and carers of children and young people with special needs, so that they can create positive change in their lives.

The charity was founded in 2006 by Ruth Pearse to meet an unmet need that she had identified while receiving a diagnosis for her daughter. At that time, there was a lack of support for families at diagnosis and very few specialist parenting programmes that families could access.

The Berkshire based charity has recently been awarded a grant of £15,000 over three years by the Berkshire Freemasons.

Parenting Special Children (PSC) supports families whose children have additional needs and/or disabilities. Their services include a dedicated helpline, individual sleep plans for children experience night waking, trauma service for Adverse Childhood Experiences, and 1:1 support for the whole family facing multiple advertises such as abuse and suicidal thoughts.

The charity was seeking funding in particular for their helpline service, which acts as a first point of call and gateway to other services, and which they are looking to expand due to rising demand.

Beneficiaries are referred by health workers, or they can self-refer, and last year the charity worked with over 2000 parents / carers who themselves look after over 4000 children and young people. The charity has a robust monitoring system in place, and last year 100% of parents / carers reported that PSC helped them with the challenges they were facing.

Tess Eagles, partnerships manager at PSC said “It’s my privilege to work with the charity. I think one of the most important things to realise for all the parents, is that you’re just exhausted by the time you reach getting a diagnosis. So, to have a charity to support you through that journey is immeasurable really.”

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