Care and Support

Our Student and Family Guidance Centre (SFGC) is available to all students and their families.  We offer support to families through parenting programmes such as Fusion as well as one-to-one support for families going through difficult times.  The SFGC can also make referrals to outside agencies such as the Sherborne Early Intervention Team, The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and SHADOWS (a drugs and alcohol support service) for more specialist advice.  If you would like more information on the SFGC please contact the school.

Dorset for You has a very comprehensive directory – the Dorset Family Information Directory, which you can find on the Dorsetforyou website:




Support Groups

ASD Dorset Support
This group hopes to access parents throughout Dorset who cannot access local support groups due to geography and timing. An online community providing a forum for parents / carers of children and young people in Dorset to discuss what matters to them, as well as providing access to information and documents around Autism Spectrum Conditions and Aspergers Syndrome.

ASD Parent Support Group for parents and carers of people with ASD in Dorset. Holds bi-weekly meetings in Bournemouth during the daytime. Provides support, cascading and a chance to chat with fellow carers, and guest speakers are arranged. Memberships is free. Further groups are being held in Shaftesbury and Crewkerene. Contact Neil Eaton, Disability Wessex, 01202 312 085

ASD LeafletDownload

The Dorset Parent-Carer Council

Working for the parents and carers of disabled children and young people in Dorset: email: web:

The Dorset Parent-Carer Council aims to:

  • Provide a united voice by creating a forum for parents and carers views
  • Work in partnership with departments of Health, Education, Child and Family Services, the Voluntary Sector and all other children’s services providers
  • Gather information from parents and carers and highlight common issues
  • Work at national and local authority level representing the views of parents and carers on services for our children, young people and families
  • Meet regularly as a council
  • Keep parents informed on a regular basis
  • Recognise and value the diverse needs of individual families
  • Strive for the benefit of all children and young people with disabilities and their families, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, background, gender, sexual orientation or any other discriminatory factor.

1st Wednesday of the Month at Toby’s Young Peoples Project Shaftesbury from 10.30am. Parent support network for parents or carers of young people with learning difficulties. Cascade is an Innovate Dorset networking group for parents with children and young adults to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues or ideas in a friendly, safe and confidential way.

Many families within North Dorset, who have children with learning difficulties, struggle to find groups of adults to who they can speak and feel that they are not only listened to but they’re ideas are received and experience is received in a positive setting.

In Cascade, parents support each other and build appropriate friendships between their families or children/young adults.

Contact Tobys 01747 850860 Anne Wilkins 07831107881 or Kevin Tatchell 07709137246

Club for families with a child with an ASD/Aspergers diagnosis. Saturday mornings Asperger’s Base at Budmouth Technology College, Chickerell Road, Weymouth view map every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm,

Dorset ADHD Support Group
Aim to inform, educate, empower and provide support to parents and carers of children and young people with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), adults with ADD, and those working within the professional field.

Dorset ADHD Support Group is run by volunteers. Dorset ADHD Chat room where you can ‘chat’ with other parents, carers and professionals online Monday’s from 8.30pm onwards.

We meet on a regular monthly basis — all are welcome. We distribute a quarterly printed newsletter to our membership, and we also have a library of books and video available for borrowing. We can provide training for professionals regarding the appropriate support of people who have ADHD. We can provide advocacy for parents and carers of children and for adults with ADHD. We operate a telephone help-line service — this number is our main point of contact: 01305 768297.

OAASIS (Office for Advice, Assistance, Support and Information on Special needs)  offers advice and information for parents with a child with special educational needs. We have a helpline, email enquiry service and many information sheets, available on our website. We are also the information service of Cambian Education Services and can provide prospectuses and other information about their seven residential schools and colleges for children/young people with autism or Asperger Syndrome. Helpline: 0800 902 0732 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 4.30pm) Email:

Talk About Autism
The online autism community hosted by TreeHouse, the national charity for autism education. TreeHouse is ambitious about autism. We believe that through appropriate education, it is possible to transform the lives of young people with autism and the lives of their families. Together with our sponsor TalkTalk, we have created this space for parents and carers of children with autism to share their experiences, in a safe and reliable environment. The site is moderated by trained staff.

Our goal is to support our clients in improving their skills and confidence in living independent and happy lives. We work in partnership with our clients and strive to consistently provide a sensitive, flexible and professional response. Within our team, we have high levels of knowledge and experience in working with people with various social care needs – including mental health difficulties, learning disability and Asperger’s Syndrome. We are always willing to hear about the needs of people affected by other difficulties and would seek to provide an effective and responsive service to anyone in need. Home based Debbie Rule 07546110400


Over 10’s Down Syndrome Youth Club

Ups and Downs South West run an Over 10s Down Syndrome Youth Club at Sherborne Youth Club which provides a good meeting place where friends can be made in a safe, enjoyable and fun environment.



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