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Neurodevelopmental Behavioural Support - NBS

SEND Unit Support Group


A group of parents with children who have Autism and other disabilities have set up their own support group. They are based in Sutton In Ashfield and offer a huge range of activities and support for our parents. They run parent coffee mornings and various free activities ranging from day trips during the summer to free, family fun days & activity sessions.


If you wish to know more you will find them on Face Book under  Send Unit Support Group or you can contact Carrey – Community Liaison.

Small Steps parent drop in sessions

Small Steps is a safe space for parents and carers to discuss their worries regarding concerning behaviours that are indicative of Autism and/or ADHD. Our group facilitators are here for a chat, support, advice alongside an opportunity to talk to other parents/carers in similar situations. For more information on these sessions please click on the link above.

Family Action - Nottinghamshire FOOD Clubs


Family Action has launched Food On Our Doorstep (FOOD) clubs to provide good quality food at low cost whilst also helping to reduce food waste. 

It costs just £1 a year for a family to be a member. Once you've joined you can purchase a bag of tasty food items every week worth approximately £10-£15 for just £3.50!

To become a member you must live or work within approximately 15 minutes of a club.


For more information and a list if all the clubs in Nottinghamshire (including a new club in Sutton-in-Ashfield) please click on the link below:

Family Action FOOD clubs

Green Doctor


Parentline is aimed at parents and carers within Nottinghamshire. They have trained healthcare professionals ranging from Health Visitors to School Nurses that can give you advice and support as a first line of intervention via a text messaging service. The service runs from 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. Messages outside of these times receive a bounce back message advising on where to contact for urgent support and will be responded to the next working day.

Please click on the documents below for information on support for Primary and secondary age pupils.

  • Autism East Midlands

New family support hub in Kirkby in Ashfield, see for further details.


  • Nottinghamshire County Council


  • Ask Us ( previously Parent Partnership)

Advice for families with a child with a disability or special educational need.

Confidential and impartial information, advice and support on special educational needs and disability matters for parents/carers of children/young people with SEND and for the children/young people themselves.  you can call our telephone helpline, open daily on weekdays (see our website for details).  We provide information about special needs and disability issues across education, health and social care relevant to children/young people aged 0-25 years. Face to face support can be arranged if appropriate eg help with completing certain forms, writing letters, attending school meetings.


  • National Autistic Society

We are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, we have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.


  • Iris Project.

If you go on the above website you can sign up or download the Ask Us magazine. It offers lots of information, advice and support to parents/carers of children and young people with disabilities based in Nottinghamshire.



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