Our Services

 

Helpline

The Helpline has been a source of support for over 3000 parents since the organisation was founded in 1995. It is often a lifeline for parents when they are at their wits end and need an understanding person to listen, talk with, give them information and guidance, and signpost them in the direction of further help if required. This service is available to anyone and if we can’t help we often know someone who can. It is easy to underestimate its value but our motto is “We’re here to help – all you have to do is ask.”

 

Information Leaflets

Our leaflets ‘Understanding ADHD’, ‘Adults with ADHD’, and ‘Guidelines for Schools’ provide overviews of ADHD relative to their purpose together with strategies for managing, coping, and changing negative or ineffective practices. The content is reviewed regularly and updated when necessary. We also have a folded leaflet giving a brief outline of ADHD and the services we can provide. This leaflet can usually be found in waiting room racks or can be requested when attending appointments. Our leaflet ‘The ADHD Brain and the role of Medication’, with simple illustrations and easy to understand language, is a useful addition for parents and other interested parties. Copies of our leaflets - please note these are copyrighted - are available on receipt of a large A4 stamped addressed envelope. Other leaflets and fact sheets can be downloaded from the links provided and websites listed on the various pages.

 

Family Support

In areas where we have been commissioned or have obtained grant funding we are able to offer a range of services including: 1:1 consultancy for parents at our offices, children's centre, or other suitable venue and/or by an outreach service visiting families in their own homes. We aim to provide a whole family approach, taking into account everyone involved, and their needs, in order to ensure every member of the family is supported appropriately. As every family is different the information and guidance provided is tailored to meet their individually identified difficulties and needs. In addition we support parents at case meetings or clinic appointments to provide information and advocacy as well as moral support. Details of new projects can be found on our HOME page under News & Events.

 

ADHD: Parent Empowerment & Skills Training Programme

Our ADHD: Parent Empowerment & Skills Training programme was specifically developed in 2003 to meet the needs of parents of children 6 to 12 years affected by ADHD and, through commissioning or grants, has been successfully delivered each term over the last 11 years to groups of parents in various geographical areas. The programme was rigorously reviewed by the National Academy of Parenting Research in 2008 and again in 2011 and is included in the list of parenting programmes agreed by Lancashire County Council. The programme is reviewed annually taking into account the feedback and evaluation of attendees. Details of forthcoming programmes are listed under News & Events on our HOME page. Parents in the areas listed are entitled to apply.

 

Workshops

Half and full day workshops can be commissioned for parents and professionals. Each workshop is designed to establish current thinking and experience of attendees, provide in-depth knowledge of ADHD and its impact, and explain the differences in the brain and the role of prescribed medication. Workshops are tailored to the specific audience be it parents, teachers, family support workers, etc. Attendees are given information and strategies appropriate to their role and small group exercises allow for discussion and consideration of possible changes to overcome ineffective practices. Please contact us to register interest in booking a workshop.

 

Local Support Groups

We provide support and guidance to parents who wish to set up their own local group. Each group is unique and always parent-led. For most groups it starts with finding a venue and setting up a regular meeting for parents where they can discuss and agree their areas of need in an informal setting. We usually attend the initial meetings to help members develop a plan of action and a steering group to take things forward. The plan may include occasional speakers to provide specialist information, social activities for the whole family, or 'clubs' for the young people. The possibilities are endless and we can provide guidance on applying for grants and fundraising. Details of new groups are listed under News & Events on our HOME page.

 

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