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Useful Contacts

An extensive list of useful links and services

Two twin boys wearing matching outfits, the nearest has a name badge, Archie

Therapy funding for Adopted Children

Adoption support fund (ASF)

Local Offer

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires all local authorities to publish and maintain a ‘local offer’ in England. A ‘local offer’ is a wide range of information about all the support services and facilities which families can expect to find in their local area for children and young people (age 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

This factsheet explains more about what to expect.

Visit the Hertfordshire Local Offer and search for services, schools and information to help your children and family.

Some of our favourite organisations:

Please note: we’re not responsible for the content of outside links.


Use AccessAble to find wheelchair friendly venues or check out disabled access and facilities.

The Barbara Bus Fund

Short-term hire of specially adapted vehicles

Calvert Trust

Outdoor activity breaks for people with disabilities and their families and friends

Sea Lion Swimming Club Watford

Open to anyone with a permanent or temporary disability. Family members are welcome to join in the swimming sessions.

Carers In Hertfordshire

Guidance and advice for families with disabled children


Charity offering advice and support for families with disabled children

Chiltern Music Therapy

Offers a music therapy service for children and young people that includes assessments for diagnosis and treatment programmes.

Colne Valley Sailors

Sailing for children (aged 4+) with disabilities in highly buoyant sailing boats.

Dacorum Borough Council

Travel Vouchers – Check for availability of travel vouchers

DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability

A charity that bespoke, modify and refurbish equipment for people with disabilities when no off the shelf solution exists

Fish Insurance

Specialist disability insurance - Recommended by some Playskill users

Gaddesden Place Riding and Driving for the Disabled

Providing riding facilities and instruction for people with disabilities


Provides information and support to parents/carers of disabled children


Support and friendship for families with a child under 5 years


Supporting adults and children. Watford Mencap have an advocacy service


Disability equipment exhibition


Softplay equipment and toys including sensory products


Softplay equipment and toys including sensory products

Up On Downs

Parent-run organisation which supports other parents of someone with Down’s Syndrome