Information for Parents

The directory below was designed to give you easier access to organisations aiming to support those with disabilities. Follow the links below for more information about any of the services.
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Abbots Care

01727 891004

With more than 30 years of experience in care from our committed management team, we offer a flexible and specialised service, tailored to meet your needs. We arrange care for disabled, learning disabled adults and children, and elderly people. If you choose domiciliary or residential care workers from us, we will assess your care needs and introduce competent care workers for your individual requirements.

Access to Living

We are a service user focused and flexible organisation. We can offer a personalized one to one support service to access community facilities or existing day services. We provide various group activities, including small intensively staffed groups for users who may find it difficult to access larger groups, through to larger activity based groups. Sessions are aimed at improving confidence, social skills, communication and overall quality of life.

Act One Arts Base
ActOne ArtsBase is a dance company providing inclusive dance and performance training in Hertfordshire and nationally for disabled and non disabled people. ActOne provides weekly dance training sessions (DanceBase) for children, young people and adults, a trainee programme for aspiring disabled dance professionals, regular inclusive nightclub events and has its own professional touring dance performance company ‘Arc Dance’. Our work promotes tolerance and understanding
all of our activities have a unique atmosphere where difference and individuality are celebrated.

Care Solutions Group

01480 223650
CareSolutions Group provides small specialist residential homes and a range of supported living services for adults with learning disabilities, complex needs, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health needs in Hertfordshire and the East of England and East Midlands. We specialise in supporting people to achieve progressive independence and to develop the skills to live safely in small groups, clustered accommodation or separate houses and we also support people in their family homes. We pride ourselves on having the best trained and supported staff and the structure and monitoring arrangements needed to empower people with complex needs to achieve choice and control over their lives.

Carers in Hertfordshire

01992 586 969
We give support and information to unpaid family and friends who look after someone. We provide the space for you to discuss practical and emotional concerns around caring and opportunities to share experiences with others. We can provide the information you need to make choices about your life and caring role and the opportunity to have your voice heard by the people who plan services that affect your life. We offer a range of free workshops and training related to caring, but also courses and learning events to help with your life outside caring through our Carers and Learning project.

The CareTech family of company’s provide high quality care and support across the whole social care spectrum for children and adults below retirement age. Throughout the following web pages we describe in detail the support we offer to individuals. Whether you are looking for a care and support solution for adults or children we believe that you will find exactly what you want through contact with us. We are especially focussed on self-directed outcomes and outstanding value.

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We provide support services for people with learning disabilities and support services for people with autism. A not-for-profit organisation, we are a leader in our sector, supporting over 3,000 people and their families in England and Wales.

We offer a range of support services to children and adults of all ages, including those with complex needs or challenging behaviour. We enable people to be part of their community and make their own choices and decisions about the life they choose to live.


DSPL is Delivering Special Provision Locally to achieve quality outcomes.

All 9 DSPL areas across the county of Hertfordshire are working to provide the right support services for children and young people with SEND.

DSPL is a partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community that :

  • Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible.
  • Widens choice for children and parers/carers
  • Removes barriers to learning
  • Improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment
  • Uses resources more effectively


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Guideposts Trust

01920 484946

Guideposts has been delivering high-quality direct services for over 40 years. We provide services to help all people lead independent lives. We work with people who have mental health issues, dementia, learning disabilities, physical impairments, and their carers and families, to help them make the best possible choices for quality care services. Your needs and wishes are at the heart of what Guideposts does. This means putting you first. We listen carefully to you to provide the best care, support and information possible. Our vision is of a society where all people are valued and have equality of opportunity.

Hertfordshire County Council
Money Advice Unit: Hertfordshire County Council
We aim to:
  • increase take-up on benefits for Hertfordshire residents;
  • promote accurate advice and effective advocacy on benefits and debt by organisations within hertfordshire
  • advise on the likely changes in social security and debt advice and assess the likely impact on Hertfordshire residents

Herts Blind

HSB is an independent local registered charity providing services and information to blind and partially sighted people throughout Hertfordshire, as well as to their families, carers and any organisations with an interest or involvement in people with a visual impairment.
Our Mission: Supporting and empowering people in Hertfordshire with a visual impairment

Herts Inclusive Theatre

07857 986364
Herts Inclusive Theatre is an award winning charity working with disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults. Our aims are to use drama, movement, music and theatre techniques to help build people's confidence, communication skills and to encourage and build social inclusion. We offer participants the opportunity to explore the broadest spectrum of theatre, and offer them unique performance experiences. Using these tools gives people the opportunity to increase self-confidence and worth. We use theatre skills to support the development of all children, young people and adults no matter what ability. Every individual is valued for their capabilities and their contribution to the group. HIT provides an inclusive atmosphere, and offer a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where all participants are able to express themselves without feeling any prejudice or judgement. We welcome participants with any ability and have those with learning and physical impairments taking part on an equal level to those without.


0117 9061751

Hft is a leading national charity that supports people with learning disabilities. Everyday our creative thinking helps people to get the most out of life. Our person centred active support method is anchored in everyone’s different needs and goals. Our staff expertise includes supporting people with complex needs, challenging behaviour and specific syndromes to live more independently. Hft and Self Unlimited merged in April 2013. Together we now support more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities to achieve greater independence and fulfilled lives. We move forward as Hft: a stronger, united organisation.

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Leisure Projects Officer

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One Step

Passport to Leisure


Passport to Leisure is a local project which aims to integrate adults with learning disabilities into the community through leisure and sporting opportunities. We run a quarterly programme of fun activities open to anyone living in the St Albans District with a learning disability.

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Saint John Of God

Supporting people in Hertfordshire to live independently and to live how they choose Saint John of God Hospitaller Services provides a range of social care and health services to meet the needs of people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable. Our services are diverse and include supported living services, residential and nursing home care, resettlement services, social enterprise and accommodation services.
Specifically in Hertfordshire we provide:
Supported living services, Care homes, Learning, employment and opportunities services Supported Housing Hertfordshire Supported Housing is a service for people with a learning disability who want to live independently and need support to do so. The support we provide is tailored to meet each person's needs, choices and aspirations, ensuring that each person can sustain their tenancy. Should someone need personal care, we are able to do so, as we are also a registered provider of personal care. Leisure, Education and Opportunities Services (LEOS): Day Opportunities and Personal Development in the Community LEOS offers people a variety of leisure and education opportunities, both in group sessions or on a one-to-one basis – to take part in community activities and particular leisure pursuits such as swimming or art and crafts. We can support people to undertake work opportunities and provide support with learning life skills such as cooking, money management and using public transport. Leisure, Education and Opportunities Services (LEOS): Day Opportunities at Digswell LEOS at Digswell offers people the chance to gain work experience in a working nursery and gain skills in horticulture, retail and maintenance.
Care Homes (The Minims) The Minims provides accommodation and 24-hour care and support for adults with learning disabilities within two separate six-bedroomed bungalows in Hatfield. We aim to ensure that this is not just a place to live, but is a home, and the people living here are encouraged and enabled to make their own choices and decisions in as many aspects of their lives as possible.
Our values sit at the heart of good quality care…….. Compassion, Hospitality, Justice, Respect and Trust Registered charity no. 1108428


Scope Helpline- 0808 8090 3333

Scope Response is a free service that offers impartial and expert information, advice and support to disabled people and their families. It is a gateway to all Scope services
My name is Delia Baylie and I am the Scope Regional Worker for Hertfordshire. I am able to offer in-depth information, advice and support to people with cerebral palsy, their families and the people working with them

Special Olympics

Mobile - 07762 595936
Office - 01727 819214

Special Olympics St Albans (SOSA) is a charity organisation that provides competitive and non-competitive sporting opportunities on a weekly basis for those with a Learning Disability.


07535 696031

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a Registered Charity working for people with learning disabilities. Established in 1990, we operate from allotment sites in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. The charity provides a valuable and popular service which supports over 70 service users each week to develop their skills and potential through social enterprise and horticultural activities.

Therapy Box
Therapy Box is an award winning app development company that specialises in communication and therapy apps for people of all ages and abilities. Predictable, Proloquo2Go and Scene & Heard are among the more well known apps in our range. Therapy Box also provide iPad Bundles, communication accessories and training, thus offering an end to end AAC solution. The new and exciting app development service is launched for those individuals and organisations who want to bring their app ideas to life. The aim of Therapy Box is to supply the best means of communication possible to customers to enable them to express themselves with their family, friends and colleagues in a whole range of environments!

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Work Solutions

01442 454465

Work Solutions is a non-profit organisation funded by the county council. We support motivated people with mental ill health, learning disabilities, Aspergers, physical disabilities and sensory needs who often find it difficult to get and keep a job. We will help you to get into and stay in paid employment by improving your confidence and self esteem and ensuring you meet employers' expectations.
We can help you by:
  • Helping you to work out what skills, experience, talents and strengths you have by arranging short term unpaid work try outs.
  • Helping you to choose the right job and apply for it.
  • Negotiating with employers on your behalf.
  • Offering advice and guidance on any benefits issues or concerns relating to employment.
  • Putting together a CV.
  • Supporting you and your employer for as long as you need it.
  • Helping to get funding for equipment, adjustments in your workplace or travel to work through the Access to Work scheme.