Parent & Child

Being a parent is the most demanding and important job you can do. Search our database for information and services that are available to help you fulfil this important role.

Family Action works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. We act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. Our mission is to transform the lives of children and their families, enabling them to challenge the barriers they face throughout childhood.

We work with young people with learning disabilities from the age of 14 to help with their transition to adulthood and to help them prepare for work. We also provide mobility equipment for disabled children and young people from 0 to 26 years of age. 

Grow Peace is the UK arm of the Goedgedacht Trust. From the UK office all fundraising initiatives within the UK, for Goedgedacht, are managed and run. We also process all UK donations which enables us to claim Gift Aid, increasing the donation value by 25% at no extra cost to the donor.

SHINE: Support and Help IN Education

SHINE is an education charity that gives children the opportunity to acquire the skills and confidence they need to turn their potential into success at school and beyond.

At SHINE, we believe that education should be life’s great opportunity – the time when every child’s talents and potential can be recognised and then realised, regardless of their background.


The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health and disability, education and the arts and humanities. Since 1955 it has awarded over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) to some 10,000 projects across the UK, all on the basis of expert peer review. The Wolfson Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015.

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Our mission is to ensure that healthcare in the UK meets the unique needs of all children and young people and their families. With over 50 years’ experience, Action for Sick Children campaigns on all aspects of healthcare, whether in hospital in the community or at home and from national policies to individual family cases. 

Parenting UK is a national membership body for those working with parents. We are part of the national charity Family Lives which provides direct advice and services for parents including a free helpline, online advice and community services.


The PANDAS Foundation aims to advise and aid any parent who is experiencing and suffering from a perinatal mental illness. 

Furthermore, we are also focusing on both guiding and informing family members, friends, carers and employers about the methods in which they can give assistance to someone who is suffering from this illness. 

The PANDAS Foundation is run by volunteers and by donations, helping to diminish the stigma that is surrounding this matter. 




Home-Start Colchester is an independent local charity dedicated to making a real difference to children and their parents, delivering a vital community grass roots home-visiting mentor service. A service built on postive relationships, a service without doors.

Originally set up to offer a recognised Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting Services in Colchester the scheme has since evolved by expanding its reach in both geographic and age range.

The Centres are managed by Barnardo's, working in partnership with Essex County Council, families and communities. There are 9 main Children's Centres across Colchester and Tendring, along with various outreach and delivery sites.

Families will find information and support available in each centre and the opportunity to talk to staff leading the groups and activities. There are opportunities for families to meet at drop ins and sessions with rhymes and singing, crafts and physical play. There is information about Job Centre Plus, pre-schools and Childminders network at each centre.

At Gingerbread, we think single parents do a brilliant job.

We're the leading charity working with single parent families. Supporting, advising and campaigning with single mums and dads to help them meet their family's needs.

Since 1918 we've been supporting, advising and campaigning with single parents to help them meet their family's needs and achieve their goals.

Whatever success means to you - a healthy family, a flexible job, stable finances or a chance to study - we'll work with you to make it happen.

A single mother can face tremenduous struggles if she lived on a low income to support herself and her child. There are various organisations that support such cases and provide various grants to help emerge of the same. Each grant made available has a criteria set which needs to be matched before applying for the same. 

Many mothers have just simply been able to care for their children by giving them a roof over their heads, nutritious foods, and quality health care. Grants have helped many women do what they knew they could do, but didn’t have the money to do it. Search engines online help you find all the necessary support and advice required. 

The Family and Childcare Trust is a leading national family charity in the field of policy, research and advocacy on childcare and family issues, with over 40 years’ experience in making things better for families.

Our vision is a society where all families are well-supported and have genuine choices about their lives. Our mission is to make the UK a better place for families, achieving positive change for children via parent-led solutions.

Dyslexia Action is a national charity with over 40 years’ experience in providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. 

We take action to change lives by: 

  • Supporting improvement in education provision; 
  • Providing direct support to individuals; 
  • Leading the agenda for change. 

Dyslexia affects approximately 10% of the UK population. 

The social impact of dyslexia is extensive. If you cannot learn to read, you cannot read to learn and everything we do at school and throughout life requires us to have the skills to be able to access written information. Above and beyond the difficulties and barriers dyslexia presents, is the damage that low self-esteem can have, which is life-long.

But with the right help and support, literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties need not be a barrier to education, employment and fulfilment. Dyslexia Action exists to ensure that those affected  get the help and support that they need.



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