Additional Needs

Carers of Barking and Dagenham

At Barking and Dagenham Carers we provide advice, information and support for people who care. Whether you are a parent or child, husband or wife, partner, close relative or friend we are here to provide help when you need it.

Carers of Barking and Dagenham aims to assist carers living in Barking and Dagenham to be able to have an improved quality of life by offering services and support to enable them to access services more easily through active participation in the joint planning and monitoring of community carer and service development.

We also have the Memory Lane Resource Centre at 234a Porters Avenue, Dagenham which offers daycare and respite for people with dementia.  Families can self-refer and there is a charge for the services.

Carers website has lots of information on it.

***DID YOU KNOW THAT APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE OUTSIDE OF OFFICE HOURS AT EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS***

The organisation provides the following to support those caring for an adult or child who is ill, suffering from a mental illness or has a disability including:

  • Dementia Service
  • Family Service
  • Welfare Benefits advice
  • Mental Health
  • Support Groups
  • Training
  • Young Carers
  • All staff can help when you call

  • 334 Heathway
    Dagenham

    RM10 8NJ

  • 0208 593 4422

  • carers@carerscentre.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday

DABD – family support (for disabled children)

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DABD  offers a number of services for children and young people, predominantly with additional needs, and their families.

Our Befriending service provides a one-to-one support worker for your child to help them access the activities they enjoy or would like to enjoy.  The service is available for children and young people aged 5 – 24, seven days a week including evenings.

It’s up to you and your child which activities they would like to participate in. It could be swimming, a trip to the park or cinema, bowling, attending a youth club, walking, shopping or a meal out.  Their support worker will accompany them and help them participate in their chosen activity.

The Personal care service can provide various aspects of Personal care support for children living at home aged 5 – 18. This includes support with bathing, grooming, washing and dressing, toileting, assisting with medication and preparing light meals and snacks. Staff are trained in manual handling techniques to use equipment such as hoists and slip sheets as well as being trained in PEG feeding procedures (feeding through a tube).

 

  • Sam Norgate

  • 42-48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • personalsupportservices@dabd.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00, with services provided outside these hours.

DABD Equipment for everyday living

We have a wide range of daily living equipment available to purchase to help make your life easier.

Items include manual and electric wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids, as well as adapted household items and personal care products such as bathing aids or commodes.

To make your purchase easier and to give you peace of mind, we offer independent advice, information and product care advice.

Our service engineer is also able to visit you at home and install certain items (hand rails, fixed toilet frames etc.) for a minimal charge.

For electric wheelchairs and scooters we can offer servicing, repair and maintenance plans – priced individually according to your needs.

Please note, DABD Equipment operates on a not-for-profit basis.

  • DABD equipment

  • 177 Valence Wood Road
    Dagenham

    RM8 3AJ

  • 020 8252 5930

  • equipment@dabd.org.uk

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

DABD Kid’s Patch Club

Kids Patch is our Ofsted registered weekend club for children and young people aged 5 + with disabilities or additional needs.

 The club offers a friendly, fun, social and inclusive environment for three age groups (5 – 8, 9 – 13 and 14 – 18) with specialist equipment and facilities and trained staff.

Children and young people can enjoy crafts and themed activities promoting confidence, positive relationships and of course, fun!
Activities include:
• Arts and crafts
• Sensory room
• Video games
• Day trips and outings

Our Saturday Club runs 9am – 3pm in Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also run clubs on some Sundays and during school holidays (please ask for further details).

We will also be running monthly day trips and outings. Please contact us for further details.

  • Personal Support Services

  • 42-48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • personalsupportservices@dabd.org.uk

  • Saturday 9am - 3pm (further hours may be available - please contact us for further details).

DABD Transport

DABD’s fully accessible vehicles transport people of all ages with limited mobility including wheelchair users, scooter users and people needing a stretcher or oxygen facilities.    Please call us to quote for your journey.

Please note our door-to-door transport service operates on a not-for-profit basis and to use it you must belong to DABD’s passenger transport membership scheme. You can register for this when you book your journey or in advance.

If you need further assistance on your journey, we can provide Passenger Assistants at extra cost. Please ask us when you book.

  • All staff who answer the phone can help

  • 177 Valence Wood Road
    Dagenham

    RM8 3AJ

  • 020 8252 5930

  • transport@dabd.org.uk

  • 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (please note service may operate out of these times)

DABD Travel Training

DABD’s Travel Training programme helps young people with special educational needs (SEN) or additional needs develop these skills so that they can make their school or college journey on their own. This could be by walking or using the bus, train or tube.

If your child is referred to our Travel Training programme, we’ll meet with you as a family to discuss a personalised travel plan for your child which takes their needs into account.
Your child will have their own Travel Trainer allocated who will accompany them on their journey to school or college over an eight to twelve week period until we are happy that they can do this journey on their own.

Our Travel Training programme is designed to create long-term positive effects which can support young people through their transition into adulthood. This includes improved:
• social interaction skills
• life skills
• self-esteem
• management of fears and anxieties
• responsibility
• road safety awareness
• time management
• coping strategies
• communication skills

  • Travel Training team

  • 42-48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham

    RM9 5NU

  • 020 8215 9630

  • traveltraining@dabd.org.uk

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

DABD Wheelchair loan

If you live in Havering or Barking & Dagenham (with your GP registered in one of these Boroughs) and experience mobility issues, we can loan you a wheelchair for occasional or short-term use.  

An occasional loan means up to three days a week. You can request this yourself.

A request for a short-term loan needs to come via your GP, Consultant, District Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Fracture Clinic Staff.  The loan is for three months and can be extended for a further three months for some further health concerns.

Wheelchairs are delivered (and collected) direct to your door. Alternatively you can collect from our Mobility Services department.

  • Dial a Wheelchair

  • 177 Valence Wood Road
    Dagenham

    RM8 3AJ

  • 020 8252 5930

  • dialawheelchair@dabd.org.uk

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday (please note service may operate out of these times)

Independent Living Agency

The Independent Living Agency (ILA) aims to maximise the potential of individual disabled adults so that they can live their own lives.

They provide payroll support for people who are accessing care privately.  They also can provide equipment & living aids, cleaning service, transport and advocacy regarding housing & care. More on their website

  • Terry Miller

  • Unit 15 Dagenham Business Centre
    123 Rainham Road North
    Dagenham
    RM10 7FD

  • 020 8593 6677

  • independantlivingagency@btconnct.com

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

Sycamore Trust (disabilities specialists)

The Sycamore Trust supports individuals and families affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Learning Difficulties.  Services are for children, families and adults

Activities for children and families include youth clubs, sports activities and support for parents.

Activities for adults ages 18-25 with autism includes social activities.

Sycamore Trust can also offer advocacy and additional support for families for small charge.

For more information please see the website or call one of the team on the number below.

  • Anyone who answers the phone can help

  • 27-29 Woodward Road
    Dagenham

    RM9 4SJ

  • 020 8517 9317

  • enquiries@sycamoretrust.org.uk

  • Mon-Fri 9.00-4.30

The Heathway Centre (disability specialists)

The Heathway Centre is an inclusive resource centre providing services to families with children (under 18 years of age) with additional needs/disabilities.

We provide advice and information on how to access resources available within the community, complete referrals and provide targeted support for families that require additional intervention.

Our services include both term time and holiday activities for parent/carers, children and siblings including access to respite providers within the borough.

We are a fully accessible building designed with track and hoist systems including shower room and changing facilities.  Our equipment, toys and resources are adapted to meet the needs of children with additional needs/disabilities.

  • Mazeda Bellevue or Tanya Ali

  • 512a The Heathway
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM10 7SJ

  • 0208 227 5500

  • TheHeathwayCentre@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
    9.00am - 5.00pm

    Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
    Saturday 9.00am - 12.00pm