News and updates

See below for the latest news and updates from Supportive Parents. You can find all our periodically published newsletters here.


Come to our AGM on 1st July 

Supportive Parents has enjoyed a busy year; we've taken on new challenges, extended our service and recruited new staff. Join us to review and celebrate our achievements over the past year. Agenda and reports for the meeting are available for our meeting on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 7:30pm, here at Royal Oak House. Please contact us or call 0117 989 7725.


Who needs an EHC plan? Our new factsheet is online now

Who needs an EHC plan? Read our new resource for information tailored to you for Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.

EHC, or Education, Health and Care Plans are for children and young people who have a special educational need or disability that cannot be met by the support that is available at their school or college.  Our online factsheet helps you decide if it would work for you and gives you links to information about what is available in your local authority area.


Supportive Parents’ Coffee Morning at Downend School, Monday 15 June, 2-3 pm


Supportive Parents is a charity providing the information, advice and support service to families of children with any type of Special Education Needs or Disability (SEND) in South Gloucestershire.

This coffee afternoon is for you to find out more about our service. If you have any questions about your child’s transfer to secondary school, just ask. We have an evening support group that meets monthly too.

What parents say about our support group:


“Not an evening has gone by without a giggle and something

 to think about on the way home. Knowing the support is

 there is very reassuring”

 So informative was really good tonight thanks


Bristol City Council and DisabledGo invites you to a consultation event to seek your views on a new access project for Bristol. 

The DisabledGo project will provide in-depth access information for 1000 venues across Bristol including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks, museums, and many more which will be available as on online guide.

An access guide helps increase independence and choice for Disabled people. By providing detailed information on the access features of venues and public spaces Disabled people can make an informed judgment about the suitability of access.

They need Disabled people to help identify a range of places and spaces across Bristol to include in the access guide.

They are holding four consultations for Disabled people, parents of Disabled children, older people and carers giving them a perfect opportunity to contribute to the project. On Thursday 11th June British Sign language interpreters and PAs will be available.

When and where?

Tuesday 9th June 2015, 10:30 -12:30

Conference Hall, The Park Centre

Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1DQ

Thursday 11th June 2015, 10:30 -12:00

Conference Room, RNIB

10 Still House Lane, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EB

There will be British Sign Language interpreters and PAs available at this event. 

Monday 15th June 2015, 10:30 -12:00

Conference Hall, Vassall centre

Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Tuesday 16th June 2015, 10:30 – 12:30

Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE


To book a place click here


Focus on access to children's/young people's community paediatric and hospital services - Join our Weston Parent Support Group on 9 June


We hope you will join us at our next support group meeting which will be held on Tuesday 9th June 7 - 9 pm at The Firs, Drove Road, Weston Super Mare BS23 3NX

Tamar Sutton from Healthwatch North Somerset will be coming along to ask you for your experiences of using Bristol hospital services  for your children and young people.  In addition we will be asking for further feedback regarding North Somerset Community Paediatric Services. Following work carried out with the CCG last year around concerns parents were having in accessing services and diagnostic assessments we would like to know if parents have experienced improvements in these areas. We have also been in contact with CAMHS who are currently looking at ways to develop their service to reach more people in a more user friendly way, to achieve this they are hoping to engage with parents and children and young people, and we shall have some further information about this.

For further details of our other support groups in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire please visit