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North Somerset Services

Take a look at our new, revised  leaflet to find out more about our service.

Sarah Trevitt, our North Somerset Coordinator runs a monthly support group where you can share your experience/concerns and find out more about SEND. Click here for the latest meetings times and locations for the monthly support group or call us on 0117 9897725 to find out more.

We also have monthly early years drop-in sessions at Springboard Opportunity Group in Weston and Clevedon.  To find out more details call  0117 9897725 or



The Local Offer

Every local authority must publish a Local Offer. The Local Offer tells you what support the local authority expects to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. It must include information about education, health and care provision. It should also tell you about training, employment and independent living for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Your Local Offer is available here


Useful web-links for North Somerset

North Somerset Council - A collection of link-based services and resources are listed below. 

Disability, Special Needs and the Local Offer

North Somerset Children's Centres - Providing support and care for the under fives

The Firs Resource Centre - The Firs Resource Centre is in Drove Road, Weston-s-Mare and at Portishead Children's Centre, Portishead. It manages a range of out of school and daycare provision such as specialist playschemes in Weston and Portishead, a variety of outings thoughout the year based on age, ability and friendship groups.


Citizens Advice Bureau - Providing independent, free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues including benefits, debt, employment, housing and consumer problems. Face-to-face sessions are held in Weston-super-Mare, Nailsea, Portishead, Clevedon and Pill. Telephone advice line available.

Telephone - 01934 836201 (Clevedon) 0844 826 9692 (Weston Super Mare) 


CONTACT,  FOR FAMILIES WITH DISABLED CHILDREN - supporting families with the best possible guidance and information,bringing families together to support each other. Helping families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.


Global Mediation - Providing disagreement resolution and mediation services for the South West. Mediation advice must be sought before lodging an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (SEND) click here for their leaflet.

Telephone - 0800 064 4488


Healthwatch North Somerset - Healthwatch is the official framework through which local people can have their say about health and social care services.


Homestart - Homestart is a local charity providing one-to-one support, friendship and practical help to parents of young children in the whole of North Somerset.

Telephone - 01934 419396


Nailsea Disability Intiative - Providing disability information, advice and assistance in the North Somerset community.

Telephone - 01275 812183


North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together (NSPCWT) is the contact point and strategic partner for Local Authority and Health requests for co-production and parent carer participation in any work streams relating to children and young people (0-25 years) with disabilities and/or additional needs.

NSPCWT aim to provide opportunities for parent carers to influence the decisions that affect their families and to contribute to developing services that improving services of their families, by working in partnership with the Local Authority, Health and all other relevant groups and organisations.


Somerset Parent Carer Forum - Somerset Parent Carer Forum invites all parent carers to become members of their forum and join together with existing parent carers to share information, views and experiences of the children’s and young people’s services (0-25 yrs) they already use or would like to use in the future.

Helpline - 01278 699397


Springboard Opportunity Group - Springboard supports children with additional needs from birth to 5 years and their families, in North Somerset. It was started by a small group of local parents in 1986 who desperately needed help with their very young children.

Telephone (Clevedon) - 01275 341113



Weston and North Somerset Dial - A voluntary organisation offering free, impartial and confidential information and support. It is disability-led.

Telephone - 01934 419426

Westonworks - Westonworks is a one stop Skills & Jobs shop based at the Information Station in Weston Super Mare. Free impartial advice on work, learning and volunteering. Beginners computer training and Construction Health & Safety testing (CSCS).

Telephone - 01934 426260