Useful Contacts

Parenting – Useful Contacts

We have searched the country to find all the useful contacts that you might need relating to your child. From finding a homeopath, to support organisations for single parents, you’ll find them all in this section.

AFASIC Speech, Language and Communication

69-85 Old Street

Helpline 08453 55557
Tel – 0207 541 8900
Fax – 0207 8418901

Afasic is a UK charity representing children and young adults with communication difficulties. You can get details of Afasic activity weeks together with local support groups and useful publications.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign

Anaphylaxis Campaign,
PO Box 275,
GU14 6SX.

Tel: 01252 542029

Thousands of people in the UK have life-threatening allergies. The condition is known as anaphylaxis. The Anaphylaxis Campaign was set up to help them.

Association for Post-Natal Illness

145 Dawes Road

Tel – 0207 386 0868
Fax – 0207 386 8885

A site providing support for mothers suffering post-natal illnesses and to increase awareness. Includes advice for parents, partners and friends.

Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

Asbah House
42 Park Road

Tel – 01733 555988
Fax – 01733 555985

A voluntary organisation providing support and information for people suffering from these conditions, their carers and pregnant people concerned about the illnesses. The site provides comprehensive information and links to other useful sites.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group

45 Vincent Close
CT10 2ND

Helpline – 01843 851145

A site promoting awareness of AD/HD and providing information as well as practical help to those suffering from the condition. Includes a chat room for over 16s and educational games and software.


Tanners Lane

Telephone: 020 8550 8822
Fax: 020 8551 6870

This is a fantastic site, designed to give up-to-date information on the charity’s recent acheivements and creative ways that you can help, as well as a details of their shops and current job vacancies.

British Allergy Foundation

30 Bellegrove Road
DA16 3BY

Helpline – 0208 303 8583

Providing information on allergies and allergy testing as well as where to get help for those who have allergic reactions. Includes a support network and details of the Seal of Approval scheme.

British Complimentary Medicine Association

249 Fosse Road South

Tel – 0116 282 5511

This organisation operates a system of self regulation, a code of conduct and a complaints and disciplinary procedure for all of its member practitioners. On this site you are able to search 23 different alternative therapies for a practitioner near you.

British Deaf Association

1-3 Worship Street

Minicom – 0207 588 3529
Tel – 0207 588 3520
Fax – 0207 588 3527

This is a comprehensive site for deaf people, providing news, health and counselling, BDA and deaf related events and even job vacancies at the BDA.

British Dental Health Foundation

Eastlands Court
St Peters Road
CV21 3QP

Minicom – 0207 588 3529
Tel – 0207 588 3520
Fax – 0207 588 3527

The BDHF is a charity dedicated to raising public awareness of dental health. Includes a watchdog scheme for dental products and information on national smile week.

British Diabetic Association

British Diabetic Association
10 Queen Street

Tel – 0207 323 1531
Fax – 0207 637 3644

This site includes information on managing diabetes, the latest research, news and a magazine.

British Dyslexia Association

98 London Road

Helpline – 0118 966 8271
Tel – 0118 966 2677

Offering advice, information and help to families, professionals and dyslexic individuals. Includes online donation services, conference information and details of the Dyslexia Handbook 2001.

British Epilepsy Association

New Antsy House
Gate Way Drive
LS19 7XY

Helpline – 0118 966 8271
Tel – 0118 966 2677

This site is a support network for epilepsy sufferers. It includes Beach Park – a childrens page, chat sessions, the BEA shop and an e-mail helpline, as well as many personal testimonials.

British Pregnancy Advisory service

Austy Manor
Wootton Wawen
West Midlands
B95 6BX

Actionline – 08457 30 40 30

Advice on unplanned pregnancies and the options available. Includes facts, statistics and comments on abortion.

British Stammering Association

15 Old Ford Road
E2 9PJ

Tel – 0845 605 2001

Support and advice for stammerers. With information for all age groups, discussion forums, events, the BSAs quarterly magazine.

Cleft Lip and Palate Association

3rd Floor
235-237 Finchley Road

Tel – 020 7431 0033

CLAPA is a partnership between parents and health professionals. It is the only UK wide voluntary organisation specifically helping those with and affected by cleft lip and palate. Includes CLAPA publications and merchandise as well as news and articles.

Croydon Children’s Education Service

Croydon Children’s Information service aims to make childcare information easily accessible to parents. They offer practical advice and have up-to-date details on all types of childcare, in the Croydon area. The website also features; Childcare job vacancies in Croydon, Leisure services for children, Information on tax credits and local Parent & Toddler groups

Daycare Trust

Shoreditch Town Hall Annexe
380 Old Street

Tel – 0207 739 2566
Fax – 0207 739 5579

Has information on choosing and paying for childcare, help for students and the national childcare week.

Defeating Deafness

The Hearing Research Trust
330-332 Gray’s Inn Road

Information Service Freephone 0808 808 2222 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
Tel: 020 7833 1733
Fax: 020 7278 0404

The UK’s only national medical research charity for hearing impaired people.Supported entirely by voluntary contributions, Defeating Deafness aims to encourage and finance research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of hearing difficulties. As well as providing information and advice.


7 Sovereign Close,
Sovereign Court,
London E1W 3HW.

Helpline – 0800 018 4318 (Freephone, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)
Tel – 020 7488 9300
Fax – 020 7488 9333

Advice and help with lone parenting, with a chat room to meet other lone parents. Gingerbread runs groups in which children and their parents can get together with people in similar situations.


123 Golden Square

Tel -0207 454 0454
Fax – 0207 608 3254

Mencap is the leading charity working with children and adults with learning disabilities in England, Wales & Ireland. The site has details of the latest Mencap projects as well as information on Gateway clubs around the country.

National Asthma Campaign

Providence House
Providence Place
N1 0NT

Helpline – 0845 701 0203
Tel – 0207 226 2260
Fax – 0207 704 0740

An independent charity working to conquer asthma in partnership with sufferers and all who share their concern, through a combination of research, education and support. Includes news, research and a Kids Zone.

National Autistic Society

393 City Road

Tel – 0207 833 2299
Fax – 0207 833 9666

The UKs foremost autism organisation, instigating National and International initiatives and providing a strong voice for autism. This site has comprehensive information as well as a link to the Grange Hill story line on autism.

National Childrens Bureau

8 Wakely Street

Tel – 0207 843 6000

Promoting the well-being of all young children and young adults in every aspect of their lives. Has details of current projects and events as well as a useful list of contacts.

National Council for the Divorced and Separated

101 Anson Road
Great Yarmouth
NR31 0EG

Tel: 07041 478 120

This site is designed especially for the separated, divorced and the widowed. Provides social contacts for those who have, for whatever reason, lost a partner. Has an extensive contact section including e-mail addresses.

National Deaf Children’s Society

15 Dufferin Street

Helpline: 0207 250 0123 (Voice & Text)

This site is run by an organization of families, parents and carers which exists to enable deaf children and young people to make the most of their skills and abilities. It aims to provide information and advice on many issues relating to childhood deafness and equipment.

National Deafblind & Rubella Association (Sense)

143 Clifton Terrace
N4 3SR

Minicom – 0207 272 9648
Tel – 0207 272 7774
Fax – 0207 272 6012

A site that aims to give people suffering from deafblindness the support they need to develop their talents and choose the way they wish to live. They Have a useful quick find section to help direct you to your chosen area.

National Eczema Society

Hill House
Highgate Hill
N19 5NA

Tel – 020 7281 3553
Helpline – 0870 241 3604 (Open Mon-Fri, 1-4pm)

A large site dedicated to the needs of people with eczema, dermatitis and sensitive skin. Has a lot of links and useful telephone numbers and addresses.

National Fertility Association (ISSUE)

114 Lichfield Street

Tel – 01922 722888

Allows you to concentrate on the area that you live in. Has a list of local hospitals and clinics in your area.

NCH Action for Children

85 Highbury Park
N5 1UD

Fax – 0207 226 2537

A charity site that has three main sections: children, young people and families. Has contact addresses and links.

National Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children

42 Curtain Road

Helpline – 0800 800300
Tel – 0207 825 2500
Fax – 0207 825 2525

A large, comprehensive site. Has information on how to make donations and how to help the charity. Has a large section that explains the charity and gives details and telephone numbers.

National Infertility Support Network (Child)

Charter House
3 St Leonards Road
Bexhill on Sea
East Sussex
TN40 1JA

Tel – 01424 732 361
Fax – 01424 731 858

Offers support and information to people facing infertility, also those who have faced infertility. Has many addresses and phone numbers that can be of use.

Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)

RNID Helpline
PO Box 16464

Textphone – 0870 603 3001
Tel – 0870 605 0123
Fax – 0207 296819

Has a whole section of links dedicated to children with hearing problems. Also has a section on welfare benefits.

Play Matters

68 Church Way

Textphone – 0870 603 3001
Tel – 0207 3879592
Fax – 0207 383 22714

Information on Toy Libraries. Offers information on training and publications. Has many links to useful sites.

The Cambridgeshire Real Nappy Network

Cambridgeshire Real Nappy Network

Tel: (01223) 509837 Email:

‘Real nappies for the real world’

The Nappy Lady

16 Hill Brow
ME14 4AW

Tel – 01622 739034

A useful site developed to provide comprehensive information on every aspect of reusable fabric nappies and dispel the common myths surrounding them! The easy to use site also boasts an online shop and newsletter.

The Who Cares? Trust

Kemp House
152-160 City Road

Helpline – 0500 565 570
Tel – 0207 251 3117
Fax – 0207 2513123

A site dedicated to improve public care for young people in residential or foster care. Has information on may different programmes designed to help young people.

Tommy’s The Baby Charity
1 Kennington Road

Tel: 020 7620 0188
Fax: 020 7928 6628

Tommy’s is determined to end the heartache caused by premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. They fund a national programme of research, education and information aimed at understanding and preventing these tragedies. They have produced two free leaflets about healthy pregnancy, which are available from their website along with lots of other information.

Trading Standards

A site with deals with many different issues. Also has a section where you can find your local trading office.

Tumble Tots

Bluebird Park
Bromsgrove Road
B62 0TT

Tel – 0121 585 7005
Fax – 0121 585 6891

An Organisation that runs classes for children to participate in physical activities. Helping them to increase their confidence. Provides information on local classes.


27 Sussex Place
Regents Park

Helpline – 0114 242 4084
Tel – 0207 262 5337
Fax – 0207 724 7725

Charity designed for women and babies work with many main stream companies. Organises fundraising events, targeting womens and babies health issues.

Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA)

Harnott House
309 Chester Road
Little Sutton
South Wirral
L66 1QQ

Helpline – 0870 121 4000
Tel – 0151 348 0020
Fax – 0151 348 0765

Provides information and support for families with multiple births. Brings together the latest news reports and financial benefits available to parents with twins, triplets, quads, quins, sextuplets or more!