Community Support in Northamptonshire

This list details all of the community support that we are aware of in the county, if you know of one that we have missed please email details to [email protected]

Whilst we try to ensure that this list is up to date we cannot guarantee that these groups are running as described . To avoid disappointment please contact them directly before attending.


Exeter Children’s Centre. Parent support group for parents with children who have additional needs. Meets Thursdays 1pm to 3.15pm throughout the year at Exeter Children’s Centre, Brayford Avenue, Corby NN18 8DL. Children under 5 welcome in term time and those over 5 in holday periods. For more information contact Lesley Durkin Tel: 01536 204765.

Special Needs Support Group. A relaxed informal group for parents of children with special needs, 0-12 years.  Sessions are Mondays 10:00-11:30am.  Meets at the Pen Green Centre, Pen Green Lane, Corby, NN17 1BJ. For further information contact Pen Green Centre 01536 400068.

Titans. Youth Group for all disabilities for those aged 12 – 25 years on Monday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Woodnewton Learning Academy, Rowlett Road, NN17 2NU in Corby. £2.50 subs each session, for more details contact Julie Wooley on 07708186360.


Stars. A support group for parents/carers of children with autistic spectrum disorders. Meets every Friday from 10am to Noon at the Daventry and South Northants Family Centre, Staverton Road, Grange Estate, Daventry NN11 4EY. For more details call Mandy on Tel: 07531235528, or email: [email protected] , or visit the Stars website:

Rugby Autism Network Chat. Join them for real life chilled out chat and a cuppa. They meet monthly at The Loft, Brooke School, Overslade Lane, Rugby, CV22 6DY. For full details call 01788 812324.

Woodford Halse Sure Start Centre. Support group for parents/carers of children with special needs. Meets monthly (in term time), every first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 11am at Weedon Bec Primary School, West Street, Weedon NN7 4QU. For more details contact Chris Batchelor on 01327 264809.  After July 2014 this group may not be running so please check before attending.

East Northants

ADHD/ASD Support Group. This group meets at Manor Surestart Children’s Centre, Mountbatten Way in Raunds on the first Friday of the month from 1.15pm to 2.30pm. For further details contact Julie Kent on 01933 624714.

Behavioural/Emotional Support NE Northants. This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in Thrapston from 1 to 2.30pm. For more information contact Denise Slater on 07548964175.

Being Me. A new support group for parents with children who have ADHD/ASD or who have traits of these,  age 0 to 5 years, meeting at Newton Road Children’s Centre, Hove Road, Rushden NN10 0JB on Thursdays (from 24 April 2014) from 1.30 to 2.30pm. For more details contact 01933 357993. Children can come along too!

Sensory Time. A group for children aged 0 to 5 years with additional needs or developmental delay. A chance for your child to explore various activities and for you to meet other parents. All sessions are free. Meet on Wednesdays from 10.30 to 11.30am at Newton Road Children’s Centre, Hove Road, Rushden NN10 0JB. For futher details contact 01933 357993.

Spouses of Asperger Syndrome Persons (SASP). On the first Monday of every month, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, a confidential support group meeting is held at the Action for Asperger’s consulting rooms/offices – Lilford Lodge Farm, Barnwell, PE8 5SA. Please telephone Elaine on 0773 801506 to adivse of your intention to attend ahead of actual attendance. A small donation for this service (iro £10-20) will be most gratefully received.

The Little Explorers Activity Club. Autism friendly home based activity club for children on the autistic spectrum and their families in the Leicester/North Northamptonshire area. Small groups, fun engaging activities and adventures in a beautiful setting in Market Harborough on Saturdays from 10 to 12 noon. For further information contact Arabella Carter-Johnson Tel: 01858 433575 or email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page


ACE (Autistic Children Embraced) Support Group. A support group for parents with children who have autism. They meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Kingsley Special Academy Trust, Churchill Way, Kettering, NN15 5DP. The Autism Outreach Team will be at every meeting for drop in sessions. Dates for 2014-15 term are as follows: 9th December, 13th January, 10th February, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June and 14th July.  For more details call 07756523728 to get through to a member of the committee.

ADHD Support Group. A support group for parents with children who have ADHD.  Meeting at St Andrews Primary School, Grafton Street, Kettering NN16 9DF from 1.15pm to 2.45pm. Further details from Christine Parfitt Tel. 01536 512581.

High Five. High Five is a social support group for parents of children with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism (with or awaiting diagnosis). We meet to share experiences with like-minded parents and to gain practical support through sessions from professionals in the Autism field.  For more information, please contact Nicola Corazzo – [email protected] or on 07528 365429

INZONE . Youth group for those aged 12 – 19 years with any disability on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm . William Knibb Centre, Montague Street, Kettering, NN16 8XG.  For more information contact 01604 636607 or email [email protected]

Spectrum Club Activities. For children with a primary diagnosis of ASD. They organise activities in the holidays, including cinema, indoor play centres, swimming etc. for a minimal parental contribution. Contact Laura Price for information on Spectrum and to register on [email protected] or follow Spectrum on Facebook

Thornton Children’s Centre Sensory Room. A new sensory room providing an ideal environment for children with additional needs to explore and experiment and develop their senses using specialist equipment. Bookings for half hour sessions are available between 9am and 12pm on Mondays as well as 1.30 and 3.30pm on Fridays. The sensory room is at the Thornton Sure Start Children’s Centre, 1 Goode Court, Kettering NN15 5FG. For more information contact 01536 417680.

Time 4 Support (Kettering) Supporting parents and carers of special needs children aged 0 to 25 at Kingsley School, Churchill Way, Kettering on the fourth Friday of every month from 1 to 3pm. For more information contact Cindy Baylis, Family Worker on 07428610871 or email: [email protected] Click here for their website –

WKD (William Knibb Disability). Youth group for those aged 19 – 25 years on Thursday evenings from 7pm – 9pm at the William Knibb Centre, Montague Street, Kettering, NN16 8XG.  For more information contact 01604 636607 or email [email protected]


ADHD/ASD Play Session. (Any other disabilities welcome). Stay and play session at Berzerk, 4 Crayfield Close, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6QF on the second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 7pm. For children aged 0 to 12 years and their siblings. £2 per child and refreshments are available to purchase. For more information call Polly, Tel: 01604 647213.

Asperger, ADHD, Executive Function Peer Support Group 3rd Tuesday of each month. This Group is for both parents, and children and adults with the condition. Children over 8yrs are also welcome to attend, as activities will be provided by experienced TAs. The venue is Northampton Mind, Anchor House, Regent Street, NN1 2NQ .  From 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Full details from Bev Sturdgess on 01933 675094  or email [email protected]

Butterflies. A drop in group for families with children who have additional needs age 0 to 5 years, meeting every second Tuesday of the month at Parklands Children’s Centre, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton NN2 6DW, from 9.15 to 11am. Run by Delia Baylie from Scope. For further details contact Parklands Children’s Centre on 01604 642118.

Daisy Chain. Is a social and leisure group for families who have a child with a disability or special needs, and their siblings. Sessions are held monthly on a Sunday at the Mencap Building, Mencap, Boughton Centre, Ransome Road, Northampton NN4 8AA. For more information contact Rebecca Tel:07881337524 or email: [email protected]  See

Duston Children’s Centre Sensory Room. For children with additional needs age 0 to 5 years, the sensory room provides a sensory experience to enhance a child’s social skills and creative ideas, through exploring their different senses. The room is open every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Duston Library Children’s Centre, Pendle Road, Duston NN5 6DT. Tel: 01604 368590 for more information.

FACT Northampton is a parents’ support group for the families of children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition and/or ADHD. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Cedar Road School, Broadway Road East, Northampton from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. For more information and dates contact Kelly Lane or Jacky Pennicott email: [email protected] .  There is a Fact Northampton Facebook group which is a closed group for privacy and allows members to chat to other parents and keep up to date on the latest information and events. The link is: Fact Northampton also have a website which contains lots of useful information –

Fab Friday. A friendly and relaxed group for parents and carers who have a pre-school child with additional needs or developmental delay. Meets term time at Gloucester Nursery School, Camborne Close, Northampton on Fridays 10 am to 11.30 am. For more information call 01604 762251.

Guideposts. Youth club for young people with additional needs aged 12 to25. Meets Mondays from 7 to 9 pm at St James CEVA primary school, Harlestone Road, Northampton NN5 7AG. For more information contact Trudi Daurie Tel: 07703677719.
The Hub. Youth group for those aged 12 to 25 years with Autistic Spectrum Disorder on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm at Olympus House, Billing Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 8JH. Contact Sue Green on 01604 366000 or Jill Smart on 07741002273.

Time 4 Support (Northampton) Supporting parents and carers of special needs children aged 0 to 25 at PLACC (Parklands Learning and Care Centre) mobile, near Parklands Children’s Centre, Spinney Hill Road on the second  Monday of each month, 9.30 – 11.15am. Under 5’s are welcome to come and play too. For more information contact Cindy Baylis Tel: 07428610871, or email [email protected] or visit the Time 4 Support website: Stay and play sessions during the school holidays are run at: Wallace Road Nursery, Wallace Road, Northampton NN2 7EE.

Time 4 Support are also hiring Hullabaloo on the first Friday of every month from 6.30 to 8.30pm for an exclusive play session for special needs children and their families with no height restriction. Cost £2.50 per child. For more details contact Cindy Baylis as above.

Little Roos. A group for families with additional needs at the Child Development Centre, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 1BE. Usually meets on the third Friday of each month from 10am to noon. Upcoming dates include 16th May, 20th June and 18th July 2014. For more information contact 01604 545841.

Making Music. Music group for young children aged between 18 months and 4 years of age with special needs. Meets at Fairfields School on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 11 am and is open to children and their parents who would like to come to sing, play instruments and have fun with qualified music therapist Lynne Connor. For more information Tel: 01604 714777.

S.E.N.Ds Dads Fathers support group for parents of children with additional needs.  The group will meet monthly and have speakers as well as providing an opportunity to socialise with fathers in similar situations.  Start time will be 7.30pm – 11th May, 15th June, 13th July, 21st September, 12th October, 16th November, 7th December.  To be held at Obelisk Centre, Obelisk Rise, Northampton, NN2 8UE.

Riverside Hub. Special needs evening first Friday of the month from 6.30 to 9pm. £4.95 per child and adults free at Riverside Hub, 7 Carousel Way, Riverside Park, Northampton NN3 9HG. For more information contact Tel: 01604 403003.

South Northants

Shires Spectrum Support Group This group meets every second Friday of the month during term times at the Ruscote Community Centre, Ruscote Arcade, Banbury OX16 1PH. Informal drop in 9.30 – 12 noon. Occasionally they will have a speaker. An active group with good links to activities throughout the southern end of the County. Contact Sharon Barker on 01295 721458 or Sue White on 01295 712287 or email: [email protected] for further information.

S.N.U.G. Group Is a support group for parents and carers of children (grown up or still young) with special needs. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Towcester Children’s Centre, Islington Road, Towcester NN12 6AU from 9.30-11.30 am during term time. Call Lucy on 01327 354268 or Kim on 01327 810052 for details.

Special Friends. Brackley Sure Start Centre. First Thursday of the month, 09.30 – 11.30.  Phone or text Kay on 07709608635 or email her at [email protected]

Talk Sense! Parent and Carers’ Support Group. An independent, voluntary, parent led informal and friendly support group for all parent/carers of children and young people with learning, physical and behavioural challenges. Meets every second Wednesday of the month from 7.45 to 9.15pm at Middleton Cheney Library, Main Road, Middleton Cheney OX17 2PD. Talk Sense! has been set up in rural South Northamptonshire for the local community. For further information Tel: 07930 204456.

Towcester Children’s Centre. Towcester Youth and Community Centre, Islington Road, Towcester NN12 6AU. Sensory room which is ideal for babies and children with sensory impairment and/or additional needs. Families are welcome to use on an individual basis. To book a session call 01327 350272.


The Hub (Special Adventure Club). There is a Wellingborough club for young people aged 12 to 25 with learning disabilities held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm at Olympus Care, 38 Oxford Street, Wellingborough NN8 4JG. Subs are £3.00.  For more information contact Sue Green on 01604 366000 or Jill Smart on 07741002273.

The Rainbow Room. A sensory room for all the family, for disabled children and young people aged 0 to 18 years at Penrith Drive Children’s Centre, Penrith Drive, Wellingborough. To book sessions call Tel: 01933 671700.

SEN/Deaf Friendly. Does your child have a disability or additional needs? SEN friendly is support group for parents and carers to access information from professionals, agencies and other parents in a relaxed, friendly environment. The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 9.30am to 11am at Irthlingborough Children’s Centre, Scarborough Street, Irthlingborough NN9 5TT . For more information conctact Janice Flynne on 01933 653765 or email [email protected]

Side by Side. This group provides an opportunity for families and all that are involved in caring for children/young adults with special needs to meet up in a friendly and caring environment, to pool their knowledge and support each other, form friendships and chat with others who understand the challenges and joys this journey can bring.  Meeting every third Thursday of the month at Wollaston Baptist Church, Hinwick Road, Wollaston NN29 7QX. For more information call Marie Pike on 01933 666074 or church office on 01933 664114. Pre-school children are welcome .

Snowflakes – Wellingborough. For families and carers of children with special needs. Meet Mondays during term time from 9.30am. Meet Rowan Gate School, Finedon Road, Wellingborough, NN8 4NS. For more information ring 01933 304970.

Wellingborough Coffee Morning. Support group for parents with children who have ADHD/ASD,  at Olympic Primary School, Olympic Way, Wellingborough NN8 3QA. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month from 9.30 to 11.30am. For further details contact Kim Pullen on 01933 786610 or 07738 786610.


Face 2 Face. Face 2 Face is an expanding network of local befriending schemes, providing emotional support to parents whose children have been recognised as having a special need or disability. Local schemes recruit and train volunteer parents who themselves have disabled children to become befrienders. Befrienders are able to share and empathise with new parents because of their own emotional experiences, and support them to make positive adjustments to their child’s disability.

If you think you would benefit from being referred to a befriender or would be interested in training to become a befriender, please contact Nicola Corazzo on [email protected] or on 07528 365429

The Sibs Forum. Do you have an adult brother or sister with Autism? The Autism Maturity Project has joined forces with Sibs, the UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people, to provide a forum for the siblings of adults with autism. Click HERE for more information.

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