Family Zone

    • “Without Dingley I don’t know what we would do, I think we would have been struggling with our son which is why Dingley is so special to us because without them my son wouldn’t be where he is today.”

    • “Dingley makes a massive difference! My daughter is looked after so well I know she is safe and her needs are met! Also the support for the rest of our family has been incredible.”

    • “Dingley makes such a huge difference – not only to our children’s lives but to us as parents. Without Dingley I don’t think we would have the help and support for our daughter, she has come such a long way since starting.”

    • “Dingley has made a massive difference to me and my family as we no longer feel alone.”

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  • Parent Zone

    We want the whole family to feel they have the right support when they are with Dingley.
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  • Register your interest with us and we will contact you to discuss your needs and see what help we can offer your family. Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to understand more about the way that Dingley works.

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  • Family Fund Grants

    Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families on low income raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people across the UK.
    We  provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.

  • Can any child come here?

    The sessions are for children with additional needs or disabilities. The majority of our referrals are made by Health and Educational Professionals however if you are waiting for a diagnosis we do accept self referrals so please do talk to the centre manager.

    Is there a charge for my child to attend Dingley?

    As you may know, over the past few years our funding from local authorities has started to drop, and increasingly they want to give direct payments to families instead of giving grants directly to charity service providers like us.
    As a result of this change, we have no option but to respond by changing our system too. In April 2017, we are introducing a clear fee structure so that the value of our service appears on EHCPs and is considered as a service cost by the local authorities.
    The majority of our families will be unaffected, and full details can be found in two documents “Payment eligibility criteria for parents” and “Fees Schedule April 2017” which can be viewed by following the links at the bottom of the main Parent Zone menu item.

    Do I have to stay with my child?

    Once your child is settled you are welcome to leave your child with the experienced qualified staff, although we are a family centre so you are welcome to stay.

    Is there anywhere on site where I can have a drink?

    Each centre has an area or room for families to have refreshments and to have the opportunity to talk to other parents.

    Is there support for the family?

    Yes. We can introduce you to other parents/carers; sign post you to other services and show you strategies that will help with your child.

    Do you have speech and language specialists on site?

    No, but we work very closely with the health professionals and they are welcome to visit your child at the Centre.

    Are you funded by the local authority?

    Each centre has a proportion of their funding by their local authorities; however each centre has to fund raise to make up the difference. We are always grateful to all our supporters us and more details can be found on the fundraising page.

    Is there specialist equipment/seating available for my child?

    Each centre has a variety of specialist equipment and seating. If your child needs a specific piece of equipment then we will try to arrange it.

    If my child comes to you does that mean they will go to a special school?

    Some of our children go on to a special school; however others go on to mainstream settings, some with support. It all depends on what is best for your child.

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