If you or someone you know has a disability, it can sometimes be difficult to find support and services nearby where you can connect with others in similar situations. The Richmond-upon-Thames area has a number of services available for both children and adults with disabilities, all of which give people the chance to make new friends, talk to others, or to play and develop. Many of these services, for both adults and children, are outlined on the Richmond.gov.uk disability support page.
Services include support for families, advice and guidance to adults with disabilities, volunteering services, training and recruitment, and befriending. Some of the main services in the Richmond area include:
Me Too & Co – A parent-led charity which gives children and young people the opportunity to play together and develop. You can find them at: The Crossway Centre, 306 Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 2PD, or contact them by phone or email on 07946 646033 / [email protected].
Richmond Aid – Run by and for disabled people, Richmond Aid is based at the Disability Action and Advice Centre (DAAC) in Teddington. They aim to help people with physical, mental and learning disabilities to lead independent lives. Contact them on 020 8831 6080 / [email protected]
Ruils: Disabiility Action and Advice Centre – This part of the DAAC helps people with disabilities to live at home independently and within their local community. It provides a number of services, including advice and advocacy, befriending, a work support forum and training and recruitment, amongst others. More information can be found on their website or you can contact their Richmond branch on 020 8831 6083 / [email protected]
Disability Services Richmond – Family Support
Contact a Family – This charity gives advice on all aspects of bringing up a family with a disabled child, from diagnosis to education and financial support. They specialise in bringing together families in similar situations so that they can befriend and support each other. Contact their free helpline on 0808 808 3555 or visit their website.
Richmond and Kingston SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) – This free service is available for parents, carers and young people up to 25 years, and focuses on families involved in the new Education Health and Care Assessment process. They provide information and advice on local policy and SEN assessment processes, and provide casework, representation and signposting for parents and young people dealing with the process themselves. Their website is an excellent resource for other support services and networks available in and around the Richmond area. More information can be found by contacting them at 0208 831 6179 / [email protected]
For similar support also see SOS!SEN or contact their helpline on 020 8538 3731.
Disability Services Richmond – Support for Adults
RHLT – Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust provides residential care and supported living schemes for adults with learning disabilities, but they also have additional leisure activities which are open to any adults with learning disabilities in the Richmond area. Find out what they are up to online or contact them on 020 8977 5447 / [email protected]
Scope – One of the leading UK disability charities, Scope provides advice and information for people of all ages and with all disabilities. They have local services which include:
Disability Network Hounslow – Providing information, advice and advocacy to access rights. Contact them on 020 8577 0956.
Action on Disability, Hammersmith and Fulham – Run by and for disabled people, the service promotes equality employment support, peer support, volunteer opportunities and benefits advice. Contact them on 020 7381 2042.
All of the services named above are open to everyone needing support or advice. If a service does not quite give what you need, most will be able to point you in the right direction. Speak to your GP, or contact a charity such as Scope or Mencap who can give you further direction on disability services in Richmond.