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Mysteriously my keyboard has been cleaned during the Christmas break and that makes typing this more rewarding somehow. Big drum roll - this month marks the 10th year since I sat down and wrote my very first editorial for EalingHELP back in 2008.

Coincidently this date also marks the formation of ESCAN which until that point had been known as ISCWD (Integrated Services for Children with Disabilities).  Information on the new structure and move to Carmelita House appeared on the site shortly afterwards. We're the same age!

There have been many changes over the years including our calendar, responsive design and several different version of the site along the way. In 2011 I started writing my blog about life with Luke, taking over as manager of I Love Thunder and the various challenges and joys that these have provided. Let's see what 2018 has in store for all of us!


Nick Radclyffe - Website Manager | 02 January 2018 | Email EalingHELP

“The website for parents/carers of children with disabilities living in Ealing”

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Brentford Penguins FC Brentford Penguins FC
Former Brentford FC legend Allan Cockram (played in the 1980's and early 90's) and Dan Wood have created the  Brentford Penguins FC  - a club designed especially for young people with Down's Syndrome in association with the DSA and Brentford FC.  Read More
PESTS is a Play/Activity/Craft and Support group for under 5's with a disability, and their families. We provide a playgroup on Tuesday and Friday mornings (term time only). As well as allowing the children to play together there are visiting speakers and therapists who work with the group.  Read More
Ealing Parent Carers Forum Ealing Parent Carers' Forum
Our Ealing Parent Carer Forum was set up to give local parents a voice in planning and delivering services to children with disabilities/additional needs.  Read More
Otakar Kraus Music Trust Otakar Kraus Music Trust
An extraordinary group of music therapists, the Otakar Kraus Music Trust was started by Margaret Lobo, who is one of those amazing women that just never seems to stop achieving whatever she wants. Luckily her drive is very much focused on helping kids with all sorts of disabilities. Read More
Disability Grants Disability Grants
Without a shadow of doubt, the most comprehensive site, that constantly monitors Charities and Trusts offering funds to people with disabilities. Read More
Mencap Wills and Trusts Team Mencap Wills and Trusts Team
Mencap’s Wills and Trusts Team offers free information and guidance on how you can make sure your child is provided for when you’re no longer around. Read More
Christians Against Poverty Christians Against Poverty
A national UK counselling charity that works with churches to help people out of debt and poverty.  Read More
Family Fund Family Fund
The Family Fund are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed fam... Read More
Include Me Too Include Me Too
Include Me TOO (IM2) is a national charity supporting Black, Asian and Minority Communities disabled children, young people and their families from diverse range of backgrounds. Read More
Attitude is Everything Attitude is Everything
Attitude is Everything improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. Read More
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SEND Consultation SEND Consultation
Ealing Council is consulting on the provision for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND). This is to ensure the provision meets the needs of children and young people, while making best use of the high needs budget. Read More
Mainstream High Needs Funding Mainstream High Needs Funding
Summary of Parental Feedback at a recent meeting on High Needs funding in mainstream schools.  Read More
Mainstream SEN Support Mainstream SEN Support
Earlier this month the EPCF also ran a quick survey on SEN Support in Mainstream schools. Inclusion in mainstream settings is one of the most frequently raised issues on the EPCF's Issue Log. Read More
EHCP Survey results EHCP Survey results
We have the results in from the Ealing Parent Carer Forum's recent survey (October '17) on how parents have been coping with their children's Education, Health and Care Plans.   Read More
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Last of the year

Nick squeezes one final blog in before the end of the year. Read More...


Pipped to the post

Brigitte brings us up to date with what's been happening at the Forum and also announces a few dates... Read More...


Let's try this for starters

Brigitte kicks off the Ealing Parent Carer Forum with a look at a typical week. Exhausting reading! Read More...


Back at college and other things

Nick writes about Luke's return to college and raises a few other issues he's been thinking about. Read More...


Reaching the end of his First Year

Nick looks forward to Summer with Luke back at home. Read More...


So precious

Luke came home for Easter. Although it was a while ago, as time just keeps on slipping away, it was ... Read More...