Section 9 – SEND Support Services and Charities

Click on the links below to access information about SEND support services and charities in our region.

Cosmic Cactus

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

Dorset Mind

Dorset Parent Carer Council

Parents Carers Together


The SAMEE Charity


The UK’s most accessible job board. The employers who advertise on Evenbreak are actively aiming to attract disabled candidates and the registered candidates want to work for inclusive companies. Please use the links below for more information.

Evenbreak website home page

Welcome to Evenbreak video

Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) contract came to an end in March 2022, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) will continue to work with the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the Targeted Support to Local Areas offering PfA where this has been identified as a significant need. See further details on our partner’s page here.

We no longer have funding to continue to run the website, social media or helpline. We know how much the resources are valued, so we have saved a selection of popular tools and guides from the PfA website onto a dedicated area on NDTi’s website here.”


BASE is a national charity that promotes the principles and delivery of high-quality Supported Employment services. Their brief is to represent, inform and encourage best practice. Please use the link below for more information.

Base information for job seekers page


Mencap are here to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families now, and fight alongside them for a better future. They team up with a network of over 300 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Please use the links below for more information.

Mencap home page

Mencap’s ‘Employ Me’ video

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society offers advice and support for young autistic people and their families on making the transition from school or further or higher education to adult life. Please use the links below for more information.

National Autistic Society home page

National Autistic Society ‘Too Much Information in the workplace: Job interviews’ video

Deaf Unity 

Deaf Unity has lots of informative articles, personal accounts, interviews and interesting projects.  There is the Deaf Learners Project helping those who are deaf through Further and Higher Education, a Deaf Careers section that includes jobs, a Role Models Project where they look for people to volunteer as role models to the young Deaf Learners Project. Please use the links below for more information.

Deaf Unity home page

Deaf Futures – ‘Motivating deaf youths and championing deaf leaders’ video

Blind in Business

Blind in Business offers employment and training support for those who are blind or partially sighted helping with finding work, interviews and getting equipment. Please use the links below for more information.

Blind in Business home page

Blind in Business video


Afasic supports young people who have difficulties with listening, talking and understanding others. The site has a huge section on post-16 support covering all levels of education, social services, housing, friendships and relationships, safety, leisure, transport, driving and more.  There are lots of videos and insights into personal experiences and experiences of living with a hidden disability. There is also a helpline support. Please use the links below for more information.

Afasic supporting young people with SLCN page

‘Lydia talks about the Afasic Helpline’ video

The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity works with individuals with any neurological condition which can be very wide ranging but includes autism, brain injury, stroke, cluster headaches, ADHD, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy and much more. They offer lots of practical help like with understanding your condition, employment tips, information and advice including a large library and many resources on benefits advice, carer support and young people’s services. They also have lots of emotional support services like counselling, lists of support groups and help with confidence and employability. Please use the links below for more information.

The Brain Charity ‘Support with Employment’ page

The Brain Charity ‘What we want to achieve’ video

Dyspraxia UK

Dyspraxia UK offers expert advice, assessments and strategies to children, young people and adults with dyspraxia throughout the UK. Please use the links below for more information.

Dyspraxia UK home page

‘Dyspraxia at Work’ video

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK wants equal participation for all and it wants a society where everyone can participate equally. Please use the links below for more information.

Disability Rights UK ‘About Us’ page

Disability Rights UK vision video

They have loads of useful factsheets here and a Disabled Students Helpline:

The British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has been the voice of dyslexic people since 1972. It is a membership organisation working to achieve a dyslexia-friendly society for all. Please use the links below for more information.

British Dyslexia Association home page

British Dyslexia Association ‘Five Frequently Asked Question’ webinar


Remploy is the UK’s leading disability specialist, with more than 70 years of experience delivering employment and skills support. Please use the links below for more information.

Remploy home page

Remploy’s ‘Anthony’s job at Marks & Spencer’ video

Able Futures

Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. They can give you up to nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work. Please use the links below for more information.

Able Futures ‘Support for people at work’ page

Welcome to Able Futures video

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