Support events

Come along to Breathing Space in Norwich, Old Catton, Gorleston or Lowestoft – have something to eat, make some new friends, try something new, be kind to yourself and support your own wellbeing.  All welcome!

Services offered include:

  • Signposting and advice
  • Mental health support
  • Tackling isolation
  • Encouraging independence
  • Links to local services
  • Wellbeing activities, such as massage and arts and crafts

Venues, dates and times:

Norwich group - Nuffield Wellbeing Gym, Barrack Street, Norwich NR3 1TS

  • Fridays 2-4pm - 23 March, 20 April, 18 May, 22 June

Old Catton Group, Parish Council Recreation Ground Meeting Room, Church Street, Norwich NR6 7DS

  • Mondays 10am-12pm - 19 February, 26 March, 23 April, 21 May, 25 June

Gorleston Group, Elmhurst Estate Community Room, Amethyst Close, Great Yarmouth NR31 6DE

  • Fridays 10am-12pm - 16 March, 13 April, 11 May, 15 June

Lowestoft Group, Gunton Community Meeting Hall, Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft NR32 4AY

  • Fridays 1-3pm - 23 February, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May, 29 June

For further information visit, email, or call 07818 267015.

Volunteer tenancy mentors for young people aged 16-25 are being recruited across the county by Your Own Place, who are offering free training over two days.

Mentors complement other support workers or social workers. They are aged 21 and over and are from all backgrounds, someone whom a young person can turn to for help, informal support, money skills guidance, goal setting – or just someone to chat to when they are moving to independence.

As a mentor you will get:

  • New skills, confidence and a peer network just for you!
  • A volunteering opportunity in your local community
  • That great feeling from helping a young person who really needs your support

The two-day training includes:

  • Being a Mentor
  • Taking an Asset-Based and Solution Focussed Approach
  • Working Restoratively
  • Money Skills
  • Child and Adult Protection


  • 20 and 21 March in Great Yarmouth
  • 27 and 28 March in King’s Lynn
  • 11 and 12 April in Ipswich
  • 17 and 18 April in Norwich
  • 24 and 25 April in Long Stratton
  • 9 and 10 May in Lowestoft
  • 23 and 24 May in Stowmarket
  • 12 and 13 June in Ipswich
  • 27 and 28 June in King’s Lynn
  • 10 and 11 July in Thetford
  • 18 and 19 July in Great Yarmouth
  • 1 and 2 August in Cromer
  • 15 and 16 August in Diss
  • 11 and 12 September in Lowestoft
  • 25 and 26 September in Bury St Edmunds
  • 10 and 11 October in Norwich
  • 30 and 31 October in Stowmarket

Further information:

Please get in touch with Rebecca White on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446, or go to for further details.

A three-week course – two hours each week – delivered by Family Action, for parents or carers of a child they believe may have ASD or ADHD (or who is on the waiting list for assessment of ADHD or ASD).

Developed by Stephanie Summers and Melanie Bruce from Norfolk Community Health and Care, the PBS course looks at the child’s behaviour as communication. Families have the opportunity to discuss their own situation, as well as meeting other people in similar situations. The aim is to help identify possible internal and external triggers for behaviour, and from there, consider strategies to support the child to manage this.

By the end of the three weeks, parents will have completed the PBS Plan, a personal plan built upon the child’s individual needs which can be used to support the child’s behaviour at school, with grandparents and in other settings.

Dates and venues:

  • Mondays 9, 16 and 23 April
    St James Medical Practice, Extons Road, King's Lynn PE30 5NU
  • Wednesdays 9, 16 and 23 May
    Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB
  • Tuesdays 12, 19 and 26 June
    Downham Market Children’s Centre Snape Lane (off Paradise Road), Downham Market, PE38 9JE

  • Mondays 9, 16 and 23 July
    Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB

  • Mondays 6, 13 and 20 August
    St James Medical Practice, Extons Road, King's Lynn PE30 5NU

  • Mondays 10, 17 and 24 September
    Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB

  • Thursdays 11, 18 and 25 October
    Downham Market Children’s Centre Snape Lane (off Paradise Road), Downham Market, PE38 9JE


10.00am to 12.00pm

Bookings and further information:

Contact Natalie Webb: email or phone 01760 720302, or Dawn High (Norfolk Community Health and Care) on 01553 668669.

Has your child been diagnosed with ASD or ADHD or are you waiting for an assessment?

Come along to this friendly support group, run by Great Yarmouth & Waveney Autism Support Service in Gorleston, for information, advice and a listening ear.

Dates and times:  First and third Tuesdays each month, 10am-12pm

Venue:  Macey Room, Shrublands, Magdalen Way, Gorleston NR31 7BP

Further information:  Contact Sonia Poulton (family support worker and administrator at Family Action) at or 01493 650220.

Do you have a child with a disability or additional need?

Do you find it hard getting the right support for them?

Contact, the national charity which provides families with the support and information that they need, will run free information sessions in the Millennium Library in Norwich on these four dates:

  • Friday 11 May
  • Friday 25 May
  • Friday 8 June
  • Friday 22 June

Each session will follow the Children’s Library’s Storytime slot, starting at 10.30am and continuing until about 12.30pm.

Come and meet parents and carers in a similar situation and discover the wide range of services that Contact can offer for your child or young person.

Further information:  Please contact Marian Pearson (parent aAdviser for the East of England at Contact) by emailing or calling 07548045726.


Are you the parent or carer for a child with sensory processing difficulties?

Do you want to understand more about why your child seems to overreact to the simplest of experiences? Are they too active and at times always on the go, and behaving in ways that seem hard to understand?

Sensory Processing can help to explain many aspects of children’s behaviours. Sensory information is not being sent to or received by the brain in a way that the child can use effectively, which impacts on their behaviour and emotions.

Two interactive hands-on workshops offer ways to increase your understanding of what is meant by Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration (SI) disorders, in order to manage children’s needs more positively:

  • Level 1 workshop: Introduction to sensory processing
    Monday 21 May, 10am to 2.30pm
  • Level 2 workshop: Sensory issues and problem eating patterns
    Monday 25 June, 10am to 2.30pm

The Level 2 workshop is intended to build on the principles and ideas introduced in the level 1 workshop. It will deal more specifically with understanding this complex area of food and eating, and explore interventions and strategies that can make a practical difference for family life.

Later in the year a Sensory Fayre in August will provide an opportunity with your child to try out and explore sensory equipment and resources that can be purchased on site.

Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham PE37 7HT

£65 per workshop for parents and carers, £75 for professionals and staff. The cost includes buffet lunch and refreshments, handouts and other materials.

Bookings and further details:
Contact Lynda Niles (Occupational Therapist) for an application form: email Alternatively text your contact details to Lynda or phone her on 07411 177747.

A parenting programme specifically about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and offering a true insight into the condition.

Run over six weekly sessions, this programme will show parents how to understand their child by tapping into their world and learning ADHD-specific techniques and strategies.

Venues, dates and times:

Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich NR13 5HL, Tuesdays, 6-9pm

  • 5 June
  • 12 June
  • 19 June
  • 26 June
  • 3 July
  • 10 July

Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR30 5TD, Mondays, 11am-2pm

  • 4 June
  • 11 June
  • 25 June
  • 2 July
  • 9 July
  • 16 July

King’s Lynn

  • Venue and dates to be confirmed


  • Venue and dates to be confirmed

Cost and booking:  £75.00 per person.  Visit for further details. If you book two places at the same time you can save £15 – ideal for co-parenting, couples, family and friends.

Has a child in your care recently received an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)? Do you know how to prepare for your child’s annual review meeting? How do you measure progress, and how do you agree outcomes?

Norfolk SEN Network are hosting two separate training days in Norwich to answer your questions and provide support.

This course will be led by one of ACE Education’s national trainers and will cover Personal Budgets in particular:

  • How they are allocated
  • What they can be used for
  • What the respective responsibilities are for the local authority and parents
  • Local authority and parental responsibilities

While the training is primarily aimed at parents and carers, the contribution that professionals can bring is also valued (but no more than two professionals per organisation/school please). A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Dates, times and venues:

  • Monday 4 June
    10.15am to 2.15pm
    Poringland Community Centre, Overtons Way, Poringland, Norwich NR14 7WB

  • Monday 9 July
    10.15am to 2.15pm
    Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey, Norwich NR8 5AH

Cost and bookings:
£10 booking fee per place for both parents/carers and professionals. Please contact Norfolk SEN Network for a booking form: email 
Payment either by cheque (payable to ‘Norfolk SEN Network’) or BACS (please email for details).

Further information:
For enquiries about this event phone 01603 300178 or email

Two free Mencap workshops that are open to anyone with a learning disability and their carers and supporters living in Norwich and Norfolk.

Know Your Rights workshop

Tuesday 5 June, 10am-2.30pm

  • Focusing on your rights in hospital and how to get good health care

Campaigns workshop

Thursday 28 June, 10am-2.30pm

  • Focusing on training you in how to campaign for better healthcare for people with a learning disability

Venue:  The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY

Bookings and further information:

Please contact Bindya Mistry (Mencap campaigns officer for Central England) on 0116 2795037 or 07960 453592, or by emailing  Places are limited.  Tea and coffee provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

Are you the parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities? Do you want to find out about preparing for adulthood?

Join Family Voice for coffee at one of their four ‘Family Chat’ information and feedback sessions to talk about transition and what it means for your family. Frank Crowdy, Transition Lead for Norfolk County Council, will be present to tell you about the new Transition Service and hear what most concerns families like yours.

Dates, times and venues:

  • Tuesday 5 June
    10.30am to 12.30pm
    Ayton House, 11–17 Ayton Road, Wymondham NR18 0QQ
  • Tuesday 19 June
    10.30am to 12.30pm
     Community Room, South Lynn Community Centre, 10 St Michael’s Road King’s Lynn PE30 5HE
  • Thursday 21 June
    10.30am to 12.30pm 
    Charles Burrell Centre, Staniforth Road, Thetford IP24 3LH

  • Thursday 28 June
    10.30am to 12.30pm
    Atrium, Spenser Avenue, North Walsham NR28 9HZ


If you’re able to come, please email or phone 07535 895748.

Signalong is a system of signs based on British Sign Language which is designed to help people with communication difficulties to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

This Signalong Foundation Training course, run over six weeks, teaches participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Participants will be expected to attend all six sessions.


  • Wednesday 6 June
  • Wednesday 13 June
  • Tuesday 19 June
  • Wednesday 27 June
  • Tuesday 3 July
  • Wednesday 11 July

All sessions 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  Dereham Hospital, Northgate, Dereham NR19 2EX

Cost and booking:  The cost is £85, which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  If you are interested in attending, contact Tina Allen for a booking form (which needs to be completed by 1 June) or if you require further information email or call 01553 666680.

A fifteen-hour accredited signing course spread over three training sessions, presented by the Hamlet Charity.  You must have already completed the Foundation Course Phase 1 to attend.

Learners will gain access to a wider range of vocabulary and have the opportunity to practice signing together, learning a further 346 signs.

Dates:  Saturdays 9, 16 and 23 June

Times:  10am-3.30pm

Venue:  221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost and bookings:  £85 per learner plus £19 for a Signalong Phase 2 manual. To book please contact Tanya Hubbard, Training Coordinator, on 01603 765405 or email

Pete Atkins from Educator Solutions will deliver the two parts of this free practical workshop in Norwich for parents and carers.

The sessions aim to provide a greater understanding of behaviours that your autistic son or daughter may display and to identify and develop positive management strategies.


  • Tuesday 19 June – Part 1
  • Thursday 21 June – Part 2

Time:  10am-1pm (both sessions)

Registration from 9.30am, and the option to bring your own lunch and stay until 2pm to chat with other parents and with Pete.

Venue:  The POD, Colman Junior School, South Park Avenue, Norwich NR4 7AU

Booking:  To book your free place on this session please visit

Further information:  Any queries, email Anne Ebbage from Autism Anglia at

Autism Anglia is offering CPD accredited training to provide essential skills and understanding for Norfolk parents and professionals who supports children or young people on the autism spectrum.

The course modules cover five key subject areas. Each four-hour training module can be purchased independently, or all five modules can be booked together at a reduced price.

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 21 June
    12.30pm to 4.30pm
    The Uniqueness of Autism
  • Thursday 28 June
    12.30pm to 4.30pm
    Sensory Strategies
  • Thursday 5 July
    12.30pm to 4.30pm
    School Techniques and Strategies
  • Thursday 12 July
    12.30pm to 4.30pm
    Keeping Safe: High Risk and Offending Behaviour
  • Thursday 19 July
    12.30pm to 4.30pm


The Willow Centre, 1-13 Willowcroft Way, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 7JJ

Cost and booking:

Autism Anglia members £35 per module, individuals/non-profit £45 per module, professionals £60 per module. For more information or to book, call 01206 577678 or email

Develop your ‘Sensory Lexiconary’ and use it to support communication and cognition for people whose primary experience of the world is sensory.

This summer this unique training day run by The Sensory Projects is coming to Cambridge as part of a six-date nationwide tour (which also includes London and Nottingham).

Delegates on the Lexiconary learn how seven sensory systems develop. This information is gold to people who support:

  • Individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • Non-verbal individuals with complex disabilities
  • Babies in the first months of life
  • People with later stage dementia
  • Individuals with attachment or anxiety disorders

Previous Lexiconary events have attracted: parents, foster carers, teachers, CAMHs team members, artists andcreative practitioners, support workers, staff from adult care settings and hospices, people supporting victims of trauma, social researchers, portage workers, people supporting neonates, speech & language therapists, play therapists and home school educators.

Date:  Friday 22 June

Venue:  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

Bookings and further information:  Visit to book or find out more.

The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston welcomes everyone to their summer Health Information Day for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

To find out more please call Rebecca on 01493 453732, or just come along on the day.

Buffet lunch and drinks will be available.


Saturday 23 June


10am to 3pm


The Burrage Centre
James Paget Hospital
Lowestoft Road
NR31 6LA

Anyone with a learning disability is welcome to join Mencap’s community support group in Norwich.

Your chance to have your say about things that matter to you, have fun and make a difference!

Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 10 July 2018
    11.00am to 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 September 2018
    11.00am to 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 November 2018
    11.00am to 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 15 January 2019
    11.00am to 2.30pm

Lunch and drinks provided.


The Union Building (Meeting Room 1), 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY


To secure your place, please email Mencap

Anne Ebbage from Autism Anglia will deliver this free practical workshop in Norwich specially for parents and carers.

The session aims to explain why visual support is often beneficial for children who have autism, when and how to use and how to put the visuals together.

This will be an opportunity to develop your own visual aid to take home with you to try with your son or daughter.

Date:  Tuesday 3 July

Time:  10am-1pm

Registration from 9.30am, and the option to bring your own lunch and stay until 2pm to chat with other parents and with Anne.

Venue:  The POD, Colman Junior School, South Park Avenue, Norwich NR4 7AU

Booking:  To book your free place on this session go to

Further information:  Any queries, email Anne Ebbage from Autism Anglia at

First meeting of a new social group for the hearing impaired to seek practical support in a comfortable and CI friendly Norwich venue.

  • Discuss expectations and learn first-hand from CI users what it’s like to be implanted 
  • Find out from others who have been through the process from start to finish
  • Meet new people, relax, chat, laugh, drink tea and eat cake


Wednesday 4 July


10.15am to 11.30am


Norwich Cathedral Refectory, Cathedral Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

Further details:

Anyone interested in attending can get in touch with Steve Hurley (Development Worker and CI user) by phoning or texting 07748335041 or by emailing

Can you...

  • Give information, advice and support
  • Help with paperwork
  • Explain procedures
  • Support at school meetings

If the answer’s yes, come along to this open morning and find out more about free Independent Partnership Supporter Training that runs from September through to November over nine sessions:

  • Wednesday 12 September
  • Wednesday 19 September
  • Wednesday 26 September
  • Wednesday 3 October
  • Wednesday 10 October
  • Wednesday 31 October
  • Wednesday 7 November
  • Wednesday 14 November
  • Wednesday 21 November

Wednesday 11 July

10am to 12 noon

Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham PE37 7HT

Bookings and further details:
Booking is essential for this free session. Phone 01603 704070 or email For information about Norfolk SEND Partnership go to

A free fun packed day celebrating deaf culture!

  • Deaf Author Joyce Dunbar book signing and story reading
  • Talk by Ishtiaq Hussein, visual vernacular artist
  • Performance from deaf dancer Chris Fonseca
  • The Spectacular Science Show
  • Signing Choir performances
  • National Children’s Deaf Society listening bus
  • British Sign Language tasters
  • Find out about hearing dogs
  • Stalls, information and much more!

BSL interpreters will be available at this event.

Venue:  The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1BH

Date:  Friday 13 July

Time:  10-4pm

For children who need a little more… summer activities throughout August, tailored to meet their every individual needs in a calm and tranquil Norfolk setting


Mondays to Fridays, from Monday 30 July to 31 Friday 31 August


Dandelion Nursery
High Street
Near Aylsham
NR10 5AE


£45 per day or £200 per week.

Bookings and further details:

Email Dandelion at or visit Their phone number is 07795 927008.

An introduction to Signalong, the key word sign-supported communication system based on British sign language which is used to help both adults and children with impaired communication to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

Learners will learn how to apply signing in their own environment, with an emphasis on the practical application of signing and using all vocabulary in the Signalong Phase 1 manual (at least 360 signs).

This 15-hour accredited course is run over five consecutive Mondays at the Hamlet Centre.


Mondays 10, 17 and 24 September and Mondays 1 and 8 October


6pm to 9pm


221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Bookings and further information:

The cost is £85 per learner, plus £19 for a Signalong Phase 1 manual. For more information or to book, contact Tanya Hubbard (Training Coordinator) on 01603 765405 or email

A free training session which aims to provide a basic awareness of the key elements of Epilepsy and Diabetes:

  • Living with Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • First Aid
  • Living with Diabetes
  • Understanding Hypos
  • Preventing Foot Problems

Date, time and venue:

Monday 17 September
9.30am to 1.30pm (registration from 9.00am)
West Costessey Hall


Please contact Anglian Training on 01508 447311 or DUET Diabetes on 01799 584178.

An opportunity for anyone to meet, play, share experiences and celebrate successes with parents, school staff and other professionals in an informal setting

Open to all parents and carers of children with additional needs or disabilities.

Dates and times:

  • 21 November 2018
    10.00am to 12.00pm
  • 13 March 2019
    10.00am to 12.00pm
  • 5 June 2019
    10.00am to 12.00pm


Fred Nicholson School
Westfield Road
NR19 1JB


Email or call the school on 01362 693915 for further information or to register your interest in attending.

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