Welcome to the Parents Inclusion Network Noticeboard

Welcome to the Parents Inclusion Network Noticeboard...check out future PIN events as well as relevant information for families affected by disability. If you are interested in attending any of these dates then please email us at parentsinclusion@gmail.com to book a place for you and your family. As usual PIN will pay all entry fees.

Weighted blanket

PIN has purchased a weighted blanket with extra weights and a cover for families to borrow and ‘try before you buy'. Please let us know if you are interested in borrowing it.  

Supporting Autism Together Parent Sessions

Starting in May, the Supporting Autism Together (SAT) team will be offering more parent sessions around the region. These sessions offer parents and families a place to go and get help and support to find a way forward. PIN has the schedule of dates and venues or email supportingautismtogether@dumgal.gov.uk

Supporting Autism Together (SAT) is a local project set up to meet the training needs of families with primary and secondary school aged children who have been referred to the Communications Disorders Assessment Team (CDAT) or have a diagnosis of autism.  Informal drop in sessions are taking place throughout the region.  The first 30 minutes of each session will be a presentation looking at problem solving so parents can talk about difficulties and using the ‘iceberg' model, get support for ‘what next'.  Two professionals will support each session.  Parents, carers, friends and family are all welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as they want.


Services available to parents and carers

PIN has information on the following services you may be interested in. Contact PIN for details.

  • A Carer-Van in the Borders which is available for all carers and their family 
  • Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre has a new Young Adult Carers Support Worker whose remit is to work with Young Adult Carers, aged 18-29 to help them create good transitions to fulfilled adult lives in order to achieve better outcomes for a vital, but often silent minority of young people
  • The Dumfries & Galloway  Wellness and Recovery College run a range of wellness and recovery sessions in Dumfries  at the University Campus. If you would like more information on these you can call the Uni on 01387 345866 or we have some programmes that we can post out to you. There is also a weblink at the end of this page.
  • A Family Support worker is available for families in Dumfries and Galloway affected by Fragile X
  • Short breaks grants are available from Enable Scotland for a break for carers or you can contact Roz at the Princes' Trust for Carers on 01387 248600 or email info@dgalcarers.org.

Emotional support for parents of a child with autism

Parent to Parent (P2P) is a UK-wide confidential telephone support service providing emotional support to parents and carers of a child or adult with autism. You can get in touch either by phone or online.  Call 0808 800 4106 or fill in the online enquiry form by visiting to P2P pages of the NAS website www.autism.org.uk

The Family Fund

The Family Fund gives grants to families raising a disabled child aged 17 and younger.  Their grants bring practical and essential help that is often a lifeline to a family, such as a washing machine, bedding, specialist toys and equipment and much needed family breaks.  They have a particularly low take up in Dumfries & Galloway and would like to hear from families in our region.  Check out their website, www.familyfund.org.uk or phone 08453308233

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Support

If are interested in finding out more about Augmentative and Alternative Communication Support, contact Megan Hughes or Kirsty Paton or call 01387 244539.

New social services number

There is a new contact number for Adult Social Work:  030 33 33 3001 - for out of hours phone the Council on 030 33 33 3000. 

You can access the Dumfries and Galloway Wellness and Recovery college website by clicking here.

The Usual Place Cafe, Dumfries

The Usual Place is a café in Dumfries which provides accredited and practical training in a café/retail environment for young people, ages 16 - 26 with a disability.  It is being run by the Social Enterprise Company, Inspired Community Enterprise Trust (ICET). Check out their website:  www.theusualplace.org or email info@theusualplace.org