Local Links, Support and Organisations


London Borough of Hillingdon

Useful numbers

London Borough of Hillingdon Civic Centre (Reception): 01895 250001

Schools Admissions:   https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Schools Transport: 01895 250008

Stronger Families Hub  https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/7934/Stronger-Families-Hub

Hillingdon Social Care https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/socialcare

SEND Advisory Service https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/4536/Support-and-resources-for-children-and-young-people-with-SEND-and-their-families

Library Guidelines &  Information Desk: https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/libraryguidelines


Local Offer and Holiday Activity - Information provided by Kathleen Bentley - Welfare Lead

Local Offer and Holiday Activity - Information provided by Kathleen Bentley - Welfare Lead

Dear Parents/Cares

Please take some time to have a look at the Local Authority Local offer.

The local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents/carers. It allows families to see what they can expect from a range of local agencies and how to access them. This can be access below.


Here are some links to the local authority that may be useful to some parents.

HACS offer a range of services for autistic people and their families, including Family Support, Training, Children and Young People's Service, Skills and Employment and Adult Support. Whether you are struggling to get a diagnosis, navigating the Education or Care systems, seeking employment, want to learn more about autism or just meet new people - HACS are here with a listening ear and impartial, accessible advice from highly trained and experienced staff.


A charity supporting children and adults with all types of special need, however mild or profound, their siblings and parents and carers. Specialist indoor and outdoor play, recreational and learning facilities, are available to all children, teenagers and adults with special needs, whether they have a physical or learning disability, a sensory impairment, behavioural difficulties or autism, or whether they are socially disadvantaged or unable to make meaningful use of alternative mainstream provision. We provide unique support to its users, siblings, families and carers, including respite and advisory services.

Playground is an OFSTED-registered day-care facility built on a fantastic 2.5-acre site adjacent to the A4 in Taplow, near Maidenhead, which is open to children and adults with all types of special need, their families, schools, care homes, day centres, nurseries, playschemes and to other groups and associations supporting special needs people and their families. 

We are run by a voluntary Board of Trustees, with on-site care provided by 8 permanent and over 20 sessional staff, supported by a loyal band of volunteers. https://careandsupport.hillingdon.gov.uk/Services/228

Improving the mental and physical health of people with disabilities and special needs with activities that interact with farm animals and horticultural areas Horse Riding - Animal Care & Management - Horticulture - Gardening - Work Experience - Not for Profit Tea Room - Community Hub - Organic Vegetables - Sensory Garden - Nature Area. The Centre is open for people from 5 years of age with disabilities and special needs including those with multiple and profound learning disabilities, physical and mental disabilities ,those recovering from stroke or other serious ailments, the elderly and those affected by dementia.

The Engine Shed is a special interest group for children and young people with autism. The club enables young people on the autistic spectrum with an interest in trains to come together with their peers to observe, play, talk and enjoy their hobby in a welcoming, safe and relaxing environment and where parents can have a chance to relax, and talk in a supportive atmosphere.

Model railways and train sets for all abilities are set up and a range of train-related resources are available for children to play with.

At the moment there are two groups: one in Reading and one in Chingford, North East London. Both groups meet monthly. There are also occasional opportunities with both groups to visit special train related attractions in their areas. Everybody is welcome. If you think your child would enjoy the sessions, please come along. There is no charge for attendance.




Centre for ADHD and Autism Support



Tel: 0208 429 1552

Support for ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  

Group in the Eastcote/Pinner area.


The Children and Family Hub, Civic Centre, Uxbridge

KISS (Keep It Safe and Sorted)

KISS (Keep It Safe 'n' Sorted) is a confidential sexual health service for 13-19 year olds in Hillingdon. We provide a safe setting for young people to talk with a trained worker about: relationships, peer pressure, safer sex and contraception and  sexually transmitted disease. Offering advice and support around relationships, c-cards, condoms, pregnancy testing and signposting to other services. Contact the team on:

Tel: 01895 277222

Email: SHWB@hillingdon.gov.uk


Fountains Mill Young Peoples Centre (Uxbridge) 

FMYPC is based in Uxbridge High Street and offers you a place to meet friends, chill out and try new skills.

The centre has a real focus on music and performance and has regular band nights for up and coming performers. Music production, street dance, cooking, sports, arts and crafts, fashion design are all on offer, as well as information and advice on a range of subjects.

All of the programmes are agreed with the young people who attend, so you get to have your say on what goes on in the centre, and there are trained youth workers who support every session.

We run age-specific sessions for young people, youth forums, project nights and regular performance events.



Hedgewood School 

"We are a primary special school currently maintained by the London Borough of Hillingdon. Our school caters for primary age pupils most of whom have Autism. We currently have 148 pupils on roll. All of our pupils either have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs."


Telephone: 0208 8456756


Dash (Disablement Association of Hillingdon) 

DASH (Disablement Association of Hillingdon)
Tel: 0208 848 8319

In November 2015, two Independent Supporters from DASH (Disablement Association of Hillingdon) came to Meadow to give a talk to parents about the transfer of pupils’ Statement of Educational Needs to Education Health Care Plans (EHCP).  Not only did they talk us through the process, they offered a free support service to parents to help guide and support them with all aspects of the transfer.

To help families who were not able to attend this talk we have uploaded all the information from the session below.  

At Meadow the schedule of Transfer Reviews for this year (2015-2016) involves pupils from Years 9 and 14 and  leavers from years 11,12 and 13.  The intention of the Local Authority is that all pupils will have their Statements transferred by 2018 which probably means that next year’s Transfer Reviews will also be for pupils in Years 9, 14 and any leavers.

The main difference between the old and new systems (in simplistic terms) is that a Statement is a snap shot of your child with some guidance on how to support them.  An EHCP includes this information but then looks to the future.  What does this child want for themselves? What do the family hope for their child? How can these things be achieved? What needs to be put in place to make these goals achievable?

There is also a copy of the DASH flyer opposite for further information of the services and support offered by this organisation.  The DASH Activity List below gives examples of the weekly activities offered by DASH throughout the Borough.

If you need any support with this process please contact DASH.

Mrs J Rigby - Deputy Head
Meadow High School

Dash 2016 - Independent Support Service - Support with EHC Assessment

Education Health Care Plans

Dash Activity List

Hillingdon Advice Directory

Dyspraxia Foundation (Hillingdon) 

The local Dyxpraxia group hold informal coffee mornings at Meadow High School.  See our Calendar for dates and times.    

Dyspraxia is a developmental co-ordination disorder.   Check out their website for more information www.http://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/

Hillingdon Carers 

Tel: 01895 811206


"Our vision is for a single, integrated, borough-wide service that provides high quality, specialist and consistent support to carers or all ages through the newly-formed Hillingdon Carers Partnership (HCP)."

Hillingdon Carers are a great local organisation.  Visit their website for loads of advice and links to other helpful charities and organisations.


Hillingdon Parent Carers Forum (HPCF) 

Several of our parents are members of the Hillingdon Parent Carers Forum steering group.   One parent who has recently become a member has said "Up until the begining of this year, I did not really know anything about them (HPCF), what they did or how they could help.  As a parent/carer I  have always been the person who says "I don't need any help" when in fact I did not know where or how to go about finding out information or to obtain help, no matter how small, it is something that I would not ask for.   Now, however, I have realised that as parent/carers we all need help from time to time and the HPCF website could offer this:  http://hillingdonparentscarersforum.org.uk and I am sure that this would be something that would benefit a lot of other parents."

HACS (Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support) 

Telephone: 0208 606 6780

A local organisation giving support and advice to those affected by Autism.

  • Autism Awareness
  • Recreation
  • Family Support
  • Training
  • Rural Tea Rooms

Our pupils go to one of their after school youth clubs.

Click here to visit their website.

Ruislip Young People's Centre 

Ruislip Young People's Centre (RYPC) is a facility, designed specifically for young people.

Young people

The venue has a spacious sports hall and internet café.

We run sessions for 10 to 19 year olds (up to 25 with additional needs), a youth forum, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, project nights and regular performance events.


Sweet Tree Farming For All - Mill Hill, London

Run by Sweet Tree Farming For All a not-for-profit community interest company the 14 acre farm provides theraputic activities that make a real difference to people who have learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, autism, mental health needs or dementia as well as to their families.  Our motto is "Cultivating Confidence" says Founder and Director Jude Allen.

Read more below or visit their website www.sweettreefarmingforall.org.uk






The Eden Academy


“At the Eden Academy we specialise in meeting the educational needs of children and young people with a range of learning difficulties including those who may have autism and physical or sensory needs.

We are a family of schools who are working together under one Academy Trust, led by our Board of Trustees, to blend the best educational and therapeutic practice.  Our team approach ensures we work closely with families and carers to identify and meet all the needs of our young people."

The Eden Academy have several special schools within Hillingdon:

Grangewood (Eastcote)

Pentland Field (Ickenham)

Moorcroft (Hillingdon)

RNIB Sunshine House (Northwood)


West Drayton Young People's Centre

West Drayton Young People's Centre (WDYPC) is bursting with facilities and activities designed exclusively for young people.

Harlington Young People's Centre

It's kitted with an amazing dance studio and music production facilities, as well as a great outdoor football and basketball court.

We run sessions for 10 to 19 year olds (up to 25 with additional needs), youth forum, project nights and regular performance events.




Want to make the most of your free time? Find out about activities, facilities and other exciting services available to help make a great day out.   

Young Hillingdon also has an information directory for all sorts of issues - for example, alcohol, counselling, eating disorders, smoking, healthy eating, bereavement, emotional heath and much much more.





The Poppy Pod

Day and Evening opportunities for adults with Learning Disabilities in Denham.  All Local Authorities accepted.  This is a local private business. 

Adult Day Centre

After College/School Club

Friday Fun Day !


Hestia Parallel Support

"We are a London charity, working together with adults and children in crisis to change their lives at the times when they most need support.

We are the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London and have the largest team of specialists working to combat Human Trafficking across the Capital and the South East. Across our broad range of services, we also help people find a permanent home, manage their finances, take care of their health, and access work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. If we can find a way to help."