Support Services

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     Visit our online inclusion resources page for some great ideas about making activities and events more inclusive of disabled children and young people. If you take part in our training you can request a follow up  visit or discussion about how to develop a more inclusive approach.  We are happy to also discuss bespoke training for your organisation.

    Check out our regular blog for new ideas on inclusive practice – That’s a good idea – inclusion resources blog 

    Sign up to our newsletter for regular updates, event and opportunities.

    You can also contact our Development Manager, Nicole Hastie, with any questions about inclusion.


    Tel: 01453 298337

    mobile: 07337 355923

    Disabled people’s sports and physical activity

    Active Gloucestershire is a charity which provides services as the county’s ‘sports partnership’ organisation.  Working with a wide range of national and local organisations, they help develop and fund projects which will increase physical activity and sport opportunities for disabled people across the county.  They can offer advice and support for providers wishing to make their sports and physical activities provision more inclusive of disabled people of all ages.  Contact them to find out more.

    Head of Inclusion – Rowland Clark


    tel: 01452 303 528

    Let’s Play. Our Let’s Play training offers training to people interested in running some fun community based activities including Boccia, Soft fun Bowls and New Age Curling. As a part of the training we provide a free equipment loan scheme giving you all the equipment you need to start getting your group active. We will then work with your group to help get you funding so that you have your own equipment! This is a free programme with no cost.

    Gilson Sly is the Youth Participation Officer at Gloucestershire Deaf Association.  He works with families of children with any level of deafness across Gloucestershire to support them in being able to take part in local activities and contribute to their local communities.  Gilson can visit your group with any young deaf people who are interested in taking part and offer suggestions on how to ensure the group is ‘deaf friendly’ which means being inclusive of people with a hearing impairment.  

    Find out more by contacting Gilson on:

    or calling: 01452 372999 (Gilson uses a BSL interpreter to respond to phonecalls)


    Help available

    The SEND Early Help Advisors are part of the SEND and Early Intervention Service for Gloucestershire County Council. We offer a countywide service to support and advise parents/carers, professionals, practitioners, early years providers and schools in order to promote inclusion, raise aspirations and improve outcomes for children with SEND. We are able to offer advice and support with understanding the SEND Graduated Pathway, identifying needs and outcomes, support in building links between settings, schools, Social and Health services and delivering training relating to SEND. 


    Kim Nicholls (Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury localities) 07796 610433

    Ruth Price (Glos North, Cheltenham and Cotswold localities) 07796 610496

    Catherine Hardwick (Glos South, Stroud and Dursley localities) 07909 937184


    Help available:  

    Once a referral has been made via an ‘Enablement Referral Form’ a member of the team will contact the family to discuss the child or young person’s needs and interests. If it is identified that the child or young person needs to access an inclusive leisure, childcare or out of school activity the worker will work with the child or young person to identify the most suitable inclusive setting. The worker will attend initial visits to support the child or young person in the setting and work with the staff involved delivering the activity. 

    The worker can also support with identifying any reasonable adjustments that could be made to enable the child or young person to access the session.  If identified additional support is required to enable the child or young person to continue to access the placement safely, then the enablement worker will apply to the Enablement Fund which can provide additional advice, support, training, equipment or additional resources which could include a worker to attend the placement with the child or young person.

    Contact: Dena Boucher (manager) 01452 

    Gloucestershire County Council Positive Behaviour Support Team

    The team from GCC PBS service currently help staff who are working with people aged 18 years +  whose behaviours may be challenging to you.   

    For more details contact: or 


    Local Early Intervention Service: Gloucestershire Positive Behavioural Support Service

    The PBS Service is a small team of behaviour specialists based in Gloucestershire Community Council who work with children, adolescents, and young adults (0 to 25 years of age) who present with challenging behaviour.  The team works closely with other services across health, education and social care.


    The aim is to provide support which enables individuals to lead a normal life and reduce reliance on specialist services. The team works within a Positive Behavioural Support framework.


    For more information contact Dawn Rook:


    Help available:

    The Advisory Teaching Service is integral to Gloucestershire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Service.  It is part of the Team Around the Child promoting access and inclusion and improving outcomes. The service offers county wide specialist support and advice to parents/carers, schools and early years settings in SEN/D:

    • Sensory needs including hearing impairment, visual impairment and multi-sensory impairment
    • Physical disability
    • Autism
    • Speech, language and communication
    • Cognition and learning

    Where possible the service also provides ad hoc and informal support to enable an individual to take part in an activity in the community – e.g. developing practice for a deaf  child to take part in a community swimming lesson, advice re. positioning for a dance teacher, etc. This is free if it is around an individual whom our staff already support at school or in an early years setting. Documents such as sensory profiles are written to enable consistent communication across settings and would be available to inform any activity provider. The service is available in school term times.


    Please contact your local area base:

    Cheltenham:  01242  525456                            

    Forest:  01594  823102                                        

    Gloucester:  01452  426955                                

    Stroud:  01453 872430 

     Allsorts aims high for disabled children and their families and their vision is for disabled children to have the same opportunities as everyone else.  They run dedicated activities for disabled children and young people.  The team at Allsorts are happy to offer opportunities to volunteer, participate or observe their  adaptive and inclusive arts, music, play and sports activities in action.


    Forest Pulse is a local registered charity, which supports families living in the Forest of Dean who have a child with disabilities.  The team are happy to offer opportunities to volunteer, participate or observe their  adaptive and inclusive arts, music, play and sports activities in action.  In addition to offer support to local families by telephone and email they run various activities throughout the year including:

    Summer Activity Club

    A varied programme of activities including arts and crafts, music, sport, circus skills and animation as well as free play and organised games. Above all, it is a chance for children to make new friends and meet up with old ones during the long school holidays. Experienced staff supervise a core of volunteers from the local community to ensure all children have the support they need to take part in any of the activities they choose. Young people are split into two groups and are entitled to come along to up to ten days spread over four weeks. The club ruins Monday to Friday, 10am to 3:45pm and is held at Heart of the Forest Community Special School. In addition, activities are held during most of the shorter holidays.

    Family Trips

    To places such as soft play centres, swimming centres and farm parks. Trips give parents the chance to meet and chat, give the children chance to have fun with their friends, and brothers and sisters the chance to join in the treat. Family Social Events such as discos, line dancing, etc are also held periodically.

    Bream ‘Devils’An integrated Youth Club held on Thursday evenings at Bream Community Centre. The club is open to any young person aged between 13 and 19 who lives in the Forest of Dean, and transport which can be provided from most areas of the forest. As well as a chance to meet friends, young people help plan an interesting and varied programme of activities including games, sports, music, dance, outdoor adventure etc, all of which are accessible to everyone. Click here to view the current programme.Independence Projects

    An independence building project, which helps young people develop skills to access mainstream community activities in small groups with discreet support. These activities are held throughout the year and past trips have included bowling, the cinema, going out for meals, shopping, visits to zoos and theme parks, pottery and lots more.After School Club

    Our After school club runs term-time on Wednesdays with young people aged 6-13 travel by bus to Whirlikidz in Chepstow where they have lots of fun burning energy on the soft play equipment, socializing with their friends. We pause for a cooked meal, when children can develop skills needed to ‘dine out’.


    Of Course We Can

    Extraordinary local volunteering opportunities for young people and adults

    Of Course We Can is a collection of high quality residential and non-residential activities for disabled and non-disabled children and young people, provided by different organisations across the county and commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council.   

    The programme aims to improve inclusion and to break down social barriers between disabled and non-disabled peers in Gloucestershire. All the specialist and mainstream providers have been working with lead organisation Active Impact to involve more non-disabled young people to join them on this innovative and exciting journey towards a more inclusive society. 
    The benefits for volunteers participating in the programme include:
    •    simple great fun and pleasure from taking part in high quality exciting activities
    •    an increase in awareness of the issues facing disabled children and young people 
    •    more confidence around disabled children and young people, both socially and practically 
    •    pride in becoming an ambassador and friend to disabled people in everyday life
    •    more confidence in talking about the issues and using appropriate language around disability
    •    opportunities to develop skills and understanding through training and volunteering
    •    an excellent contribution to CV and personal statements, towards related or non-related career paths


    For more information about the programme and how to get involved please contact:

    Caroline Eardley – Of Course We Can Programme Manager

    01453 298337