Additional Support

Oldham Support Group for Carers of Children and Adults with Autism (OSCA)
07955 719167

A local support group for families of people with Autism, Dyspraxia and other related conditions.

Downs Syndrome Family Support Group

A parent led Downs Syndrome Support group which provides opportunities for families to meet up, share useful information and offer each other mutual help and support.
0161 667 2054 

POINT is Oldham’s Parent Carer Forum for Families of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, who live in or access services in Oldham. POINT Forum provides information, advice, support and consultation opportunities.

SENDIASS Service – SEND Information Advice Support Service
0161 667 2055

Oldham SEND IAS Service ensures that parents and carers or children; and young people aged 16+, have access to high quality Information, advice and support. The team are legally trained and qualified in Special Educational Needs and Disability law.

Targeted Short Break Support
0161 770 4025 (The Children’s Disability Social Work Team)

If you feel that the ‘Local Offer’ would not be able to fully meet your child’s needs or that your child’s needs mean that they cannot access then you can contact the Children’s Disability Social Work Team to find out if your child can access targeted short breaks support.

Children’s Community Learning Disability Nurses
0161 484 1252

The Team provide work with children who have learning disabilities and their families in the home. They also offer a range of free workshops for parents and carers on issues such as sleep difficulties, challenging behaviours and toilet training.

Family Information Service

We provide help, advice and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-20 years old.


Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s 0-19 Service (Health Visiting and School Nursing) is introducing a new way for young people, parents and carers to get confidential information, advice and support via an award-winning text messaging service.

Oldham 0 – 5 Parents Service: 07480 635990
Oldham 5 – 11 Parents Service: 07507 330499
Oldham 11 – 19 Young People’s Service: 07480 635992
ChatHealth is an anonymous messaging service that provides a safe and easy way for service users to send a message to a healthcare professional and get confidential help and advice.
The aim of implementing ChatHealth into Bridgewater is to further improve service user access to health and well-being support particularly considering COVID19 pandemic.
ChatHealth is a safe and secure messaging tool for receiving and responding to text messages from mobile phones. Incoming messages are delivered to a centrally managed inbox in a secure web-based application, where staff can respond to service users. It’s a well-evidenced model that is being widely implemented across many NHS services.

SEND Gateway

This website provides additional support for parents / carers of children with SEND