Parents Consortium

Parents Consortium

Charity information

Parents Consortium

The Parents Consortium is a charity originally set up by parents in 1996, which provides support services to disabled children and their families. The children are usually under nineteen years old and live in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley areas.

The charities services are divided up into four key areas, Family support, Leisure services for children, Direct Payments and Dragon’s Retreat short break unit.

The children and young people who access our services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or severe ADHD.

We provide appropriate activities for children of all abilities, which may mean full-time one-to-one support for some of the children. This will include specialist level play schemes, inclusive play schemes, after school clubs and day trips.

We offer support and advice to the parents through our Parents Advisory Service (SAIL). This could be via our telephone helpline, home visits, support groups in various areas and parenting programmes for parents and professionals.
The direct children and family payments scheme (CFDP) is a county wide service which is paid for by Kent County Council. This allows the families of a severely disabled child to purchase the support of a personal assistant so that they can have the much needed break from the constant cycle of care.
Dragon’s Retreat is our short break six bedded residential unit. This allows parents/carers a much needed break, respite or crisis intervention.

Founded 1996

  • Mission statement

    We support disabled children and their families to ensure they all fulfil their potential.

  • Aims

    Parents Consortium aims to:

    • The children and young people who access our services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or severe ADHD. We provide appropriate activities for children of all abilities, which may mean full-time one-to-one support for some of the children. This will include specialist level play schemes, inclusive play schemes, after school clubs and day trips.
    • We offer support and advice to the parents through our Parents Advisory Service (SAIL). This could be via our telephone helpline, home visits, support groups in various areas and parenting programmes for parents and professionals.
    • The direct children and family payments scheme (CFDP) is a county wide service which is paid for by Kent County Council. This allows the families of a severely disabled child to purchase the support of a personal assistant so that they can have the much needed break from the constant cycle of care.
    • Dragon’s Retreat is our short break six bedded residential unit. This allows parents/carers a much needed break, respite or crisis intervention. We aim to make this a home from home for the children.
  • Overview

    Established: March 1996

    Registered Charity Number: 1054129

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 6

    Part time staff: 17

    Volunteers: 7

    Phone number: 01322 668501

    Address: Parents Consortium, Allsworth Court, 40 St David's Road, Hextable, Kent BR8 7RJ

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