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Project information

Direct Help and Support

Mindroom Direct Help and Support provides an immediate outreach service by phone, email or in person for families where there has been a recent diagnosis of, or concern about, learning difficulties, for health care professionals and for teachers about methods of providing support in the classroom.

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Charity information: Mindroom

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  • Need


    Mindroom aims to solve the problem of children's additional support needs being unrecognised and therefore unsupported. This leads to loss of self esteem, not reachingpotential and can cause bullying and mental health issues. Left untreated it can result in young people adults with a learning disability one of those who are 10 times more likely to be unemployed than the general population.


    Mindroom provides information, advice and support to empower parents to act as advocates for their children and obtain the additional support they are entitled to by law. This means information about learning difficulites, behavious management, as well as legal rights and entitlements.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the self esteem of children with l d and empower them to fulfill their potential


    » Offer 1:1 support and advice in response to individual enquiries
    » Engage with other service providers to ensure that the child's needs are understood and that he/she is given educational support and opportunities
    » Work collaboratively to ensure that the Curriculum for Excellence is implemented consistently and to full effect. 

    What success will look like

    Success will be 40 new families receiving support and 14 continuing from previous years

    Aim 2

    Increase the mental health and wellbeing of the family, reduce stress and empowering parents/carers


    » Empathising, acknowledging, understanding, listening and supporting parents/families. One to one family meetings and also attending meetings
    » Providing information on health and education systems, rights and responsibilities, and day to day behaviour management
    » Increase awareness with professionals as to the difficulties for families living with learning difficulties and the inherent fears and pressures

    What success will look like

    Success will be evidenced from our Evaluation forms that Families feel better able to cope with their situation

    Aim 3

    Improve the knowledge of a range of professionals working with children thereby improve services


    » Provide CPD and training opportunities to meet demand
    » Attend multidisciplinary meetings sharing information and knowledge
    » Be involved in Government discussions relating to improved teacher training and the creation of core skills for Scotland's children's sector workforce

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing training sessions for at least 300 people

  • Impact


    Long term changes will mean each familiy knows their rights and each child fills its potential, and society acceots people who are different. This will be demonstrated by there being no requests for support


    The risks of working within a small team are many and varied. The Board has cognisance of these risks and regularly reviews them all. The biggest risk is financial and a fundraising strategy and regular income streams are being developed.


    We have a 2 monthly e newsletter. In addition we provide structured reports to charitable trusts who have supported Mindroom. Annual Accounts and report will be made available, and Mindroom will welcome donors to come and visit and see for themselves the difference their support is making.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £44,445

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      Amount Heading Description
      £34,650 DHS Salary
      £3,000 DHS Travel, cpd, admin Insurance
      £6,795 DHS Communications, website

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    RS Macdonald Charitable Trust £15,000 Guaranteed
    Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Based in Scotland and working throughout Scotland, but mostly in central belt. All Mindroom staff work from home to ensure administration costs are minimised


    Mostly families with children under 10 from all areas, some areas of multiple deprivation. In addition health and teaching professionals will be supported by the project and this divergence of information is beneficial across all areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Mindroom is the only charity which provides support prior to assessment and has knowldge of all learning difficulties rather than one specific issue.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mig Coupe

    Mig provides the support, information and advice for families as well as delivering training sessions for professionals and networking with others