Local Services

This is a list of local groups and services available to families that operate locally in Cheshire.

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Activate Arts

Having worked with Activate several times and heard the praise that has been heaped on them from parents, ChAPS recommends their activities.

They have local groups across Cheshire.

Arty Adults

Arty Adults meet at The Wesley Church Centre, St John Street, Chester CH1 1DA during the week.

They are hands on art sessions for people of all abilities. You will need to book in beforehand, so a visit to the centre is needed.

Autism Dogs CIC

Autism Dogs CIC is a family owned company that breed and train specialist therapy dogs that provide emotional and practical support for people diagnosed with autism, especially young children. We are passionate about our canine friends and changing the lives of people diagnosed with autism and their families.

Autism Initiatives

Autism Initiatives provides a range of person centred services throughout the UK. The charity provides services to children and adults, and encompasses education, residential houses, supported living and outreach services.

Autism Networks

Autism Networks (A.N) is a non profit self-support group which helps children & young people affected by autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

A.N was established in December 2002, by a group of like-minded parents, carers, professionals and let us not forget persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Aspergers Syndrome) based in Crewe, Cheshire.

Axia ASD

Axia ASD Ltd is one of the top providers of services in Cheshire for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide diagnosis as well as post-diagnostic support primarily.


Behaviour Improvement and Coaching Solutions

BICS support and coaching is focused on 3 key areas: child and family support, staff support and school


Calm Minds

Hypnotherapy and counselling in Stockport.

Calm Minds is a therapy centre run by principal therapist Jonathan Lloyd. Jonathan works with a team of trusted associates to provide counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy services to the people of Stockport, South Manchester and Cheshire.

Jonathan is also the father of a son on the spectrum.

CAMHS 0-16 East Cheshire

East Cheshire 0-16 CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) team provides treatment and support to young people aged 0-16 that are experiencing mental health difficulties.

CAMHS 0-16 West Cheshire

Our West Cheshire 0-16 CAMHS team provides treatment and support to young people aged 0-16 that are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Centre

Local charity and a network partner of Carers Trust, providing information, advice and support for unpaid carers across Cheshire. The Centre offers services such as personal budgets (breaks) for carers, relaxation vouchers, benefits advice and support, support groups, events and much more.

For individual advice carers can use a Freephone helpline 0800 085 0307 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.

The Centre offers a specialist service for parents and carers of children and young people who have additional needs, services includes regular family newsletters, support groups, parent carer break days, events, training opportunities, access to the carers caravan and toy library plus much more.

Access to all the free services are by self referral – it does not matter if a child or young person does not have a diagnosis or is in receipt of a certain benefit. For more information contact Lisa Tydd (Children’s Lead) 01606 352834 or by email dcd@cheshirecarerscentre.org.uk Join our facebook group Cheshire Carers Centre and Follow us on Twitter @cheshirecarers1

Cheshire and North Wales Dyslexia Association

It’s aims are ‘to inform the public of the nature of the problem of dyslexia and its incidence in the community, to encourage public support and understanding and to promote and widen recognition of the disability.’

And ‘to give information and support to parents and others in their attempts to find education which will enable the dyslexic individual to reach his or her full potential.’

Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Services

The Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Service provides detailed structured assessment of children and adolescents presenting with a suspected autism spectrum disorder.

The Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Service is run by Dr Leonard Thornton (consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist) and Mrs Gillian Benson (principal speech and language therapist).

We have extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and for over 14 years ran an autism diagnostic service within the NHS.

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living (CCIL)

Provide a Continuing Healthcare Advocacy service.

This service provides one to one support for clients who wish to apply for Continuing Healthcare funding and their family, friends or Carer’s.

Cheshire East Autism Team (CEAT)

The Cheshire East Autism Team (CEAT) is a small school focussed team of teaching and support staff with considerable experience and qualifications in the field of ASC.

They provide specialist support for children in years 1 to 13 attending mainstream schools.

Cheshire Young Carers

Cheshire Young Carers deliver a range of services to support young carers and deliver services with a well-trained volunteer workforce. Young Carers also received a Queens Award in 2011 for “producing ground-breaking results in the area of improving health and wellbeing for young carers”..

Children with Disabilities Team CWaC

‘The aim and objective is to ensure that all disabled children are supported within their families and are fully included and valued members of their local communities.’

Also has the link to Short Break services here.

Church Lawton School – NAS

‘At Church Lawton School we believe in academic excellence. In our specially designed environment for children with autism your child will build on their strengths, learn with confidence and enthusiasm and achieve the very best they can.

The principal, governors and trust have, in a short space of time, created an inclusive and caring ethos. The principal and staff are passionate about making a difference to the lives of pupils.’

Cool for Kids Occupational Therapy

Is your child/teenager struggling to meet their full potential? Are you happy to wait up to 18 weeks for an initial appointment? If not you may be interested in Cool for Kids Occupational Therapy.

Children’s Occupational therapist with over 11 years NHS experience, based in the Manchester area. Provision of Assessment, Treatment and Consultation to assist children and teenagers to reach their full potential.

Experience of working with individuals with Physical, Developmental, Learning and Sensory Processing Difficulties. A Holistic, Child Centred approach offering a quality service with no waiting lists.

Recommended by a parent. 

Connective Learning Dyslexia Centre

The Connective Learning Dyslexia Centre in Kelsall has delivered expert dyslexia tuition since it was established by Isabel McIntyre in 1999. Over the intervening years, hundreds of people with dyslexia have been helped to improve their reading, writing, spelling and communication skills and to increase their confidence and self-esteem.

Council for Disabled Children – Early Support App

The Early Support app provides an easy way for the parents or carers of a disabled child to store, share and organise information about their child and the support and services they receive. It places families at the centre, enabling them to choose what information to upload, and who they want to share information with; be that doctors, nurses, teachers or social workers. It also provides a single plan format that can form the basis for the new Education, Health and Care Plan.

Cygnet Springside Stockport

Provide comprehensive specialist and personalised support services for people with autism, including Asperger syndrome, associated learning difficulties and complex needs, including specialised support for families and carers in the North West.

This service is available to ages 5 through to 64 and they can be contacted by phone on 0845 070 4170 or through their website.



If your dependant has difficulties with the dentist then contact Warrington NHS Dentistry at Garvin Place who promise to help you achieve what can feel like the impossible. Then can be contacted on 01925 644211.

Dyslexia Solutions

Dyslexia Solutions carry out assessments in schools, colleges and privately. They also provide an access arrangement service to a number of schools and colleges.

They regularly deliver dyslexia awareness talks to schools and parents and provide a bespoke consultancy service to advise schools about their provision for children with specific learning difficulties – including access arrangements, training for teachers and support staff and advising on the needs of individual children.


East Cheshire Advocacy

Is a group providing support services, particularly about transition for 14-25 year olds.

EDGE Inclusion

EDGE provide a free and impartial support service for parents, carers and young people living in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Stockport or Halton wishing to apply for an EHC plan or having an annual review of their EHC plan.

Educational Psychologist CE

Drop-in sessions through Cheshire East are available for parents who have any concerns about their child’s wellbeing, behaviour, learning or development with an Educational Psychology Team at their local Children’s Centre.

These consist of 45 minutes free session for parents to have a chat to an Educational Psychologist.

Please email educational.psychologists@cheshireeast.gov.uk for further information.


Eureka! in Halifax have activities for children and their siblings to take part in, all of which are free.

They have an Autism Primary Club and you can also access their Extra Pair of Hands service twice a year which offers free one-to-one support from a member of staff.

Both things need to be pre-booked. Ring 01422 330069.


Face 2 Face Halton

Face 2 Face in Halton, Runcorn and Widnes in Cheshire is our free befriending service offering one-to-one emotional support for parents of disabled children or those with additional needs.

Families Information Service Halton

We make sure you get the information you want in a pack put together to meet your needs. It’s full of other information you may also find beneficial.

Family Information Service CE

FIS is a free, impartial one-stop-shop service for parents/carers and young people aged 0–19, providing accurate and detailed information on services in Cheshire East, regionally and nationally.

From childcare to tax credits to guidance on bullying, the Family Information Service can assist for all manner of queries, big or small.

Family Information Service CWaC

If you need information, advice or guidance about childcare, free nursery places and benefits available to you contact the Family Information Service.

Family Information Service Warrington

Future Directions 

Future Directions Community Interest Company is a leading, high quality social care provider for people with learning disabilities and complex needs in the North West. With over 18 years’ experience, the service is a well respected provider of personalised support services tailored to the needs of individuals with complex needs.

Freedom Equine Centre

Set in 30 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside Freedom Equine offer experiences for both the individual and small groups.  Equine Assisted Therapy has been recognised as having a positive affect on conditions such as Autism, anxiety and depression issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other behaviours affecting health and wellbeing. 

Their sessions encourage personal growth in self confidence and self esteem. They work with clients of all ages and all abilities and offer a bespoke service designed around your needs.


Greenbank School

Greenbank School is a co-educational secondary school with a residential facility. Greenbank is registered with the Department of Education as a school for pupils with Moderate and Severe Learning Difficulties. Throughout the last decade they have provided for secondary age pupils with Social / Communication and Complex Learning Difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Greenbank is situated on a large educational campus in Hartford on the outskirts of Northwich, Cheshire.


Halton SEND Partnership

Halton SEND Partnership is here for you – parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs.

If you need some advice, guidance or support on any issues that are affecting your child then we’re here to help.

We provide impartial and confidential information and support. We do not make decisions for parents – we give you the information you need to be able to make your own, informed decisions.

Harmonize Academy

Harmonize Academy is an exciting Alternative Provision (AP) Free School for 13 – 16 year olds on Merseyside.

Their vision is to provide outstanding alternative education with individualised learning pathways that radically improve the achievement and life chances of their students.

They want every student on leaving them to progress to continuing education, training or employment.

Hinderton School – Outreach Training

Hindertion School offer a comprehensive range of Professional Training and Support to Schools and other organisations.
Their SLE can provide school to school support and advice on a range of issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Hope Corner Academy

Provides a wide range of educational programs for young people aged 14 to 17 with Autism and Aspergers, but also behavioural, emotional and moderate learning difficulties.

Based in Halton, they offer a fabulous service for our children.


Irlen Diagnostician Cheshire 

Debra Johnston
Telephone: 01565652317
Email: debra@irlencheshire.co.uk 

Irlen Screener

Jill Taylor is a certified Irlen Screener based in Tarporley, Cheshire.

01829 732538 jnbtaylor3@btinternet.com

People with Irlen Syndrome are sensitive to certain wavelengths in the colour spectrum, which can make text unstable and distorted.


Jude Theatre Company

Working across the North West & West Midlands our aim is to inspire others to lift their aspirations using Applied Theatre. Bringing together performance and psychology, the Company run Youth and Adult Drama Groups.

Jump Nation Trampoline Park Runcorn

Jump Nation Trampoline Park in Runcorn runs autism friendly sessions every two weeks.


KIDS Mediation

For over 47 years KIDS has worked across England supporting disabled children, young people and their families, helping them cope with their disabilities and making sure they are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

They are passionate about making a life-changing, positive difference to the lives of disabled children and young people and their families.

Everything they do places the child at the centre of their support, their services then focus on providing care, which wraps around the child within their family..


Lea Green Development Centre

Our fabulous outdoor activity centre, located right on the edge of the Peak District National Park, is the perfect place to experience the outdoors, challenge yourself, make great friendships and grow!

As well as inclusive outdoor activities, visitors can take on our soft play area, sensory room and stay in our accessible on-site accommodation.

For further details please call the centre on 01629 534561. All activities need to be pre-booked in advance.

Local Offer Cheshire East

The Local Offer sets out, in one place, information about provision and support that the Local Authority expects to be in place for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Local Offer Cheshire West

The Local Offer website provides information for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers, in a single place. It includes information from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.

Local Offer Halton

The Halton SEND local offer provides a user-friendly one-stop shop for children and young people with a Special Educational Need and/or Disability, their parents and professionals to quickly find out what information, support and advice is available across education, health and social care from ages 0 to 25 and how to access it.

Looking Forward Activities

Looking Forward Activities run Groups and Activities across Cheshire for young people with learning disabilities aged 16+. The sessions are informal and a place for people to make friends, improve their social skills and have fun! Day and Evening Activities are held at various venues in Cheshire. The service can also provide one-to-one support and holiday/respite breaks.


Miss SEN

Autism Support Tutor based in Chester

Home programmes & early intervention for child development for infants & preschool. Developed to meet the individual needs of the child, to reach their milestone goals.

An option to provide online therapy and home programmes if tutoring within the home isn’t possible.

Mosaic Childrens Therapy

We provide occupational, speech-language, social/emotional/behavioural and play therapy services for children and young people with additional needs.

We provide support for children with a range of difficulties. These include sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder, attention deficit disorder, emotional and behavioural problems, speech/language/communication difficulties, and many other challenges faced by children and young people.

My Life Warrington

The website is a one-stop-shop for information about services available to support children and young people from birth to 25 years across education, health and social care and has been developed in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, and local services, including schools, colleges, health and social care agencies.

My Speech Therapy

If you have concerns about your Child …

Late talking, speech difficulties, social communication difficulties, Autism / Aspergers, attention and listening difficulties, language difficulties, stammering, eating / drinking problems, fussy eating, developmental delay, not making progress at school, contact me, without charge, to discuss your concerns in full.

David Reiser is an independent speech and language therapist who has a lot of knowledge around autism and aspergers.

David ran the last of our Intensive Social Skills Classes for children and was superb. Highly rated by ChAPS.


NAS Cheshire West and Chester Branch

The NAS Cheshire West and Chester Branch is a group of parents whose children/adults have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Amongst the services they offer are regular support group meetings and newsletters sent to families and professionals.

Nugent Care

Nugent Care is one of the oldest, and most diverse charities in the North West, which started in the 1850s and today supports over five thousand people of all ages.

Nugent Care is a charitable organisation which offers a diverse range of support to adults and children across Liverpool and throughout the North West of England.


Parent Partnership CE

Parent Partnership became Cheshire East Information Advice and Support on 1st September 2014.

They offer a wealth of information and dates for Parent and Carers forum meetings particularly around areas addressing SEN, new services and opportunities to air your views on transport.

Parent Partnership CWaC

They offer a wealth of information and dates for Parent and Carers forum meetings particularly around areas addressing SEN, new services and opportunities to air your views on transport.

Parent Partnership Warrington

They offer a wealth of information and dates for Parent and Carers forum meetings particularly around areas addressing SEN, new services and opportunities to air your views on transport.

Peterhouse School

We are a non-maintained Specialist School for children and young people aged 5 to 19 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition. The school opened in 1974 and was judged to be OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted in 2014, following Outstanding inspection results in 2009 and 2005.

Primus Psychology

Dr John Pugh is the Director of Primus Psychology. He is a chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist, specialising in childhood psychopathology and mental health. He has longstanding experience as a Principal Educational Psychologist, including management of a Looked After Children (LAC) Educational Psychology Service. 


Rhino UK

Rhino UK specialise in sensory solutions

Rhino UK manufacture tailor-made multi-sensory and therapist play products including bespoke designs and themes for any room or environment.

Ringway Training

Provides Autism and Asperger syndrome training courses, including introductory training courses, training courses in supporting people with Autism and Asperger syndrome in school and educational settings, and training courses in supporting people with Autism and Asperger syndrome in the workplace.

Mark Mallender is an excellent trainer. He has run our Intensive Social Skills Classes for children, the Independence and Living Skills Classes for adults and also our Employability Qualifications for adults.

Mark establishes a great rapport with the children and adults he has worked with. Highly recommended by ChAPS.

Roundway Centre

Speech and language therapy centre based in Stockport.

Has lots of resource material for your to download. This site may answer some questions for you.


Simply Misunderstood

Simply misunderstood’ is about enabling others to understand and deal with people with a learning disability or autism/pathological demand avoidance (PDA).

In some instances our lack of understanding can impact on the child/person with a learning disability meaning they have to use other means to make them self understood. The solution is to gain a greater understanding of the person this could be via training, assessments or supervision.

Space Training

SPACE Training has been a trusted name in conflict training for over 20 years. We specialise in Positive Behavioural Support including conflict resolution, challenging behaviour and physical interventions. Our facilitators are skilled in training in Mental Health Services, Customer Care, Learning Disabilities, Child Services, Young Adult Services, Elderly Services, and a wide range of Professional Development areas.


SPACE 4AUTISM based in Macclesfield, runs clubs for children and parental support meetings.

Special People North

Supports children of all ages, young people and adults meeting the difficulties of a wide spectrum of special needs. Their flexible approach means availability when it is needed and for as long as it is wanted, during the day or night, midweek or weekends entirely dependent on each family’s unique requirements. Special People North works with private clients and those accessing direct payments and personalised budgets.

Spectrum North West

Spectrum North West is an organisation of clinicians based in north west of England and currently practising both independently and in the NHS.

Together, we offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment of adults and children for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.


‘Support Training for Autistic People in Living and Learning Environments’

Part of the STAPLLE philosophy is that we strongly believe behaviour that challenges should not be a defining factor in where individuals with Autism live … staying safely together as a family should be a realistic option for everyone.


The Brainwave Centre

Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies, and the children we work with have a range of conditions including: autism, brain injuries such as cerebral palsy and genetic disorders such as Down’s syndrome. We have a centre in Warrington.

The Broad Street Project

The Broad Street Project in Crewe are starting two new groups for people with autism.

If you think your little one shows signs of autism, come along to a fun class on Thursdays 10 – 11.30am. For children from birth to four years old.

If you have Aspergers and are 16+ and want to talk to other people with Aspergers, come along on Wednesdays 7 – 8.30 pm.

For more information call 01270 255355.
The Broad Street Project, Crewe, CW1 3UD

The David Lewis Centre

The adult services supports those with complex needs to attain quality of life and to maximise their potential in a safe residential environment.

We currently provide the very best in integrated social and medical care for people from all over the UK with epilepsy, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism in residential care and nursing homes.

People who are more independent can be supported in their own homes by staff from our domiciliary care agency – “Care at Home”.

Our adult respite service offers bespoke packages to allow a person to take a break from their familiar routine, all within wonderful surroundings and access to David Lewis facilities.

The Hope Street Centre

Welcome to The Hope Street Centre

At The Hope Street Centre we understand that you may have been carrying around emotional pain or struggling with an issue for weeks, months or even years, with the right support, you can lay that burden down.

You can heal. You can be free. Therapy offers you that hope.


The iMap Centre

‘We are individuals Making autism positive’.

At iMap we offer a bright, vibrant, honest and effective service based on respect, mutual understanding and an open and transparent partnership. We know that children all have individual needs and we will work openly with parents and professionals, learn how best to look after children in our care.

Childrens and adult services, school, supported living accommodation and outreach service.

iMap have been incredibly supportive of ChAPS, we cannot recommend them highly enough.

The Protea Project

Mindfulness based emotional support in Chester & Frodsham.

The Protea Project is built around the idea of using mindfulness to build emotional resilience. There is more and more research being carried out around the link between practicing mindfulness, emotional resilience and young people developing into confident adults.

At The Protea Project we celebrate diversity and facilitate transformation through the use of mindfulness based techniques and our unique mentoring approach.

Therapy Directory

Therapy Directory is dedicated to putting individuals who are searching for a practitioner, in touch with a professional who is both qualified and suitable for their needs. In addition, we are also passionate about increasing awareness of the positive benefits of complementary and alternative therapies.

This link is to an information page about Occupational Therapy.

Tranmere Rovers Football Club

People on middle or high rate component of DLA get into matches at the reduced price of £7.

Accompanied carers get in free.


Urban Air Cheshire Trampoline Park in Winsford

Urban Air Connect is a session for families with children with Autism. The current session is on Sunday 9.45 – 10.45am and the entire park is reserved for guests with Autism and other special needs, along with their families and carers.


Warrington Play & Sensory Centre

Fabulous venue for your children. Lots of sensory toys and activities for them to play with.

West Kirby Residential School

We are situated in the small seaside town of West Kirby, with access to a wide range of cultural and leisure activities in Wirral, North Wales and Liverpool. We cater for a complex range of needs that significantly impact on the learning of young people including: social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Disorders; ADHD; other individualised needs of the young people.

The school strives to allow each pupil to reach their potential and more by exposing them to a dynamic and creative curriculum in a supportive and structured environment promoting independence and confidence.

Work Choice Cheshire East

Cheshire East Supported Employment delivers the Work Choice Programme in partnership with Shaw Trust and the DWP. This is a government led programme which offers support to you as a disabled job seeker to find paid work and up to two years further support once you have become employed to help sustain your job.

Work Choice Cheshire West & Chester

Cheshire West and Chester Council works in partnership with Shaw Trust, a national voluntary sector organisation, delivering the DWP Work Choice programme. Work Choice is a voluntary government supported employment programme designed specifically for people who, due to their disability/health condition, may find it difficult to find employment for 16 hours plus per week.

Inspiring families to achieve more

If you need further information or advice please contact us on: 0344 850 8607 or info@cheshireautism.org.uk

0344 850 8607


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