Advice and Support

Bringing together parents supporting a child with a disability

How We Help Build Your Support Network

At Parents Inclusion Network, our main focus is to bring parents and carers who support a disabled child together, to support each other. We connect families in similar situations and localities and enable them to set up their own ‘support network’. The feeling that you are not alone and others are in the same boat as you can be an immense sense of relief.

We organise informal get-togethers for members, often in a cosy hotel or local cafe, right across Dumfries and Galloway. These are a great opportunity for members to build new friendships and discuss challenges and issues you are facing. Some of our events are listed below.

During school breaks, we organise family days where we book a venue for the use of our members and invite the whole family along, such as Dalscone Play Centre and Kirroughtree Forest Centre. These family days are for parents and unpaid carers.  Parents tell us what a relief it is to allow their child to play without fearing the ‘tuts’ and looks of disapproval from others.

Training

PIN provides valuable training and information on the various issues of concern that trouble parents, such as:

  • Understanding and managing your child’s behaviour
  • Effective communication with schools
  • How to produce a communication passport
  • The use of power-of-attorney and guardianship

We also send out a regular newsletter letting members know of forthcoming PIN events as well as any other information, both local and national, that is relevant to supporting people with disabilities.

We provide opportunities for parents and carers to take part in relevant consultations and we provide the statutory agencies with vital feedback on how families are actually experiencing life with a disabled son or daughter.

We have two part-time coordinators, one in the east of the region and one in the west, who deal with connecting families and the day-to-day running and on-going development of PIN. Check out our About page to find out more about PIN.

Other Support Services

Enable Scotland

Are a Scottish charity, working for an equal society for every person who has a learning disability.

Headway

Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling. Headway aim to support people following a serious head injury

Scottish Autism

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enabling autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Carers Trust

Offering support to anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

Need to speak to the team? Call our office during standard working hours at 01387 252683