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A Parent Carer Emergency Response Card is for the main parent carer of a child or young person registered with LOOK AHEAD services. The card can then be carried around with the parent carer when they are out and about. If they are then involved in an emergency situation the emergency services know to look for this card and call the appropriate number, they will then quote the parent carers unique reference number and care will be arranged for their child or young person with additional needs.
The card also allows the carer free entrance to many of the council owned attractions. These include Sewerby Hall and various swimming pools. PLEASE NOTE this is only available to those living in the East Riding, there is no equivalent in Hull. Please contact East Riding Council for an application form on (01482) 396469.
If your child is over 2, they should qualify for a blue badge which will allow you more flexibility when parking your car. The criteria for applying is that the applicant must have "a permanent and substantial disablity which causes inablity to walk or considerable difficulty in walking". You DO NOT have to be getting the Higher Rate of the mobility component of DLA to qualify. Please contact Hull City Council for an application form on (01482) 300300 or click here
Register for Look Ahead services by completing the application form or call them on (01482) 396469. PLEASE NOTE Look Ahead services are only available to those living in the East Riding, there is no equivalent in Hull.
A LOOK AHEAD newsletter four times a year - packed full of news and tips on helping you to help your child with additional needs.
Invitations to parent carer events and workshops throughout the year.
Regular mailouts about activities, new services and events.
Apply for your very own Passport to Leisure card - entitling you to 50% off many standard priced leisure centre activities in the East Riding.
A Shop & Save card to access discounts in a variety of businesses across the East Riding.
Carer's Allowance is a taxable benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for. For everything you need to know about Carers Allowance, please click here.
If you cannot get Carer's Allowance and look after one or more disabled people for a total of 20 hours or more a week, you may want to apply for Carer's Credit. This is a National Insurance Credit for carers of working age that can protect your future entitlement to the basic element of the State Pension and bereavement benefits. The credit may also help you build up some additional pension, sometimes called State Second Pension. Any additional pension you are entitled to will be paid with your basic State Pension when you claim it. Call the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200.
Is your child over 4 and still in nappies?
If so, please get in touch with your health visitor or school nurse as you may be entitled to free nappies.
Children Today is a charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Visit their website
The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers independent access to disabled people to around 7000 locked public toilets around the country. Contact them on 0845 0109000 or visit their website.
Disability Living Allowance is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults to help with extra costs you may have because you are disabled. It is not based on your disability but the needs arising from it. To apply, please call the Benefits Enquiry Line on 0845 882200 or visit their site here.
Down Syndrome Awareness Week is 19th-25th March 2018. Find out about our celebrations and how you can get involved by having a look here.
Please let us know if you cannot attend a session - either contact your group leader direct, or contact the office on 01482 420160 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We regularly have visitors to our Friday sessions, whether they be healthcare professionals, friends from the community or old faces returning to have a catch up with us. Stay tuned for information of up and coming visitors