Springwell School

Parent Support - Groups, Activities & Contacts

Springwell hosts it's own Parent/Carer Coffee Mornings in our Community room across the year. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet other Springwell parents and to ask any questions to the elected Assistant Head Teachers who attend. We also often regularly have local SEND officers attend and also sometimes parents give presentations on topics like how they have adjusted their home to make it sensory friendly.

There's no need to book, you are welcome to just turn up. Sign in at the main reception and then come down to the Community room in the corner of the car park.


Family Hubs - Southampton

A family hub is a place for children and families to enjoy stay and play sessions, find a quiet space to breastfeed babies, get advice on infant feeding, get healthcare support and much more. Staff within the hubs can help you find the information you need from employment to healthcare support. There are seven family hub locations across city each providing a range of sessions and support for local families.

Family Hub Website 


Cost of Living Support

cost of living booklet digital.pdf


Springwell Parent Facebook Group

A group for the Parents of children attending Springwell School in Southampton to meet and support each other remotely across the city. We will ask you to answer a few questions to be accepted into the group. 

Click HERE to be taken to the group.

Ground rules for the group:

1. This is not a group for discussing anything directly related to School or specific teachers. Nor is it a correct area for complaints. This must be discussed directly with the School. Any posts in breach of this rule will be removed.

2. No inflammatory articles Autism Cures, Immunisations etc these will immediately be removed.

3. We all have different styles of Parenting and different opinions on issues, please do not be judgemental.

4. No confidential information to be shared on here.

5. No inappropriate images.

6. No swearing please, please find alternative ways to express yourself.

7. If Admin feels that a post is becoming too heated comments may be suspended and the post possibly removed.

8. Try to help remember we are all fighting a daily battle.

9. Admins word is final.

10. Please do not post any sensitive data about your children or yourselves on here in line with Data Protection. This includes Phone numbers, Addresses, DOBs etc.

11. Have fun getting to know one another.

12. ONLY parents of children at Springwell School are permitted to be added to this group.



Re:Minds is a Southampton based organisation supporting families whose children/young people with Autism, ADHD and/or mental health issues (no diagnosis is needed). Our aim is to allow people whose children face similar issues to meet up in an informal setting to share knowledge and talk about any challenges our families are facing. We don’t claim to be experts, just other families who understand what it can feel like to be on this journey.  

We are the primary link between families and Southampton Specialist CAMHS and offer speakers on a range of topics and regular advice clinics for children’s mental health, Autism, ADHD and adult mental health. 

​The group is open to any family member, you don’t have to live in Southampton or have a diagnosis to be able to come along. We do ask you not to bring children to the groups, as we believe it is important for adults to have a safe space to express their feelings. We really hope you will come along and join us because sometimes just talking to other people can make a real difference!

 Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.reminds.org.uk/

They also have a great Facebook group that they utilise to advertise courses they run and also use as a safe space for Parents to discuss their struggles. Re:Minds Facebook Group


Hampshire Specialist Parenting Support Service

This service provides:

Parenting programmes: Training programmes and workshops, family learning activities, community based development support and family mediation services.

Mental health: Offering mental health and therapeutic support, including early intervention, for those at risk of homelessness and other harmful behaviours. Provides counselling, information, advice and guidance on recovering and rebuilding family relationships.

Barnardos, Post Office Chambers
St. Johns Centre, Upper Northam Road
Hedge End
SO30 4QU

Phone: 01489 799178

Website: Hampshire and IOW Support for Neurodiverse Families | Barnardo's (barnardos.org.uk)


NHS Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is an informal, non-judgemental, out-of-hours mental health service for anyone over the age of 18 who requires short-term support with their mental health.   

The Lighthouse is based in Shirley, Southampton and is currently operating as a virtual service, with some limited face-to-face contact. The team are working hard to be as accessible as possible, in a COVID-19 safe way. 

The service runs from 4.30pm to 11.30pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives within the SO14-SO19 postcodes, and feels they are at crisis point with their mental health.

Find out more: The Lighthouse :: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

What we do

Lighthouse logo.jpgThe Lighthouse offers a safe space for those in mental health crisis to get support. The team is made up of people who have lived experience of mental health challenges and using services, people who hold a professional registration, and people who fall across both categories.

The Lighthouse is unable to work with people who:

  • need medical attention
  • have been drinking alcohol or using drugs
  • behave in a threatening or physically aggressive manner.
  • are under 18

Accessing the service

If you are aged 18 or over, live in Southampton and feel like you're in mental health crisis or emotional distress, you can access our virtual support service. Access the service by texting ‘lighthouse’ and your postcode (for example LIGHTHOUSE SO14 0YG) to the Solent Mind text line number (07451 276010) between 4.30pm and 11.30pm. Our staff will then contact you via telephone, email, webchat or text.


Southampton SENDIASS

Every Local Authority in England must commission an Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service for their area about; matters relating to children and young people with SEND, enabling them to participate in decision making processes, and help them to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes.


 Soft Talk - Shirley Baptist Church 

Friendly and Welcoming Parent Support Group with free crèche- Shirley Baptist Church. This group is specifically for parents with mental health difficulties and offers friendly support and some workshops before or after attending a course. These groups run throughout the year.

The room is situated alongside the New Dawn Contact Centre Building (which is next to the church). It is the first door on your right.

Contact Name: Melissa Ellis

Telephone: 02380 682499

E-mail: [email protected]

Shirley Baptist Church
Church Street

SO15 5LG

Meet the Staff Team – Shirley Baptist Church


Southampton Parent Carer Forum

"We are a voluntary group of parents and carers who have children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. The forum supports families who live with SEND to experience a better quality of life. Our Vision is for an accepting and empathetic wider community where the daily challenges faced by Parent Carers are recognised and understood, and there is a shared commitment to overcome them. 

The forum welcomes anyone who lives in Southampton and who has a child with SEND, diagnosed or not, aged 0-25."

Southampton Parent Carer Forum 



 Buzz Network

The Buzz Network is a group for Southampton Parents/Carers of Children and young people with a disability or additional needs.  It is funded by Southampton City Council who work closely with the Southampton Parent Carer Forum to ensure it is meeting the needs of families.

Short Breaks provide children and young people with disabilities or additional needs an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, engage in fun activities and enjoy time with their friends. They offer parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and time to spend with other family members or to catch up on other daily tasks. 

Southampton's Short Break Statement has further information about our Short Breaks Offer.

The MAX Card and MAX Card PLUS are replacing the Buzz Passport.  The card will be issued to all children and young people on The Buzz Network.  It gives discounts or benefits to the holder and one other person at a range of venues and organisations within Southampton and further afield.

For further information regarding Short Breaks and the tiers of support available - please follow this link -

Tiers of support 

E-mail: [email protected]


 Max Card


Helping families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys, trampoline parks and many more. We aim to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone. We work with Local Authorities and selected charities, who administer the cards to eligible families in their areas.

The MAX Card will be issued to all children and young people who register with The Buzz Network. It gives discounts or benefits to the holder and one other person at a range of venues and organisations within Southampton and further afield.

The card can only be used by the registered child and their parent/carer – don't lend it to anyone else.

Max Card 


Autism Hampshire

Our information Advice and Guidance team offers a wide range of free services to support individuals, families, and professionals as well as raising autism awareness within the local community.

This service is available pre, during and post diagnosis via the telephone, by email or by appointment at our Hampshire based office.

We are available on the telephone (Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm) and by email. Autism Hampshire offers an information, advice, and guidance service for autistic people, their parents, carers and professionals. The service is available free of charge for people in Hampshire including Southampton and Portsmouth.

General Enquiries Tel: 02380 766162

Email: [email protected]

Information, Advice & Guidance Offices: Autism Hampshire, 1646 Parkway, Whiteley, Fareham, PO15 7AH

Autism Hampshire 


National Autistic Society


Services provided:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Local branches
  • Adult residential services
  • Education and children’s services
  • Professional development
  • Employment
  • Diagnostic services
  • Help and support
  • Education rights helpline
  • Transition support helpline
  • Education tribunal helpline
  • School exclusion helpline
  • Parent to parent emotional support helpline
  • General enquiries
  • Urgent help

National Autistic Society 


SEND Activity Groups & Businesses

Wet Wheels

The ride of a lifetime on an accessible powerboat, provided by a not for profit organisation, with some rides starting from Ocean Village.

Wetwheels provides the opportunity for all disabled people, including those with profound and complex disabilities, to access the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way on board specially-built, fully-accessible powerboats.

By offering the opportunity to experience the sea as active participants we build confidence and improve physical and mental wellbeing. 

Wet Wheels Foundation 

Injoy Activity Centre - SEN Sessions

SEN & Additional Needs Sessions with reduced sound, adjusted lighting where necessary, removal of strong scents, and fewer people around will help our visitors fully InJoy their time in our centres.

Carers can accompany free of charge*. Please bring your MAX or Gateway card.
Every Thursday evening during the term time

Injoy Southampton 

Active Nation - SEND Activities

Commissioned by Southampton City Council, our short breaks provide children and young people with disabilities, or additional needs, an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, engage in fun activities and enjoy time with their friends.

They offer parents/carers a break from their caring responsibilities and time to spend with other family members and to catch-up on other daily tasks.

Follow the link to see more available activities:

Active Nation SEND Activities 

Monkey Business

Monkey Bizness – Monkey bizness is a local soft play centre who offers reduced numbers for those who struggle with crowds on a Monday evening once a month. 

Monday (1st Monday of the month) 6.15pm-7.45pm

Monkey Bizness 

Southampton Mencap

FairPlay Junior Club

Members: Aged 5 – 11 (From Year 1 until the child begins Year 7)
Venue: Southampton Mencap Activities Centre
Dates of sessions: Every other Saturday, term-time
Times of sessions: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Closures during year: All school holidays
Transport: No
Maximum Places: 12

Please note that because of the funding received through the Local Authority, all activities for children and young people under the age of 18 are restricted to people living within Southampton City’s boundary in possession of a Max Card Plus, or those families open to Jigsaw. Furthermore, all of our activities will give priority to children and young people living at the family home in order to provide respite for unpaid carers, though we will be happy to accept members living in supported living if places are available.

A free taster session and full application is mandatory before accessing our activities. The application process has a quick turnaround of just 2 working days, but taster sessions can only be booked using existing dates in either our Playschemes or Saturday Clubs. Therefore please allow at least one month from point of contact to point of entry into our services so we have time to book a convenient taster session. A carer is required to attend the taster session with the child or young person.

Mencap Southampton 

High Score Arcades


Our second SEN session will run on the 4th Tuesday of the month, we will be running 2 sessions at the later time of 16.00pm or 17.00pm

These sessions will run at lower capacity and machine volumes will be lower, for those that need a calmer environment to play.

High Score is a free-play amusement centre, packed with over 60 games to either reminisce or play for the first time. From old school classics including Space Invaders and PAC-man to pinball, sports games and the newest arcade fun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.