Family Information Service
Telephone: 01267 246555
FIS text service: Please start your message with ‘Children’ and send to 07786 202747
Fax: 01267 246745
| Children with Disabilities and Special needs
| Services for Families with young children
| Social Services/Children's Services
| The Family Holiday Association
| Substance Misuse Services – Carmarthenshire
| Barnado's Helping Children Manage Bereavement
Family Services within Carmarthenshire cover a range of support services, networks and facilities for parents and carers and young people to enhance their capacity to cope with the challenges of family life. These services also help children and young people reach their full potential. Family Support Services can be provided by the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
Children with Disabilities and Special needs
Children’s Disability Team
The Children's Disability Team is a multi-agency team, which provides services for disabled children who have moderate to severe disabilities, children with chronic illnesses and their families. The role of the Disabled Children's Disability Team is to assess, plan, co-ordinate, provide and review services for these children and their families. The aim of such provision is to minimise the impact of the disability or illness and maximise each child's integration into society.
A) Pre-School aged children
The Carmarthenshire Referral Scheme can help families with children who have special needs to become part of the local Playgroup or Parent & Toddler group. Covering the county of Carmarthenshire, the Scheme is administered by Mudiad Meithrin and the Wales Pre-school Providers Association working together. The Special Needs Co-ordinator is the link between the family, the group and the statutory authorities.
Please contact Mudiad Meithrin on 01267 222622.
B) School aged children
It offers help, advice, information and training on all aspects of Special Needs education and development. If you feel that SNAP (Special Needs Advisory Project) CYMRU can help you, please contact the Development Officer on 01554 777566 or email@example.com.
SNAP Cymru is a Charity that offers information and support to families of children and young people who have special educational needs.
Helpline: 0845 1203730
C) Disabled Facilities Grant
The grant is administered by the Local Authority to assist a disabled person or parents of a disabled child to adapt their property to meet needs.
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Contact a Family
Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.
Contact a Family became a registered charity in 1979 and we have nearly 30 years of experience of working with families with disabled children. For more information on national organisations that provide help and advice for various disabilities
Please click here
Services for Families with young children
Flying Start is a Welsh Assembly Government initiative which aims to provide more support and opportunities for families with children under the age of 4.
Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential.
Home-Start Carmarthen-Llanelli 01554 770808
Home-Start Dinefwr 01269 593853
Integrated Children's Centre
The ICC has 4 core aims:- 3 year old education, childcare, training opportunities and open access play.
There are 12 Family centres across Carmarthenshire. Further details of the Family Centres, Flying Start, and Home Start are available on the Children’s Partnership website
Social Services/Children's Services
Carmarthenshire County Council have services for families and children covering the following areas:
For more information on the above, please visit
- Services working with and for Children and Families;
- Children and Families Assessment & Support Team
- Family Placement Service & Resources Team (Fostering)
- Looked After Children/Leaving Care Team
- Tîm Plant Anabl (Children with Disabilities)
- Youth Offending Team (YOT)
British Association for Adoption & Fostering
The Family Holiday Association
The Family Holiday Association is a national charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged families access holidays.
The charity helps to provide breaks away from home for economically and socially deprived children and their families. Typically, the families are affected by severe financial hardship and with extra difficulties such as long-term or terminal illness, violence or abuse, depression, disability or overcrowded and inadequate housing. Currently, the charity helps about 1,600 families a year – around 7,000 individuals – to have what is often their first ever family holiday.
How do they help?
By providing grants: the Family Holiday Association makes a modest grant towards the cost of a break.
Applications for holidays for families in need are referred to the charity’s Programme Team from various welfare sources such as social workers, GPs, health visitors and both voluntary and statutory agencies. Referrals also come from national charities such as Barnardos and Family Action as well as smaller local voluntary organisations.
The Family Holiday Association responds to the applications by making funds available to the welfare agencies, who help the families with holiday bookings and arrangements. A grant helps to cover the cost of accommodation, travel and food money for one week, usually at a UK seaside holiday centre or caravan site run by organisations such as Butlins or Haven. Alternatively, the charity may help to fund a break in another area, perhaps with relatives.
To contact The Family Holiday Association:
Telephone – 020 7436 3304
Visit their website www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk
Or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Substance Misuse Services – Carmarthenshire Contacts
A free and bilingual telephone drugs helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol.
The helpline will assist individuals, their families, carers, and support workers within the drug and alcohol field to access appropriate local and regional services.
0800 6 33 55 88
Dan 24/7 is a free and confidential helpline. Calls from public telephone boxes are free of charge: calls from a mobile phone may incur a charge from your network.
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Barnado's Helping Children Manage Bereavement
Barnado's Helping Children Manage Bereavement (download)