Our Local Offer

The Local Offer

The Local Offer lists all the activities, opportunities and support services available to families who have disabled children and young people aged up to 25 on a single website so that families and professionals working with them have a ‘one-stop shop’ for the information they need.  It includes information about education, health and care provision as well as training, employment and independent living.

The Local Offer

The Key – Gloucestershire’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Register

This is a really useful register, which is a database that holds information about children and young people with 
disabilities (birth to 25 years) who live in Gloucestershire. By signing up to the register, you will be kept up-to-date on any new developments within the County. As a member of The Key you/ your child will also benefit from free membership to a local Swimming Pool, this also allows free/discounted entry for an adult carer.  It can, in some areas, also provide discounted access to other leisure facilities.  There is also the opportunity for families to be matched together for support through the Parent Contact Register or the Friendship4You Scheme for adult key members (18-25 years).


Young Carers

We offer a range of services to support our young carers and their family members


Family Information Service

Family Information Service (FIS) advisors give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting and education. We support families, children and young people aged 0- 19 years of age (25 for young people with additional needs) and professionals working with these families.


SENDIASS (formerly Parent Partnership) 

SENDIASS Gloucestershire provides information, advice and support on matters relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The service is offered to parents and carers of children and young people aged between 0 and 25 years old.

SENDIASS provides free, confidential, impartial advice and helps parents play an active and informed role in their child’s education. 

The service operates a ‘self-referral’ process. 


Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We provide this through our 24 hour helpline, extensive advice on our website, our email and live chat services, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support groups. Nearly all of our services are accessible at no charge to parents and you can contact us 365 days a year.


Carers Gloucestershire

We are an independent charity helping unpaid Carers in Gloucestershire. Being a Carer can be isolating and exhausting. We offer support for Carers to help not only their physical and emotional well-being, but to help them to make informed decisions that have a positive, lasting influence on their lives.


Barnwood Trust

Barnwood Trust is a charitable foundation that provides grants to people in Gloucestershire with disabilities and mental health challenges. Barnwood Trust gives four types of grants to people, groups and organisations in Gloucestershire.


Gloucester Food Bank

The Gloucester Foodbank offers immediate and tangible support to people lacking the funds to buy food in the Gloucester area by providing an emergency parcel of non-perishable food, given at no cost to individuals and families as a direct result of a referral from one of the more than seventy front-line care agencies they work with. Each emergency parcel contains enough for three days which is usually enough time for the appropriate agencies to be in a position to assist. Access to a food parcel is through a voucher system obtained from one of the seventy plus agencies - local Children's Centres, Primary Schools and Children and Families Services, Age Uk, The Royal British Legion, Housing Associations and other local statutory and voluntary organisations. For further information please contact the Foodbank Manager.


Home Start

Home Start is one of the leading family support Charities within the UK.  Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.

If you feel this is something which your benefit would benefit from, please contact the SENDCo who will make a refferal on your behalf.