Advice and Support

Young Disabled People

Your Transition Plan is one way you can plan for what you want to achieve in your teenage years, as you move into adult life. They are usually first drawn up in Year 9 to help you prepare for the future and are reviewed each school year.

View the help available through the Your Future Your Choice Directory.


WIRED (Wirral Information Resource for Equality and Disability) is an organisation of and for disabled people and carers that provides a range of services to people, acts as an umbrella organisation for other local disability groups and promotes the inclusion of disabled people into society.

WIRED offer Advocacy Services for children and young people with any disability and/or additional need aged between 5-19 years, or 0-25 if they are looked after. The Advocate can provide representation, support and/or independent information. They may be able to help if a young person is experiencing difficulties in communicating their wishes and feelings, or if they would like support or representation in meetings such as annual reviews, Team Around the Child, and other procedures. Visit the WIRED page on teenwirral for more information about how they can help you.

Wirral Autistic Society

For support with Autism, you can contact Wirral Autistic Society, who have been dedicated to caring exclusively for people with autism for over 40 years. They are committed to understanding each individual with this complex condition and to providing each with the structure to live life to the full, based on their personal needs and aspirations.

Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care provide services for young disabled people and their families. They also offer group support or 1:1 help in accessing activities or clubs in the local community. Visit their website or call them on 0151 343 1960 to find out how they may be able to help you.

Short Break Services for Disabled Children

Wirral Council provides Short Break Services for Disabled children. Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. These include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and take place in the child's own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting.

Short breaks can also be activities offering a fun based experience for the family as a whole. Parents/carers can be present at these activities but there will be qualified and experienced deliverers leading the session to offer a break to them as primary carer. These activities offer a positive leisure experience for the whole family to access.

You can access short breaks by :

  • contacting the provider directly; each service has clear eligiblity and access policy
  • contacting the short break services team to request information on appropriate short breaks; individual searches can be provided.

You can contact the Short Break Services Team on 0151 606 6801. You can find out more about Short Break services and download the service directory online at Wirral Council's main website.

SenseAbility survey 2015

SenseAbility is a soft play and sensory venue that caters specifically for disabled children and adults. Based at Europa Pools Leisure Centre, the service opened in 2014, and since then over 250 individuals and groups have become members.

Do you use the SenseAbility service, or know anyone who does? The Short Breaks Team would like to gather feedback on the service and would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by Friday 25th September 2015. If you don’t use the service yourself but know someone who does, please direct them to the site so that we can hear their views.

Please be honest when answering the questions. The survey is anonymous, but there is an opportunity to leave your contact details if you would like to be on the SenseAbility contact list. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.

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