Statutory Organisations - A statutory authority is a body set up by law which is authorised to enact legislation on behalf of the relevant country or state. For the purposes of this section Health and Education Authorities are listed. Only a few main local links have been included here but other advice and support may be available through different Health Trust and Education Authority teams.
Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT): The Western Health and Social Care Trust provides health and social care services across the super council areas of Strabane and Derry City, Fermanagh and Omagh District and a portion of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area. The Trust delivers those services from a number of hospitals, community based settings and in some cases directly in individuals’ homes. These comprehensive range of services are provided through the following Directorates: (i) Primary Care and Older Peoples Services (including Nursing services), (ii) Women and Children’s Services (includes Social Work services), (iii) Adult Mental and Health and Learning Disability Services. (iv) Acute Services http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/index.htm
WHSCT – Autism Services: Teams of specialist clinical and support staff who assess, diagnose and provide subsequent support based on the individual needs identified. There are two teams - one for childre and one for adults. http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/AutisticSpectrumDisorder.htm
WHSCT – CAMHS: The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service team provide psychology services to children, young people (aged 5 – 17yrs) and their families. The service offered includes psychological assessment (including psychometrics), a range of psychological therapies and consultation. The multidisciplinary teams are made up of Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Worker and Clinical Nurse Specialists. The service works closely with agencies statutory and voluntary agencies. http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/services/1735.htm
WHSCT – Disabled Children & Young People’s Services: The Western Trust provides a range of services for disabled children and young people with a learning disability, physical disability and/or with physical health needs or sensory needs. http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/1741.htm
WHSCT – Adult Learning Disability Services: The Western Trust maintains an Informal Register for individuals with a learning disability on which there currently approximately 2,200 people. Adult Learning Disability Services have a range of hospital, community and facility based services but also contracts with a number of independent service providers.
Education Authority: The Education Authority (EA) is a recently established non-departmental body sponsored by the Department of Education. It is a single body, effectively replacing the five, old local Education and Library Boards and is responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective primary and secondary education services are available to meet the needs of children and young people, and support for the provision of efficient and effective youth services. The majority of services are unaffected by the change process at this stage and will continue to be delivered locally by the same people in the same locations. http://www.eani.org.uk/#
Education Authority Western Region (EAWR) – Autism Advisory Service: The AAS provides support through training, advice and resources for pupils, parents and schools as well as tailored support for pupils referred by the EAWR Educational Psychology Service. The team work with a range of partners including other EAWR Services, Western Health and Social Care Trust and community and voluntary organisations to contribute to the continuum of support for children and young people with ASD.
Education Authority Western Region – Special Education Needs: The EAWR has a responsibility to ensure that children within its area who may have special educational needs have those needs identified and assessed. The EAWR also has a responsibility to make appropriate provision for any child for whom it maintains a statement of special educational needs.
Middletown Centre for Autism - The Centre was established following political agreement that there should be an all island Centre of Excellence for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders to act on the identified need to address the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders; to recognise good practice and to support and complement current services. Centre staff provide direct support to autistic individuals, offer training courses and seminars to parents and to professionals and regularly publish research papers. https://www.middletownautism.com/
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council: http://www.fermanaghomagh.com/
Charities working in NI
(Listed here in alphabetical order. Please note not all of these charities operate in Fermanagh)
Action for Children - A UK national charity that supports and speaks out on behalf of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in Northern Ireland. Offices are based in the heart of local communities and there is one in Enniskillen. Staff provide a range of direct and indirect support for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people and their families, helping people to transform their lives.
ADD-NI – A charitable organisation originally set up in Belfast as a support network for children, young people and families of those affected by AD/HD: Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. Services include advice, support groups, training, counselling and a telephone helpline, Based in Belfast but with a smaller satellite office in Dungannon. https://www.addni.net/
Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland - Autism Initiatives seeks to meet the needs of people with autism, their families and carers by providing a range of services which are personal, professional and innovative. We work in close partnership with families and service users as well as other voluntary organisations and colleagues in the statutory sector. http://www.autisminitiatives.org/where-we-are/northern-ireland/
Autism Network NI - The Autism Network N.I. is a Charity set up by parents, carers and autistic people. The Charity is based in Moira and run by volunteers, providing information, advice, support and activities. http://www.autismnetworkni.org.uk/home.htm
Autism NI - Autism NI is an autism specific charity based in Belfast but with local branches around Northern Ireland, including one in Fermanagh. http://autismni.org/
AwareNI – AWARE NI deliver mental health and well-being programmes into communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces. These programmes include Mindfulness, Mental Health First Aid and Mood Matters programmes. https://www.aware-ni.org/
Barnardos – Barnardos offer a very wide range of services for children, including a young carer support service for children who help with the care of a disabled adult or sibling in their family.
Carers NI - Looking after someone with a disability or additional caring needs can be a rewarding experience but it can also be lonely and bewildering. At these times, you need people around you who really understand caring. Carers can help each other by sharing experiences and offering support.
Cedar - Cedar delivers a range of services that enable people with disabilities to get the most out of life and to be fully included in their communities. Support is centred around the individual needs of each person and is delivered throughout Northern Ireland. http://www.cedar-foundation.org/
Children’s Law Centre - The Children’s Law Centre is one of the leading children’s charities in NI. It works to protect the rights of all children living in NI but in particular those who are the most disadvantaged, especially children who are living with disabilities, have special educational needs, mental health problems and are experiencing discrimination. http://www.childrenslawcentre.org.uk/
Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Providing free advice and support regarding a very wide range of matters including advocacy and representation on all Social Security Benefits/Social Welfare, debt, employment, housing, consumer Rights, community care, legal issues, tax, immigration and Relationship issues. https://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/pages/fermanagh_cab/
Family Fund UK: Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
Mencap – A UK wide organisation that provides advice and support to individuals with learning disabilities and their families. Practical help, learning and development programmes and a wide range of projects designed to improve lives. https://www.mencap.org.uk/
National Autistic Society – A UK wide charity providing a broad and varied range of advice, training and support to individuals with autism and their families, professionals and employers. The NAS NI region main office is in Belfast. http://www.autism.org.uk/
PEAT (Parents' Education as Autism Therapists) - PEAT is a parent-led charity that provides practical behaviour support to all families across Northern Ireland who wish to avail of behaviour analytic intervention in their home environment. PEAT also delivers training to professionals from a variety of backgrounds (education, health, care providers and employers) who work directly with those with a diagnosis. http://www.peatni.org/
Positive Futures – A charity that works in homes and communities to provide hands on practical support and learning opportunities for people with a learning disability, an acquired brain injury or autism. Offices all over Northern Ireland, including one in Fermanagh.
HOW TO SUPPORT US
We are a newly established local non-profit organisation and we need as much support as possible.
If you think you can help, are able to donate money or equipment for the centre, or would like to be involved in building this community and creating better opportunities for the people of Fermanagh, please get in touch.