The Helpline has been a source of support for parents and professionals since the organisation was founded in 1995. It is often a lifeline for parents when they are at their wits end and need an understanding person to listen, talk with, give them information and guidance, and signpost them in the direction of further help if required. This service is available to anyone and if we can’t help we often know someone who can. It is easy to underestimate its value but our motto is “We’re here to help – all you have to do is ask.”
Our leaflets ‘Understanding ADHD’, ‘Adults with ADHD’, and ‘Guidelines for Schools’ provide overviews of ADHD relative to their purpose with strategies for managing, coping, and changing negative or ineffective practices. The content is reviewed regularly and updated when necessary. We also have a folded leaflet giving brief details of ADHD and the services we can provide. Our leaflet ‘The ADHD Brain and the role of Medication’, with simple illustrations and easy to understand language, is a useful addition for parents and other interested parties. Copies of our leaflets – please note these are copyrighted – are available on request. Other leaflets and fact sheets can be downloaded from the links provided and websites listed on the various pages.
In areas where we have been commissioned or have obtained grant funding we are able to offer a range of services including: 1:1 consultancy for parents at suitable venues or by our outreach service visiting families in their own homes. We aim to provide a whole family approach taking into account everyone involved and their needs in order to ensure every member of the family is supported appropriately. As every family is different the information and guidance provided is tailored to meet their individually identified difficulties and needs. In addition we support parents at case meetings and clinic appointments to provide information and advocacy as well as moral support. Details of new projects can be found on our HOME page under News & Events.
ADHD: PARENT EMPOWERMENT & SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMME
Our ADHD: Parent Empowerment & Skills Training programme (known affectionately as the PEST) was specifically developed in 2003 to meet the needs of parents of children 6 to 12 years affected by ADHD and, through commissioning or grants, has been successfully delivered each term to groups of parents in various geographical areas. The programme is reviewed annually taking into account the feedback and evaluation of attendees. During the pandemic and lockdown periods an abridged version has been delivered online via ZOOM. This has proved very successful and will continue as an option when face-to-face programmes resume. The programme was rigorously reviewed by the National Academy of Parenting Research in 2008 and again in 2011 and is included in the list of parenting programmes agreed by Lancashire County Council. Details of forthcoming programmes are listed under News & Events on our HOME page.
Workshops ranging from 90 minutes to 3.5 hours can be commissioned by professionals. Each workshop is designed to establish current thinking and experience of attendees, provide in-depth knowledge of ADHD and its impact, explain the differences in the brain, and the role of prescribed medication. Workshops are tailored to the specific audience (ie teachers, family support workers, health professionals etc). Attendees are given information and strategies appropriate to their role and and all workshops include small group exercises to allow for discussion and consideration of possible changes to overcome ineffective practices. Please contact us to register interest in booking a workshop.
PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Occasionally a group of parents wish to set up their own local support group. Each parent-led group is unique and generally starts with finding a venue in which to hold regular meeting where they can share their individual difficulties in an informal setting, agree a plan of action and form a steering group to take things forward. Their plans may include occasional speakers and social activities. Whilst we can provide guidance and information we are unable to take responsibility for running a group.