Wigwam Support Group is based in Guernsey and offers friendship, support and advice to the families of children and young people with additional needs. We welcome enquiries and you can do this by calling us on 07839 121678 or e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are a local charity founded in 1999 by parents to offer friendship, support and advice to other parents, families and friends who have, or are involved with, a child with a special need.
Every child is unique and each family has a different experience.
The families we support have children with a wide range of special needs, some with a diagnosis and some without. It doesn’t matter to us what a child's condition is, we welcome any family or friend who would like friendship, support and/or advice.
We understand what it is like to have a child with special needs.
We are here when families and friends need support and advice.
We are here when a friend is needed.
Our costs are met by kind and generous support from Foundations, Trusts, corporates and individuals. We do not receive any government or states funding. We are always grateful for any donations received.
what we do
Most of our work is done through individual family support. We aim to listen to our members' needs and offer not only emotional support but, wherever possible, practical help also.
We employ a family support coordinator who visits parents in their own home for a confidential chat where parents can express their concerns, frustrations and successes confident in the knowledge that, child protection issues aside, nothing that is said is written down or leaves the room.
Wherever possible we help with practical issues, communication issues and the sometimes-tricky navigation through the system to get families the support they need
We aim to be a voice for our members when issues that affect them need to be addressed, and to let service providers and those involved with the care and education of our members and their children know when things are going right.
Many of our children are now growing up to be young adults and we wish to continue supporting families through the transition from school and children’s services to the world of adult services.
We continue to provide individual support and advice to families in both emotional and practical ways.
“We understand that having a young adult with a special need brings new challenges.”
We want to continue listening to parents as their child becomes a young adult and continue to work in partnership with service providers and other charities and organisations to enhance and improve the lives of young adults and their families as they journey on through their lives.