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Useful Information

Useful Information – Main Topics

In our work, we find that the same themes are often asked about by several families – see below for links to further information about the most common topics.

Signpost holds a lot of information which we can’t put on this website. If you have a question about something which is not listed below – please contact us, we’re here to help!

Useful Organisations

Beatlie School Campus
The home of Signpost. An integrated centre for children with disabilities, with services from birth including First Steps play-group, nursery, primary and secondary school, the Child Development Centre, therapists and more.

The Barnardos family support team offers a number of services to families of children with severe and complex needs

Carers of West Lothian
Information on carers’ rights, looking after yourself in a caring situation, young carers, and more.

Contact a Family
A comprehensive database on medical conditions and disabilities, including rare syndromes, support groups for each condition and helpful fact-sheets on a variety of topics.

Home-Start West Lothian
Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under pressure who have at least one child under 5, within their own home, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown, and emphasising the pleasures of family life.

Social Work Child Disability Team
Support with getting benefits, respite care, adaptations and equipment, and information about Direct Payments.

Sure Start West Lothian
Initiatives to help all children under 3 get off to the best start in life

Disability West Lothian
General information on disability issues, particularly for adults.

West Lothian Council
General information on Council services and local issues.

NHS Lothian 
General information on health services.

Kindred Kindred provides information, advocacy and emotional support to families of children and young people with additional support needs living in Edinburgh, other areas of the Lothians and Fife. Kindred also provide support for any family visiting the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Action for Sick Children
ASC is the leading UK charity concerned with ensuring that sick children always receive the highest quality of care.

Care Co-ordination Network UK
CCNUK is a networking organisation promoting and supporting care co-ordination or key working for disabled children and their families.