Signpost is a parent-led charity based in West Lothian, Scotland that provides support for families of children and young people with disabilities.
The charity runs a helpline, drop-in service, one-to-one sessions, training courses and an advocacy service, to empower families and ensure that young people with disabilities can access the same life chances as other children.
The charity helps families like Karen who has two children with autism – 8-year-old Ben and 18-year-old Josh.
Karen told us that:
“I have had help with issues at school and how to address these in such an amazing way that has transformed their learning. Signpost were the ones that gave me the knowledge to put strategies in place in both my son’s school with support from their teachers.
Ben is in class only through Signpost’s help. He used to walk around banging his head on the doors and leaving. The staff at signpost addressed the sensory issues, and I was helped to make visual supports to help keep him in class and I was given strategies to help his learning such as moving his desk and using ear plugs to minimise noise.
None of these things would have been in place by now without Signpost.”
Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to support the charity’s ‘Here to Help’ project which provides information, advocacy, training and support to children and young people with disabilities, and their families.
Many of the charity’s staff members are parents of young people with disabilities, so they understand how to support other families of children with similar conditions. They provide guidance, drawn from their own experience, about what support might be appropriate.
The project is designed to empower families, helping them to explore their options, identify what support they need and make a plan to move forward.
With your help, we can support Signpost and many other charities across the UK.