Support Groups and Charities


ADD-vance was founded in Hertfordshire in 1996.  They provide specialist information, training and advice for professionals as well as support for children, adult and families on issues relating to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism.


Their service is confidential, supportive, non-judgemental and tailored to individual needs.  It is a family centred service which empowers the parent to take control, help the child reach full potential and enable the family to thrive.


If your child has additional needs, you can register them on the Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND).

A membership card  will be issued to HAND members, which can help in getting assistance and understanding for your child in many different situations. Some leisure providers have agreed to give concessions to families who have a membership card.


You can join HAND online at or call 01992 556984 for a paper copy of the membership form and further information.
HAND is FREE TO JOIN and all information is held confidentially.

KIDS East & West HUBs

KIDS is a national charity providing a wide range of services for disabled children, young people and their families across seven English regions.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS)

The Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service) provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with SEND and to young people and children with SEND.

St Albans Plus Local Partnership