Isle of Wight Support Services

Beaulieu House
Beaulieu House is a respite residential unit for children with severe learning disabilities or health issues. Referrals are made to family support panel via the young person’s social worker. It provides activities and works closely with the special education schools.

Beaulieu House, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EW
01983 533024

Children's Bereavement Service 

The YMCA Children’s Bereavement Service provides services for children and young people on the Isle of Wight to enable them to cope with bereavement and to raise awareness and understanding within the wider community of the impact of death on young lives.

Operating an all inclusive service, referrals are welcomed from professionals of all backgrounds, including those working within SEN and Learning Difficulties.  Expansion of services is planned, including the launch of a parent and carer support group in July 2011.

Services currently available include:

  • 1:1 support for 0-18's
  • Information for families
  • Support and information for professionals including health professionals, schools and childcare workers
  • Professional psychological counselling
  • Information for communities

The bereavement service is for anyone aged 0-18.  Family, friends and community groups are also welcome to ring for information.  The service is based at YMCA Isle of  Wight Winchester House in Shanklin and can be contacted on 01983 861072 or


Direct Payments
To find out more about Direct Payments please visit Every Child Matters - Direct Payments which is part of the DCSF (Department for Schools and Families) Government website, where you can find information and guidance.

Alternatively you can also visit - Introduction to financial support for an overview of the service.

Referals will need to be processed by the Disabled Children's Team.

Family Link
The Family Link Scheme is free and supports disabled children and their families on the Isle of Wight.They aim to place a disabled child with 'Link Families’ to offer a short break. This can be for a few hours or a couple of nights every month. They work with children from the age of three to eighteen who have a range of impairments.


Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS)
-formally Parent Partnership Service.
Helps parents and carers whose children have special educational needs, from pre-school age until they leave school.

For information about more of the support services available on the Island please visit the Local Offer website here.