Red Gates Primary

Parents in Partnership

Parents in Partnership (PIP) services are free of charge to parents of children and young people with a special need or disability living in Croydon.  They can help if your child or young person is between 0 - 25 years old.  PIP provides Family Link Workers to support families on an individual basis, providing information and coordinating services when families feel stuck.  PIP are also able to provide emotional support, make referrals and liaise with services on families' behalf.

Upcoming Makaton Courses
Makaton 2 (2 part workshop)
(Attendees must have completed Makaton 1)
Anne Chapman

Tuesdays 25th June & 2nd July 10am-12.30pm

Makaton 1 (2 part workshop)
Anne Chapman
Tuesdays 29th October & 5th November 10am - 12.30pm

Please note that there is a refundable deposit of £10 for the Makaton courses.

PiP Training

PIP offers free training workshops for parents and carers of children with special needs or disabilities.

All meetings are at held at Carers Support Centre, 24 – 26 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB

Please book by contacting the PiP office on 020 8663 5626 or email:

PiP Facebook group

We have a PiP Facebook group which we use for posting news of activities, events, training, workshops etc and sharing SEND news updates.

If you would like to join, look for PiP Croydon under 'Groups' on Facebook or follow this link: facebook 

New members will need to answer 3 questions to join the group.


Croydon Mencap Thursday Club

Croydon Mencap are running a social activities club for young people aged 16- 30 with learning disabilities. It will specialise in provision for profound and multiple learning disabilities. The club is on Thursday evenings 6.30pm-8.30pm

The club is held at St. Giles SEN school in South Croydon, which is fully accessible and has a wide range of facilities.

The aim of the club is to provide a fun and safe environment for young people to gain confidence, improve communication skills, establish friendship networks and develop as individuals fulfilling their full potential.  Activities on offer include, music, arts and crafts, sports, performing arts, cookery, gardening and film. They are very happy to adapt the activities to meet the interests of the people who attend.

Their fully qualified and experienced staff are dedicated to helping young people develop and enjoy themselves.

For further information or to apply for the club, please contact Angel 07932 903 207 or

Do you struggle with your child's behaviour?

Do you feel isolated and unsupported when your child displays challenging behaviour? 
Then join us at one of our Solution Circles. It could help break your isolation.

You will have the opportunity to share your skills, knowledge and creativity and learn from other parents who have experienced similar situations.

The next Solution Circle will be on Thursday 11th July 10.30am-12.30pm in the Carers Support Centre.

What people have said about Solution Circles:
Very informative
Sense of relief that I am not on my own with the problems I am having
Brilliant - will definitely come again
Very supportive
It is good to share your concerns with other people and listening to others advice
Thank you for this opportunity, it is so important to have free access to this type of resource
Please book by contacting the PiP office on 020 8663 5626

or email:


Youth Disability Summer Schemes

Please note the dates and venues  for each age group as detailed below.  More detailed information is available in the relevant age group documents.  They cannot support 1:1 care but a non-parent PA/carer can attend with an up to date DBS.

    • 8-13 year old summer scheme 2019  29th July -Bensham Manor School -29th July-2nd August
    • 14-18 year old summer scheme 2019-Bensham Manor School - 5th-9th August.

    • 19-25 year old summer scheme programme 2019-  Waddon Youth Centre - 22nd July-26th July