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How to volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding way to use your spare time. There are many people, charities and organisations who could benefit from your support. First of all, decide what kind of volunteering would suit you. Think about the sort of organisation you'd like to volunteer for, the activities you'd like…

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school. Find out how a learning disability can affect someone, and where you can find support. A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Around 1.5m…

Learning disabilities: Annual Health Checks

People with learning disabilities often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This doesn't need to be the case. The Annual Health Check scheme is for adults and young people aged 14 or above with learning disabilities who need more health support and who…

Quit smoking during Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to start some healthy habits and stop some bad ones, such as smoking. Ahmed Rahman gave up smoking during Ramadan with the help of a smoking counsellor at his mosque in north London. The 36-year-old traffic warden had smoked between…

Help your child cope with their disfigurement

Get tips on handling social situations with confidence if your child has a condition or injury that affects their appearance. Your child will learn from watching you deal positively with challenging situations. Talking about your child's condition Think about your preferred way to describe your…

Teen aggression and arguments

Find out how to cope with heated arguments with your teenager, and what to do if they become violent. This page covers: How to defuse arguments with your teen How to deal with violent behaviour Concerned about mental health issues? Help and support How to…

Mental health

There's nothing unusual or shameful about mental illness. Most of us have problems at some time in our lives, such as money worries, stress at work or the death of a loved one, which can affect our mental health. Find out how to recognise the signs and where…

New £12 million Oxford SEND school handed over to academy trust

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are about to benefit from a new £12 million school in the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford.   Oxfordshire County Council has worked closely with The Gallery Trust in delivering the new buildings, which were handed over to…

Practitioner Toolkit

The Practitioner Toolkit contains information and tools for issues arising in work with children, young people and families. This page contains: resources on concerns which might arise while helping a child or family; organised by topics; linked to searches for local organisations which can support work around…

Life with kidney disease

Kidney disease can affect many areas of your life, but there are ways of coping with the changes it brings. Whether you have mild kidney disease with no or few symptoms, or you're on dialysis because your kidneys have failed, life with kidney disease can…