STAND North Wales CIC

Stronger Together for Additional Needs and Disabilities

STAND North Wales was formed by Yvonne Brookes and Sarah McCulloch as a not for profit Community Interest Company in response to the closure of organisations representing families of children and young adults with Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Additional Needs and Disabilities in North Wales.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.  Well, it might not be the New Year we were all hoping for but don’t forget we are here to support you along the way.  We appreciate that you are having to home school again so here are a few things on offer to support you:

The Stay, play and learn with STAND Facebook page to share ideas of low cost / no cost activities for families. This is where we post ideas, share ideas from other pages as well as encourage parents to share ideas.  If you would like to join this page the link you need is:

You will find a list of websites to support childrens learning in the download section (About, resources, downloads)

We will also be making up monthly activity packs which can be printed out and will include things like recipes, puzzles, craft projects, colouring and lots more. The first one of these is available to download via the download section as well as the orginal weekly packs from the last lockdown.

Parent forum:

As we are still unable to run our parent support groups in venues during this time, we will still be running our parent forum on our Face book platform every Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00.  This is for parents with children / young people with additional needs and disabilities who are signed up to STAND North Wales CIC.  If you would like to join the forum please visit our page and answer all the questions asked and please read the rules and agree to them for the safety and confidentiality of the group.  The page link needed is:

We will also continue to run our parent support group once a month via zoom on a Wednesday morning for those that wish to join us.  We have speakers from other organisations on various topics who will be joining us each time.  Reminders about these will be emailed out before hand and also be out on our main Facebook page and twitter.  The next one for all counties is on Wednesday 20th January 10.00 – 12.00 noon.

We have a designated monthly forum for families living in Flintshire which runs on a Monday morning which runs the same way.  The next one will be on Monday the 18th  of January 10.00 – 12.00 noon.

Let’s Talk- Stronger Together

Let’s talk together is a confidential and non-judgemental telephone service from STAND North Wales CIC offering opportunities to talk with a member of the STAND Team who can offer reassurance and practical and emotional support.

We understand that as a carer of a young person or adult with additional needs / disabilities it can be challenging and exhausting at times and the chance to just talk to someone who understands can help to relieve stress and anxiety.

If this is something you feel who would benefit from please Email [email protected] or [email protected] or you can text your details to 07947259622.

You will then be offered a time slot for a member of the team to call you.

Please note we must stress this service is NOT a Helpline or counselling service. It is just an opportunity to chat with someone who cares.

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge 2021: ‘Doing Good Together’

During the months of February and March we at STAND North Wales would like to carry out 100 random acts of kindness across North Wales and would like to encourage YOU to sign up and become one of our kindness ambassadors.

How great would it be that our random acts of kindness and good deeds could make someone else’s day?

Just think how different this world would be if everyone took a few minutes out of their week to do something kind for someone else.

Acts of kindness do not need to be expensive and can be as simple as paying someone a compliment.

If you would like to Sign up to become a Kindness ambassador and show your support or if you would like to nominate a person to receive a random act of kindness please email:  [email protected]

Please note all random acts of kindness must be carried out safely and following COVID-19 Government guidelines.

Sarah and Yvonne

STAND can provide a variety of courses and training

What We Do


We offer many training courses to our clients such as Makaton and Mindfullness.

Programmes and Workshops

We offer a comprehensive set of Programmes and Workshops throughout the year focusing on Learning Together.

Parents & Carers

STAND is here to help and to support the families, Parents and carers of children with additional needs.

Young People

STAND runs youth clubs and support groups for youngsters so that they can meet and join together.

What's New?

Dancing with a difference: Dance class for children aged 5 – 9 with an additional need via Zoom

Start’s 15th January for 10 weeks.  5.00 pm for 20 minutes. For more information and to book a place email [email protected]

Parents Mindfulness course for families living in Denbighshire

Monday 15th March.  10.00 – 12.00.  Eight-week course: You must be able to complete all sessions to book. For more information and to book a place email [email protected]

I would just like to thank you both for giving myself and Mark the opportunity to further help communication with our son by arranging Makaton training.

The training was fantastic and we felt privileged to get to know you both on there too.
This has really helped Levi and yesterday he tapped my hand and led me! He has never done thst before but can now see he can use his hands to show me what he wants... (I'm not crying....!)
Again, thanks from the bottom of our hearts... Xxx

The courses you have given us were so invaluable we felt ready to tackle anything afterwards. We only wish we have found you earlier.

You are both special people who really care about the families and young people, honoured to be part of your journey.

Thank you for everything- it is a pleasure to be part of your Youth club.  I feel safe when I am there and I know I can talk to you about anything.  You have given me loads of confidence and I now feel ready to go to Social scene.

We are so pleased to hear that you have set up this invaluable organisation - we have found your help and support a great comfort. We were so lonely and isolated. We cannot wait to start attending your groups.

Working together has empowered us to access the right support for our child and also realise we are not to blame for our child’s difficulties.

Thank you for being there - it means a-lot.

Not to be judged is worth more than anything, children don't come with a manual and you just help to make sense of everything in a supportive and safe way. Love you guys.

STAND offers the following Training Courses


Mindfulness for Parents and Professionals

Mindfulness for Parents and Professionals

Mindfulness courses typically follow an eight-week format with participants attending two-hour sessions on a weekly basis with home practices each...

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Makaton Level 1

Makaton Level 1

The Enhancement Workshop concentrates on improving and developing signing and symbol skills.  You will learn translation skills using signs and...

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Makaton Level 2

Makaton Level 2

The Foundation Workshop provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach with theory and technical information.

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Cued Articulation

Cued Articulation

Cued articulation is a system which enhances speech sounds awareness and is essential to the acquisition of literacy skills

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A very informative and upbeat 2 day training course focusing on speech sound development

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Elkan Speech and Language support 3-5

Elkan Speech and Language support 3-5

This highly successful accredited course has been written to support staff working with pupils aged 3-5 years.

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