Local support groups for children, young people, parents and carers


By working together with the children and young people in these groups, Halton Children’s Trust (all the multi-agency partners in the Borough are able to design, develop, improve services, support and better information that we have available for children, young people and their families in Halton.  An example of this is working with us to improve this Halton Local Offer website 

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks support young people to be involved in decision making in Halton, we help young people with disabilities to have a say in the services provided for them

Halton Speak Out meet the team
Brookvale Community Centre Runcorn
Tel: 01928 713 877

Halton Youth Cabinet (HYC)

Halton Youth Cabinet (HYC) is open to anyone in Halton aged 11 – 18 who wants to work with local decision-makers to ensure young people’s voices are heard.

Supported by VIBE, HYC now have a new website, with lots of information available, details of meetings and contact details – click here for the new HYC website

Children in Care Council (CICC)

The CICC provides an opportunity for you to work together to promote your views, values and opinions and is a way for you to be involved in the planning and decision making processes on matters that affect your life

Parent Carer Network – Halton SEND Carers Forum

Halton SEND Carers Forum is the peer support groups for Halton parents and carers of children and young people with SEND, Tel: 01928 716985

ADDvanced Solutions Community Network Groups

Have concerns about your child’s behaviour or progress at school? ADDvanced Solutions Community Network Groups offer support to help you learn, understand and meet the needs of your child and family

Sports , Groups and Places to Go

My Max Card - September 2021 update

Please note due circumstance out of control, we are unable to issue My Max Cards at this time.

We are awaiting an update from My Max Card, as soon as we have more news this information will be updated.

Online via Zoom

Learn How To Animate With MakoCreate

This project has been moved online (via zoom) and we have put together free packs for all of the participants so they can take part at home

Programming Robotics With MakoCreate

This project has been moved online (via zoom) and we have put together free packs for all of the participants so they can take part at home

Groups Activities


Serial Culture Magazine produced by young people in Halton

Issue One features… Lock Up Vintage, HCR, Glowetry, Lockdown Wellbeing, Quinn- The Cycle, Bombay Bicycle Club Review and Studying Abroad with cover art from Tasha Bowden

Issue Two features…Small Business Focus, Meet Matt Plant, Living with Autism, LCR Flight One, Makefest, Nathaniel Hall and Green New Deal with cover art from Toni-Louise Carter

Issue Three features…Community Talks, Culture HQ/Draw on Halton, Wanderlust, Activ E&E Street Voice, The Great Get Together, Hygiene Poverty, LCR Spotlight with cover art from Hunter Tyghe

Cultivate Youth Forum

We are delighted to announce the launch of Cultivate Youth Forum

The youth forum will be a subgroup of Cultivate, The Halton Cultural Education Partnership. One of the key pieces of work is to support Halton Borough as it becomes the Liverpool City Region Borough Of Culture in 2021.

What is the Cultivate Youth Forum?
The youth forum will help to support the design and delivery of cultural activities in the Halton Borough; it is anticipated that this youth forum will help to develop and deliver a cultural summer programme in 2021 as part of the Borough of Culture programme.

Who can get involved?
We are looking to recruit 12 young people aged 10-15 to come together weekly throughout December & January. Recruitment will be until the end of November. We hope for this to be in person, but we have a digital back up plan. We have funding to reimburse some travel expenses.

What will participants of this project be involved in?
Those who wish to engage with the Cultivate Youth Forum will be involved in increasing engagement with cultural activities within Halton, and helping to develop projects that introduce art and culture to young people, such as a cultural summer programme. The youth forum will aim to provide the space to explore and open opportunities for young people to participate in and promote a multitude of cultural activities across Halton and in particular, to promote the positive personal benefits of participating in such activities, such as improved health and wellbeing and inspiring creativity to name a few.

Sessions will be youth-led, and will focus around exploring the idea of culture and how it is represented across Halton, as well as working to design and develop ways of engaging young people with culture in the borough.

How can a young person get involved in the Cultivate Youth Forum?

  • More details in this briefing Cultivate Youth Forum Briefing for Organisations we can visit your children and young people to discuss this (either digitally or in person)
  • If you need any further information then please contact Hannah ([email protected]) or alternatively text 07395 793 108.
  • To find out more about the Cultivate work, please click here and the project Instagram is @cultivatehalton
September 2021 update on Halton Borough Council’s Youth Service

Halton Borough Council in partnership with Halton Youth Cabinet, recently launched a new look youth service in 2021. The following support and services are now available:

  • To support some of the more vulnerable young people, Halton Borough Council’s Early Help and Intervention team are providing a dedicated Youth Support and Treatment to young people in a holistic family way. For any young person needing 1-1 support for substance misuse any other risk taking behaviour please contact iCART: The team can be contacted during the hours of 9am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday, call 0151 907 8305. If you have an urgent (safeguarding) concern outside these hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0345 0500148.
  • The Council and Vibe continue support the Halton Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament by ensuring they can still continue to meet and represent their members and the young people of Halton.
  • Support for other key groups that young people have advised the Council are important to them including LGBTQI is being provide by Loose at the Studio in Widnes.
  • With support from the NW Region Duke of Edinburgh Awards team and through our registered local schools and settings this important programme continues to be available in Halton.
  • Finally as we know that there is a huge amount of good innovative work with young people happening within our local communities, we have been offering the opportunity for local organisations to apply for a small grant between £5,000 and £10,000 over the last 12 months.
Disability Record Registration

All Local Authorities are required by the Children Act 1989 to hold a record of disabled children and young people. The record is a list of children and young people in Halton (0-25 years) who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and who receive, or may one day need to use the services from health, social services, education or the third sector (voluntary organisations).

Registering your child on the Halton Children’s Disability Record helps us identify and plan for the needs of children and young people with disabilities, their parents and carers. Registration is voluntary and is not linked to or a requirement of receiving social care services, which are assessed separately.

For more information please see the policy for details Record of Children with Disabilities Policy

How to register?

To register your child, please complete the Halton Children’s Disability Record  – Registration Form

Please email your Registration Form to admin-organisation&[email protected]


AccessAble (the new name for DisabledGo)

AccessAble for Runcorn and Widnes –  provide access guides to raise awareness of venues/public spaces that are locally accessible e.g. shops, restaurants, leisure centres, parks