Borders Additional Needs Group or 'BANG', is a group set up by parents of children with special needs. We are a charity dedicated to supporting families who have children with additional, complex or rare conditions.
Borders Additional Needs Group was founded in May 2006, by a local health visitor and 4 parents to establish a parent-run support group that would allow children, families and parent carers with additional, rare or complex needs to meet support each other.
Today, BANG's community is in excess of 70 families.
BANG have created a directory of information accessible to all our members. It contains information on benefits, funding and holidays as well as information specific to various conditions. Voluntary agencies send us information regularly to keep us up to date.
BANG ensures our community of families have access to the right support, information and advice to help them manage the changes that are involved in raising an additional needs child. We are also committed to providing support to siblings and caregivers by providing them with training and peer support.
Families deserve to be empowered and to feel engaged in their child's journey and BANG aims to support the best possible outcomes for all families in the Scottish Borders who are raising a child with additional needs.
HEAR FROM OUR FAMILIES
"Coming to BANG changed my life. The group opened up a world of understanding and parent support as well as a wonderful environment for my children to socialise. Run by wonderful people for all the right reasons."
"BANG accepted me and my 3 children treated them all the same a lot of support and help and a fantastic group and love it help on hand and advice."
“Hi, I just wanted to give you and your team a massive thankyou for the efforts you go to ensure the sandcastle is accessible and welcoming for people with additional needs. My son has autism and it is often touch and go whether an outing will work for him. We had an amazing time this morning, particularly due to the diligence and friendliness of your team. In particular, I appreciated the lovely customer service person who noticed my son getting restless in the queue and fast tracked us to another desk, made us feel really welcome and got someone to take us to find the accessible room and lockers, the awareness of the lifeguard who quickly warned us the slide we were about to climb up to needed arms tucked in so I could recognise it wasn’t a good plan before we got to the top (having to come down again would have disappointed and confused him as he is non verbal and doesn’t follow explanations well), and your overall consideration in having a quiet hour at the start of each day, the sensory/quiet room, and such well trained staff."