All families go through difficult times and these can be especially hard if you have a child with mental health difficulties, challenging behaviour or illness.

Rally Round enables parents to ask for and organise support from family members and trusted friends.

Asking for help can be difficult, but help with the small things can make such a big difference to your family life and lift a weight off your shoulders.

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What is Rally Round?

It’s an easy to use online tool that allows you to create a support group of trusted family and friends. It enables you to organise help when your family needs it. Everyone is kept in the loop with text and email updates.

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What is Rally Round?

It’s an easy to use online tool that allows you to create a support group of trusted family and friends. It enables you to organise help when your family needs it. Everyone is kept in the loop with text and email updates.

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If you’re thinking ‘I can’t do this anymore’ then you need Rally Round

Will’s family

“Will is on the autistic spectrum. He’s extremely bright but finds it challenging to be with others in a group and he gets upset if his routines are disturbed.”

He’s our only child but we both work full time and, to be honest, we’re still coming to terms with the diagnosis. Will likes to play undisturbed for hours so if one of us is on our own with him, it’s difficult to get out for a few bits of shopping. The disruption of stopping what he’s doing and getting him into the car upsets him. Rally Round is great for asking if there is anybody available to get things from the shops for us.

Looking after Will is exhausting and we feel it benefits him to have attention from someone else to expand his social circle. So through asking for help from the Rally Round group, we’ve now got a trusted friend coming in once a week to take him out to a trampoline park. He loves it and it gives us time to do a few things round the house.

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Josh’s family

“Josh has complex needs and it used to be fairly easy to get out with him when he was little but now he’s older and bigger it’s getting more difficult to have a day out.”

We love the outdoors life with our children, Jamie, Josh and Elsie, so at weekend we like to get out there walking, sailing and, sometimes, camping. Josh has complex needs and it used to be fairly easy to get out with him when he was little but now he’s older and bigger it’s getting more difficult to have a day out. We want to carry on having our family days out and we don’t want Jamie and Elsie to lose out because of the difficulties with Josh.

Rally Round has been great for asking if someone would like to come out with us and give us a hand. Josh is non-verbal so it takes a while for someone to get used to his ways of communicating, for example, when he throws a cup, it doesn’t mean he’s angry, it just means he wants another drink. The Notes section on Rally Round is a great way of letting everyone know about how Josh communicates. We’ve had brilliant days out and I think our helpers have enjoyed it too. It also has the added benefit of keeping us in touch with friends.

Tea times can be stressful with young children – there’s tea to get ready, juggling with everyone’s likes and dislikes, the children are tired but resisting going to bed…but things are ten times harder when you have a child with complex needs. We put on Rally Round that we could do with some help at tea-time occasionally and now one of our friends comes round twice a week to wash the pots and tidy round while we’re putting the children to bed. It’s such a treat for us to come down to a tidy house; we feel as though we’ve a little bit of time to ourselves. We wouldn’t have thought of asking if it wasn’t for the ‘prompt list’ on Rally Round.

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Chloe’s family

Our daughter has an eating disorder and anxiety issues. We’re really very worried about her and want to spend time with her to see her through this crisis but we have three other children who also need our attention.

Sometimes we feel as though we’re split in two. Our other children have their own challenges; one is choosing secondary school, another competing at national level in ice-skating championships and another one who struggles with reading.

Chloe’s issues are life-threatening so that’s the priority. The Rally Round group help us with our other children when we have to concentrate on Chloe or just take her to hospital appointments. It’s widened our pool of support; a cousin offered to have the other children for a sleepover and take them out for the day. It’s hard work trying to keep family life normal under these circumstances and a little help eases the pressure enormously. Rally Round is making life just that little bit easier.

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Emma’s family

“Rally Round is good for us as a family. Emma is 8 and she has a learning disability and I also have two boys aged 6 and 11.”

Life can get quite challenging at times as a single parent, especially when Emma is not in a great mood.

I work part-time as well, and then there’s ferrying the boys to their after school activities. It’s all exhausting but when the boys are out it gives me some time with Emma on her own.

Things don’t always go to plan and a little help with transport from friends on Rally Round at times like these makes a great difference. When I have peace of mind then the whole family benefits!

Rally Round is also great for asking for help with things like putting flatpak furniture together. Of course, it doesn’t come up very often but it’s difficult to do these types of jobs when there’s tea to cook and children to look after. Someone who’s handy with a screwdriver and has lots of patience is much appreciated at times like these!

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Accepting help means you’ll have more time to enjoy being with your children

What could Rally Round help you with?

 – Getting to after-school activities
 – Small fixes around the house
 – Urgent shopping
 – Organising days out
 – Sorting out child care
–  Help at difficult times
–  Walking the dog
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