Free Resources

I have a range of resources to support mothers in the world of SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability).

Click on an image to download each resource.

Impact chart – A simple but effective way of recording how your child’s diagnosis impacts them day to day without it being a painful or long process for you.

What to say when someone is being a d*ck about your child or parenting – 13 phrases to remember for those moments when you need a smart response to a hurtful or unhelpful comment!

Three beliefs about yourself as a mum that aren’t true (and how to change them) – 3 of the most common dark thoughts we have as mums, and how to change them so that we can move forward with confidence.

Questions for your child’s setting – Questions to ask of a new school or setting for your child in areas of school structure, staff, day to day, pastoral care, extracurricular activities, assessment & progress, communication and support for parents.

My FREE E-books are available for anyone who wants a bit of DIY guidance and inspiration in a range of areas. More topics are coming soon! Click on the image to download the free e-book.

Ebooks only £4.99 each

Worrier to Warrior – Seven ways to thrive instead of using precious energy worrying when your child has a disability or additional needs.
21 ways to work with a broken system – Essential tips on the practical and emotional aspects of dealing with a system that is no longer fit for purpose. Your child isn’t broken, the systems around them are. This e-book will help you to achieve the best outcome for your child that you can.
Nine things that all SEND mums need to know – A selection of tips, tough love and reassurance as well as a practical exercise to help you to absorb the information and select which works best for you.
31 self-care moments for busy mums – Quick and simple ways of relaxing, reconnecting, redirecting our energy and thoughts and re-energising ourselves. No spa is required.
Definitive Do and Dont guide – Straight talk at the point of receiving your child’s diagnosis, when you need it most. Here are the essential dos and don’ts (in my opinion) as your life changes forever.
Dear Friend – 13 things that SEND mums would love our friends to know as we embark on very different parenting journeys now.

My Newsletter

My weekly newsletter is short, sweet, and sometimes a bit random, much like myself. I share my take on an altered life and what that can mean to mums, other family members and all aspects of our identity and lives. If you’d like to sign up for my Thursday musings, then please do so here.  I promise you’ll love it!

I don’t know how Charlie does it, but her newsletter is always the question that’s been floating around in my mind, or the worry that I can’t let go of. It’s reassurance that I am NOT alone on this wild ride, and that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to be a success. I am beyond grateful for Charlie and her sweet words, the encouragement and honesty are truly not only a breath of fresh air, but a much needed deep breath.

Ashlee

Charlie gets me. She gets my thoughts, the good ones and the ones I wish I could push away. She gets my fears for my child’s future and the practicalities of what that means in terms of the plans I have to make (but don’t want to). Charlie has, to put it simply, saved my sanity.

Jane

I tell my family and friends about Charlies newsletters. How some weeks she seems to just know exactly how what to say. Opening her newsletter is part of allowing myself to really feel, something I try not to do on a day to day basis- if I did, I’d spend my whole life crying. Having a disabled child can be so isolating and when I read Charlies newsletter, I genuinely feel like she’s talking just to me, like we are having a friendly chat over a cuppa. I feel less alone because of her.

Charlie

Charlie’s newsletter always seems to hit a spot in me that needs healing. She addresses really tough issues for SEND parents in a gentle way. It’s amazing to know that other parents have the same worries as I do and that helps me feel connected.

Eva

I don’t know how, but the newsletter topics always seem to coincide with something I’m currently experiencing. I love that in that moment I don’t feel so alone in this altered journey.

Vasati

the community

The acronym SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability in the UK. This is also the meaning of the SEND Gin & Cheese community name, but it also refers to those days when you have lost your mind and only a gin and cheese can save you (other beverages and snacks are acceptable)

SEND Gin & Cheese is the most gorgeous community of mums who are all SOAL (Sharing Our Altered Lives) sisters!

We are more than a group though. We are a movement of mothers who share and support the mental well-being stresses and successes of parenting children with SEND in ways that the national health service currently fails to do. We are about honesty, support and empowerment!

There is zero judgement, tons of love and support and complete understanding from people who truly ‘get it’ on the tough days and celebrate the wins and achievements on the great days that other parents may take for granted.

If you would value a community of supportive, understanding, sometimes sweary and always amazing women then join us today!

Note- We have a strict policy on only accepting those who agree to the group rules when they click to join the group as privacy is massively important to us so be sure to answer the questions!

It feels like I’m hone.

Helen

Feeing the love and support and knowing there’s always someone who understands.

Patricia

A place of hope when I feel like mine is almost gone.

Charlotte

Being accepted whatever, is priceless.

Fran

Being a parent of a child with SEND can be lonely and isolating but this group is providing the safe space that we all need
No judgement, just support and understanding

Jacky

The deep work

If you would prefer to work, one to one with me then I offer the following:

INFORMATION SESSION

This single session is for you if you want to explore one issue or challenge right now and to develop greater self-awareness around the thoughts and feelings which are impacting you day to day.

MOTIVATION SESSIONS

This trio of sessions is for those who want to address one or more issues, and would benefit from some strategies, gap tasks and accountability to help them move forwards with confidence.

TRANSFORMATION PACKAGE

This is for you if you want long-term transformation and are happy to slow down your thinking and really work deeply on areas that are holding you back or preventing you from being truly present in your life right now. Typically, 8 sessions of deep mentoring.

Get in touch to book your free 30-minute ‘Chat with Charlie’ session to discuss how I can support you best.