Services in the south of England

The Southern region covers the whole of the south of England, incorporating the midlands and extends from Derby and Nottinghamshire, through London, Kent and Essex down to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

If you:

  • Have spina bifida or hydrocephalus
  • Are pregnant and have had a recent diagnosis of spina bifida or anencephaly
  • Have a child with spina bifida or hydrocephalus
  • Live with or care for someone with these conditions
  • Are a professional providing support

We’re here to help. To access local services, get in touch by phone or email

Don’t forget, our advisory services, online communities and support groups are only available to Shine members, so register today to join the largest organisation of its kind in Europe and connect with our expert professionals and members in your area.

Telephone: 01733 555988

E-mail: southernregion@shinecharity.org.uk

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South of England contact:
Naomi Marston
SDW Manager and Services Coordinator

Support groups

We offer a range of support groups to suit people of all ages. Whether you’re looking to meet up with people in person, or want to chat to someone online, we are there for you.

The support groups are only available to our Shine members, so sign up today!

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Find support and fun on your doorstep

We run a number of local events across the South of England for people to meet up, share advice and experiences, socialise and learn.

Don’t miss out, see what’s happening near you!

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Shine's Specialist Services

We provide specialist support pre-birth and beyond for anyone living with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional health and social care staff.

We work on a national level to provide these services through the following specialist service teams:

  • Support and Development
  • Health Development
  • Education
  • Benefits

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Online groups

Our regional and national Facebook support groups have hundreds of members. There's always someone online to chat, if you are struggling with a new diagnosis, or are just having a bad day.

Connect with our online groups

Benny and Bella Bear Club

The Benny and Bella Bear Club is for Shine members in the UK up to 11 years old, and their brothers and sisters. Benny and Bella are very special bears. Benny has hydrocephalus and Bella has spina bifida. The bears help children to learn about the conditions.

Join Benny and Bella's club

Shine40Plus

Shine40Plus provides opportunities for people over the age of 40 living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to come together to make connections, share experiences and act as a collective voice for their pioneering generation.

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  • FREE access to national and regional support groups
  • Invitations to national and regional events
  • A network of friends and peers to help you
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