Contact a Family – for families with disabled children

Everyday my children return home from their respective schools seemingly laden down with bits of paper – newletters, information about up-coming trips, pleas for money for this or that, forms to fill in for after-school clubs, etc, etc. Occasionally there’s also information about stuff external to school. My son’s school, the Ridgeway Community School, is especially good at passing on information about organisations and charities that its community of carers, parents, and staff may find useful. The other day was no exception with a flyer promoting the UK wide charity Contact a Family.

According to their website Contact a Family “provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.” They can also offer professionals working with families with a disabled child support in their work.

They do this in a variety of ways:

Freephone helpline - for parents and professionals across the UK, staffed by trained parent advisors, giving information and advice on a wide range of issues including welfare rights, education, short breaks, local services and local support.

Publications - a wide range of publications including newsletters, parent guides and research reports, helping parents and professionals to stay informed.

Medical information - via the Contact a Family Directory, a guide to medical conditions and disabilities with information on over 1000 conditions and related support. Each entry provides an overview of the condition with details of support groups where available.

One-to-one support - offering both practical and emotional support on a one-to-one basis to families with disabled children, through its family support service, volunteer parent representatives and through a network of local offices.

Campaigning – Contact a Family campaigns to improve the circumstances of families with disabled children and their right to fully participate in society.

I have to admit that I haven’t come across this charity before and, as usual, would very much like anybody that has to add to this posty with additional information or feedback by using the comment facility.

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