Contact a Family is the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children – no matter what their health condition. They enable parents to get in contact with other families through a family-linking service, both on a local and national basis.
They have a freephone helpline offering a one-stop-shop for families of children with disabilities, offering advice on welfare rights, community care issues, education needs and a listening ear with access to interpreters. They also have a number of local, regional and national offices plus volunteer family workers around the UK.
They also provide information to professionals and developmental advice to support groups.
They work to influence services and have campaigns that aim to improve the quality of life for families with disabled children.
They have a wide range of publications for parents and professionals including the ‘Contact a Family Directory’ of Specific Conditions, Rare Disorders and UK Family Support Groups.
In the South West of England, local services are provided through a team of home-based parent advisors, who regularly attend workshops and parent carer support groups and forums, providing information and support with a wide variety of topics.
South West Parent Advisor: Sarah King
Tel: 0117 971 1334
Mobile: 07920 654866
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