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Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children.

Contact a Family provide information, advice and support. They bring families together so they can support each other. Contact a Family campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Contact a Family support families, whatever their child’s disability or health condition, with a wide range of life-changing help and class-leading services.

They enable families to support themselves

Contact a Family helpline
Their freephone helpline advises thousands of parents each year on all aspects of caring for a disabled child.

Medical information
Contact a Family provide up-to-date and validated information on hundreds of disabilities and conditions, their symptoms, treatment and the support available.

Website and parent resources
The Contact a Family website has information on issues such as education, benefits and family life, and their parent resources cover a range of topics including health and social care services.

Workshops and information sessions
They also run workshops and information sessions for parents across the UK.

SENDirect
Contact a Family are one of the partners of SENDirect, an online resource for families looking for activities, support, services and equipment in the local area.

Contact a Family also enables families to support each other;

Parent support groups
They support local and national groups in their work bringing parents carers together for practical and emotional support.

makingcontact.org
Contact a Family has a special link with the website which connects families going through similar experiences or whose child has the same condition or disability.

Contact a Family in your area
There are Contact a Family offices across the UK organise family fun days and outings so parents can make new friends and socialise.

Parent carer participation
Contact a Family support the development of parent carer participation, a process in which parents work together with professionals to make improvements to local services.

Working with professionals
As well as supporting families, Contact a Family help a wide variety of professionals in their work with disabled children.

We enable families to support us

Campaigns
Contact a Family are a force for change and campaign with families to remove the barriers they face every day.

Volunteering
Contact a Family has volunteering opportunities to allow parents to give some of their time to support their work.

Research
They give families the chance to contribute to their research and surveys so that they can understand the scale of some of the issues they face.

Fundraising
Contact a Family couldn’t support families of disabled children without our generous supporters and determined fundraisers.