How we support local groups

Whether you're setting up a new support group or already running one, we have a dedicated support group manager who can give you guidance on how to run your group.

Join our Affiliation Scheme for support groups

We know that, like us, you're committed to making life better for families with disabled children. So together we want to join forces in reaching more families to be there for them as soon as they need us.

Our scheme gives you and your group:

  • The information, news and resources you need to start up, grow and thrive.
  • Help to promote, reach new members and network with each other.
  • Access to simple, relevant and great-value learning and development opportunities.

What do we offer?

Join our free Affiliation Scheme and you will receive:

  • Helpful resources to help you start and grow your support group.
  • A range of options to help you promote your group and reach new members.
  • Regular round ups of key news, information and exclusive or early-bird services for your group and members to take advantage of.

And in addition, for a flat annual fee you will receive:

  • Access to a range of learning, development and networking opportunities, including two bespoke e-learning platforms and up to 25% discount on our training courses.
  • Personalised support and expertise from our staff team through a dedicated enquiry service.
  • Access to our Contact brand - to enhance your communications and help you demonstrate your connection to us.

For full details of what the scheme offers please read our introductory booklet.


How do I join?

To join as a free or paid affiliate, simply complete our online form. Paid affiliates will be directed to online payment options at the end of the form.

If you have any questions about the Affiliation Scheme please contact Adele Meader on adele.meader@contact.org.uk.

Group Action Pack

Our Group Action Pack is packed with tips and sources of specialist advice for parent support groups.

The Group Action Pack covers issues ranging from how to start a group and hold meetings to charity registation, publicity and fundraising. You can download the guides from our resource library.

Find out more by contacting Adele Meader, support groups manager, at adele.meader@contact.org.uk or 07920 655125.

Talk to other support groups in our online community

Join our online community to talk to other support groups and share skills, advice and experiences.

Visit our online local support group network.