Family workshops and events

We run a range of fun workshops, information sessions and online events, where you can meet families like yours.

Workshops and events

Brighter Beginnings workshops

Our Brighter Beginnings workshops are for families with children with additional needs. There are sessions for families with younger children and older children. 

Thanks to a range of funding sources, we are able to offer our suite of workshops as free virtual one-off sessions – see below for details.   However, we do look forward to being able to offer in-person workshops again in the future, once it is appropriate to do so.  

‘Regional workshops’ are for families who live in those areas only, due to funding arrangements.

Click on the workshop links below to book onto your chosen workshop/s. We are continually adding new dates, so if there is not a workshop suitable for you, please come back again later. 

Brighter beginnings

Better Together

Better Together is our series of fun and engaging activities for families with children with additional needs, who might have limited opportunities to access these. 

Better together

Brighter Beginnings workshops


Regional workshops

Due to funding restrictions, these workshops are open only to parents in a particular area.

Scotland workshop series

Our free virtual workshops provide additional support for families during this pandemic. They take place via Zoom.

You can join them all, or just those that suit your needs. For more information please contact scotland.office@contact.org.uk

Welcome session – Wednesday 26 May, 10.30am-12.30pm

Welcome session for parents and carers in Scotland to find out more about who we are and what we do with resources to support you and your family.

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Supporting your child’s sleep – Thursday 3 June, 10.30am-12.30pm

  • The importance of sleep and why sleep problems may occur
  • How to introduce a sleep routine
  • Top tips to help

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Encouraging positive behaviour – Thursday 17 June, 10.30am-12.30pm

  • Understand the reasons for behaviour
  • Working with others to encourage positive behaviour
  • Top tips to help

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Preparing for adult life – Thursday 24 June, 10.30am-12.30pm

Transition simply means change – and for young disabled people, growing up is one of the biggest changes they face. Find out about:

  • The transition and planning process
  • What makes a “good transition” and who can help
  • Start your action planning

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Handling meetings

Handling meetings: for parents/carers

It’s very natural to feel overwhelmed about attending a meeting to discuss your child’s specialist needs and get the right support for them. You may be finding this even more challenging during the disruption of Covid-19. This workshop will help give you the confidence to help you get the best from a virtual meeting.

Dates to be announced

Money Matters

Money Matters – for parents/carers of young children with additional needs 

An overview of benefits, DLA, Carers Allowance, grants available, discounts on utilities, leisure, discounts for carers. Accessing services for support with financial applications. Local information and helplines. Dispelling myths around benefits. Also covers Covid 19-related financial updates.

Dates to be announced

Money Matters – for parents/carers of children aged up to 16 with additional needs 

An overview of benefits, DLA, Carers Allowance, grants available, discounts on utilities, leisure, discounts for carers. Accessing services for support with financial applications. Local information and helplines. Dispelling myths around benefits. Also covers Covid 19-related financial updates.

Dates to be announced

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Encouraging Positive Behaviour in Young Children

Gain a better understanding of why young children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help. 

Date: Tuesday 18 May
Time:
19:30 – 21:30

Location: Online workshop
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Encouraging Positive Behaviour in children aged up to 16

Gain a better understanding of why children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help.

Dates to be announced

Sleep workshops

Helping your young child sleep

During the disruption of Covid-19, it can be extra challenging to manage young children’s sleep patterns. This online workshop gives the opportunity to hear other parents’ experiences, learn new strategies and share as much or as little of your story as you wish.

Dates to be announced

Helping your child (aged up to 16) sleep

Gain a better understanding of sleep processes, why sleep problems may occur and possible causes. The importance of sleep and the effect on the whole family. Suggestions for what might help and where to get support.

Dates to be announced

Speech and language

Speech and language for parents/carers of young children with additional needs 

Suitable for parents of young children (aged 0-5) with speech, language and communication issues. This workshop will help you to think about how you can best communicate with your child and how you can share this knowledge with those in their early years and school settings. Written and delivered by a very experienced speech and language therapist and adviser to the children’s communication charity, I CAN.

Dates to be announced

Siblings workshops

Siblings workshop for parent carers

Explore any issues and concerns you face with managing the needs of all your children, when one or more has additional needs.

Dates to be announced

Growing up workshops

Growing Up workshop for parent carers

Explore how best to support your child as they experience puberty and adolescence.  Support with managing their educational, practical and emotional needs, and helping them to develop positive relationships.

Dates to be announced

Wellbeing workshops

Wellbeing for parents/carers of young children with additional needs

Understand clearly what stress is & how it affects you. Identify new ways of coping with stress & reducing your stress levels. Try new stress busting ideas until you find ones that fit with you! 

Dates to be announced

Education workshops

Educational support for school age children with additional needs

Understand what support is available for your school aged child in educational settings (in England).  Understand SEND provision and EHCPs.

Dates to be announced

Educational support for young children with additional needs

Understand what support is available for your young child in Early Years settings (in England). Understand SEND provision and EHCPs.

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2021
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Online workshop

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Better Together activities

LIVE Forest School with Woodland Classroom

Join other families with disabled children in North Wales. Children aged 5 – 11 can have Forest School fun with Woodland Classroom. Parent carers can hear about Contact’s support services, and chat with one of our friendly Family Support advisors.

Mae digwyddiadau Better Together yn gyfle ar gyfer plant anabl a’u brodyr a’u chwiorydd i cael hwyl, magu hyder a gwneud sgiliau newydd.

This event is part of Better Together, organised by Contact, the charity for families with disabled children and funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. It is currently running in parts of the West Midlands and North Wales.

Contact, yr elusen ar gyfer teuluoedd â phlant anabl yn cynnal rhaglen dair blynedd newydd gyffrous o ddigwyddiadau teuluol Better Together, wedi’i ariannu gan y Masonic Charitable Foundation. Mae Better Together yn digwydd mewn rhannau o Ogledd Cymru a Gorllewin Canolbarth Lloegr.

Date: Saturday 22 May 2021
Time: 10:45 – 12:45
Location: Hawarden Estate, CH5 3FB

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