Welcome to our blogs, where you can read real-life stories from the families we support.

If you would like to write a blog, we'd love to hear from you. Email to find out more.

Please note that the opinions expressed on these blogs are the author's own views and not necessarily those of Contact.

Parent adviser Michaela's tips for starting school

Our parent adviser Michaela, who works on the special education team of our helpline, speaks to parents every day about their child's education. In this blog Michaela shares her top three tips for making sure you and your child are as prepared as you can be for their new adventure.

Written by Contact at 17:54

Parent carer forums team up to improve health services

Forums often work with health providers in the area, and this story from Family Voice Peterborough and Pinpoint Cambridgeshire is an example of this working well. This blog was written by Louise from Family Voice Peterbrough.

Written by Contact at 17:53

A heartfelt thank you from helpline caller Lynne

We received some lovely feedback on our helpline service recently from mum Lynne. Our parent advisers answer over 12,000 queries a year, so it's great when we hear that we're making a difference. We want to make sure even more parents can get the support they need, so we asked Lynne if she'd like to blog about her experiences to encourage others to get in touch.

Written by Contact at 11:13

How we got the best short breaks deal for local families

Parent carer forums do really important work and can be instrumental in making sure families are at the heart of decision making. Often their achievements go unnoticed, so we invited Karen Russell, chair of Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum, to blog about how her parent carer forum worked with the local authority to reverse a decision that would leave local families in a crisis situation.

Written by Contact at 10:41

Sophie takes on the Leeds Half Marathon for families with hemiplegia

This Sunday Sophie is running the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for Contact's support for families with hemiplegia. Let's meet her!

Written by Contact at 11:05