North West Regional Office:
Leyland Business Park
Contact provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.
In the North West, we carry out our service through a team of home-based workers and volunteers. Working at a local and regional level, we have up-to-date information on local services and support for families with disabled children.
Our North West team offers:
Please note sessions for parents are free where funding permits. There is a charge for sessions for professionals and services can commission workshops for parents. Please contact Karen Robinson for details of costs and availability.
By working together and developing partnerships with other organisations across the North West, Contact can offer the following free information sessions to parents:
To arrange information sessions, drop in sessions or bespoke training sessions, or for more information about Contact North West please contact Karen Robinson, Regional Development Manager NW England at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 424758. Sessions are subject to attendance, demand and capacity, but we endeavour to meet this wherever possible.
North West Regional Office:
Leyland Business Park
Latest North West Newsletter
Read our latest newsletter [PDF] for parents of disabled children and professionals who work with them in the north west area. It contains local information, news and events in the area.
If you have any local North West news stories to share please send them to Rebecca at email@example.com
By working together and developing partnerships with other organisations across the North West, we can offer free workshops and information sessions to parents.
We attend support groups, link with Children's Centres, parent carer forums, schools and many other organisations.
The North West Team can offer the following sessions:
For further information or to book for your group please contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all sessions are subject to availability and local needs and there is a requirement of a minimum of 8 people to attend.
Here's a place where you can have your say about our latest news and updates, ask for advice from our parent advisers and talk to other families with disabled children.
Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust
Monday 25 March 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm - Helping your Child Sleep. To increase knowledge and understanding of sleep issues and to exlpore and share strategies, top tips and sources of advice and support.
Wednesday 15 May 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm - Supporting Brothers and Sisters. To explore a range of methods to support siblings and to identify and share resources and support available.
Cheshire and Warrigton Carers Trust information sessions will be held at Unit 1, Brierley Business Centre, Mirion Street, Crewe, CW1 2AZ.
To find out more information or to book on please email Lisa Warburton; email@example.com or telephone 01270 257331.
St Helen's Parent Carer Forum
Monday 29 April 2019, 10am-12:30pm - Supporting Brothers and Sisters. To explore a range of methods to support siblings and to identify and share resources and support available.
St Helen's PCF information sessions will be held at Fishwick
House, 18 Cotham Street, St Helen's, WA10 1SJ. To find out more
information or to book on please email; firstname.lastname@example.org
or, telephone 01744 675 615.
Early Years Programme age 0 to 8: Free Parent Carer Information Sessions - Rainbow House
Session 6: Tuesday 19 March 2019 - Money Matters. This session will address the additional costs of bringing up a child with a disability and help you understand the range of grants, benefits and entitlements available and know how to get support.
All sessions run from 10am-12pm (registration and coffee from 9:30am). Rainbow House information sessions will be held at The Legacy Rainbow House, Salt Pit Lane, Mawdesley, Ormskirk, L40 2QX.
To find out more information or to book on please email Sonia Harris, email@example.com or telephone 01704 823 276.
Contact information stand at Alder Hey Children's Hospital
In the Atrium from 11am-3pm on the following dates:
Contact staff will have an information stand in the Atrium at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Alder Hey Children's Hospital on the above dates. Please come along and pick up information about Contact, meet our friendly parent advisers and see our range of parent guides. You can ask us any questions you may be struggling to get answers for.
We can give information and advice about any aspect of raising your child, including help with finances, education, emotional and practical support.
Come and visit the stand or for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Fund Event
Information and Support Day - Learn more about Family Fund support services, grants, information available to you and your disabled child or young person.
Bolton - Thursday 21 March 2019, 10:30am-2:30pm
Venue: The Hub, Bold Street, Bolton, BL1 1LS.
Contact will have an information stand at the information and support day in Burnley.
A sports club for children and young people with a disability or special need.
Preston Panthers offer a varitey of sporting activities such as football, wheelchair basket ball, hockey and much more every Saturday at West View Lesuire Centre, Preston. Dry sports from 5pm-6:30pm and wet sports from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
To find out more information contact Marilyn Gregson on 01772 719052 or 07719599537.
Manchester Parent Carer Forum SEND Survey
MPCF would like to gather your views, as parent-carers of children and young people with SEND in Manchester, on what is going well and what could be improved in your local area. They would be grateful if you could complete their short survey on Education, Health and Care (EHC) services and Manchester's Local Offer.
The answers that parents and carers give in these surveys are leading to changes in services, so you views are really important.
Please submit your answers by the 15th March, Survey
Click on the links below to be taken straight to your local authority "Local Offer" page.
These pages contain information on hundreds of groups and organsiations who can offer help, practical support and information on education, health, social care, money matters, childcare, preparing for adulthood, concerns and equipment.
You'll also find information on lots of support groups and fun activities for you and your family in your area:
We are one of the partners of SENDirect, launched in January 2015. The online service allows parents and professionals to:
North West Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Regional Network pages can be found here: https://www.nwsend.network/
Your local Family Information Service can provide you with information on all local childcare options, holiday playschemes and activities for children and young people. Search for your local FIS using the Childcare and Family Services Finder.
Childcare and Family Services Finder is a free service to help you find registered childcare and family services in your local area. It covers all the Ofsted registered childcare providers across England, with results provided by local authorities.
The Family Information Service will be only too happy to provide you with a brokerage service to ensure that you find the right childcare and services for your particular family circumstances. Don't be afraid to ask. Your local authority has a legal duty to provide this brokerage service for you.