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
Mums of disabled children can't work as much as they'd like, often due to high childcare costs. Join contact by signing our petition calling for more help towards childcare costs for mums of disabled children.
And dont forget we have lots of support and advice available for parent carers who need advice on work or childcare including our web pages that explain your rights and what to do if you are refused childcare. Together we can really make a difference to families with disabled children.
We're thrilled to be launching our new scheme for parent support groups - designed for you and based on what you've told us you want from us:
Affiliation is about us having a better connection to each other. We want to help your group get more from our information, resources and infrastructure.
And we know many of you want to feel closer to Contact, demonstrating that we're working together for the families we serve. This scheme helps us do that.
Affiliation is not a membership scheme (we thought the less bureaucracy the better!), but it does bring together the best of our services in one neat and tidy package, combined with some new features that we hope you'll love.
As well as everything you'd expect from Contact, the scheme offers you and your members access to two great e-learning platforms, special status in our online community of parent carers and the opportunity to use our new branding your own publicity, demonstrating our connection to each other.
And that's only the beginning! For the full run down of benefits please take a look at our Affiliation Leaflet, which includes a full list of FAQs.
You can become an affiliate free of charge. There's also an enhanced, paid option for groups that want the full package, charged at £100 annually. Our leaflet contains full details.
Affiliation replaces our Local Groups Network (LGN). We will keep details of LGN members on our system so we can signpost parent carers to you, unless you tell us not to.
For existing LGN members, affiliation is not automatic - if you're already on our system and want to become an affiliate you will need to sign up below.
We hope you love the new scheme, and we look forward to welcoming you!
We are delighted to introduce you to our online community, a brand new collaboration with parents. We've created a safe environment where you can talk to others about anything to do with caring for a disabled child.
Join a condition group to meet carers of children with the same condition or dive into a discussion and share your experiences on everything from challenging behaviour to healthcare, holidays and higher education
We have a new factsheet about extra help in education for 19-25 year olds in England, written by experts n our education helpline.
It explains education options post-19, what happens to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, what if your child doesn't have an EHC plan, funding for education and much more.
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.
A new menu of products and services for professionals who work with families. Visit: http://www.cafamily.org.uk/professionals
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.
Wednesday 14th November, 10am-1pm Venue: BURY2GETHER Office, Brandlesholme Community Centre, Brandlesholme Road, Bury, BL8 1HS
This session will help you develop better communication skills, feel more confident when working with professionals and prepare and get the best out of meetings.
To book on and for further details please see Eventbrite.
Supporting Brothers and Sisters
Tuesday 20 November, 6pm-8pm
Venue: LivPaC - Liverpool Parent Carer Forum, c/o DCLP, 5 Shelmore Drive, Dingle, Liverpool, L8 4YL
To identify the emotional and practical issues affecting siblings, exlpore a range of methods to support siblings and identify resources and support for siblings.
For further information and to book a place, please contact: Donna at email@example.com
Further workshops being held in the areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Cheshire East, Liverpool and St Helens. Please keep checking for further details.
Kidz to Adultz Up North
One of the largest, free UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults up to the age of 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and professionals who support them. Contact will be there with a stand (Stand number V9), offering advice and information. Please come and say hello!
This event is taking place on Thursday 8th November, 9:30am-4:30pm, at EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M17 8AS.
Contact information stand at the Royal Manchester 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 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 and 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
Parent and Carer Support: Learning more about Autism at Pontville School, Lancashire
A half day workshop which offers top tips for understanding and supporting children with autism and associated developmental differences.
Being held on Saturday 24th November 2018
For more information please contact Clare or Rukiya on 0844 880 6520 or email email@example.com
Education, Health & Care Plan Workshop at Pontville School, Lancashire
A free event aimed at developing your understanding of the EHCP process, which will help make informed and positive decisions regarding your child's education.
Being held on Saturday 19th January 2019
For more information please contact Clare or Rukiya on 0844 880 6520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.