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Contact a Family

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209-211 City Road

Tel: (Helpline) 0808 808 3555, (Admin) 020 7608 8700


Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity that provides advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children - no matter what their health condition. They enable parents to get in contact with other families through a family linking service, both on a local and national basis.

They have a freephone helpline offering a one-stop-shop for families of children with disabilities, offering advice on welfare rights, community care issues, education needs and a listening ear with access to interpreters. They also have a number of local, regional and national offices plus volunteer family workers around the UK.

They also provide information to professionals and developmental advice to support groups.

They work to influence services and have campaigns that aim to improve the quality of life for families with disabled children.

They have a wide range of publications for parents and professionals including 'The Contact a Family Directory - Specific Conditions, Rare Disorders and UK Family Support Groups' (new edition every year). Most of their information materials can be found on their website, others will need to be ordered.

Last updated on 30/10/2013

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