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East Midlands

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

In the East Midlands, we carry out our service across through a team of project workers. Working at a local and regional level, we have up-to-date information on local services and support for families. 

Our East Midlands team offers:

  • help for families to find out what's available locally
  • details of local parent support groups
  • guidance for support groups and forums to help them to reach and involve parents
  • training for children's centres to help them reach and involve families with disabled children
  • resources for professionals to help them point families to the right local services.

The team covers the whole of the East Midlands area including: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Contact

Office address

Contact a Family Midlands Team, Prospect Hall, 12 College Walk, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LE

Local contacts

Alternatively, you can contact our freephone national helpline. Advisers can arrange an interpreter over the telephone if needed.

Local news

East Midlands E-bulletin - Spring 2017

Keep up to date with all our latest news. Download the East Midlands E-bulletin Spring 2017.

To sign up to receive our e bulletin direct to your inbox - or to send in any items for inclusion in our next issue -  email wendy.flynn@cafamily.org.uk

Online campaign guides

Worried about what is happening in your area regarding services for children with disabilities? Do you know of others who are keen to have their voices and concerns heard? Through our Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign in England we have launched a range of online campaign guides to help supporters plan and deliver effective local campaigns on the issues most important in their local area.

The guides include '10 Steps to Campaign Success', which provides step-by-step advice along the campaign journey from thinking about the issue, planning a campaign and taking action, to thinking about what comes next. Other shortguides cover a range of practical topics such as setting up a local campaign group, meeting decision makers, using the local media and more.

The guides include video case studies with real campaigners and resources for supporters to use.

Take a look at the local campaigning guides

A new website for siblings of kids with disabilties and SEN

A new online service aims to provide information, advice and support to siblings of children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Youngsibs, the brainchild of UK charity Sibs, includes a moderated on line chat area and a letters section where siblings can receive personalised responses to their questions.

For more information visit the website www.youngsibs.org.uk

New parent guides

  • Benefits are changing. This is a guide for families with disabled children. It outlines what the main welfare reforms are and where possible, explains what they will mean for families with disabled children.

Due to the need for regular revision as a result of government u turns, and court decisions the guide is not yet available to download, but parents wanting a copy should contact our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555.

Beating the bedroom tax

In a recent article, Ten ways to beat the bedroom tax, in The Mirror and Sunday People, parents who feel their child's condition prevents them from sharing a bedroom with a sibling were signposted to Contact a Family's template letters.  There are two letters

  • one for those in social housing affected by the introduction of the bedroom tax (or removal of the spare room subsidy)
  • one for those renting in the private sector under local housing allowance rules.

Local events

Challenging Behaviour

Friday 24 February
Etwall Children's Centre, Hilton Road, Etwall, DE65 6HZ

A workshop for parents of disabled and special needs children to help them deal with challenging behaviour.

Contact Susan Gillott at suegillott@yahoo.com for more information.

Planning for your child's Future - Wills and Trusts

Tuesday 28 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
Rainbow Conference Centre, Lark Rise, Loughborough LE11 2HS

Contact a Family is organising a workshop for parents who want to plan for the future of their disabled child. The workshop will be led by Jessica Tinsley from Simpson Solicitors who will guide you through the use of Wills and Trusts. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about your personal circumstances.

Booking essential. To book contact westmids.office@cafamily.org.uk

Umbrella Erewash Parent Support Day

Thursday 9 March, 9.30am-3pm
Long Eaton, Venue to be confirmed

There will be two workshop sessions: a coping and support workshop in the morning, followed by a workshop on strategies to help deal with challenging behaviour in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided. The sessions will be facilitated by Claire Berwick and Emma Weatherdon from Contact a Family.

Call 0121 415 4624 for more information.

Moving to Adulthood

Tuesday 7 March, 4pm-4.45pm
St Martin's School, Derwent Campus, Bracknell Drive, Alvaston, DE24 0BR

Prepare and plan with your adolescent child as they move to adulthood. This workshop will help you get an overview of the things you need to think about in education, training and the community, and give you tools to work with.  Open to parents with children attending schools in Derby.

For more information and to book a place, call Derby Steps on 01332 641400 or email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk

Siblings workshop

Friday 24 March, 9.45am-12pm
Etwall Children's Centre, Hilton Road, Etwall, DE65 6HZ

A workshop to help parents support the siblings of disabled children. The workshop will look at helping siblings cope with their feelings; identify startegies for communication; and helping siblings to develop their own support networks.

To book, call Sue Gillott on 07805 880438 or email suegillott@yahoo.com

Challenging Behaviour Workshop

Friday 31 March, 9.15am-4pm
7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

A workshop to help parents understand and deal with childrens' challenging behaviour.

For more information, contact 0121 415 4624.

Education Workshop

Tuesday 4 April, 4pm-5.45pm
St Martin's School, Derwent Campus, Bracknell Drive, Alvaston, DE24 0BR

A workshop to help you understand the system of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in schools and colleges.  Find out if your child is eligible for extra support and learn about EHC plans.  Open to parents whose children attend school in Derby.

For more information and to book a place, call Derby Steps on 01332 641400 or email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk

Siblings Workshop

Tuesday 2 May, 4pm-5.45pm
St Martin's School, Alvaston

A workshop to help parents of a special  needs child to:

  • Support siblings with their feelings.
  • Identify strategies to help with communicating.
  • Help siblings develop their own support networks.
  • Understand where they can go to get more help and support.

Open to parents whose children attend Derby schools. To book, email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 641400

Help your child to sleep

Friday 19 May, 9.45am-12pm
Etwall Autism Support Group, Etwall Childrens Centre, Hilton Road, Etwall, DE65 6HZ

A workshop to help parents develop strategies to promote better sleeping patterns for their disabled children.

To book contact Sue Gillott on 07805 880438, or email suegillott@yahoo.com

Support with Bullying Workshop

Tuesday 6 June, 4pm-5.45pm
St Martin's School, Alvaston

The workshop will:

  • Help parents to recognise the effect that bullying has on children with special educational needs.
  • Explain the legal framework and how you can work with the school.
  • Discuss how you can develop positive strategies with your child.

Open to parents whose children attend school in Derby. To book,email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 641400

Challenging Behaviour

Friday 9 June at 12.45pm-2.45
Lakeside Children's Centre, 875 London Road, Derby DE24 8UZ.

A workshop to help parents understand and deal with challenging behaviour. This workshop is open to parents carers of disabled children who attend schools in Derby.

To book, call Caroline Wheeler on 01332 641400.

Puberty and Relationships

Tuesday 4 July, 4pm-5.45
St Martin's School, Alvaston

The workshop will give parents:

  • An overview of puberty and the changes to expect.
  • Strategies to keep your child safe.
  • An understanding of appropriate behaviour for children with SEN.
  • Information on where to go to get more help and support.

Open to parents whose children attend school in Derby. To book, email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 641400  

Find local services at

SENDirect

Our SENDirect service is a website where families of children with disabilities or special educational needs can search for and compare local support, activities and services.