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

Looking for local support groups?

Groups provide parents of disabled children with essential practical and emotional support. We've gathered the details of some of these in your area. For the details of  local groups in Scotland call our office on 0131 659 2930. 

Information requests for professionals

We support all types of health, government and social care professionals with specialist information on families of disabled children. Call 0131 659 2930 or email to find out more.

Partnerships, policy and research reports

We work with strategic partners in the voluntary sector, health and central government in Scotland to make sure families of disabled children get a fair deal in government policies. We have a wide range of research reports and are actively involved in several policy, parliamentary and advisory groups. We are also a committed member of the for Scotland's Disabled Children coalition.

We also have been involved in a wide range of research. Browse our research section for a full list of Scottish reports.

Contact a Family Scotland E-bulletin

Contact a Family produces a regular Scottish e-bulletin with up-to-date, local information for families.

Subscribe to receive regular copies of our e-bulletin.


Office address

Contact a Family Scotland, Craigmillar Social Enterprise & Arts Centre, 11/20 Harewood Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4NT, 0131 659 2930, scotland.office@cafamily.org.uk

Local contacts

Email our Scotland office for enquiries and about our events.

Susan Walls; email Susan for national policy, campaigning and partnership work (Monday to Friday).

Donna Tomlin; email Donna for newsletter and information (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Susan Brogan; email Susan for volunteering opportunities with us (Tuesday).

News for Scotland

Growing Up and Moving on to Adult Life in Fife - a new booklet and plan for young people and their families

Fife Council have produced a new resource for people thinking about or going through various transition phases in Fife. It covers many aspects of transition including requesting social care support, educational opportunities, befriending, advocacy, health, SDS, travel and wider support. You can download a copy of the Moving On Choices booklet and plan from the Fife Council Website

Blue Badge - Pilot Scheme to Extend Eligibility

From 1 April 2016 a 12 month pilot was started across Scotland to change the Blue Badge Scheme to include people who have a diagnosed mental illness, personality disorder or learning disability.  To apply you must ask your council for a paper application and if your application is successful you will be given a blue badge for a 12 month period. You can apply up to 31 March 2017.

Make sure your child is protected from Flu

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer agrees that children aged 2-5 should have the flu vaccine. Contact your GP to arrange their appointment. Find out more about the flu vaccine for children at immunisationscotland.org.uk/childflu. You can talk to your practice nurse or GP or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88) for further information. The helpline also provides an interpreting service.

The Contact a Family Scotland November/December e-newsletter is now available.

Read the Contact a Family Scotland November/December e-newsletter.

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If you would like to share local information that would benefit other families, just email details to donna.tomlin@cafamily.org.uk.

Local events

Borders Carers Centre - 2017 Workshops

The Carers Centre at Brewerybrig, Low Buckholmside Galashiels 

The Borders Carers Centre provides free independent help and support to unpaid family carers (aged 18+) of people with all types of illness and disability throughout the Scottish Borders. All workshops take place at the Carers Centre, starting with Managing Anger on Tuesday 28 March, 11am. Call 01896 752431 for further details on the full programme.


A Parent's Guide to Additional Support Needs

Tuesday 13 December, 10am-12pm
COSLA conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Falkland House School invites you to join them for a free morning seminar which aims to provide practical guidance for parents of children and young people with additional support needs.

Looking at a wide range of issues, from understanding different support needs to current legislation, this is a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field.

For more details and to book a place visit A Parents Guide to ASN


Family Fund Information Day

Wednesday 7 December, 10am - 2.30pm
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace

Join Contact a Family Scotland in Edinburgh at this popular Family Fund event and learn more about support services, grants and information for you and your family.  Drop in any time between 10am and 2.30pm.  For further information please visit the Family Fund.

Carers Voice open session

Monday 5 December, 11am-1pm
Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee

Carers Voice will be hosting an open session to share with people the provisions on the new Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. You will also have the opportunity to make comment on the new Carers Strategy for Dundee and catch up with other carers over lunch.
Please email Dundee Carers Centre at centre@dundeecarerscentre.org.uk or call 01382 200422 if you would like to attend. 

Disabled Peoples's Summit - Housing 2016

Friday 2 December 2016, 10am-3pm
Central Glasgow

Accessible housing in the right place is the cornerstone of independent living for disabled people in Scotland, but is it a reality for most? If you have personal experience of the highs and lows of getting the right house as a disabled person then come along to to this event. The collated experiences will then be submitted to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Disability.

Register now to book your place at the Summit by visiting:


If you need to book in person or would like information in an accessible format please, contact Jennifer Youngat, the Independent Living in Scotland project, at admin@ilis.co.uk or 0141 559 5013 x3313

Parent support group events

If you are a parent who runs a support group in Scotland or are considering starting a local group and would like information to help you get going then please don't hesitate to contact us.

You can join our Local Group Network and we can provide you with factsheets, newsletters and respond to your group enquiries or you can contact us about holding an information event in your area. Just email Donna for further information at scotland.office@cafamily.org.uk


Volunteering for Contact a Family Scotland

  • Our volunteers have a defined place in the structure of the organisation and are treated equally within Contact a Family
  • We recognise the individual skills each person brings to the organisation.  We encourage volunteers to develop and build on existing skills and knowledge.
  • We endeavour to involve volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities and ensure our volunteering opportunities are as accessible as possible.
  • We recognise the benefits volunteering brings to the volunteers themselves, to service users and to paid staff.

Would you like to help us provide the best information and services to parents of disabled children in Scotland? 

My name is Susan Brogan and I am the volunteer coordinator at Contact a Family Scotland. We currently have a volunteer helping at our office, a local volunteer in Fife, raising awareness of the work we do, and five National Council members.

We appreciate the benefit volunteers can bring to our small team and are currently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Parent/carer volunteer 

We value the knowledge and experience a parent carer has and would love to have your help in shaping our information service for families with disabled children in Scotland.

This could involve sharing your views and ideas when we are putting together our publications andfactsheets, raising awareness of our service in your local community, helping at information stands or being part of a parent carer focus group. We also actively seek to involve parent carers on our National Council, which may be something you would be interested in.

National Council volunteer

The role of the National Council Member is to advise and support Contact a Family's work in Scotland. We would love to hear from parents or professionals who may be interested in joining our current members.

If you would like find out more about one of the above roles or explore other possibilities for volunteering, I would be happy to chat to you. Please note I only work one day a week, but if you leave your details I will get back in touch with you. You can contact me on 0131 659 2931 or email susan.brogan@cafamily.org.uk  


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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.