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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.

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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

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Scottish families celebrate love, life and laughter in My Family photography exhibition

A huge thank you from Contact a Family Scotland to all the families who took part in our photo exhibition, My Family: love, life, laughter, and to the donors, funders, families and other guests who made a very special evening of 25 May in Edinburgh.

My Family: love, life, laughter highlights the challenges and triumphs of raising a disabled child. It was displayed at a private viewing organised by the Scotland team and hosted by Baroness Linklater of Butterstone.

Award-winning photographer Rebecca Lee spent time with two families to capture the ups, downs and differences in life for families with a disabled child. The exhibition also featured photos submitted by parents across Scotland, sharing their stories and precious moments in time.

The resulting exhibition was a celebration of the everyday lives of families with disabled child and helped to promote positive imagery of families with disabled children.

With her unique insight into life with a disability, Rebecca's work is about showing a person at their best in life and ability. She explained: "The disability is often evident, but the real message of the photo is hope and achievement." The guests on the night stepped into the families' lives for a while and gained a sense of their understanding.

A special feature of the exhibition was the photographs that were shared by families from across Scotland and curated alongside Rebecca's portraits. The photographs were snapshots of happy times or just a moment in a child's life. The children and young people's portraits delighted the guests, especially their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, as well as themselves.


Partners in Policymaking - a leadership development programme for parents of disabled children (up to age 18) and disabled adults. Dunblane Hydro, September

This free eight session programme starting in the autumn is run by In-Control Scotland and offers a chance for parents to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to campaign and advocate for better treatment and social justice for disabled people within society. If you want to make improvements in the way services are provided and contribute to the successful implementation of Self Directed Support,  please contact June Dunlop, In Control Scotland, 0141 440 5250 or email june.d@in-controlscotland.org.uk to book a place. 


RNIB Scotland Transitions Service - Looking to the Future  

Looking to the Future is a transitions service for people with visual impairment and sight loss between the ages of 15 and 25 supporting people from school on to college, university, training opportunities or employment. For further information contact ltf@rnib.org.uk or call 0131 657 8200. 


The Contact a Family Scotland May/June e-newsletter is now available.

Read the Contact a Family Scotland May/June 2016 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


Galaxy Group - Parent support group focusing on Transition
The Galaxy Group provides transition support for parents and family carers of young people with additional support needs in central Aberdeenshire. The group is parent-led and provides information, sign-posting and support, including events and informal peer-to-peer support at coffee meetings.

Another of the group's aims is to enhance, improve and expand the life choices of young people with complex support needs, and in particular to explore the possibilities afforded by the introduction of self-directed support for those who are eligible for adult services. The group hopes to pool their resources with others with similar interests, sharing costs and making friends at the same time.

For further information please call 07825 216025, email info@galaxygroup.org.uk or visit The Galaxy Group.


Family Fund Information Event
Wednesday 24 August, 10am
Maryhill Burgh Halls, 10 - 24 Gairbraid Avenue, Glasgow G20 8YE

Come along and learn more about what support is available and visit the Contact a Family stand too. For further information visit Family Fund.


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

Summer activities

If the summer break is a challenge for you, here are a few ideas we have found for activities and play schemes in Scotland with more listed on our website. If you know of something in your area please let us know and we will share it on the website for other families.

  • Schools often circulate information about play schemes, activity clubs and sporting sessions in the local area, so it is worth looking out for these leaflets before the end of term. 
  • Your local authority website will have links to clubs, play sessions and activities during the summer so go on line to find out more.
  • Charlotte's Tandems - if your son or daughter is unable to ride a bike independently, you can borrow a tandem (free of charge) to enjoy the wonders of cycling. 
  • The Wheelyboat Trust provides wheelyboats to fisheries across the UK to enable wheelchair users to get out on the water and fish. There are 13 wheelyboats at different locations around Scotland, including Highland, Perthshire and Fife.    
  • Local parent support groups often run family activities in the summer, so if you have not managed to link up with a group yet then call the Contact a Family Scotland office on 0131 659 2930 to find your nearest one.

By Area

South Ayrshire

Schools Out programme has a list of holiday activities for school aged children.


Play Alloa provide activities and social opportunities for children during the summer.


The Yard Dundee.


Lochore Meadows has a range of specialised equipment available for people with disabilities for land and water activities

Fife Direct website.

Disability Sport Fife.


Glasgow Life website for some multi-sport options.

Linn Park Adventure Playground.

Redivale Adventure Play.


High Life Highland Summer Activity programme.


Active East Lothian.
The Inc Consortium provide holiday sessions, activity days and residential opportunities for children and young people with additional support needs in Edinburgh.
Beach Wheelchairs loan these free of charge from their Beach Hut at North Berwick.
The Yard Adventure Centre in Edinburgh.

Cherry Road Activity Club in Bonnyrigg is a social recreational club with activities for young people with disabilities. Tel: 0131 663 8170.

Shetland Isles

Disability Shetland.

Stirling and Forth Valley

Plus Forth Valley Ltd.

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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.