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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

The Diamond Sensory Room at Airdrie FC

Airdrie F.C. have become the first football club in Scotland with a sensory room at home games, allowing children with Sensory Process Disorders such as autism to attend matches in comfort.

For more information and to book a place at the next home game, please email Dougy or Stevie at Airdrie Football Club.

Project SEARCH - opportunities for young people (18 -24) with learning disabilities and/or autism

Project SEARCH is an employability focused course working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Supported Employment, City of Glasgow College and Autism Network Scotland. 

The aim of the course is to work with young people with learning disabilities and/or autism, to help them gain experience in real work situations while supporting and developing their skills. Project SEARCH is currently recruiting for interns for the next academic year.

For more information visit Project Search, email Siobhan Martin or call Helen on 07584 217872. To apply direct contact the City of Glasgow College Website

SIGN - Autism: A booklet for young people

SIGN have developed a new booklet for young people of high school age who may have autism, or have already been diagnosed with autism.  The booklet Autism: A booklet for young people explains advice for healthcare professionals on how to help people with autism.

Additional Support Needs in School Education - call for views

Over the past few months the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee has been looking in depth at school education and are seeking views specifically on Additional Support Needs.

The Committee would like to find out what is important to you and to hear your own experiences and would welcome views from parents, children and young people, teachers and school support staff etc. with direct experience of additional support needs in schools.

Your feedback can be sent by email, post or by sending a video.

Please email es.submissions@parliament.scot or write to the Education and Skills Committee, T3.40, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.  For further details please visit the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee

Epilepsy Scotland

Are you looking for a parent support group in Edinburgh, or Glasgow? Epilepsy Scotland want to re-establish their group in Edinburgh, and if there is enough interest will consider starting up a similar group in Glasgow. The groups will be run by Michael Adair, an epilepsy social worker who has been supporting families affected by epilepsy for many years. If you are looking for a supportive and safe environment to talk to other parents and share experiences, to get more information on managing the condition, including help with sleep issues and behavioural issues, or to get one to one support, please email Michael madair@epilepsyscotland.org.uk, or phone 0131 659 4730 to find out more or to put your name down for these groups.

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 February e-newsletter is now available.

Read the Contact a Family Scotland February 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

Would you like your disabled child to be more involved in your local community in East Lothian?

Children Inc East Lothian work to promote awareness and inclusion of disabled children in their community by finding out what works for families and supporting positive change.

To find out more and to get involved call 07435750274 or email childrenincel@gmail.com

Love Learning Scotland - Support Strategy Program

This support and strategy program is for parents who's children have additional support needs.

Love Learning Scotland are offering a service designed to bridge the gap between social care and education by providing education to society's most vulnerable young people, who are often excluded from main stream education. They are looking for families to be involved in building this program for themselves and in turn this will also build a program for the future where young people's needs will be met and tailored to them. 

Families with or without a diagnosis are welcome.

For more information please email Love Learning Scotland​ or call 01355 239 609.

Tailor Ed Foundation - Dad's Group

Tailor Ed Foundation run an informal group just for Dads which is usually held in a pub and offers a chance for Dads to meet up with other Dads who have a child referred to Tailor Ed.

Hosted by a male project worker this provides an opportunity for Dads to relax and build an informal support network. For more information email Pete at Tailor Ed Foundation.

Positive Pathways: Positive Behaviour Support Training for Family Carers of Young People with Autism  in Ayrshire

Tuesday, 14th March -1st session
Tuesday, 21st March 2017 - 2nd session

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland are running training for parents and carers of children and young people with Autism (aged between 5-18). The training will focus on understanding emotional and behavioural challenges through a free advice and intensive support service. The sessions are designed to run over consecutive weeks.

For full details and to register your interest please email Positivie Pathways Team or telephone 0845 013 6365.

Emotion Works - Parent Workshop at Perth Autism Support

Monday,13 March, 10am - 12.30pm

Perth Autism Support, 28-30 Market Street, Perth, PH1 5QH

The session aims to introduce the emotion works approach and how this model guides and supports learning and talking about emotion across all ages and stages of development.  The workshop is free to registered parents. For more details or information call Perth Autism Support 01738 451081 or to book a place visit Emotion Works Workshop.

Weekend for families with a deaf child aged 0-2

Saturday, 11 and Sunday 12 March

Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow

The National Deaf Children's Society will be holding a family weekend event in March which is open to families across Scotland. Topics include understanding your child's developing communication and accessing technology. Accommodation can be provided for families who need to travel over one hour to attend. For further information and a booking form email siobhan.murray@ndcs.org.uk or call 0141 354 7850.

Playing our Part: Supporting the Autism Strategy in Argyll and Bute

Wednesday, 8 March, 10.30am-3.30pm

CE Centre, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8XQ

Autism Network Scotland would like to invite individuals, parents and carers to take part in this key event which will provide an overview of what is happening nationally including relevant legislation linked to the autism strategy, an update from the Autism Lead Officer and the story of one parent's  journey: from family focus to strategy development.  The day will also focus on an understanding of how individuals and families can be actively involved.

To register your interest in this event please email Autism Network Scotland.

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.

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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