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West Midlands

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

In the West Midlands, we carry out our service through our regional office in Birmingham, home-based workers and volunteers. Working at a local and regional level, we have up-to-date information on local services and support for families. 

Our West Midlands team offers:

  • advice, information and support to help families find out what is available locally
  • workshops, events and opportunities to meet other families with disabled children
  • regular newsletters and ebulletins with useful information for families
  • guidance for support groups and forums to help them to reach and involve parents
  • resources for professionals help them point families to the right local services
  • workshops for professionals working with families.

We work together with government and voluntary organisations. We also take part in local and regional networks to shape policy and ensure the needs of families with disabled children are represented.

The team covers the whole of the West Midlands area including: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Worcestershire. 

Supported by Scottish power.

Contact

Office address

Contact a Family Midlands Team, Prospect Hall, 12 College Walk, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LE, 0121 415 4624, westmids.office@cafamily.org.uk

 Local contacts

Alternatively, you can either email helpline@cafamily.org.uk or call our freephone national helpline on 0808 808 3555 from 9.30am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday. Advisers can arrange an interpreter over the telephone if needed.

Local events


Contact a Family Midlands team have organised a number of free workshops for parents and carers of disabled children.

We are always interested to hear what topics you would like us to provide workshops on. Contact the Midlands Office to share with us your ideas.


Events in the Midlands area


Planning for the Future: Wills and Trusts

Thursday 5 March, 10am-11.30pm
New Hope, 35 Wells Road, Worcester WR5 1NN

It is never too soon to plan for the financial future for your family if you have a child with additional needs. With solicitor Alex Elphinston.

To book a place please ring Contact A Family on 0121 415 4624.


Kidz in the Middle

Thursday 19 March 2015, 9.30am-4pm
Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE 

A great free event for children and young adults with disabilities, their families, carers and professionals. Contact a Family will host one of 150 stands, and there will be free seminars on a range of topics.

For more information www.kidzinthemiddle.co.uk, tel 0161 607 8200, email info@disabledliving.co.uk.


Moving to Adulthood workshop

Thursday 26 March,  10.30am - 2.15pm (registration from 9.45am, lunch included)
The Hub Hazelwell, 318 Vicarage Road, Birmingham B14 7N

Come and find out about education, social care support and benefits. This is a joint event with Scope and the National Deaf Children's Society.

For families with disabled children and young people aged 13 - 25. Expert speakers from Pannone solicitors and NDCS.

To book a place please ring  0121 4154624.


Free Parents Information Event by Afasic

Thursday 26th March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Kidderminster Town Hall, Vicar Street DY10 1DB

For parents of children with speech and language difficulties

To book a place, please contact Tony Curtis on 01223 244984  or tonyc@afasicengland.org.uk


Activity clubs in the Midlands area:


Kids Run Free

First Saturday of every month 9.00am
Jubilee Leisure Centre, Greenmoor Road, Nuneaton

Kids Run Free inspires the love of sport in young people of all abilities.  By organising free monthly races for children to promote happier, healthier lifestyles and providing a stepping stone into other sports.

They provide different length races for each age group and ability.  Children are inspired to beat their own personal best and many go onto take part in other sporting and running events.

For more information visit their website www.kidsrunfree.co.uk or email the Nuneaton race organiser.


Disability exercise club

Bloxwich Leisure Centre
Every Tuesday 4:00pm - 7:00pm Young Peoples Disability Group

£1 per session with a 'Move it!' card

For further information or to book a place for your child / young person please call Walsall health and fitness team on 01922 658 080.

Local news


Robin Hood pantomime


Jaguar panto is putting on a special performance of Robin Hood for disabled and disadvantaged children. Running from 16-22 February at Sutton Town Hall, Upper Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AD. Tickets: £1 convessions, £1 for carers. Please ring 0845 259 0340 or email jaguarpanto@yahoo.co.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


Warm home discounts


Are you eligible for a warm home discount? Scottish Power along with other energy providers are part of the warm home programme of support aimed at households who are living in or at risk of fuel poverty. Customers may be eligible to apply for a rebate of £135 (inc VAT). 

To find out more and see if you are eligible contact your provider.


Sandwell winter warmth campaign


The campaign covers:

  • Home energy advice visits - tariff advice, loan of energy monitor and fitting of radiator reflector panels
  • Energy awareness sessions
  • Help for heating and insulation including an emergency grant for households in fuel poverty with no heating and/or hot water
  • Free winter warmth packs - blanket, soup, hat, gloves, thermal mug, TV powerdown, room thermometer
  • Free energy efficient kettle (limited number so on first come first served basis)

If you would like to book an awareness session for your group, arrange a home energy advice visit or help for heating and/or insulation, please call the Warm Zone office on 0121 552 0563 or 0800 033 7967.


Latest newsletter out now!


The latest edition of our Midlands newsletter is out now and contains information on:

  • How to stay warm this winter
  • Support groups and our local parent support network
  • Updates about our work


New parent guides 


  • Benefits are changing.  A guide for families with a disabled children outlining what the main welfare reforms are and where possible explain what they will mean for families.

Due to government u-turns and court decisions this guide is subject to regular revision, so it is not available for download, but if parents would like a free copy contact the freephone helpline 0800 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 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 spare room subsidy)
  • one for those renting in the private sector under local housing allowance rules

See more on how we can help in our benefits section.


A new website for siblings of children with disabilties and special educational needs (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.