Our story


We were founded by families in South London in the 70s. Families who were driven by and experienced many of the same challenges facing the families we work with today across the UK, nearly 40 years on.

This is unacceptable and is why Contact a Family's work remains vital.

Contact a Family was founded on the knowledge that families with disabled children share a unique connection. They bond over a mutual human and emotional experience, so when they are connected they not only share knowledge but support each other.

And that's the big idea at the heart of Contact a Family - families can support families. So as well as providing invaluable information and advice we link families with others, which helps to break down the isolation and inequality that many face.

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK, and 99.1% of them are cared for at home. We currently reach 20% with our life-changing support.

Contact a Family's ambitions:

  • Families with disabled children know how to get the right support.
  • Families with disabled children are more confident to deal with the challenges they face.
  • The financial disadvantage that families with disabled children face has been alleviated.
  • Families with disabled children are understood, valued and included as equals in their communities and society.

Help us to help more families with disabled children in the UK.