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East Midlands

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

In the East Midlands, we carry out our service across through a team of project workers. Working at a local and regional level, we have up-to-date information on local services and support for families. 

Our East Midlands team offers:

  • help for families to find out what's available locally
  • details of local parent support groups
  • guidance for support groups and forums to help them to reach and involve parents
  • training for children's centres to help them reach and involve families with disabled children
  • resources for professionals to help them point families to the right local services.

The team covers the whole of the East Midlands area including: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.


Office address

Contact a Family Midlands Team, Prospect Hall, 12 College Walk, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LE

Local contacts

Alternatively, you can contact our freephone national helpline. Advisers can arrange an interpreter over the telephone if needed.

Local news

East Midlands E-bulletin - Spring 2017

Keep up to date with all our latest news. Download the East Midlands E-bulletin Spring 2017.

To sign up to receive our e bulletin direct to your inbox - or to send in any items for inclusion in our next issue -  email wendy.flynn@cafamily.org.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

A new website for siblings of kids with disabilties and 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

New parent guides

  • Benefits are changing. This is a guide for families with disabled children. It outlines what the main welfare reforms are and where possible, explains what they will mean for families with disabled children.

Due to the need for regular revision as a result of government u turns, and court decisions the guide is not yet available to download, but parents wanting a copy should contact our freephone helpline on 0808 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 from 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 the spare room subsidy)
  • one for those renting in the private sector under local housing allowance rules.

Local events

Contact a Family run a programme of free workshops for parents of children with special needs or disabilities.  If you would like to attend any of these sessions, or would like more information, just email us at westmids.office@cafamily.org.uk

Understanding Benefits workshop

Wednesday 17 May, 10.30am-12.30pm
Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, Leicester, LE3 2PP

This is a workshop for the parents of disabled and special needs children. Ruth Moore from Slater Gordon solicitors will give parents an overview of the benefits system with a particular focus on understanding:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independance Payment.
  • Employment Support Allowance.
  • Carer's Allowance.

You will also learn how to challenge a decision, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Booking essential. To book, email westmids.office@cafamily.org.uk or call 0121 415 4624

Siblings Workshop

Tuesday 2 May, 4pm-5.45pm
St Martin's School, Alvaston

A workshop to help parents of a special  needs child to:

  • Support siblings with their feelings.
  • Identify strategies to help with communicating.
  • Help siblings develop their own support networks.
  • Understand where they can go to get more help and support.

Open to parents whose children attend Derby schools. To book, email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 641400

Help your child to sleep

Friday 19 May, 9.45am-12pm
Etwall Autism Support Group, Etwall Childrens Centre, Hilton Road, Etwall, DE65 6HZ

A workshop to help parents develop strategies to promote better sleeping patterns for their disabled children.

To book contact Sue Gillott on 07805 880438, or email suegillott@yahoo.com


Support with Bullying Workshop

Tuesday 6 June, 4pm-5.45pm
St Martin's School, Alvaston

The workshop will:

  • Help parents to recognise the effect that bullying has on children with special educational needs.
  • Explain the legal framework and how you can work with the school.
  • Discuss how you can develop positive strategies with your child.

Open to parents whose children attend school in Derby. To book,email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 641400

Challenging Behaviour

Friday 9 June at 12.45pm-2.45
Lakeside Children's Centre, 875 London Road, Derby DE24 8UZ.

A workshop to help parents understand and deal with challenging behaviour. This workshop is open to parents carers of disabled children who attend schools in Derby.

To book, call Caroline Wheeler on 01332 641400.

Puberty and Relationships

Tuesday 4 July, 4pm-5.45
St Martin's School, Alvaston

The workshop will give parents:

  • An overview of puberty and the changes to expect.
  • Strategies to keep your child safe.
  • An understanding of appropriate behaviour for children with SEN.
  • Information on where to go to get more help and support.

Open to parents whose children attend school in Derby. To book, email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 641400  

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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.