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Scotland

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. May/June E-Bulletin.

Subscribe to receive regular copies of our e-bulletin.

Contact

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

Shoe Fitting Service for Children with Additional Needs

The Little Piggy shoe service in Dundee and Perth offers a private fitting service for children with additional needs outwith opening hours. This enables both the parents and child to enjoy the retail experience and be able to control the environment around them. Please call the individual shop to find out more. 

Lead Scotland - New Support Project for Young Disabled People

Teresa Livingstone is the new Learning coordinator for Lead Scotland for a new project in the Highlands. The Project is funded to help people, currently not working, to improve the skills they need for employment so if you are 16 years old or above, would like to develop your skills and confidence and are disabled, living with a long term health condition, or a carer then get in touch.  Contact Teresa on 07768917502 or email tlivingstone@lead.org.uk to find out the options available.

The Contact a Family Scotland February e-newsletter is now available.

Read the Contact a Family Scotland February e-newsletter.

To sign up to receive the Contact a Family e-bulletin just click on  subscribe now.

If you would like to share local information that would benefit other families, just email details to donna.tomlin@cafamily.org.uk.

Local events

Signpost - Summer Lego Club

Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm-3pm during summer holidays Beatlie School Campus, Livingston, EH54 5ED

Signpost has been awarded a grant to run a LEGO summer club. The Club is for children aged 7-12 with a diagnosis of ASD and their siblings to provide an interesting and safe environment to allow interaction with peers while focusing on 'fun with LEGO'.

There will also be time for parents/carers to stay and have a coffee and an opportunity to meet other parents. Cost is a £20 fee for 7 weekly sessions.

For further information contact Signpost or email enquiries@signpost-online.co.uk

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

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

Supporting Contact a Family Scotland  - 3 cheers for Janet!

A big thank you to our Volunteer, Janet, who will be leaving us after a year helping us provide key information to families in Scotland.  We have appreciated the time and energy and enjoyed sharing ideas on support through our work. 

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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You can also call us if you need information or advice on any aspect of caring for a disabled child. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.


0808 808 3555 or helpline@cafamily.org.uk