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Northern Ireland

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

Support Groups

Groups provide parents of disabled children with essential practical and emotional support. Find more local and national groups, call our free phone helpline on 0808 888 3555 or visit making contact for more online support.

Information

We produce a wide range of information on topics such as special educational needs, dealing with debt, and transition. These are available in our online resources library; remember to select Northern Ireland in the country drop down list to view.

Information requests for professionals

Contact a Family NI support all types of health, government and social care professionals with specialist information on families of disabled children. Call 028 9262 7552 or email nireland.office@cafamily.org.uk to find out more.

Workshops

Contact a Family NI workshops for parents of disabled children include building confidence, benefits and welfare, money management, transitions and other information around your child. We also run workshops such as cake making, health and beauty. These activities are fun and provide an opportunity to meet other parents in similar circumstances. Please get in touch for opportunities in your area.

Training, talks and presentations

Contact a Family have delivered training, talks and presentations to social services, local health trusts, and to students and community groups. We welcome opportunities to meet parents, stakeholders and professionals As well as opportunities to deliver training and raise awareness. For more information on the topics available contact nireland.office@cafamily.org.uk

Partnerships and Policy

Contact a Family Northern Ireland work with strategic partners in the voluntary sector, health professionals and local government to make sure families of disabled children are informed and considered by decision makers. For opportunities to respond to current consultations and make your voice heard please visit NI News pages.

Contact

Office address

Contact a Family Northern Ireland
63-75 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast
BT15 2GB
028 9262 7552

Local contacts

For general enquiries and anything to do with the work of Contact A Family in Northern Ireland contact:

Lindsay Wallace

lindsay.wallace@cafamily.org.uk - 07507 932 403

In the Northern Trust area our family workers offer parents one-to-one help and support through times of need. If you live in the Northern Trust area please contact:

Virginia Maxwel, Family Support Worker (Part time)

virginia.maxwell@cafamily.org.uk.

Karen Patterson, Family Support Worker (Part time)

karen.patterson@cafamily.org.uk.

For general enquiries, please email nireland.office@cafamily.org.uk.

News for Northern Ireland

New Carer's Allowance Digital Service

NI direct have launched a new digital service for carers. The digital service allows carers across Northern Ireland to claim Carer's Allowance, or report a change in their circumstances, using an online service.

Launching the service, Minister Givan said: "This new service enables carers in Northern Ireland to access the service 24 hours a day, seven days a week from their desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

"We have a significant number of carers throughout Northern Ireland who now have the opportunity to avail of the new digital service. The streamlined online service is designed to be easy to use as people are only asked questions that are relevant to them.

"However, the options to make a paper claim or to report a change in circumstances in writing will still be available for anyone who isn't able to use the online service or who would prefer not to."

The Carer's Allowance Digital Service can be accessed via nidirect

Events for Northern Ireland

Relaxed Performances

Movie House

On the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, at 11am, Movie House Cinemas at Cityside Yorkgate and Coleraine screen a relaxed performance of a popular childrens film.

Contact Movie House cinemas for more infomation.


Carrickfergus Omniplex

Carrickfergus Omniplex is now showing subtitled and sensory films every week. They do an adult screening every Monday between 5pm and 6pm, and it is a different film each week.

They also do a kids film every Sunday morning between 11:30am and 12:15pm. Again, this is a different film once a week.

The movies are advertised on the Carrickfergus Omniplex website and are available each Wednesday for the following week. The cost is a normal priced ticket, but the carer (valid proof must be shown) will enter for free.

Workshops

Transition
Primary - Secondary education
Leaving school

Change can be a challenging time for young people and their families. Many parents can feel anxious at this time as they are unsure about the future. It is vital that young people and their families plan for change as early as possible. Our workshops will help you find out what you need to do to help your child into adulthood.

For more information about our workshops contact Lindsay Wallace.

Parent and toddler groups for children with hearing and sight loss - Southern Trust

Third Thursday of each month from 10.30am-12.30am
Splash Surestart, Office 3, First Floor, Legahory Centre, Craigavon BT65 5BE

A new parent and toddler group in partnership with NCDS, Angel Eyes and Splash Surestart, Craigavon, for parents and carers of sight and or hearing loss, and additional needs and their siblings aged 0-4, has been started.

A range of sensory toys will be available as well and games and an opportunity to explore the dark den. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Roisin on 028 9032 9373.

Parent and toddler groups for children with hearing and sight loss - Northern Trust

Last Thursday of each month from 10.30 am-12.30pm
Jordanstown School, Jordanstown

Parent and toddler group in partnership with NCDS, Angel Eyes and Jordanstown school for parents and carers of sight and or hearing loss children, and additional needs and their siblings aged 0-4.

Children will have the opportunity to play with sensory toys and in a soft play area. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Marcella on 028 9032 9373.

Parenting education programmes

Dates and venues vary.

Parenting NI provide a range of educational programmes and resources to parents from course specifically for fathers, anger management, parenting teens and much more.

To register your interest in a programme call their freephone helpline on 0808 8010 722.

Be safe, stay safe

Leonard Cheshire Disability, First Floor, Cheshire House, 12 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast BT9 6FL

'Be Safe Stay Safe', led by Leonard Cheshire Disability, helps disabled people in Northern Ireland feel safer in their homes and in their communities. Leonard Cheshire Disability offers free training to voluntary or statutory groups. For more information on 'Be Safe Stay Safe', to arrange a training session or to register interest in becoming involved in the project, please contact the numbers above.

Contact 028 9066 1281 or email besafestaysafe@LCDisability.org.uk for more information.

Come and play events

Taughmonagh Playground and Springhill Millenium Park, Belfast

Belfast City Council is running events in local parks at Taughmonagh Playground and Springhill Millenium Park for children aged 5 - 11 years old. This is an ongoing programme throughout the year.

For enquiries, contact Jenny Carson on 028 9075 3897 or 07920 817 120.

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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