Contact a Family

Helping more families with disabled children

Contact a Family is determined to make the biggest difference possible to the lives of families with disabled children in the UK. We want to reach more families this year with the best information, advice and ability to link those families to others like them.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (284912)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£4,742

Donations

29

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

  • The Contact a Family helpline has been more helpful than any other channel we have gone through

    — Dad, Nicolas supported by our helpline

  • I am so glad I got the opportunity to have the help and support from Dawn at Contact a Family

    — Mum Helen supported by one of our family workers

  • I don't know where else I can get this kind of info that is specific to our area. It helps me feel less isolated

    — Mum, Tracey

  • The Contact a Family helpline has been more helpful than any other channel we have gone through

    — Dad, Nicolas supported by our helpline

  • I don't know where else I can get this kind of info that is specific to our area. It helps me feel less isolated

    — Mum, Tracey

  • I am so glad I got the opportunity to have the help and support from Dawn at Contact a Family

    — Mum Helen supported by one of our family workers

Situation

In the UK there are 800,000 families with a disabled child. Many of them confused about how to get the support their child needs which leads to stress and isolation. This means families are under unnecessary pressure and struggling (which leads to 32% of families breaking up). Parents have to give up work to care all too often. Too many families are being pushed into poverty or are going without basics like heating and food. 83% are going without something basic on a monthly basis.

Solution

We want to reach more families this year. Contact a Family can provide the information, advice and support they need to cope. We can provide one-to-one support to over 12,000 families each year. Our helpline alone can support over 11,000 families in crisis. We can also link families to each other to reduce isolation. Our information guides can be essential to a parent to help them get the support their child needs - we have 43 of them and we know over 87,000 families use them each year.