Contact A Family - Podcasts
Summary: Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. With over 30 years of experience, our vision is that families with disabled children are empowered to live the lives they want and achieve their full potential, for themselves, for the communities they live in, and for society. It's why we offer support, information and advice to over 340,000 families each year and campaign for families to receive a better deal.
Our welfare rights advisers respond to common FAQs about claiming Carers Allowance. For further advice visit http://www.cafamily.org.uk/carersallowance or call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm). http://www.cafamily.org.uk/our-helpline/ What is the Carers Allowance earnings limit? Who qualifies for Carers Allowance? Will I be financially better off by Claiming Carers Allowance?
As part of our Counting the Costs campaign to stop families going without the basics, we're challenging myths around eligibility for Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Listen to Derek, welfare rights expert from our helpline explain DLA and dispel common myths on eligibility. If you'd like advice call our free helpline on 0808 808 3555 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm) and visit our website http://www.cafamily.org.uk/know-your-rights/benefits-and-tax-credits/disability-living-allowance/
Our Counting the Costs campaign is calling for an end to families with disabled children going without the basics. In this podcast we hear parent carer Chantal share her experiences at the parliamentary launch of the campaign in late 2014, including how Contact a Family has helped. If you would like advice about any aspect of caring for your disabled child, you can call our free helpline on 0808 808 3555 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm). And to find out more about our Counting the Costs campaign, visit www.cafamily.org.uk/takeaction.
Bullying can happen to any child, but children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) are more likely to be bullied, and children with a combination of difficulties can be particularly vulnerable. To help parent carers whose children are experiencing bullying at school, we've created a series of podcasts with lots of practical advice and information. If these issues are affecting you, you can also visit our website www.cafamily.org.uk/bullying and contact our free helpline to speak to one of our parent advisers on 0808 808 3555 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm) . We are also a member of the Anti Bullying Alliance,...
Award-winning author and patron of Contact a Family, Claire Tomalin, will be talking movingly about her own experiences, the work we do on behalf of families with disabled children and why she supports the charity, in the broadcast. The Contact a Family appeal is on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 6 October at 7.55am and 9.26pm and repeated Thursday 10 October at 15.27pm. The appeal is open for one week.
Meet the professionals : We speak to a SENCO ( special educational needs co-ordinator) about her experiences and advice in this series of podcast interviews. What is a SENCO ? The training and knowledge a SENCO has How a SENCO works with parents Advice for parents on how to approach a school if they have concerns How additional support for a child begins How a SENCO works with a class teacher How a SENCO works with a TA
In this podcast Frances Murphy, manager of our Northern Ireland team, discusses the results of our Counting the Costs Survey 2012 and what this means for families in Northern Ireland. To read the full report about the survey results click here.
Tami, a parent of a disabled child,attended two of our workshops last year on sleep and behaviour and stress management. She shared some great tips and ideas with other parents attending which you can listen to here; Sleep management , behaviour and stress management.
In this podcast, we speak to Lucia Winters from Preparing for Adulthood, a programme which is exploring the proposed reforms to the system of support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Preparing for Adulthood provides knowledge and support to local authorities and those working with them, including families, to help young people with SEN and disabilities to achieve paid work, good health, independent living and inclusion in the community.
In this podcast we speak to Kim Bevan, director of the Early Support programme. To find out more about Early Support and to download their resources you can click here.
In this podcast Josie Isles, manager of our Scotland team, discusses the results of our Counting the Costs Survey 2012 and what this means for families in Scotland. To read the full report about the survey results click here.
In this podcast geneticist Adam Shaw discusses what may happen after your first appointment at a genetics centre
In this podcast geneticist Adam Shaw, talks about what to expect at your first genetics centre appointment
In this podcast we talk to geneticist Adam Shaw about what to expect once you’ve been referred to a genetics centre.
In this podcast, one of our SEND Information Officers speaks to fathers of disabled children about their experiences. To listen just click here.