Contact A Family - Podcasts show

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.


 Help for Winter Fuel Bills | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this podcast two members of our helpline team discuss help that's available for families with thei fuel bills during the winter months. Click here to listen.

 Informal Exclusion in English and Welsh state schools | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this podcast Jill Davies, Contact a Family's adviser on special educational needs, discusses the issue of informal exclusion. Please be aware the advice given in this podcast relates directly to state schools in England and Wales only. However if your child attends an independent school, or state school in Scotland or Northern Ireland you can contact our helpline where a parent adviser can signpost you to the relevant information. To listen please click here .

 Tackling bullying | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this podcast one of our parent advisers discusses the issue of bullying and the way in which it affects children with special educational needs and disabilities. To listen simply click here

 Listen to highlights from our Olympic Big Day Out | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Over 300 families attended our summer event the Big Olympic Day Out. It was a fun day of sporting activities for families with disabled children who are involved with our offices across London. A fantastic day was had by staff, volunteers, families and everyone involved! Contact us if you'd like to know if there are any events coming up in your area. To find out more take a look at our website at . You can also contact our helpline via freephone on 0808 808 355 or via email at

 Brian Lamb : SEN Green Paper and implications | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Here Brian Lamb discusses the SEN Green paper and it's implications. Click here to listen to the podcast.

 Brian Lamb on Achievement for All | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Brian Lamb discusses Achievement for All, and explains how it supports schools to improve the aspirations, access and achievement of learners and young people.

 Somali Parent Carer Forum | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A talk on the rationale and benefits of creating a separate Somali Parent Carer Forum in Leicester, and how it has successfully worked with that particular community.

 New projects at Contact a Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Staff from Contact a Family introduce a number of new projects the charity has undertaken, all aimed at supporting and advising families with disabled children.

 Experiences of parent support groups | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Parents discuss their experiences of parent and carer support groups, explaining how they have benefited from getting involved, and meeting other parents.

 Rothmund-Thomson syndrome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Rothmund-Thomson syndrome is a very rare genetic condition. Individuals with the condition display to slow growth, have sparse hair and skin problems as well as other symptoms. In this podcast a mother describes what it is like to have a child with the syndrome.

 Policy, campaigns and media work at Contact a Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Listen to this podcast to hear about some of the behind the scenes work that goes on at Contact a Family.

 Siblings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Families come in all shapes and sizes and having a disabled child or child affected by a long-term health condition has an effect on the whole family. Parents often contact us concerned about how to support the brothers and sisters of their disabled child. In this podcast a sibling talks about her experience and the impact on her life.

 Benefits - Money when your child reaches 16 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When a child reaches 16 years of age there are options regarding whether the parent continues to claim benefits on behalf of their child or the child claims the benefits in their own right. This podcast explores this topic and demonstrates how important it is to get advice.

 Rare Disorders - Kleefstra syndrome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

There are many chromosome disorders and each has different features. This podcast is an interview with a Mother whose son has a disorder affecting chromosome 9 which was recently named Kleefstra syndrome. The condition was previously known as 9q34.3 syndrome or 9q syndrome.

 Benefits: Carer's Allowance - November 2010 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Carer's Allowance is extra money for carers who care for someone who receives the DLA care component at the middle or highest rate. In this podcast one of the Contact a Family helpline advisers provides a little more information about this benefit, eligibility criteria and how to claim.


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