RECENT research from the Disabled Children’s Partnership found that 71 per cent of families with disabled children in the North West have been providing a lot more care during lockdown. 

The current national emergency has compounded the challenges many parents of disabled children faced.

And added layers of new ones as respite, therapies, care and schooling arrangements have been largely stopped or changed and usual routines are disrupted.

Contact, the UK charity for families with disabled children, is offering a helping hand to families during this difficult time. 

We’ve launched free 1-1 telephone appointments with a family support adviser for parent carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support. 
We are running free virtual workshops on topics such as sleep, behaviour, wellbeing, money matters, and speech and language, to provide additional support for families who may be struggling during this crisis. 

Go to the Contact website where you can book onto our Covid response services

Amanda Batten, 
Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, London