Contact a Family
is a national charity working to provide information and advice to the families of disabled children and young people. It also helps families meet other families to share knowledge and support each other.
Local forums, such as the Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC), support parents, family members and carers. PACC works alongside the local authority and education, health, social care and other providers to ensure the views of children, young people and their families are represented.
In England, the Council for Disabled Children brings together organisations working to support disabled children and young people up to the age of 25. The CDC influences government policy, works with local agencies to put policy into practice and offers information and guidance on issues affecting the lives of disabled children and young people.
Shropshire Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support for children, young people (up to age 25) and their parents and carers about special educational needs and disabilities, including social care and health.
Family Fund gives grants for essential items such as washing machines, cookers, clothes, tablets, computers, bedding and much-needed family breaks to families raising disabled or seriously ill children.