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Northern Ireland

Contact provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability. We provide information, advice and support, and bring families together so they can support each other. 

Information

We produce a wide range of information on topics such as special educational needs, dealing with debt, and transition. These are available in our online resources library; remember to select Northern Ireland in the country drop down list to view.

Me Myself I and Us

The "Me, Myself, I & Us" project is a five-year project funded by Bluethe Big Lottery Fund. It aims to make a real difference to the lives of family carers involved in caring for a disabled child and/or life-limiting condition. Through the delivery of a range of personal development solutions we aim to improve the physical, emotional, mental and holistic wellbeing of family carers. 

Information requests for professionals

Contact supports all types of health, government and social care professionals with specialist information on families of disabled children. Call 028 9262 7552 or email nireland.office@cafamily.org.uk to find out more.

Support Groups

Groups provide parents of disabled children with essential practical and emotional support. Find more local and national groups, call our free phone helpline on 0808 888 3555.

Workshops

Workshops for parents of disabled children include building confidence, benefits and welfare, money management, sleep management, transitions and other information around your child.

Training, talks and presentations

Contact have delivered training, talks and presentations to social services, local health trusts, and to students and community groups. We welcome opportunities to meet parents, stakeholders and professionals, as well as opportunities to deliver training and raise awareness of the issues affecting families with disabled children. For more information on the topics available contact nireland.office@contact.org.uk

Partnerships and Policy

Contact in Northern Ireland works with strategic partners in the voluntary sector, health professionals and local government to make sure families of disabled children are informed and considered by decision makers. For opportunities to respond to current consultations and make your voice heard please visit our news page below.

Contact

Office address

Contact Northern Ireland
63-75 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast
BT15 2GB
028 9262 7552

Local contacts

For general enquiries and anything to do with the work of Contact in Northern Ireland:

Lindsay Wallace, Manager

lindsay.wallace@contact.org.uk

In the Northern Trust area our family workers offer parents one-to-one help and support through times of need. If you live in the Northern Trust area please contact:

Virginia Maxwell, Family Support Worker (Part time)

virginia.maxwell@contact.org.uk

Karen Patterson, Family Support Worker (Part time)

karen.patterson@contact.org.uk

Me Myself I and Us

Local Carers Outreach and Programme Delivery Officers

Belfast Trust

Joanne Donald joanne.donald@contact.org.uk

Emma Kennedy emma.kennedy@contact.org.uk

Southern Trust

Catherine McCrory catherine.mccrory@contact.org.uk

South Eastern Trust

Joanne Donald joanne.donald@contact.org.uk

Western Trust

Ursula McWilliams ursula.mcwilliams@contact.org.uk

Northern Trust

Emma Kennedy emma.kennedy@contact.org.uk

General Enquiries

nireland.office@cafamily.org.uk

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