Support groups for parents of children with disabilities
You may find it useful to talk to other parents who have children with disabilities. There are a number of organisations and charities that offer support groups. Just a few of the services available are listed below, or ask your health or social worker about support groups local to you.
Some charities and organisations offer support for people with specific impairments or needs. They may be able to advise if there are any similar parents locally or if there are other support groups that exist.
Contact with other carers
Caring can sometimes be lonely, but there are ways to make contact with other carers - either by telephone, the internet or a carer's group.
Find out about local support groups
Your local Health and Social Care (HSC) trust may run support groups for carers and for children, young people and families.
Parent Advice Centre
Parents Advice Centre (PAC) is an organisation that provides support to parents. It has four main areas of work ...
- Parents Helpline which offers support and guidance to parents with any family problem.
- The Parenting Education Project which offers tailor-made and specialist parenting courses to groups and individuals.
- The Men's Project which seeks to increase awareness of the issues facing men and boys (especially within families) and to promote their social inclusion.
- The Parenting Forum Northern Ireland which provides a platform for the needs and aspirations of parents to be heard.
Contact a family
To find a group or family near you, or for help and support, visit the 'Contact a Family' website or phone 028 9262 7552.