Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we’re asked about becoming a member of Unique Ways. If your question isn’t addressed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What does membership involve?
As a member, you’ll be able to make use of all of the services we have on offer, including training courses and One2One services, and meet other parent carers who use our service. We’ll also send you a copy of Inclusive Calderdale magazine twice yearly, and regular email bulletins, which include information about events and services relevant to you as a parent carer in Calderdale.
Do I have to get involved in everything?
No – you can get involved as much or as little as you like. There’s no pressure to come to meetings or do any fundraising, and you’re welcome to use as many of our services as frequently as you need them. That’s what we’re here for!
Can I be a member if I am not the child’s parent?
Yes – some of our members are grandparents, foster carers, and so on. We also have professional members, who work for other organisations that support families.
My child doesn’t have a diagnosis - can I still join?
Your child doesn’t have to have a diagnosis. Unique Ways aims to be inclusive, and supports families of children with all additional needs. We recognise that the process of getting a diagnosis itself can be a stressful part of being a parent carer, so supporting families pre-diagnosis is a vital part of our service.
How do I become a member?
You can either fill in our membership form online, or call the office and provide your details over the phone. We’ll help you to understand the support we have available for your family’s unique circumstances, to create a tailor-made package of support that works for you.
Is membership free?
Yes! Becoming a member and using our services is free. We’re supported by donations, rather than by fees paid by parent carers.
Why ‘Unique Ways’?
Our name came from conversations about the different routes that parent carers and their families often have to take. It highlights that each child’s journey is unique, and far from the straight motorway that the majority of people follow through life. Each journey is unique, just like our children, and can also throw up some beautiful scenery – the magic moments!
I have a question about my child – can you help?
Of course! Our Parents’ Questions Answered page has answers to some common questions, and you can also contact us with a question for our practitioners, and we’ll be happy to help. Our coffee mornings and afternoon tea sessions are also a great opportunity to come and ask questions and get guidance and support from our staff, volunteers and members.