What we do
Our mission is to support parent carers of young people and children with disabilities by helping them build their skills and resilience, supporting them as they become more involved in community life, and ensuring their voices are heard.
We provide a variety of services, ranging from the informational and educational to the social. You can learn more about what we do below – or if you’d prefer to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!
Information & Signposting
You can choose to receive regular email bulletins and postal mail-outs to keep you informed of our events and activities, as well as lots of other useful information. You can also receive our magazine, Inclusive Calderdale, which we circulate twice a year.
Navigating support systems can be difficult, so we can also offer assistance with finding and accessing the right resources and services for you and your family.
Courses & Training
We run a number of free information sessions and courses throughout the year, open to all members. The sessions cover a wide range of topics relevant to parent carers, and focus on building resilience and developing support networks on your journey of bringing up disabled children.
As well as providing excellent resources, training sessions and courses are a great opportunity for you to meet other parent carers with similar experiences.
We have also created a range of self-advocacy resources, designed to help you learn skills and develop ways to make your voice heard when talking about your child’s needs.
Members can make use of our One2One service providers, who work with families on an individual basis. These services include a sleep practitioner, who can develop a programme with you to help your child get a better night’s sleep. Our sleep practitioner is fully trained and accredited by the Children’s Sleep Charity.
Our team also includes Independent Supporters who can support parent carers and young people through the Education Health and Care plan process. Independent Supporters act on behalf of parent carers throughout the process, and can help you put your story together for Section A of the plan, support you with understanding the process, and help you liaise with other agencies.
Connecting with other families who are having similar experiences to you is one of the most essential parts of becoming part of a community, and building a social life in demanding circumstances. We run monthly coffee mornings and afternoon tea sessions – pop by and get guidance from our volunteers and workers, or just take a break and have a chat with other parents. We also run social activities for both parents and children, including bowling, discos and drama workshops.
Members can come along to our family room and access our toy library – yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like! Stocked with a variety of educational and sensory toys, your child can try out as many as they like, and you can take them home for a small hire fee.
The toy library includes visual toys, auditory toys, tactile toys, proprioception toys, mobility toys, communication toys and socialisation toys. These toys make fantastic learning and development aids, and are a lot of fun too! These toys can often be expensive, so this is a great opportunity to try before you buy.
Family Voice Calderdale
Family Voice Calderdale is an active group of parent carers, working in partnership with Statutory Service Providers to influence the design, development and delivery of services for disabled children and young people in Calderdale. The group holds events, and encourages families to get involved, share experiences, and take an active role in shaping the services they use.
Alongside our core services, members can also purchase Max Cards at our reduced rate of £3, which give discounts on family days out to over 300 locations in the Yorkshire area.
The Local Offer is an online resource, giving information about the services available for families with disabled children. You can access the Local Offer and receive support in its use for free from our offices.