Advice and information podcasts from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. Covering everything from disability benefits, special education, health and diagnosis, and accessing social care.
Child Disability Payment in Scotland
Child Disability Payment is a new benefit being introduced in Scotland to replace claims for Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It's paid by Social Security Scotland.
Our benefits expert Derek explains what you need to know about Child Disability Payment, how it's being introduced and who can make a claim.
Find out more at contact.org.uk/child-disability-payment
The return to school in England this September
This September 2021, children in England will return to school for the first time since many Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.
In this episode, our helpline adviser Michaela explains the current guidelines schools in England are following to keep children safe.
You can find out more about Covid-19 and education updates on our website: https://contact.org.uk/covid-education-updates
And listen to our podcast on tips for starting school: https://contact.org.uk/starting-school-podcast
What is Contact's Listening Ear service?
Listening Ear is our 1-1 telephone appointment service, where you can talk with one of our family support advisers for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support.
But what topics can you talk about and how long for? How did the service come about, and what do parents think of it? And most importantly, how can you book an appointment?
In this episode, we speak to Noreen, an adviser on the Listening Ear line, who tells us all of this and more.
You can find out more about Listening Ear on our website at www.contact.org.uk/listeningear
Top tips for your child's appointment or stay in hospital
Our By Your Side team provide advice and support in hospitals across the UK to families whose child has an appointment or longer stay.
In this episode, our By Your Side Senior Parent Adviser Ruth shares the team's top tips for hospital appointment and stays.
Find out more about our By Your Side programme: www.contact.org.uk/byyourside
What are annual health checks?
Did you know that everyone with a learning disability aged 14 and over is entitled to a free annual health check with the GP? In our latest podcast episode, our health lead Amanda explains why it's so important parents take up the offer. And we hear mum Ayesha talk about her experience of getting a health check for her daughter.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Updated: 20 April 2021
Our Family Finances Adviser Derek explains the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government's initiative to financially support people unable to do their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak.
Great variety of topics covered.
Fantastic source of information for families with disabled children
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