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Parent support groups

Caring for an ill or disabled child can be physically and emotionally tough, and you may find it helpful to talk to parents in a similar situation. Being able to get support from other parents and to offer support where possible will help you to feel less isolated.

You may be able to contact other parents through support groups that focus on specific conditions, or through local carers centres.

Support groups operate online, face to face or both. Choose whichever type of support you feel most comfortable with.

You can find details of carers support groups in your area by searching the directory of local carers services.

Other support organisations

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information to families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability. Call 0808 808 3555, or email

Watch the video below to see how a carer faced up to discrimination at work in order to support and care for her son.

Caring and discrimination

Find out why carers need to have access to support and advice about their rights.

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Call Carers Direct on 0300 123 1053

Confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Request a free call back or an interpreted call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

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