About this project
This website forms part of Contact’s 2-year project Going forward – preparing parents for transition. The project was developed with a grant from the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People, & Families Early Intervention (CYPFEIF) and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (ALEC) Fund.
The website has been created in partnership with and for parents and families.
The partners in this project are:
Contact is the charity for families with disabled children. We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others. Find out more and check out our resources for families and professionals at www.contact.org.uk.
Lead Scotland provides learning, befriending and helpline services for disabled people and carers. We have projects across Scotland and a national helpline and information service. We support people to reach their ambitions of personal development, learning, volunteering and work. At a national level, we provide information and advice on the full range of post-school learning and training opportunities, as well as influencing and informing policy. www.lead.org.uk
Gillespie Macandrew is a leading independent Scottish law firm providing legal services to businesses and individuals and their families. Our advice covers all areas of commercial, private client and property law and we can also advise on disputes and tax matters. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, we can serve clients from across Scotland and the wider UK. Find out how we can help you by visiting www.gillespiemacandrew.co.uk.
Thank you to everyone who came to the workshops, took part in the consultation, and shared their experiences. In particular, we are enormously grateful to the parents who reviewed and commented on the website and its content.
A special thank you to the parent organisations who took part: B.A.N.G. in the Borders, The Galaxy Group in Aberdeenshire, Signpost Online in West Lothian, PlayAlloa in Clackmannanshire, TouchBase Ayrshire in Ardrossan, Chip+ in Inverness, and Enable in Fife.
Contact is grateful to ARC Scotland, PAMIS, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and Sense Scotland for their support throughout the project.
Getting in touch with the Contact helpline
You can get in touch with our helpline by phone, email, Facebook or Twitter, and we can access an interpreter if necessary.
Find out more about how to contact us.
Parent and carer support networks can be the best sources of local information and advice.
Download the list below, or contact us to ask about support groups in your area.
As part of our transition workshop programme, we produced short directories of local services for each area visited. Click on the image to download any handbook.
Things to think about
- Child Trust Funds
- Where can we get support for Transition Planning during Covid-19?
- Corseford College, Scotland’s first college for young people with complex needs
- Who is responsible for transition planning?
- Workshop handouts
- Getting a job
- Health And Social Care
- Legal Matters
- Opportunities to learn
- Planning for transition
- Real Life Stories Benefits
- Real Life Stories Getting A Job
- Real Life Stories Learning
- Real Life Stories Legal
- Real Life Stories Planning
- Top Tips Benefits