Frontline Families

Frontline Families is a partnership of organisations who work with families of disabled children and adults who have a range of support needs.

About Frontline Families

In response to the pandemic, Frontline Families was formed to provide high quality and responsive support to families. Find out about our future and past events below.

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Who makes up the partnership?

Bringing Us Together brings families together to share stories, and holds regular Zoom chats to support one another and to keep families updated with information and resources. The organisation has active Facebook pages and a wide social media reach. It is also the co-founders of the Bloody Awesome Parent Awards.

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Newbold Hope, also known as the SEND VCB Project, works with the families of children with any disability or additional need who, due to extremely high levels of anxiety, are also sometimes physically aggressive towards other people. Newbold Hope also works with the professional staff who support this group of children and their families. It was started by Yvonne Newbold in 2017, and offers practical suggestions of strategies, along with help and emotional support.

Pathways associates logo

Pathways Associates Community Interest Company is based in the North West with members across the UK, we are committed to supporting individuals take control of all aspects of their lives as described by the 12 pillars of independent living. Pathways operates as a social enterprise reinvesting surplus into supporting research and developments which promote our principles and enable us to support people who may be entitled to health and social care services and their families.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation logo

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is the only UK charity specifically focussed on the needs of children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges, and their families. The CBF makes a difference to the lives of people with severe learning disabilities and their families by:

  • Championing their rights
  • Ensuring timely information and support
  • Raising awareness and understanding
  • Promoting and sharing best practice

Events calender

Craft for wellbeingFlyer Frontline Families FLYER - Craft for well being

Join Natasha from Creatabot for a creative wellbeing session where you will learn how to make colourful bath bombs using a kit that will be sent to you! The session will also discuss an easy to remember colour inspired meditation technique and a collage activity using bespoke summer-inspired card shapes, included in the kit.

Online session: Wednesday 18th May 2022, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Register: Email or book online here

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Flyer Frontline Families Flyer Singing HandsSinging Hands

Makaton Signing Classes – Singing Hands

Hello and welcome to Singing Hands! We are Suzanne and Tracy and we would like to introduce you to the amazing world of signing with Makaton. Our unique and enthusiastic approach is designed to help develop someone’s communication potential through music, songs, games & activities. We focus on learning language in a way that it is motivating, engaging and most of all, fun!

Online session: Monday 30th May 2022, 11:00am

Register: Email or book online here

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PTSD Frontline FamiliesPTSD and C-PTSD what are they?

Understanding symptoms and treatments to support these relentless symptoms.

Do you want to find out more about anxiety and stress disorders? Join us for this workshop given by Mrs Ruth Commons who will help identify General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This includes looking at the symptoms associated with both disorders and treatment choices, including understanding NICE guidelines. Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) has it’s own set of symptoms and therefore it’s own Treatment.

Find out where to find out more and get help. This workshop will include simple techniques to use in the moment to support a person experiencing symptoms.

Online session: Thursday 16th June 2022 from 10am to 12noon. Join us on Zoom for an informative session with Mrs Ruth Commons BA Hons(QTS), PGCC, Adv. Dip. CpDist., MNCS Acc. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Register: Email

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Anxiety and Puberty June flyerAnxiety and Puberty – The Stressful Years

The issue of anxiety in relation to neurodiverse individuals is an ongoing issue for all involved. With the various changes that occur during teenage years, these anxieties increase and widen.

In this session, Mark will explore some of the underlying issues that increase the anxiety experienced during puberty and teenage years. As part of this, he will explore some of the potential ways forward to help the individual.

Mark founded ‘Special Help 4 Special Needs’ in 2010 and works as a Special Needs Consultant with a range of individuals with various neurodiverse issues, including those diagnosed with Autism, Aspergers syndrome and more.

Mark also runs a social club for adults with learning disabilities aimed at developing their social skills and confidence in using them.

Online session: Wednesday 22nd June 2022, from 7pm to 9pm. Join us on Zoom for an informative session with Dr Mark Brown – Special Needs Consultant RNLD, PhD, MA Autism, Dip App Psych, Dip Prof Prac.

Register: Email

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What can therapy do Frontline FamiliesWhat can therapy do for your Child?

Understanding who does what in mental health.

Are you unsure about therapy, about what it can do for your child and want to find out more? Join us for this workshop led by Ruth Commons – a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist to find out what you need to know.

This will include looking at what children need and helping you to get clearer on who does what in the health system.

The workshop will cover things such as active listening and using metaphor.

Online session: Thursday 23rd June 2022 from 10am to 12noon. Join us on Zoom for an informative session with Mrs Ruth Commons BA Hons(QTS), PGCC, Adv. Dip. CpDist., MNCS Acc. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

Register: Email

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Previous work

Throughout the pandemic, many activities were undertaken as part of Frontline Families. Helped by some short term emergency funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, Frontline Families is able to offer a range of initiatives that are specifically designed to meet the needs of this community of families who have been particularly hard hit by the restrictions in place throughout the pandemic.

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For information about what we have done, the impact it has had, and the future of Frontline Families, read our Programme summary and impact report from October 2020.

Our Logo

Frontline Families logo

Frontline Families would like to thank Freddie Goldsmid, who is a 15-year-old incredibly talented autistic young man, who designed our vibrant, fun and funky logo for us. He entered a competition to find a great logo design for our partnership which we ran on a private Facebook group for SEND families. Everyone else who took part was an adult, but Freddie’s talent, despite his age, won through. Thank you, Freddie.

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Peer support

Peer support

The CBF is offering free peer support for family carers from your own homes during the Coronavirus pandemic. On this page you can read about 'Peer support calls' and 'Carers' Catch Ups'.

Family Support Service

Family Support Service

The Family Support Service can provide information and support about the needs of your family member with a severe learning disability. Our support is confidential, and we won’t judge you or tell you what to do.

Legal resources directory

Legal resources directory

The legal resources directory is a practical resource designed to help you get the information you need about the law and rights, covering a range of topics.