Peer support

The CBF is offering free peer support for family carers in your own homes. On this page you can read about our private Facebook group, 'Carers' Catch Ups' and Listening Ear Service. These are open to parents, siblings or other close relatives of children, young people or adults with severe learning disabilities who display behaviour that challenges.

Carers’ Catch Ups 

Informal peer support groups hosted by a family carer on Zoom. 

Current general timetable

Chat with others who understand the ups and downs of caring for and about someone with a severe learning disability.   

Monday 8th April 2024 : 10am – 11.30am

Monday 13th May 2024 : 10am – 11.30am 

Monday 3rd June 2024 : 10am – 11.30am 

Current timetable for focussed sessions

Chat with others about a particular topic; share your experiences and hear from others about theirs.

Please note these are not training sessions, they are hosted by a volunteer with lived experience.

**Coming soon**

If you would like to join any of the general or focussed sessions, please email and we will send you a Zoom link.



Listening Ear Calls  

Support calls from a fellow family carer who is trained in active listening.

Sometimes it helps to ‘offload’ to someone who understands what you are going through. This is not a counselling, information or advice service. These calls will be purely a listening  ear, giving you the time to talk. The support is non-judgmental and confidential.

  • For more information and to book please see our page on Eventbrite.

Please be aware we are a UK based charity and can only offer this service to families within the UK.


Private Facebook group: The CBF Family Forum

The private Facebook group, The CBF Family Forum, is open to family carers of children and adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. The group moderators are CBF volunteers and family carers. The group is a welcoming and supportive community, with opportunities to share personal experiences, ask and answer questions and form relationships with one another.

To join the private group, click on the link below, answer three eligibility questions, and agree to a set of group rules. Applications to join are then reviewed by CBF volunteer administrators.

The CBF Family Forum | Facebook


Family Carers’ Email Network

Join our Family Carers’ Email Network and get in touch with families around the UK to share experiences, get information and peer support.  

Family Carers’ Email Network


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.

Family Carers' Email Network

Family Carers' Email Network

The CBF Family Carers’ Email Network enables you to be in touch with a number of families around the UK. You can share experiences, information and receive support - without any obligation to reply or to identify yourself.