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Cambridgeshire Mencap

What we do

Family support service

Family support service

About our family support service

Caring for a child or young person with a learning disability can sometimes be hard work. Our family support service provides extra help for parents and carers when and where they need it most.

How the service works

One of our trained volunteers visits the child or young person (up to 19 years old) regularly to provide practical support. They discuss how they can be of most help with the child or young person’s parents or carers.

A family support service volunteer can:

  • Help a child or young person get out and about and do something they enjoy everything from a walk in the park to a dip in the swimming pool
  • Look after a child or young person at home while carers can take a well earned break

We ask families using this service to consider making a regular donation to help support the scheme.

How the service helps

We provide flexible support that is always tailored to the needs of the child or young person, to help them:

  • Do things they enjoy
  • Make their own choices and achieve their own goals
  • Develop positive relationships
  • Build their confidence, independence and self-esteem

How you can find out more

To find out more about our family support service please contact us at familysupport@eddies.org.uk or call us on 01223 883133 or 01223 883130.

Knowing that I would be getting support, helped me to keep going – it was a lifeline




A little of your time could make a big difference to someone's life.

Make a donation

Your support helps us empower people with learning disabilities and their families. It helps them live the lives they want.

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