Free Family Support Services - London & Cambridgeshire Areas — Scope | Disability forum
New to the community? Remember to read our community guidelines and our community house rules.
Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Find out how to let us know.

Free Family Support Services - London & Cambridgeshire Areas


My name is Ema Harker and I'm a Family Support Coordinator for Caudwell Children within the London and Cambridgeshire area. Caudwell Children is a national charity that supports families with children with life limiting/life changing health conditions and physical disabilities. We support children aged 0-18yrs and have a free family and hospital support service running across the London and Cambridgeshire areas that professionals and families can refer themselves to. We don’t believe in waiting lists and will aim to make contact with families within 48 hours of receiving the referral.  There are many ways we can support families which include: -

Family Service – Family support services both within the community and in hospital, short breaks activities at times of crisis.  

Equipment Services – Electric wheelchairs, buggies, trikes, car seats and sensory equipment (we will fund 80% of the cost and the families fund the 20% of the cost).

Treatment Services – Access to life-saving surgeries and treatments (we will fund £2,00 towards the cost of the treatment for a year)

Steps Programme – Life changing therapy and support programme for children with acquired brain injuries and cerebral palsy and their families (we will fund £2,000 toward the cost of the programme for a year)

Act Programme – Holistic therapies and support programmes for autistic children and families (we will fund £2,000 toward the cost of the programme for a year)

Enable Sport – Sports equipment to enable talented athletes to participate in competitive sport (we will set up a fundraising appeal for the cost of the piece of sports equipment the young person needs)

Destination Dreams – Fully supported family holiday for children fighting life threatening illnesses (open to all families no matter their yearly income).

All our core services are available to families who’s yearly income not including benefits is below £45,000.

We don’t wish to come in and step on anyone’s toes but want to work alongside families as part of a holistic and person centred approach on early help and support for families at home / within the community and attending appointments at hospital and also whilst being admitted in hospital for treatment. If you wish to know more or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on the below number / email and families are able to self refer to our charity for one or more of our services. You may also wish to have a look at our website which gives more detailed information about Caudwell Children and the services we offer.

Ema Harker
Family Support Coordinator London & Cambridgeshire

m     07975 981769
f       01782 600 639
e      [email protected]

[email protected]


Do you need advice on your energy costs?

Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.

Fancy a chat in our virtual coffee lounge?

Put the kettle on and have a chat in our coffee lounge with other members. We talk about hobbies, games and anything else you can think of!

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Online Cafe

Here's a new opportunity for people with CP or a similar disability (aged 20+) to get together and chat. The sessions are in partnership with CP Sport so you can find out more and meet people from both organisations.

Are you struggling?

Read our 'Coping with stress, low mood and isolation' support thread for a run-down of ideas on how to banish those blues and feel happier.

What do you think about the community?

Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community a better space for you.

Information about COVID-19

If you have questions about the virus, please read our information and support which includes guidance on benefits, getting food and essentials and Cerebral Palsy.

Back to school this September?

Read tips on how to settle back in and handle any worries you or your children might be having this new term.