CLAPA's 40th Anniversary

This June, CLAPA turns 40 years old! Learn more about our history and find out how you can join in the celebrations.

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  • 40 years of CLAPA: An Interview with Gareth Davies

    Gareth Davies, now co-founder of the European Cleft Organisation (ECO) was CLAPA’s first CEO (and first ever paid staff member) from 1995 until 2008. Gareth’s time as CEO saw Carol Vorderman invited to become CLAPA’s Patron in 2001, CLAPA’s first ever young people’s residential weekend in 2002, the launch of free ‘Welcome Packs’ for new parents and carers in 2003 and CLAPA’s first Adults’ Conference in 2007.

  • Nick’s Story

    "The cursor in the search bar blinked. Fingers sat motionless on the keys. Is this what we want to do? What are we hoping to find out? Why am I thinking, “how bad will it be?” Why her? Will she be okay? What will her life be like? All the questions that you may have wistfully imagined answers to while watching the sunrise now cascaded in search of answers in front of a monitor. The idea of finding out as frightening as not knowing."

  • Adventure Day for Young People at Grafham Water Centre

    9 Aug 2019 10:00 - 9 Aug 2019 14:00

    Adventure Day for Young People at Grafham Water Centre

    We'd love for you to join us for an exciting adventure day for young people born with a cleft lip and/or palate for an fun filled adventure day! Activities include high ropes and raft building.

  • Cirencester Activity Afternoon for 8-12 Year Olds with the South West Cleft Service

    16 Aug 2019 10:00 - 16 Aug 2019 16:00

    Cirencester Activity Afternoon for 8-12 Year Olds with the South West Cleft Service

    CLAPA and the South West Cleft Service are excited to be offering this outdoor activity day for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years who were born with a cleft lip and/or palate.