News

News and updates from across every CLAPA region

  • Services Survey

    19 Aug 2019

    We're reaching the end of a big grant-funded project, and with no other funding pools available, it's very likely we'll have to scale back some of our services. This survey is a way for you to tell us what matters to you and help guide the way we design our services to make sure these changes have the least impact on the people who need them the most.

  • Adult Issues | CLAPA Blogs | Genetics | Research | Research Summaries | Staff Blog |

    CLAPA Presents at European Cleft Conference in Utrecht

    13 Aug 2019

    Adult Services Coordinator Kenny Ardouin reports back on his time in Utrecht talking about CLAPA's Adult Services Project and learning from others who'd travelled from all around the world.

  • Vacancies |

    Vacancy: Community Fundraiser

    8 Jul 2019

    Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) are looking for a Community Fundraiser to join our office-based team.

  • Vacancies |

    Vacancy: Legal Trustee

    5 Jul 2019

    Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) are looking for a Legal Trustee to join our board.

  • CLAPA Blogs | CLAPA40 |

    Carol Vorderman Leads Celebrations for CLAPA’s 40th Anniversary

    1 Jul 2019

    On Thursday 27th June, CLAPA celebrated our 40th anniversary with proud Patron Carol Vorderman leading a round of thank-you speeches to founding members and Trustees past and present.

  • CLAPA40 | Your Stories |

    40 years of CLAPA: An Interview with Gareth Davies

    1 Jul 2019

    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.

  • CLAPA40 | Fathers | Parents | Volunteering Stories | Your Stories |

    Nick’s Story

    28 Jun 2019

    "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."

  • CLAPA40 | Your Stories |

    40 years of CLAPA: An Interview with Michael Mars

    14 Jun 2019

    One of our founding members, former Orthodontist Michael Mars has watched CLAPA grow from an idea into a national charity working to improve the lives of people affected by cleft all over the UK. In this interview, he looks back on how CLAPA was founded and how far it has come since 1979.

  • CLAPA40 | Parent Stories | Volunteering Stories | Your Stories |

    Amelia’s Story

    7 Jun 2019

    Amelia is part of CLAPA's Board of Trustees. Our Trustees are a small group of volunteers who take responsibility for governing CLAPA as a charity and directing how it is managed and run. CLAPA's staff look after the charity's day-to-day work, but our Board of Trustees ensures everything we do is governed and directed by the cleft community.

  • Adult Stories | CLAPA40 | Volunteering Stories | Your Stories |

    Eleanor’s Story!

    5 Jun 2019

    Eleanor, now in her early 20s, volunteers for CLAPA by helping to run Residential Weekends for young people born with a cleft. From adventure activities and team games to the opportunity to relax and have fun with others who have similar experiences, these weekends are aimed at tackling the isolation that can sometimes come with being born with a cleft.