Events

CLAPA’s events are a way to help the cleft community connect with each other, share experiences, and find support and information.

The majority of our events are led by volunteers with personal experience of cleft lip and palate. Events are designed to support families and individuals at different stages of their cleft journey. If you have any suggestions for future events, please get in touch.

Some events are run by professionals within NHS cleft teams and are designed to support the information and services provided by local cleft teams.

We also have events that are themed around specific skills or activities which are led by professionals in that field. For example virtual massage sessions.

We are currently running a mini-course where a series of sessions deliver specific content. This is currently being trialled with our Baby Sign sessions and if successful may be used to deliver further content.

Access Needs

We want our online events to be inclusive to everyone in the CLAPA Community. If you have any access needs which our online events do not currently meet, please let us know and we will do everything we can to make sure you are able to attend. You can use the contact details on the event page, or contact us directly.

You may find our information about joining virtual events useful.

Joining the Conversation

Our online events aim to be safe spaces where members of the UK cleft community can share their experiences and ask questions with others. However, attendees are also welcome to come along and just listen in if they feel more comfortable doing so. Everyone is welcome to turn off their video and/or microphone at any point.

If there is something you would like to contribute but would rather not say out loud, you can message the event host using the chat function on Zoom. If you would like to remain anonymous, please say so in your message.

Raising an issue

Most of our online events are led by CLAPA volunteers, with a CLAPA staff member or volunteer Facilitator in attendance to make sure things run smoothly and to keep everyone safe. If at any point during the event you have a question, feel uncomfortable, or want to raise an issue, the session leaders will be happy to help. You can send them a private message using the Zoom function and they will then discuss the most appropriate way forward with you.

Safeguarding

We take the safety and wellbeing of everyone who uses our services very seriously. This is the reason for many of the extra precautions we take during events, such as asking people to display their names on Zoom or asking a parent/carer to ‘drop off’ their child at the start of events. By following the instructions we give for joining events, and by reporting anything you think may be wrong, you’re helping us keep everyone safe.

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, there may be times when we have a responsibility to report concerns to local safeguarding bodies or authorities like the police. We will always explain this first unless we believe doing so would put someone at risk of harm. Read more.

How we keep children and young people safe at events

Giving feedback

Your feedback directly shapes the events we organise. Whether you loved an event or thought we could do better, we want to hear from you.

Please help us improve by completing any feedback forms you’re sent after the event, or by letting us know directly by emailing [email protected] or filling in our contact form if you’d rather do this anonymously.

About events for Adults

About events for Children and Families

About events for Parents and Carers

Upcoming Events

  • Coffee Club 2022

    Coffee Club: Primary to Secondary School Transition

    On Monday 23rd May 2022 at 7pm we'll be heading onto Zoom for a Coffee Club on the topic of primary to secondary school transition. Meet and hear from other parents and carers in a friendly and non-judgemental setting.

  • Dental Hygiene Q & A

    Live Q & A: Dental Hygiene for Adults

    On Tuesday 24th May at 7 pm we will be heading on to Facebook Live for an informative Q & A on Dental Hygiene for Adults. We will be joined by Sandip Popat, a Restorative Dentist, and CLAPA volunteer Stav. If you have any questions, please submit them ahead of the event or write them in the live comments on the evening.
    We hope to see you there!

  • A dark pink background with turquoise circles and a graphic of a laptop with a screenshot of a Zoom screen showing parents and carers talking on Zoom. White text reads 'CLAPA Coffee Club'

    Coffee Club: Primary to Secondary School Transition

    On Monday 23rd May 2022 at 7pm we'll be heading onto Zoom for a Coffee Club on the topic of primary to secondary school transition. Meet and hear from other parents and carers in a friendly and non-judgemental setting.

  • Dental Hygiene Q & A

    Live Q & A: Dental Hygiene for Adults

    On Tuesday 24th May at 7 pm we will be heading on to Facebook Live for an informative Q & A on Dental Hygiene for Adults. We will be joined by Sandip Popat, a Restorative Dentist, and CLAPA volunteer Stav. If you have any questions, please submit them ahead of the event or write them in the live comments on the evening.
    We hope to see you there!

  • A dark pink background with turquoise circles and a graphic of a laptop with a screenshot of a Zoom screen showing parents and carers talking on Zoom. White text reads 'CLAPA Coffee Club'

    Coffee Club: Grandparents

    Join us for our next regular 'Grandparents' Coffee Club on Thursday 9th of June at 7 pm.

    We are delighted to be able to run a regular session, just for Grandparents. This session will be open to all grandparents in the cleft community. We look forward to welcoming those who are right at the beginning of their cleft journey and others who are further along and might like to share their own experiences.

  • [Image ID: A pale blue background with text 'CLAPA Lounge, Saturday 7th May @ 10am on Zoom, An informal discussion on discussing your cleft at 'Lip fillers/lip revision surgery', for all adults in the UK cleft community.' To the right are three circular photos of adults, surrounded by turquoise speech bubbles, and above a dark pink wave.]

    CLAPA Lounge: June

    On Saturday 11th June at 10 am, we're pleased to be hosting a CLAPA Lounge, where we will be talking about 'Lip fillers/lip revision surgery,' aimed at all adults born with a cleft.

  • A dark pink background with turquoise circles and a graphic of a laptop with a screenshot of a Zoom screen showing parents and carers talking on Zoom. White text reads 'CLAPA Coffee Club'

    Coffee Club: Starting Primary School

    Join us for our monthly CLAPA Coffee Club on Monday 20th June 2022 at 7 pm to discuss starting Primary School.

    Hear from other parents and carers about their experiences, and share your own concerns or queries about starting Primary School.

  • [Image ID: A pale blue background with text' Cartoon Animation Taster Session, 25th June @ 12-1:30pm on Zoom. Take part in this animation workshop with other young people born with a cleft in a friendly and safe space. Learn new skills and make friends at the same time! All you need to take part is a smartphone or tablet and the Flipaclip App. .' A polaroid picture of a hand drawing on an iPad is to the right. There is a white CLAPA logo and blue and pink circles.]

    Workshop: Digital Animation Taster Session

    On the 25th of June on zoom, we have an exciting animation workshop run by Mako Create, who specialise in running workshops with young people across the UK. If you are aged between 8 and 15 years old and born with a cleft, we would love you to join us!

  • Residential Weekend: Perthshire

    Join us in Scotland for our next exciting Residential Weekend from Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September at PGL Dalguise, Perthshire.

  • Residential Weekend: Sheffield

    Sign up now for our Residential Weekend at Peak Venture, Sheffield from Friday 7th - Sunday 9th October.

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