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

About events for Young People

About Residential Weekends

Upcoming Events

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    Sing-a-long with CLAPA

    On Wednesday 17th August at 10am, we are delighted to host our first Sing-a-long with CLAPA session.

    This course is ideal for children born with a cleft between 0-5 years and their brothers and sisters.

    The session will be held via Zoom and include some ice breaker games, a craft activity and possibly another game at the end if we have time.

  • Coffee Club: Supporting Siblings

    Join us for our monthly CLAPA Coffee Club on Monday 22nd August 2022 at 7.30 pm, to discuss supporting siblings (and other young people).

    During this month's Coffee Club, hear from other parents and carers about their experiences, and share your own concerns or queries about how to support siblings and other young people close to you such as nieces/nephews/family friends.

  • Music Session icon

    Sing-a-long with CLAPA

    On Wednesday 17th August at 10am, we are delighted to host our first Sing-a-long with CLAPA session.

    This course is ideal for children born with a cleft between 0-5 years and their brothers and sisters.

    The session will include a whole range of your favourite nursery rhymes, songs and stories being read and sung by Antonia Sinclair, Community Engagement Coordinator. We are very pleased to welcome Patrick who will be doing the signs for the songs and stories for everyone to watch and copy along with.

  • Coffee Club: Supporting Siblings

    Join us for our monthly CLAPA Coffee Club on Monday 22nd August 2022 at 7.30 pm, to discuss supporting siblings (and other young people).

    During this month's Coffee Club, hear from other parents and carers about their experiences, and share your own concerns or queries about how to support siblings and other young people close to you such as nieces/nephews/family friends.

  • Antenatal Support Group

    Join us for our Antenatal Support Group on Tuesday 6th September at 7:30 pm.

    CLAPA want to give all expectant and new parents and carers the opportunity to meet regularly throughout pregnancy to create a support network, have a platform to ask questions and air any concerns they may have and know that they are not alone in this journey.

  • 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

    EVENT FULLY BOOKED

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

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