• Bocketts Farm Summer Family Fun Day

    Starts: 2 Jul 2017 10:30
    Ends: 2 Jul 2017 15:00

    Our annual summer fun day at Bocketts Farm is a great opportunity to meet other families affected by cleft in the South London and Surrey area, while having a fantastic day out on the farm.  With private tractor rides and animal handling sessions, free ice cream and the chance to see Bocketts famous pig racing, the day has something for all the family. Please bring your own picnic for lunchtime, which will take place in the barns.   There are indoor and outdoor play areas and picnic venues, so guaranteed fun whatever the British weather throws at us! You'll also have the opportunity to meet our new committee members and find out what's happening in your branch. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the SLASB calendar and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day. The tickets are £10 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children), with £2 for additional children to help with the costs of the day. If this is difficult for your family, please do email the committee in confidence on Please note we have only 140 spaces and the Bocketts event always sells out. If you book on and later find you are unable to attend please do let us know so we can release the tickets to another family. Thank you!

  • CLAPA Adults Conference

    Starts: 8 Jul 2017 10:30
    Ends: 8 Jul 2017 17:00

    Join us in London for a day of talks, workshops and discussions around adults born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Check our website for a full agenda. The day will start at 10:30am with tea and coffee, with the first talk taking place at 11am. We understand that some of you may need to travel into London, so please keep in mind we will still be delighted to welcome you throughout the day even if you can't arrive in time for the start. We will close at 4pm, but the room will be available until 5pm for those of you that wish to stay to continue your conversations and visit stalls. A tasty buffet lunch, as well as several tea and coffee servings, is included. The £15 ticket cost is a refundable deposit. If requested on the day, attendees will receive their refund within 7 days of the event. Otherwise, we will consider it a donation towards the costs of running this event. CLAPA is heavily subsidising places at the conference, so please inform us if you aren't able to attend so we can release your booking. Unfortunately we are not able to pay travel or accomodation expenses for delegates. Please note that as we have a limited capacity, tickets are limited to 2 per booking. If you need to book more places, we will be happy to oblige as long as these extra places are for other adults affected by cleft. Visit our Adults Conference Hub on the CLAPA website for the latest updates about this event.

  • Big Smiles and CLAPA joint Family Day!

    Starts: 15 Jul 2017 10:00
    Ends: 15 Jul 2017 14:00

    Join other families affected by cleft for a day in the park, at the first ever joint event for Big Smiles and CLAPA! Big Smiles is a local support group for families affected by cleft lip and/or palate based in Nottingham, with a large reach across Nottinghamshire and beyond. Following a history of successful events across the region in the past three years, BIg Smiles have joined forces with CLAPA for the first time, to offer this joint summer event for families affected by cleft! Local charity Play Works Nottingham will be running arts and crafts activities throughout the morning, which will include dinosaur sculptures for you to take home. We will enjoy a picnic in the park at lunchtime followed by team games and circus skills in the afternoon! There will be giant board games for you to enjoy throughout the day and other activities like scavenger hunts and team challenges.  Some useful information: We will meet in the area in front of Wollaton Hall at Wollaton Deer Park at 10am - look out for the Big Smiles and CLAPA banners! Bring a family picnic and blanket  All the family are welcome! Join the Big Smiles Facebook event page here Please get in touch with Claire Evans if you have any questions or call 07792 77262 Look forward to seeing you in the park soon! Rachel and Claire :-)

  • Family Day at Trethorne Leisure Park

    Starts: 16 Jul 2017 11:30
    Ends: 16 Jul 2017 16:30

    Come join us at Trethorne Leisure Park near Launceston for a fantastic family day out at an all weather family tourist attraction in Cornwall. The leisure park includes over an acre of outside play areas and over 45,000 sq ft of indoor play areas, and an animal barn with friendly animals including ponies, goats, llamas, cow & calves and pigs! The event includes a pony ride for each child! The park is easy to find, just off the A30 near Launceston in Cornwall. Find out more about the park here! Please bring your own picnic!  The ticket price of £5 is a refundable deposit, you will receive the £5 back within 4 days of the event!

  • Family Day in Emberton Park

    Starts: 23 Jul 2017 11:00
    Ends: 23 Jul 2017 15:00

    The Bucks &  Beds branch is holding a family day at Emberton Park, Olney on Sunday 23rd July. Come along and meet other families for a day of fun and games. Bring your own picnics, rugs, chairs and games. We shall be arranging some games for the children with fun prizes to be won. There is no charge for the event but there is a £4 entry fee per car into Emberton. This is charged by Emberton Park and paid on the gate.

  • Happy Faces Fife summer picnic

    Starts: 13 Aug 2017 12:00
    Ends: 13 Aug 2017 15:00

    Join us for our annual family picnic.  This year we are holding the event at Lochore Meadows Country park in Fife. The park has lots of room for fun and games including an excellent adventure playground.  We will meet on the large grass area opposite the car park. I will have my CLAPA t shirt balloons etc to help you spot us.  Bring a picnic, dress for the weather and enjoy an afternoon meeting others affected by cleft who live locally. 

  • Volunteer Development Day - Edinburgh

    Starts: 12 Nov 2017 09:00
    Ends: 12 Nov 2017 16:00

    This training is for CLAPA Parent and Peer Supporters, Happy Faces Co-ordinators and volunteers who run certain other events for us without a staff member (e.g. adult meet ups). Our volunteers performing these roles are often the main point of contact for new and expectant parents affected by cleft or individuals with a cleft themselves seeking support.  We hugely value your commitment and dedication to the role and want to make sure we are supporting you as much as possible with robust processes, regular communication and opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills. Much of the content of our previous parent/peer supporter training is relevant to all these roles and many volunteers perform more than one of the roles so to save everybody's time and to avoid repetition we have brought it all together into one development day. Where specific material is only relevant to some roles we will split the group as appropriate but we will ensure that all attendees cover all the topics they need for their role/s. As you should be aware, all Parent and Peer Supporters are required to attend annual refresher training in order to continue undertaking that role.  It is also reccommended that Happy Faces/Adult Meet up Co-ordinators would also refresh their training annually. We understand that in exceptional circumstances it may not be not possible for you to attend the training, in which case please get in touch with your main point of contact at CLAPA so we can talk to you about this. We will cover all reasonable travel expenses and lunch will be provided, please remember to travel by the cheapest mode of transport where possible.  If you would be unable to travel from your home to Edinburgh in time for the course starting (or alternatively travel home after the course) we can provide 1 night's accomodation.  Please indicate this need on your booking and then discuss with Rebecca or Gillian. We are looking forward to seeing you at the training!