Events

About CLAPA’s Events

CLAPA’s events are a way to help the cleft community connect with each other, share experiences, and find support and information. They are open to people affected by cleft living in the United Kingdom.

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. 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.

If you have any suggestions for future events, please get in touch.

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

  • Coffee Club: Christmas Social

    Join us for our Christmas Social on Tuesday 6th December at 7.30 pm . A relaxed evening of conversation and support for parents, carers, grandparents and expectant families.

  • Family Christmas Games

    Come and join us on Sunday 11th December at 1 pm for fun afternoon classic Christmas games over Zoom aimed at primary school aged children and their families.

  • Coffee Club: Christmas Social

    Join us for our Christmas Social on Tuesday 6th December at 7.30 pm . A relaxed evening of conversation and support for parents, carers, grandparents and expectant families.

  • Family Christmas Games

    Come and join us on Sunday 11th December at 1 pm for fun afternoon classic Christmas games over Zoom aimed at primary school aged children and their families.

  • CLAPA Christmas Quiz

    On Tuesday 13th December from 7.30pm, we are delighted to host a CLAPA Christmas Quiz over Zoom.

    This session is open to everyone in the CLAPA Community, no matter what your connection is to cleft, we'd love you to come and join us for a relaxed evening of quizzing. Come on your own or as a group, all you need is a device to join Zoom and ideally a pen and paper.

  • Coffee Club: Weaning

    Join us for our next Coffee Club on the topic of weaning is on Monday 16th of January 2023 at 7.00pm.
    The session will be hosted by experienced volunteers who have had children born with a cleft themselves and we are also very pleased to welcome along Peri Codling, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cleft.Net.East.

  • Q & A: Bullying

    On Tuesday, 17th Jan at 7.30 pm, we will be hosting a Live Q&A on our socials on the topic of bullying. Please submit your questions in advance and join us on the chat feature on the night to contribute your thoughts and further questions.

  • Grandparents Coffee Club

    Join us for our next Coffee Club for Grandparents on Monday 23rd of January 2023 at 7.30pm.

    This session will be open to all grandparents (and expectant grandparents) in the cleft community. .

  • Antenatal Support Group

    Join us for our Antenatal Support Group on Monday 30th January 2023 at 7:30 pm.

    The sessions will be hosted by experienced volunteers who have had a child born with a cleft themselves and we are regularly joined by Cleft Specialists from regional NHS Cleft Teams across the UK.

  • Face-to-Face Family Day in Scotland

    CLAPA is teaming up with three other charities to bring you this fun-filled Family Day, funded by the VTCT Foundation. Originally planned in 2020, we're delighted to announce a new date of Saturday, 25th March 2023.
    Join us to take over Willowgate Activity Centre in Perthshire, just three miles from Perth Train Station.

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