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During Meningitis Trust family days children are encouraged to make things, draw, listen and play together with trained people on hand. You are free to take part in these activities, meet with other parents and talk with staff from the Trust. We are the only meningitis charity in the UK to provide this free service.
We know that the impact of meningitis reaches much further than the individual concerned; it can have a huge effect on siblings, parents, grandparents, other close family members and friends. Meningitis changes lives, which is why bringing together families with similar experiences of the disease is so important.
These days allow you to help each other understand the impact meningitis has had and look to the positives which other families have achieved. Most of all they allow families to do something fun and positive together.
Highlights from Chepstow Family Day
Family days are held regularly across the UK. The Trust invites families who have had an experience of meningitis to spend the day with others who have had similar experiences. Children generally range from three to 12 years old and we aim to have up to 30 children taking part in each family day.
Carmel Kenning from Halifax, attended one of the family days with her mum and two children, Blaithan and Padraig, says:
“It was a fantastic day, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was great that Blaithan, who had meningitis as a baby, was able to meet other children who have had similar experiences, and similarly my mum and I were able to talk with other families on the day”.
Our helpline is available 24/7 to offer advice and answer your meningitis questions.
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1 June - North East - Beamish Museum, County Durham - contact Nico for more information
June - Wales - contact Ffion for more information
Setember - Northern Ireland - contact Jude for more information
October - South West England - contact Cathy for more information
If you would like to express an interest in attending one of our family days in your area, please call our 24-hour freephone nurse-led helpline on 0800 028 18 28 or contact your local Community Development Officer and we will come back to you.
Our Community team are based across the country, they can help with home visits and other support.