Family Days

Family Day

Facial Palsy UK’s Family Days are a relaxing and fun day for children affected by facial palsy, their siblings and parental guardians. The aim of these days is to reduce isolation for children affected by facial palsy and their parents.

Whitehouse Farm Centre Family Day, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6AW

Our next Family Day is at Whitehouse Farm Centre in Northumberland on Saturday 9th September 2017 between 10:30am and 4:30pm.

The day is for children with facial palsy, their siblings and two parental guardians. We will pay your entrance fee and provide lunch. Additional adults in your party may need to be self-funded, please check with us.
The day will be very relaxed with a loose itinerary so that people can easily find others in the party. We will also have the use of a large barn all day where families will be able to take time to chat. If the weather is inclement there are plenty of indoor activities but we will also ensure there are additional activities in the barn if necessary. Parking is free and the venue is about one mile from the A1 and 14 miles north of Newcastle. The majority of activities are included within the entrance fee and there is plenty for everyone to see and do. This centre appeals to all ages.

The Snowy Owl at Cramlington offers reasonable accommodation nearby. If you have any problems with getting to the venue please contact us.

To reserve your place please email us on or telephone Karen Johnson on 0300 030 9333.

Download a Booking Form

If you require more information please contact us.

Previous Family Days

How do Family Days help?

Some children with facial palsy may feel isolated because it’s unlikely they will have met another child affected by the condition. They may be the only child in their school with a different smile and this can at times feel quite lonely. Meeting another child who also has the condition can really improve self-esteem.

When you are the person with facial palsy, the only image you have of yourself is your mirror image or what you see in photographs or video. You don’t see what other people see, your animated face with your whole personality shining through. People will often say to someone with facial palsy that they don’t really notice it but it’s only when you meet another person with facial palsy that you begin to understand why this is actually true. Meeting others with the condition really helps to build confidence.

On meeting other children with facial palsy for the first time, a 9 year old girl said:

Thank you, this was the best day of my life.

Our family days are also an opportunity for parents to meet other parents and benefit from mutual support. They may wish to discuss different surgeries, school issues or simply make new friends who share experiences. We also include siblings because often when a child has a medical condition all the family are affected because there will be hospital visits and other pressures.

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Externally Linked Articles:

Parents & Carers Facebook Group (Ext. Link - opens in new window)

Private Facebook support group for parents and carers of children with facial palsy, operated by Facial Palsy UK.

Last reviewed: 20-07-2017    ||    Next review due: 11-09-2017