Cleft Awareness week 4th -12th May

Cleft Awareness Week 4th to 12th May

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

  • Tuesday 7th & Wednesday  8th May 2019 – A stall in the atrium to highlight CLAPA and give away free merchandise
  • All week – ‘Make a smile for CLAPA’ competition in our cleft waiting room/s  – decorate a paper plate to make a smiley face these are to be judged by a Cleft Surgeon and a prize of a Furbie for older patients (aged 6 years +) and Mr Potato Head (for younger patients aged 2 – 6 years) to be posted out to the winners.

Cleft Awareness week is about helping everyone in the United Kingdom understand the impact of a cleft, and the different that the right support can make. 

This May the CLAPA community will come together to raise funds, organise events, and help to raise awareness. From putting up posters in clinic to hosting a fundraising event, there are so many ways you can get involved this year! Find out more and request you free materials at

CLAPA’s 40th Birthday

June this year marks CLAPA’s 40th birthday as a charity. To mark this occasion, we’re encouraging our supporters to throw a party from May to June to raise funds and awareness.

If you’d like to get involved, get in touch with our friendly fundraising team to request your free materials, including our special ‘party hat’ cake toppers  for any bake sales.

As part of our celebrations, we will be publishing an article about our history and hopes for the future of cleft support in the UK, featuring interviews and contributions from supporters, beneficiaries and health professionals throughout the years. If you would like to be interviewed as part of this article, please get in touch at

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Adult Services Project

The Adult Service Project is focussing in its second year on improving patient knowledge of CLAPA and NHS services that are available to them.

We are hoping to achieve this in a variety of different ways including working with cleft teams to develop a ‘LeaversPack’ including information about commonly asked questions, how to return to the cleft service as an adult. We would really like to welcome a group of representatives from the cleft team to provide feedback on this document. Additionally, we are hoping to create a resource for General Practitioners to help them make referrals to the right place, first time. We are also doing some more direct engagement with adults including our conference in Glasgow on the 14th September, and our new monthly video panel discussions.

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