We are a non-profit organisation unique to Plymouth, providing information, support and services for families with disabled children, many of whom describe us as a life saver. Our services give families opportunities to network and create bespoke training and educational environments. We offer individual family support and give advice on relevant issues. We run social and leisure events allowing ”time out to have fun” away from the stresses and punishing regime of caring. This allows a vital ‘recharge of batteries’, relieving isolation and time for young carers to have fun. Integrated activities enable children with disabilities opportunities to experience a huge diversity of sports, arts, crafts and music not elsewhere available to them or their families.
Our group is friendly, informal and supportive. We encourage everybody to share their valuable information and experiences. We do not have an emphasis on any specific condition or disability but suggest that, regardless of the type of additional need, each family experiences similar concerns.
Who We Are
Friends and Families of Special Children is run by a team of professionals that come from a range of professional backgrounds including Social Work, Youth Work, Counselling, Law, Finance and Corporate Hospitality. Alongside the Trustees are partners from Health, Education, Social Care and the Voluntary sector who help to ensure that we offer a multidisciplinary approach and a broad range of services.
Friends and Families of Special Children was founded in 2002 by a small group of parents who identified a huge gap in service provision for Children with disabilities and their families within Plymouth and its surrounding area. The group gained Charitable Status in 2005 (Registered charity No 1140826) and is now one of the main providers of integrated leisure services within the City.
We have a team of 4 employees and our office is open Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm.
Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd is based in Virginia House, which was left to the people of Plymouth by Lady Nancy Astor. The Virginia House Settlement support us with both, these premises and grants which in turn, mean that we can echo Lady Astor’s wishes for the city and open the facilities for the benefit for Plymouth people.