• Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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  • Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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    "Fantastic Charity, they offer lots of services and support" - March 2019 Activities

  • Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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  • Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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Fee Waiving Policy

We wish to help families in crisis to access our services sessions when they have an emergency which has resulted in no means of payment. Where it is possible, we would like to support families in crisis.

As a charity, our funds are very limited however we will designate an amount to support families in crisis. This will only be a stop gap solution rather than a permanent solution and all requests for financial support have to be authorised by the Chair of Trustees.

It is important to us that the procedures we follow are transparent, fair and non-discriminatory. Therefore, we have developed this policy to outline criteria for referral; the referral and decision-making process, response time, limitations on support and referral pathways for ongoing aid.

Criteria for referral:

A sudden family crisis e.g.

  •  Illness of main carer or sibling
  •  Death in the family
  •  Relationship break up
  • A financial problem/cash flow

This provision is intended to support families with children with all disabilities and additional needs, including those with no diagnosis.

We will prioritise provision on a ‘most need’ basis.

The referral and decision process

In the first instance please talk to one of our team. This will be your choice; please feel free to talk to someone you feel comfortable and at ease with. Your request and conversation will be treated and sensitively but in order to get a decision it will be necessary to share within the team.

Decisions will be made within two weeks of the referral.

Who can refer?

Families can self-refer
Children with disabilities support agencies

What our friends and families say...

“Thank you, yet again, to Friends & Families of Special Children for providing opportunities for my son that I never thought he would be able to do.  During the summer he was able to have surfing lessons and enjoy other water sport activities organised by the charity.   When we arrive at the sessions they are always very well planned and as parents we have no explaining to do and even better no apologising for our child’s behaviour!  The staff have an amazing understanding and empathy on the needs of various disabilities of the children and this helps to keep everyone relaxed and happy including the parents/carers!”

October 2015

“It was the best day ever being able to go swimming as a family with her little sister who can only use a hydrotherapy pool. We’re so grateful we can have unforgettable days out thanks to the events you put on. We can thank you enough.”

May 2016

“Not only does the charity provide exciting experiences for the children but can also help with much needed support for the parents.  Being a parent of a disabled child can at times be very lonely and isolating.  To meet with other parents on these activity days is a breath of fresh air and helps you to realise that there are many other people like you facing the similar day to day challenges of having a disabled child.  From our personal experiences we can share stories, offer help and advice and even make new friends.”

January 2018

“The emotional support I received from my befriender was fantastic and the opportunity to off load and reveal my concerns and fears was like having a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

Gareth Allen (parent)

“What a fantastic friendly welcoming place. We visited for the first time this morning for help to fill in a DLA form for our eldest daughter. We were given great help and advice with something we found very overwhelming and difficult.”

February 2017

“Thank you to all staff for looking after our kids at Magdalen Farm. Oliver has really enjoyed himself and can’t wait till the next time.”

August 2017

Activity Calendar

Please note our activities can be browsed by date using the interactive calendar below. A light green square indicates there are events scheduled on that day. Simply hover over the square and the number of events on that day will appear. Click on view events and a list of the events will be shown above. You can then click-through to go to the specific event page for more details and to book.

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