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Family Disability Information and Advice Service

We provide an integrated holistic support service for families and carers of children that experience all forms of disabilities, additional needs and difficulties.

Part of this is to be able to provide you with a support network, that not only offers you emotional support, but also practical support. This could include accessing appropriate financial aid or putting you in touch with relevant services in the local area.

We can give you relevant information, help you prepare for appointments and/or advocate on your behalf, write letters with you and talk through reports to be sure you understand them.We can support you to engage with other local services and help identify available funds and grants specific to your needs.

Our support workers can assist you to complete aDLA or PIP claim form for your child/young person.

We run regular workshops that you can attend to get some general information and small group help. We can also meet with you one to one.

Our disability information and advice workers can guide you through processes that may seem daunting and support you to understand important decisions made for your family.

We provide training opportunities for Parent and Carers. These are varied and we welcome training requests from families. Not only can this training help your family it also gives you the chance to meet families in a similar situation and share your experiences.

We endeavour to enable Parents to become empowered and better able to manage their families’ circumstances.

The support services we can offer you and your family is tailored to your individual situation. The list above is a guideline and is not exhaustive.

For more information please contact Nicky Harris:

nicky@friendsandfamilies.org.uk

01752 204369 / 07922510696

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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