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All Parents discovering their child has a special need or disability should have access to emotional support. We can support you in a range of different ways.

Please click here to download the PARENT SUPPORT referral form

Family Support

Parent/Carers can be supported through sessions with our Support Workers. We can offer one to one emotional and practical support and advice for up to six sessions on a range of topics including Parenting strategies, boundaries, behaviour and school issues.

Befriending Service

The Face 2 Face befriending service is a unique one to one befriending service offering emotional support to Parent/Carers discovering their child has a disability. Every Face 2 Face befriender is a Parent too, someone whose own child has a disability.

Family Support Worker Drop ins

We are currently offering Parents and Carers the opportunity to access a Parent Support drop in service at Virginia House. The Drop ins run fortnightly throughout the year for 2 hours, offering parents an opportunity to meet with others in a safe, confidential environment to share ideas and concerns and gain emotional support. Alongside the support group there is also an opportunity to meet with a member of the team one to one in a private space. These sessions are facilitated by a Support Worker from the Advocacy Team. For further details, please check the website.

Contact

If you would like access to the Family Disability Information and Advice/Family Support or the Befriending Service, please contact Nicky Harris.

For more information 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

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