• 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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    In 2018 we supported 252 children. To register with us click on the link Register

Other Benefits and Grants

Other Benefits and Grants

Here are some benefits and grants that you may qualify for.

Turn2us – https://www.turn2us.org.uk

Turn2us is a national charity. They have a benefits calculator online and also have a grants search tool.

The Family Fund – https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

The Family Fund help families who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. Other criteria applies, please check the website for eligibility.

Examples of grants include essential items, clothing, sensory toys, communication aids and much needed family breaks.

Newlife – www.newlifecharity.co.uk

Provides funding for essential equipment such as beds, buggies, wheelchairs, seating systems and much more. Equipment grants can improve a child’s health, reduce risk of injury and reduce pain whilst enabling childhood experiences and encouraging independence. Your application must be supported by a professional.

The League of the Helping Hand – www.lhh.org.uk

Help those living on a very low income with a child with a disability. Provide one off grants of up to £250 for items such as cooker, hob, washing machine, fridge/freezer or carpet. Your application must be supported by a professional.

Plymouth Ladies Club Charity – www.plcc.org.uk

Provide grants of up to £500 to young people under 25 and who live in the PL postcode area. Examples of grants include essential home items, purchasing sports or musical equipment, school trips or even a well deserved treat.

The Clemas Trust – www.theclemastrust.com

Support young people in the city of Plymouth. Accept varying requests for support. Examples of grants include funding for travel for sport, specialist trikes, communication aids and a bicycle.

If you require support to find available funding or to fill in the forms, please contact the Disability and Advice Information Service.

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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