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Monday 17th June 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Virginia House


Do you ever find a family member displays difficult behaviour?

Is their behaviour impacting on relationships within the family?

Would you like information how to make your home life better for all of the family?

Would you like training in effective, practical solutions?



If so come along to our 

2 day workshop 

facilitated by Des Cooke and Christianne Pollock 

Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June 2019 

9.30 – 1500


  • Any relationship has stressful times and having problem behaviours within the family can be hard for others to understand and fully appreciate.  When a family member is in distress it can be incredibly stressful and difficult to maintain an ongoing positive relationship.  Pressure will be placed upon all relationships in the family and on all aspects of family life; your relationship with any other children in the family, with your partner as well as the relationships siblings will have with each other.


  • The ability to develop and build positive relationships with people in distress is the key to a successful family life for the whole household.


  • We feel it is right that you get help and training that fits perfectly with your particular needs.


  • “Brilliant course.  It has given me the confidence to remain calm when my son is very upset – keeping calm is the best thing for him.” – CP PARENT


This workshop will be fully bespoke to the needs of the participants rather than following a set syllabus we work with the particular issues of the small group of participants.

All workshops are underpinned by specifically designed techniques to assist you to develop positive relationships with family members in distress.

Any family member over the age of 12 are welcome at the discretion of the responsible adult.


The two day training will cost £25 per person

Lunch provided


Bookings are closed for this event.

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

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