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Monday 3rd June 2019
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Hemerdon Village Hall


Following on from the success of an evening

of Mindfulness at Virginia House

with Tiffany Armitage

we are very excited to be able to offer parents/carers the opportunity

to book onto an 8 week course being held at Hemerdon Hall

starting on Monday 3rd June 2019

1845 – 2045


Practising mindfulness is a scientifically proven way to reduce stress levels, help us handle life’s difficulties better and reduce symptoms of depression.  Mindfulness itself is a state of being, a way of living in our body and minds that accepts and sees the current moment situation clearly for what it is, and accepts the feelings that arise, without judgement and with compassion.

So when we practice mindfulness meditation, we can apply it throughout the day to help us find new ways of handling old problems and also to cope better with those situations that we know will not change.

It does  not require spiritual views or beliefs, it’s actually something we can all do naturally, we just get out of the habit of it in this modern busy and often stressful life.



Please click on the link below for further information regarding the course.


When we receive your booking Nicky will contact you with further details

 prior to the course starting.

£50 per person for 8 weeks



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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