• Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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Other Ways to Fundraise

Tropic Skincare

Nicola Marshall has an exciting opportunity to fundraise for Friends and Families, where you can also get pampered! For more details, please see the attached image or visit https://www.facebook.com/TropicNicola/ 

Amazon Smile

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Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charity of your choice.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

You can support us by starting your shopping at https://smile.amazon.co.uk and search for ‘Friends and Families of Special Children’.

Give As You Live

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Give As You Live is a free service that is easy to use and raises funds for us while you do your shopping!

All you have to do to start fundraising for us is visit their website at www.giveasyoulive.com and sign up (Don’t forget to select Friends and Families of Special Children as your charity!).

Once you have signed up you can browse any of the 4,100 stores that are involved through the Give As You Live website and start raising funds! They have a great app for your Smart Phone which makes it even easier to fundraise!

If you would like to find out more information on this scheme, visit https://www.giveasyoulive.com/how-it-works

Leftover Currency

Leftover Currency collect foreign or discontinued currency from around the world and convert it into a donation for charities!

We all have coins in a drawer somewhere that we are never going to use, so why not donate them to Friends and Families of Special Children?

You can get the coins to us by either ringing Hannah on 01752 204369 to discuss collection, or pop them in one of our collection pots that are located around the city.

Once all the currency is added up and sent off it can convert into a great donation for Friends and Families of Special Children!

Recycle 4 Charity

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You can fundraise by recycling your inkjet cartridges and mobile phones!

It’s the easy way to raise money for your charity and protect the environment at the same time, and we do whatever we can to make the process as hassle free as possible. Just register, select your charity or not for profit group and you can order everything you will need for a successful campaign.

To sign up, visit their website: https://www.recycle4charity.co.uk/Fundraisers


What Resources Will I Receive?

  • As many freepost bags as you need to return inkjet cartridges.
  • A special fundraising link to add to your website, email communications, blog or social media site.
  • Posters and email resources such as image links, encouraging other people to recycle.
  • They can even send you collection boxes for your mobiles and inkjets.

eBay for Charity

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You can now sell your unwanted items on eBay for Friends and Families of Special Children!

It won’t cost as you will get paid the amount set for postage of the item, and you can choose what percentage of the sale amount gets donated!

For more information on how to list items on eBay for Friends and Families of Special Children, please follow this link: https://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/sell/selling-nonprofit.html#create


Let us know if you are listing anything and we’d be happy to share it on our social media!

Give a Car

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Are you scrapping your old car? You can have it collected for FREE and donate the proceeds to charity!

If you are interested, please get in touch with Hannah on 01752 204369

What our friends and families say...

Thankyou family and friends for being there for me it’s been unbelievable, but you guys are always there for a chat or advice xx 


Thank you, as always, for a fantastic event. Daisy had a great time x

Andy Smith”


Morgan had a fantastic time this is her 2nd time of joining fun and freedom activities and is enjoying it very much and looks forward to the next so thank you 

Charlie Harris”


These guys are absolutely amazing! If you are a family with a SEN child this charity is great to connect with. There is activities provided for different groups; children with additional needs, children with severe additional needs, siblings of Sen children and family activities. Plus they are an important hub of any information you may need. Oscar is part of their ‘adventure club’ and this gives him bags of opportunities to access so many different things – pizza making at Prezzo, archery, day trips out, access to a hydro pool. Just to name a very small amount. No judging, full support and a chance to connect to other families just like ours 

Jolene Cumes”


Lovely activities for both the children with send and the rest of the families. The workers really understand the situation and are very supportive. We have used the lending library and family support services. Thank you for allowing my youngest to have a break from being a carer 

Chloe Botterill”


Attended a session about sensory processing, was very well presented. Loved the idea of practical experiments putting yourself into a child with processing disorders shoes to see the world from their point of view. Really helpful information.

Donna Potter (parent) Jan 2020

I would highly recommend friends and family of special children. I think all the staff are fantastic, very friendly, helpful and do an amazing job. as a family with 3 sen children you guys are a god send with the activities and workshops you put on for families and the children. We really love the lending library and wish we had found you guys years ago. It would have saved us loads money lol. Thank you and keep up all the good hard work. You help us so much as a family 😍 x

Helen Blaco October 2019

“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)

Absolutely amazing charity that offer amazing support to the whole family and lovely breaks for the siblings. My daughter has benefited from days out with the fun and freedom club and adores Brett as he always makes her smile and feel comfortable. My son has autism and ADHD so sometimes life can be a little stressful for her so a days break away to enjoy herself with other children who experience similar things is amazing. It gives her a chance to play and be herself. The family events are always so fantastic as well and so are the events for the disabled child. Friends and family really are such an amazing charity that really cares. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Jodie Jones (parent) June 2018

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

Activity Calendar

All face-to-face events have been postponed at this time. We are however running Zoom sessions on an individual and group basis. Sessions are available for the whole family. If you're looking for advice, support, or a general get together, please get in touch to schedule info@friendsandfamilies.org.uk | 01752 204369.

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