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

Why Do We Need Your Help?

The Ambassador’s Program has been created to raise awareness of our cause and the work we do. Volunteers are absolutely essential to the work of Friends and Families of Special Children and we would not have been able to make the impact at all levels to achieve our goals. We would like your help to enhance our capacity to attend meetings and contact the relevant people at a local level. We are looking for individuals and whole family groups to join our Ambassadors program.

What Will I Be Doing?

  • Raise awareness of our charity and our work through talking to your family, friends and colleagues and sharing relevant information on social media
  • Share your experiences with a variety of groups, these may be other families, similar to your own, community groups, local businesses or disability and carer strategic groups
  • Build relationships with local press, community and business contacts
  • Help run information and awareness stands at events, such as conferences
  • Help us to develop and plan our activities programme, events and training opportunities for ourfamilies using our services.
  • Attending events such as cheque presentations and thanking our supporters face-to-face
  • Attend fundraising events

Please note that all events will be in and around your local area with the option to attend events further afield

What We Ask From You?

  • We ask that all of our ambassadors have accessed our services for a minimum of six months
  • We are asking for long term, but flexible commitment to your ambassador role and this can be discussed with a program co-ordinator
  • That you have a passion for the work our charity does and will be willing to share your personal story
  • To attend meetings with fellow ambassadors and team members from Friends and Families to discuss the Ambassador program

What Can I Expect To Gain From The Role?

  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the lives of families affected by disability
  • You will receive an induction to our charity and relevant information and support for the role
  • We will provide you with any equipment and resources required to carry out your role
  • Utilising your existing skills as well as developing new ones
  • Your will receive ongoing support from a program co-ordinator
  • Reimbursement for any expenses incurred (with prior agreement)
  • Reference for voluntary work

For more information contact Nicky Harris:

Nicky@friendsandfamilies.org.uk

01752 204369 / 07922510696

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What our friends and families say...

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

Andy Smith”

24.02.20

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”

24.02.20

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”

24.02.20

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”

20/02/20

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

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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