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

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




To engage with our services and to take advantage of our range of activities please complete the appropriate registration forms by clicking on the Register Today box.

Please take a look at our Code of Conduct before registering.

If you book for an event or activity and then are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to another person. Thank you.

Date/Time Event Category
Mon 22nd Jul 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia House, Plymouth Devon
Tue 23rd Jul 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virginia House, Plymouth Devon
Fri 26th Jul 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Disabled Child - Mount Batten Water Sports **FULLY BOOKED**
Mount Batten Centre, Plymstock
Fri 26th Jul 2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Family Boat Trip **FULLY BOOKED**
Spirit of Plymouth, Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth
Mon 29th Jul 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Making Sense - Hydrotherapy at the Hydro Hub
The Hydro Hub, Newton Abbot
Tue 30th Jul 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Virginia House, Plymouth Devon
Tue 30th Jul 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Disabled Child - Surfing ***FULLY BOOKED***
Discovery Surf School, Kingsbridge
Wed 31st Jul 2019
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Family Time at Hannah's Hub
Dame Hannah Rogers School, Ivybridge
Thu 1st Aug 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fun and Freedom Crealy Trip
Crealy Devon, Exeter
Fri 2nd Aug 2019
9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Youth Adventures-Fishing Trip
Spirit of Plymouth, Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth
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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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