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

Toy And Equipment Loan Information

Toy And Equipment Loan Information


  • The enclosed item has been loaned to you for 4 weeks, or the time specified on the Equipment Loan Agreement.
  • Please return item in any boxes / packaging it was supplied to you in.
  • When it is time to return the item please return to our office at The Virginia House Centre, Palace Street, Bretonside, Plymouth PL4 0DQ within our office hours of Monday-Friday 9:30am-2:30pm, or contact us on (01752) 204369 to make alternative arrangements.
  • Batteries are supplied with items where required. Please note that existing batteries may not last the duration of the loan, in which case you will be responsible for replacing the batteries if you wish to continue using the item for the remainder of the loan.
  • We check and clean all items before each loan. If you receive an item that is damaged or faulty please contact us straight away and we will try and arrange a suitable replacement where possible.


  • All items loaned are for use under adult supervision.
  • All electrical items are regularly tested. If they become damaged whilst on loan to you please stop using them and contact us straight away.
  • Responsibility for the safety of the product remains with the manufacturer.

Our contact details are as follows:

Friends & Families of Special Children
The Virginia House Centre
Palace Street

Tel: (01752) 204369

Email: info@friendsandfamilies.org.uk



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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