• Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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    • Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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      GET FIT AND FUNDRAISE Upcoming Events

    • Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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      In 2019 we provided one 2 one support for over 200 families More Info

    • Our mission is to make families with disabled children feel valued and experience the best quality of life possible
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      Find out what bespoke activities we have planned for 2020 Activities

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

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All Parents discovering their child has a special need or disability should have access to emotional support. We can support you in a range of different ways.

Please click here to download the PARENT SUPPORT referral form

Family Support

Parent/Carers can be supported through sessions with our Support Workers. We can offer one to one emotional and practical support and advice for up to six sessions on a range of topics including Parenting strategies, boundaries, behaviour and school issues.

Befriending Service

The Face 2 Face befriending service is a unique one to one befriending service offering emotional support to Parent/Carers discovering their child has a disability. Every Face 2 Face befriender is a Parent too, someone whose own child has a disability.

Family Support Worker Drop ins

We are currently offering Parents and Carers the opportunity to access a Parent Support drop in service at Virginia House. The Drop ins run fortnightly throughout the year for 2 hours, offering parents an opportunity to meet with others in a safe, confidential environment to share ideas and concerns and gain emotional support. Alongside the support group there is also an opportunity to meet with a member of the team one to one in a private space. These sessions are facilitated by a Support Worker from the Advocacy Team. For further details, please check the website.

Contact

If you would like access to the Family Disability Information and Advice/Family Support or the Befriending Service, please contact Nicky Harris.

For more information contact Nicky Harris:

Nicky@friendsandfamilies.org.uk

01752 204369 / 07922510696

 

What our friends and families say...

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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