• 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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    "Fantastic Charity, they offer lots of services and support" - March 2019 Activities

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

Youth Adventures

Youth Adventures is a group for young people aged 14 – 25, with a disability, to socialize with other young people in a safe environment, promoting independence and fun! You may want to gain confidence in going out with a group of people, or to gain some new life skills as you get a bit older. Or just to be in a safe space where you can chill out with other young people!

We offer a range of activities including drop in youth nights, visits to sports matches, day trips, workshops and so much more. It is an opportunity to make friends, learn skills and try something new! 

Here is what some of our Youth Adventurers quotes from this year;

Josh “Youth Adventures has helped me make new friends and I just enjoy being here – I really liked the Fifa night”

Jack “I enjoy not having to limit what I say, I feel free and I know that people will talk back to me”

Jude “I like coming to Youth Adventures because there are people that I get on with”

As part of gaining independence, we would like our Youth Adventures group to have input into organising our activities, so if there is something you would like to do then please let us know.

Joining Youth Adventures is FREE and all of our activities are heavily subsidised.

We meet once a month on a Friday evening or Saturday daytime, and once a week during school holidays. All of our sessions are staffed on a one to one basis, so there will always be someone there to support and listen to you.

For more information contact Hazel Bowyer.

Hazel@friendsandfamilies.org.uk

01752 204369 / 07565782578

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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

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