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Upcoming Events

Pig Racing Evening

Pig Racing Evening

7th February – Boringdon Golf Club

Join Ady Byng for a fun night of pig racing at Boringdon Golf Club.  Racing battery operated pigs will have you squealing with delight! As you place your bets who will be bringing home the bacon!

Get a group a friend together for this fun and unique evening.

Ticket price: £17.50 including a buffet. To buy your tickets call Diane on 01752 710115

Great Gatsby Ball

6th March 2020

Join us for a night of extreme glamour at this year’s Great Gatsby Ball.  Enjoy a superb 3-course with surprise guests to entertain you. 

This year’s ball will be at the marvellous new Club Argyle Lounge and we are honoured to be the first charity ball at this unique venue.  Last year’s ball raised over £20,000 – let’s beat that target!

Tickets are £550 for a table of 10

To purchase tickets or sponsorship opportunities please email kay@friendsandfamilies.org.uk or call Kay on 01752 710112

Great Gatsby Ball
80s Night at The Treasury

80’s Night at The Treasury

6th March 2020

Its time to back comb your hair and get your leg warmers out for an 80’s night at The Treasury.  Playing some classic tunes from the era

Don’t be “Too Shy” to book your tickets!

Price: £10 per ticket

For more information call Diane on 01752 710115

Sky Dive

Do you like a challenge? Or do you want to raise some funds for a local charity? Or have you always wanted to do a skydive but never known how?

Whatever the reason we would love you to take the plunge (!) and Skydive for us! We have the following dates available:

Saturday 28th March 2020
Sunday 25th October 2020

Raise £395 and you can even Jump for FREE and get a free Friends and Families T-shirt to jump in too!

Book Now

If you have any questions, please get in touch at diane@friendsandfamilies.org.uk / 01752 710115

Sky Dive
Plymouth Half Marathon

Plymouth Half Marathon

When: Sunday 17th May 2020
Entries Close: Sunday 26th April 2020

Why not be part of #teamfreddie and take part in Race Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon for Friends and Families.  This challenging, yet scenic 13.1 miles course will take in Plymouth’s famous landmarks. 

All you need to do is simply raise £80 in sponsorship and in in return, you will receive your race entry, a running vest and lots of encouragement, especially from our mascot Friendly Freddie. 

If you are just new to running the we have a training schedule for you, and we can link you up with the other runners to get some moral support!

If you are interested please email diane@friendsandfamilies.org.uk or call 01752 710115 

Organise your own event…

Do you fancy holding your own fundraising event for Friends and Families?  Perhaps you can get a group of friends together and organise a coffee morning, pamper evening or even a quiz night down your local pub – whatever your idea we would love to hear from you and give you moral support and help promote your event.

Get in touch with Diane at diane@friendsandfamilies.org.uk with your idea and we will email you your fundraising pack to get started!

Cake Sale Event
Collection boxes

Collection boxes

If you own a pub, shop, restaurant, shop would you like one of our collection boxes? 

Each collection box raises on average £60 a year just from loose change – so its great way to raise money for the charity. 

If you would like one email diane@friendsandfamilies.org.uk or call 01752 710115

Facebook Fundraising

Not sure what you want for your birthday or want to commemorate an anniversary, retirement or wedding – whatever you are celebrating then why not set up a fundraising page on Facebook and ask for donations instead of presents for Friends and Families?  Your donation will enable us to provide more activities for disabled children to enjoy.

Click image below to sign up:

Facebook Fundraising

Facebook Fundraising

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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