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    Friends & Families For a full listing of all our forthcoming events, please click on the Activities link Activities

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    Friends & Families "We're so grateful we can have unforgettable days out thanks to the event you put on. We can't thank you enough" Contact Us


We need your help!

Our charity is expanding rapidly, introducing new services in response to our families’ needs, as well as reaching out to even more local families who so desperately need our help. We can’t do all of this without volunteers like Jemma.

Jemma’s Story

Why did you become a volunteer?

I became a volunteer because I wanted to gain some voluntary experience to enhance my CV and thought that Friends & Families would be a great charity to help. I can fit my volunteering in around my current job and I always really enjoy the opportunities the charity provides.

What experiences/skills have you gained from becoming a volunteer?

Most of all, I have gained confidence from talking to my fellow volunteers as well as members of the public. I am able to talk about the charity and be an ambassador for them and the work that they do. I now know what it is like to volunteer and have gained experience of the charitable sector, especially fundraising. It’s also made me more organised and I love working as part of a team.

What would you say to people thinking about becoming a volunteer?

DO IT! Volunteering is a very rewarding experience that has allowed me to gain more skills as well as meet more people. Most of all, I know that I am making a difference to families with disabled children across Plymouth.

We are seeking volunteers, like Jemma, to help us spread the word about our work and to assist us with our fundraising activities. Opportunities will vary and can range from organising your own fundraising events to sourcing raffle prizes, representing us at events and securing regular givers. This list is not exhaustive – we value your input and creativity and will try to find the best voluntary role for you within our organisation.

Volunteering is an incredible way to give back to your local community. The benefits to you include building new relationships; developing new skills; enhancing existing skills; gaining new experiences; boosting your confidence; the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a real difference to local families, many of whom have described our charity as a lifesaver.

If you are interested in volunteering with us and supporting the invaluable work that we do please get in touch! hannah@friendsandfamilies.org.uk / 01752 204369



Friends and Families of Special Children

What our friends and families say...

“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)

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

“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

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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