Special Friends Club

Special Friends Club

Charity information

Special Friends Club

Special Friends Club is a charity operating throughout the wider Bristol area and run by parent volunteers.
The charity provides support and activities for families of children with special needs.

Founded 2001

  • Mission statement

    Special Friends Club is a charity operating throughout the wider Bristol area and run by parent volunteers.

    The charity provides support for families of children with special needs by organising a wide range of activities and social opportunities that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.

    The club has a membership of 100 families with over 180 children whose ages range from 3-18 years. The children have a broad range of needs and disabilities, from severe learning and physical disabilities to sensory or speech and language impairment, Autism, Downs Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder.

    The Club’s guiding principle is to provide a safe, stimulating and supportive environment for all our members.

    Due to the nature of their disabilities it is difficult and sometimes impossible for the children and their families to attend and take part in 'mainstream' holiday activities or attend visitor attractions. It can be very difficult and stressful to arrange a family outing when there is a disabled child in the family. To be in an environment where you are surrounded by 'normal' families who don’t face the same challenges can be very hard and emotionally testing, but knowing that you are there with a group of families with similar problems is hugely supportive. Families and children are able to try things that they hadn’t dreamed would be possible without this support.

  • Aims

    Special Friends Club aims to:

    • To provide support for families of children with special needs by organising a wide range of activities and social opportunities that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2001

    Registered Charity Number: 1142501

    Board members: 8

    Volunteers: 8

    Phone number: 07783322650

    Address: 50 Riviera Crescent, Staple Hill, Bristol, BS16 4SE

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