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Friends and Families

We are a Plymouth based charity and we support families who have children that experience all forms of disabilities additional needs and difficulties.

Contacts details

Address:Virginia House Centre
Peacock Lane
Telephone number: 01752 204369

We are a non-profit organisation unique to Plymouth, providing information, support and services for families who have children that experience all forms of disabilities, additional needs and difficulties.  Many families describe us as a life saver.

Our services give families opportunities to network and create bespoke training and educational environments. We offer individual family support and give advice on relevant issues. We run social and leisure events allowing, "time-out to have fun" away from the stresses and punishing regime of caring.

This allows a vital 'recharge of batteries', relieving isolation and time for young carers to have fun. Integrated activities enable children with disabilities opportunities to experience a huge diversity of sports, arts, crafts and music not elsewhere available to them or their families.

How we can help

  • Social and leisure activities for the whole family through our Adventure Club, Youth Adventure, Making Sense Group and Fun and Freedom Club
  • Advise and give guidance on local services
  • Toy and equipment Lending Library
  • Support young carers through our Fun and Freedom Club
  • Provide support and learning through parent/carer only sessions
  • Give you the time to talk and be listened to
  • Engage with other agencies such as health, education or social services
  • Offer a positive view about the future of your child

We are impartial, confidential and independent from statutory agencies.

Family Disability Information and Guidance

Our aim is to provide an integrated holistic support services for families and carers of children with special needs.

Part of this is to be able to provide you with an extensive support network that not only offers you emotional support, but also practical support in any area you require. This could include accessing appropriate financial advice or putting you in touch with relevant services in the local area.

We can advocate on your behalf with regards to Benefits, Education, Health and Care packages. We can guide you through processes that may seem daunting and support you to understand decisions made for your family. Our support service includes:

  • Impartial, confidential and independent advice
  • Assistance with Special Educational Needs Assessments
  • Advice and guidance on local services
  • Engaging with other agencies such as Benefits, Health, Education and Social Services
  • Advocate on your behalf
  • Assistance with benefit applications and financial aid
  • Identifying available funds and grants specific to your needs
  • Assisting you to access short breaks and respite

An Advocate can-

  • Support you to get your voice heard or speak up on your behalf. This includes attending meetings, making phone calls or helping with letters and forms.
  • Help you find out about your rights to accessing services and support
  • Protect your rights
  • Referring to other services
  • The support we can offer you and your family is individually tailored to your family situation
  • The list above is a guideline and is not exhaustive

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Age range
  • Early years - 0 to 5 years
  • Preparing for Adulthood
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years

  • Based: Plymouth
    • 0 to 1 years old
    • 1 to 2 years old
    • 2 to 3 years old
    • 3 to 4 years old
    • 4 to 5 years old
    • 5 to 11 years old
    • 12 to 16 years old
    • 17 to 25 years old
    • Carers
    • ADHD
    • Autism
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Communication impairments
    • Down's syndrome
    • Learning disabilities
    • Mental health
    • Physical disabilities

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