Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd.

Kay O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Friends and Familes, says: 

"Friends and Families of Special Children was founded in 2002 by a small group of parents who identified a huge gap in service provision in Plymouth for children with disabilities and their families. We are based in the Virginia House Centre in Bretonside and the Virginia House Settlement supports us with both these premises and with project grants. We are a non-profit organisation unique to Plymouth, providing information, support and services for families with disabled children, many of whom 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.

Thanks to the Virginia House Settlement's support we can echo Lady Astor’s wishes for the city and open the facilities for the benefit for Plymouth people."

You can contact Friends and Families of Special Children by sending an email through their website or by writing to them at:

Friends and Families of Special Children Ltd, Virginia House Centre, Palace Street, Bretonside, Plymouth, PL1 2AY

Images show some of the families the trust supports. All are courtesy of Friends & Families of Special Children.