Marches Family Network was established in 1982 under the auspices of Contact a Family as a small self-help parent group. We became independent in 1995 and have grown into the amazing charity that we are today, actively supporting over 170 families in Herefordshire, Shropshire and the surrounding areas.
We provide high quality respite care services for children with disabilities and special needs. We run Saturday play days and summer holiday play schemes which are extremely popular. We also provide support for the families of disabled children locally. Help varies from advocacy, advice, signposting to other services, help with form filling or a friendly face and bit of understanding. We run family outings too, a chance for parents to make new friends and share information.
Parents are often "amazed" when their children try something outside of their comfort zone, eg a zip wire! We try to enhance the lives of our children and their families. Disabled children are able to try something new and share the experience along with their siblings and friends.
Siblings make friends with other children "in the same boat" as themselves, relieving isolation anxieties and sharing common ground and experiences.
Children learn new skills and make new friends in a non-judgmental environment.
Families feel secure knowing that their children and young people are stimulated and understood by our team of trained, insured, CRB checked fantastic staff.
Children go all over the 3 counties and beyond (eg Cadbury World) on play day adventures as our families have pin-pointed geographical isolation as well as social isolation as a problem of living in rural location such Herefordshire.
We support children from the age of 3 through to 19, providing age and ability appropriate activities for ALL, while families get some valuable 'me time' and cost-effective, value-for-money respite.
Marches Family Network offers a free Family Support Service for all
families who have a child or young person with a disability and/or special
need. Our Family Support Service
provides advice, information, and support, including, help with benefits,
form-filling and support to register your child/young person for our play
Becky (Services Co-ordinator) – Becky is your first point of contact,
once registered, for any information regarding play sessions and activities.
Kerry (Family Projects Co-ordinator) – Contact Kerry for information
about our services, to access registration forms, for support to register your
child/young person with us, or for information, advice and support (including
support with DLA applications, renewals and appeals). Kerry is also first point of contact for our youth club.
Louise (Manager) – Contact Louise for access to policies and records, for any other general enquiries, feedback and suggestions for service development, or for complaints.
Mary-Jane Bayliss (Accounts Clerk) – Contact Mary-Jane for information
about payments that have been made to Marches Family Network, invoice queries and payroll.
Vicky (Marketing Co-ordinator) – Contact Vicky if you have any ideas
for fundraising events or activities, if you know of any
groups/organisations/companies who would be a useful contact for us, or if you
would like more information about our work.
Contact Marches Family Network on 01568 614908
For any further information you may require.