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 aditional needs. Marches Family Network provide Saturday play and social opportunities along with summer holiday play schemes and family trips. These are extremely popular with our young people and their families.
Marches Family Network has an evening Youth Club for 11-18 year olds once a week in term time. Our staff are widely trained and experienced so that we can meet the needs of most young people referred to us. Please contact the office (01568 614908) if you know of a young person or family who may benefit from the services we provide.
The charity also aims to provide support for the families of disabled children locally. Help varies from advocacy, advice, signposting to other services, support with form filling. Our family outings are a chance for parents to make new friends and share information together. They also build precious family memories as they relax and enjoy a stress-free trip supported by our fantastic team of trained play workers.
Parents and carers are given the choice of a complete break knowing their children are active, occupied and fully cared for whatever their abilities and disabilities. Families feel secure knowing that their children and young people are stimulated and understood by our team of trained, insured, DBS checked fantastic staff.
Parents are often "amazed" when their children try something new and daring at Marches Family Network. We try to enhance the lives of our children and their families by providing an assisted social and play opportunity for young people and a support network for their families.
Children are encouraged to and 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.
Children go all over the 3 counties and beyond 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 and Shropshire.
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
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.
Becky (Services Co-ordinator) – Becky is your first point of contact,
once registered, for any information regarding play sessions and activities.
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.
Marches Family Network
Tel. 01568 614908
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