Play & Support for families with young people with additional needs
We rely on your donations to run our service. We keep our core running costs to a minimum so that your donations make a huge difference to our work and the families we support.
“Having been involved in numerous childrens charity initiatives over the past 40 years; I must say that I am simply amazed at what Incredible Kids has achieved in such a short time. From the outset they have demonstrated a total commitment to achieving the highest possible care and support to numerous youngsters, and their families. Their integrity in the running and administration of the charity is exemplary.”
Bob Woodward OBE, Founder of the CLIC Trust.
There are many ways in which you can donate. Please see our donate page for more details.
Would you like to fundraise for us? We can help you with sponsorship forms, just giving page, fundraising ideas and much more. Please get in touch to fundraise for us.
Incredible Kids rely on volunteers to run the charity. Set up by parent volunteers we welcome parent-carers and other volunteers who care about the work we do to strengthen the charity and deliver the work we provide supporting families that have children with additional needs. We regularly recruit new volunteers.
Help us support families that have disabled children by volunteering today!
Corporate Social Responsibility
We love to welcome businesses and their employees to volunteer with us in many ways and make a big difference to the work we do. Opportunities involve employees at the company-wide, team-based, employee and management levels with varying degrees of commitment including:
* Technical advisory
* Session support
Gift in kind
Incredible Kids defines a Gift-in-Kind as a non-cash donation of a good or service. We accept Gifts-in-Kind that support our service.
Workplace giving campaign
Give your employees the opportunity to give back in a way that can most benefit the cause of their choice, as well as your corporate culture. A workplace giving campaign is an annual employee giving charitable campaign.
Kirstie has been volunteering at Incredible Kids since 2014. She told us her story:
I used to volunteer with different groups supporting children who have special needs in the past but had to suddenly stop this due to my own health and was not able to return to what I was doing. I wanted to find a charity that supported children with special needs that I could get involved with within my current limitations which greatly effected my ability to play directly with children, I found this within Incredible Kids.
Incredible Kids were supportive and understanding of my own limitations enabling me to try and see how and what I could manage to do. When I started I found the welcoming and friendly atmosphere invaluable for me as I needed the social interaction myself as much as wanting to volunteer to support the organisation.
Not only does this charity provide invaluable support to families with a child with special needs, the other volunteers are a great group to work with. There are a variety of volunteer roles and the organisers are helpful in working with you to find the right role for you.
The most memorable thing I have taken away from Incredible Kids are the parents dealing with a child having a meltdown whilst the volunteers and other parents are carrying on with what they are doing not judging but provide available to provide practical emotional support for the parent during/after. Which is very different to the reactions I used to get when I use to take different children with special needs who have meltdowns out into local parks and for days out.”
Kirstie enjoyed volunteering at Incredible Kids so much that she then joined us as a trustee!
Margreth joined us as she wanted to gain work experience with children that have additional needs.
“For me volunteering was a starting point in developing knowledge and understanding with regards to children with special needs in after school/ weekend play group sessions. The environment was ideal because parents, carers, support workers and other volunteers where present.
The Volunteers at Incredible Kids are sincerely welcoming with open arms. I had the feeling that everyone attending sessions whether playing, coming in for a chat, or helping out is treated as equal, nobody is being judged. Ideas will be listened to and generally, the aim is very much to let children have fun or let off steam. But also being able to watch parents have a break or catch up on news, and share concerns with each other. There is a strong sense that as a volunteer you belong to a special community, a caring community.
Through volunteering, I have had the chance to meet like-minded people. It is wonderful to be able to just approach anyone at Incredible Kids to discuss anything and share thoughts. Somehow you can not fail to make friends around such dedicated people. Incredible Kids are a wonderful charity letting volunteers explore about how they can make use of the time, help or support to make a difference.
The most memorable thing is being able to involve a child with special needs in suitable play resulting in making a difference. The realisation of the diversity of challenges children and parents have to face on a daily basis. The commitment and innovative ways organisers engage in to make such an incredible club roll on year in year out, and with a smile on their faces. Getting to know part of the local community. Self development, now looking at certain matters in a completely different way. Just being accepted and respected.
The time spent at IK has given me confidence. The best experience that volunteering has given me is widening an understanding to a new realistic world. I now know something virtually millions of other people choose to ignore to understand.
Margreth spent many many hours helping at Incredible Kids. Not only did she give up her time but she also nominated us to her employer who raised over £1000 for us at Christmas. Thank you Margreth!
I started volunteering at Incredible Kids because I loved being able to volunteer my time to help families and their children. I love the atmosphere at Incredible Kids. We all cared for each other. It was amazing being able to give each child the attention they needed and give them a safe and fun environment to play in
It's extremely rewarding being a volunteer at Incredible Kids. I would encourage people to volunteer because the group needs you. Families need that support and know that they have someone to talk to. The most memorable part of being a volunteer is having that sense of pride in what you are doing. Feeling proud that I could help the families that came to the sessions and give each child the attention and care that they needed. I have happy memories of ik and hope to return one day soon as a volunteer
I wanted to volunteer as I was a service user and the work Incredible Kids do is amazing and inspiring. It's extremely rewarding and the support you receive is brilliant. I loved working with the families and making them feel welcome, providing support where it is needed most.
I volunteered in the cafe at Incredible Kids as I wanted to give some of my spare time to help others and wanted to help in a kitchen/ cafe environment. The best thing about volunteering is meeting all the different people and knowing that my small contribution was helping them a little bit.
If you are thinking of volunteering do it! Incredible Kids is a great charity with excellent values and any bit of help you give will be a big help for others. My favourite memories are of playing peek-a-boo with Josiah over the counter with a dinosaur!