Family Link was set up in the 1970s as a charity for children with physical disabilities and complex needs. Over time we have evolved, at one time we provided a befriending service for young people both at home, school and in the community. We have recently been providing a Saturday Youth Club for young people with a range of physical and learning disabilities; we have also provided different holiday schemes, some heavily subsidised by Family Link and at other times in partnership with other charities and organisations including the Bromley Children's Disability Team. The objective of Family Link is to provide safe and fun experiences for young people with disabilities, allowing them to be fully integrated in all activities.
Family Link provides Saturday and holiday clubs in the London Borough of Bromley for 6–25-year-olds, with medical needs, physical, learning, and complex disabilities. Our staff have been highly trained to support young people’s care and health needs.
The sessions run two Saturdays per month and 2-3 sessions per week in the school holidays. We provide a programme of activities that is suitable for each young person's individual needs. During our Saturday and holiday clubs we like to arrange external entertainers to provide additional variety, interest, and stimulation. In addition to our clubs, we run day trips to places of interest, such as bowling, theatre, cinema, and parks. We believe that these trips help to develop positive lifelong relationship skills, social skills, and confidence. It is not only young people that benefit from our services, but also an opportunity for their families/carers to receive well deserved respite.
Family Link recognises the difficulty transitioning from child services to adult services especially for young people with disabilities. At Family Link we think it is important to avoid that transitioning period from child to adult services and ensure that young people can still meet with their peers in a friendly and engaging environment. We believe it is up to the young person to decide when they wish to leave, and usually by 25 years old they take their next chapter into adult services.
Our mission: The provision of leisure opportunities for children and young people with disabilities; to provide a safe and fun environment.