Sara and Josh
Pond Dipping at Dawlish Warren
Luke and Julie with Pugsy the dog
Grace, Luke and Hollie Pond Dipping
25th Anniversary Cake
We celebrate 25 years
James, Alex and James
Duncan, James and Hollie
Happy Birthday Kira
Hollie and Taleah cooking cheese straws
Welcome to the AIMS Families Website
Over 20 years ago Dr Jill Diprose introduced the very distressed new parents of a baby with special needs to the parents of another special needs child. The support and understanding they drew from each other led to other families joining them for coffee and a chat and thus Dawlish Special Needs Group evolved.
We are now known as AIMS and operate a free Saturday “drop in” group at Oaklands Park School, from 11.00 to 2.00pm, where paid play leaders and volunteers offer craft, cooking, music, games and a great outdoor space for letting off steam! Over the years we have bought and acquired a great deal of equipment and musical instruments including a digital drum kit and assorted bikes, scooters and games for children of all ages and abilities to play with. We can also use the school swimming pool.
Families attend together and parents draw friendship and support from each other whilst all the children enjoy activities and play at whatever level suits them. We think of ourselves as a big happy family, the great thing about AIMS is there is no need to explain – children are just children.
We do not receive any funding so to pay our way is a constant challenge. Apart from the running expenses of rent and wages and replacing craft and cooking needs we like to arrange a day out sometimes, such as to the zoo or at Christmas time, on the Santa Train.We rely greatly on the generosity of local people to keep us going.
On 28th April 2018 some of our families visited the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve which is an area of grassland, sand dunes, mudflats and centres on a 1½ mile long sandspit/beach across the mouth of the Exe Estuary. Our children were given the opportunity to...read more
Please Donate to AIMS
AIMS is a fantastic group that provides activity sessions every Saturday in Dawlish for children with Special Needs and their families. It gives the parents, whose everyday existence can be stressful and lonely, a chance to mix with other parents and families facing similar challenges while their children, including siblings, are having a great time.
Please donate to support our cause.
Charity No: 1088238