Who Are We?

Scarf (Supporting Children with Additional Needs, Relatives and Friends) is a charity based in the New Forest, Hampshire which organises regular term time clubs as well as holiday activities for children with additional needs and their families.  Children/young people are aged 0 -25 years and have a range of disabilities and additional needs, such as Down's Syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

25

Supporting children and their families up to the age of 25

Our Approach

Our approach is not just to meet the needs of the disabled child, but also to recognise the impact on the whole family, all of whom need fun and support.

We aim to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in which disabled children and their siblings feel comfortable and able to participate in a wide range of activities, and where adults and carers can enjoy meeting others in similar situations to themselves.    

Our term-time clubs include a Drama Club, a Youth Club and a Saturday morning Multi Sports Club.  During the school holidays we run a programme of activities for children with special needs as well as their siblings to take part in (with parents/carers staying for holiday activities).

A Parent-led Charity

Scarf is a parent-led charity.   We are a membership organisation – families pay an annual membership fee, and pay for activities they attend.  Scarf has a concessions fund available to those experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more

Scarf Membership icon

Memberships

We always welcome new members to the Scarf group.

Scarf fundraising

Fundraising

Scarf is a registered charity, and we rely entirely on the grants and donations that we receive.

scarf2

Scarf 2 

Scarf 2 is for young people from Year 11 upwards, ie: age 15/16 to 25 years.

Feedback Comments

Scarf Member
"We thoroughly enjoyed the activities we took part in. It was lovely to be able to meet other families. Communication and details on the activities were excellent."
Scarf Member
"Scarf activities gives children time to spend with friends and gives parents a chance to have a chat and swap notes on how to access things that maybe we didn’t know about. Scarf is a family that understands all our needs."
Scarf Member
"This year the activities were amazing, giving all the family a variety of things to do, the team did an amazing job in selecting the activities, well done."