News and Upcoming Events

Be a Sparklers Volunteer

We are recruiting for volunteers to help with the following

* Be a volunteer and support in any of our upcoming events
*Upcoming family events
* Fundraising events
* Admin Support
* Playgroup support
Playgroup support and family events involve interacting with children, young people and families to provide assistance where needed. Help is also needed to set up before playgroup sessions and to tidy up afterwards.

playgroup sessions in the half terms and school holidays.

Wednesday sessions are held at Mychett Children's Centre ,GU16 6JB 10:30-12:30 .
Wednesday summer holiday sessions in July and August are held at
Portesbery School , Newfoundland Road, GU16 6TA

Friday sessions are held at Frimley Baptist Church , GU16 9AR
10:30-12:30 .

Volunteers must be 16 years and older, compassionate, empathetic and able to comfortably listen to the needs of the families. If you believe that you have these qualities, please get in touch by via the contact details below. Thank you.



Trustees Recruitment and Meeting dates

We are recruiting for trustees to join our friendly team of volunteers and our other trustees.

Our board of trustees ensure that Sparklers’ assets are used responsibly to the benefit of our beneficiaries. We would very much like to invite interested parties with a passion for helping children, young people and families and special needs to volunteer and join us in this capacity.

This role would suit anyone over the age of 18 who has one or more of the relevant skills and experience required. A trustee is appointed for a maximum period of 3 years.

Any of these Skills and experience required:

*Experience working with children and young people

*Legal background or experience

*Financial background or experience

*Administrative and IT experience or skills

Please feel free to contact us with any more information that you require or to get to know us a little bit more. The contact details are given below; contact Harriet via

We look forward to hearing from you!

Trustee Meeting dates  2019

12th February 2019 at 7pm   - Guildford, Surrey. 
7th May 2019 at 7pm - Guidford, Surrey. 
10th September 2019 at 7pm - Guildford, Surrey.
19th November 2019 at 7pm - Woking, Surrey.


Upcoming Events

  • Project 'Out and About' - Join us as we explore some fantastic outdoor venues in Surrey and neighbouring communities during School holidays. Watch this space :)
  • 2019 Sparklers Stay and Play Plus Holiday playgroups 10.30 to 12.30pm, Wednesdays @ Mytchett Children's Centre, Hamesmoor Road, GU16 6JB and Fridays, Frimley Baptist Church, Balmoral Drive, GU16 9AR. Click on the event posters at bottom of the page for more information.
Winter Holiday dates:
Wednesday at The Mytchett Children's Centre 20th February 2019
Friday at FBC 22nd February 2019.

Spring Holiday Dates:
Wednesdays at Mytchett Children's Centre 10th April 2019
Fridays at FBC 12th April 2019

Summer Holiday Dates:
Wednesday at Mytchett Children's Centre 29th May 2019
Wednesdays at Portesbery School, Deepcut  24th July, 31st July & 7th August 2019
Fridays at Mytchett  Children's Centre 26th July & 2nd August 2019

Autumn Holiday Dates:
Wednesdays at Mytchett Children's centre, 23rd October 2019
Fridays at FBC 25th October 2019
Christmas Event - Monday, 23rd December 2019 at Mytchett Children's Centre.
  • Sparklers Breakfast Mornings
  • Our new name badges for volunteers are now available for use at events. Do remember that we are always at your service and very happy to help.
  • Families should look out for our risk assessment register at events and information cards which may be helpful to have for community visits with Sparklers. Our information card can be given out to members of the public if we are unable to verbally explain challenging situations with our children and young people.
  • Little Portesberries Stay and Play Plus.
  • Dimension Autism Screening.
  • Volunteer and Trustee Training sessions
  • 2019 Playgroups have now been uploaded on our website. Visit our events page and Posters section. For more information on the above events, visit the links below on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Interestme.

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Harriet is the Founding Director and Chairman of Sparklers Foundation (PGCE, MEd SEND, NPQML, EdD Research Student).

Harriet is an Assistant HeadTeacher of a Special Needs school in Surrey and has over ten years’ teaching experience as a qualified Teacher in both mainstream and Special Needs settings.
She is also the parent of children with Special Needs. With the support of her husband, Richard, the passion for providing support for families managing SEND has evolved into Sparklers Foundation.
She is a graduate of Kingston University, Sheffield Hallam University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology and the Southern Education and Leadership Trust, UK.


Simona has experience as a mother and professional and is a valued member of our board of trustees. She has a PhD in Chemistry, an MSc in Toxicology and a degree in Biological Chemistry.

Simona has experience working with the central government department of health and is professionally equipped in the drafting of legislations, assessment of clinical papers, liaising, setting up, running and chairing of government departments and other organisations.

Simona has run Risk assessments with regards to chemical toxicity in foods and provided food safety advice to consumers and other authorities including the European commission. Some of the projects Simona has led are as follows:

-Provision of precautionary advice on the consumption of fish during pregnancy.

- Co-ordination of the department of health emergency pandemic flu response during the pandemic flu outbreak in 2009.

Simona comes with experience as a parent with the process of with EHCP plans. She loves cooking and is a fantastic help to the organisation with fundraising events. Her fluency in English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish makes her invaluable in meeting the needs of some parents who do not have English as their first language. It is a pleasure to have Simona as a Sparklers trustee.


John has 35 years’ teaching experience, including 30 years involvement in the education of young people with learning difficulties, including MLD, BESD, PMLD and co-morbid conditions. Prior to that, he spent several years’ in large comprehensive schools teaching both boys and girls.

At a strategic level, John has 27 years’ experience as a school governor negotiating policy with Local Authorities, appointing senior staff and working in a team having shared, rather than individual, responsibility

Trained originally in Mathematics and RE, John has taught across the curriculum (including humanities, languages & careers). He has held posts of responsibility as subject leader in Mathematics or ICT.  From 1997 to 2015 and was subject leader for Mathematics in a school for students with moderate and complex needs including ASD and BESD.

John has been involved in SEND throughout his career in schools and in a hospital setting. His experience is very benefitial to Sparklers as a Trustee.


Donna is a qualified Director who has worked in a FTSE 100 across areas including programme/project management, change management and leadership/board development.   She currently works as a self-employed executive coach and as a parent of children with additional needs she has been an active and passionate member of the local ASD support community for the past 8 years. 

 Donna setup a local charity to provide school holiday drop-in groups for families of children and young people with ASD, has been the local representative for the National Autistic Society, and provided educational advocacy support for several local families.  Last year Donna completed her Registered Behaviour Technician course and has worked with non-verbal children on a 1-2-1 basis.

As a Trustee for Sparklers Charity, Donna brings expertise in governance and process as well as having a personal interest in providing opportunities for families with older children and young adults.
Donna holds the office of Data protection Officer with Sparklers Foundation.


Richard is a Biomedical Scientist with the British Army and the parent of three children, two with a diagnisis of Autism and retlated condition.
He has  seventeen years voluntary experience as a Teacher for children and young people.

Richard and Harriet faced a number of challenges withtheir own children when they were diagnosed with Autism. The learning from their own experinece has encouraged them to help other families who find themselves in and similar place and  with similar challenegs.
At a strategic level, Richard has been a Director of Sparklers since it's inception and holds the offices of Safeguarding Officer and Secretary for Sparklers.

Richard's academic degrees are in Bioligical Science and Biomedical Science. He is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and De Montford University. Design By Toolkit Websites