News and Upcoming Events

Become a Sparklers Volunteer

We are recruiting for volunteers to help with the following

*Upcoming family events
* Fundraising events
* Admin Support
* Playgroup or Forest school support
Playgroups, Forest school 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 take place during half-term and school holidays.

Wednesday and Friday sessions are held at Frimley Baptist Church , GU16 9AR

Forest School events take place at Meath School, Brox Rd, Ottershaw, Chertsey, KT16 0LF
Dates and times are advertised on our Sparklers Charity Facebook page

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 Meetings 

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!

Formal Trustee Meeting dates 
Tuesday Week 1 February at 7pm   
Tuesday Week 1 May at 7pm -
Tuesday Week September at 7pm 
Tuesday Week 1 November at 7pm 
Informal trustee discussions take place on our whatsApp platform throughout the year .


Upcoming Events

  • Please visit our Facebook pages 'Sparklers Charity' for the most up to date events, dates and times.
  • Forest School events at Meath school, Ottershaw.
  • Project 'Out and About' - Join us as we explore some fantastic outdoor venues in Surrey and neighbouring communities during School holidays. Watch this space :)
  • Sparklers Stay and Play Plus Holiday playgroups 10.00am to 12.00pm, Wednesdays 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 16th February and Friday 18th April

Spring Holiday Dates:
Wednesday 6th April and
Wednesday 13th April 

Summer Holiday Dates:
Wednesday 1st June and Friday 3rd June
Wednesday 27th July, Friday 29th July, Wednesday 3rd August and Friday 5th August 

Autumn Holiday Dates:
Wednesday 26th October and Friday 28th October 

Christmas Event -   Friday 23rd December  at Frimley Baptist Church

Other News:
  • Look out and visit our Facebook pages for details of our Forest School events this year .
  • Register for events by completing a form on our events page.
  • 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.
  • Follow us on Facebook and twitter for updates on Dimension Autism Screening.
  • Register on the events page for Volunteer and Trustee Training sessions
  • Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Interestme for up to date news on events and activities.

Sparklers Needs Your Help 

Thank you for all the support you've given Sparklers over the years. We are and our beneficiaries are very grateful!

We will appreciate your continual support in the following ways to help us in our work with children with Special needs and their families.

You can help us by saying YES to and doing the following things below...

Follow us on our website and social media pages

Remember to share your ositive experiences by writing good reviews on our platforms. Encourage other to do so too.

Visit our social media pages. Share and like our posts. Encourage others to do so too. 

Choose us as your charity on AmazonSmile and other similar sites. Encourage others to do so too as every little helps. 

Choose us as your charity on the Surrey Heath Lottery Scheme. 

Raise funds to support the charity in your own small way if you can. Everything we raised is used for the families we support. 

Donate of you can. Every little helps. 

Volunteer if you can and encourage others to do so too. We need all the help we can get.

Thank you in advance for your help :) 
From the Sparklers Team



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Harriet is the Founder of Sparklers Foundation (PGCE, FCCT, MEd SEND, NPQH, Doctorate Research Student).

Harriet is an Assistant HeadTeacher of a Special Needs school in Surrey and has over fifteen years of 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 37 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.


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

Richard and Harriet faced a number of challenges with their 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 a similar place and  with similar challenges.
At a strategic level, Richard has been a Director of Sparklers since it's inception and holds the offices of Data Prtection Officer.

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