Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

STARs - Diverse Abilities

It's tough being an SEN sibling, as well as the usual challenges of growing up, they also often receive less attention from parents and have more worries and responsibilities than their peers.

There's a big gap in provision for siblings, which is why we've launched STARs - to help the Supportive, Thoughtful, And Resilient children and young people. Thanks to a generous grant from Children in Need, we have spent time researching approaches and training our staff ready to support those who need us.

STARs is a 12-week programme for children aged 8 to 16. We meet on a Thursday evening 4:30-6:30pm. We are helping reduce the pressure they're under by providing an environment where they can access support and advice, but also take part in fun activities, make friends, and be themselves.

It's important to provide an opportunity that enables young people to realise they are not alone, hopefully giving them a support network which will last far longer than however long they wish to attend our sessions, as being a sibling never ends.

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Venue/Contact Details
The Families Centre
Bond Avenue
West Moors
BH22 0LL
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Drop off / Collection point
  • Publications in Audio Formats
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Thursday evening 4:30-6:30pm
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Weekly
  • All Year Round
£3 per week
Other Costs:
We also have a tuck shop, bring up to £2 a week for sweets
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 8 years to 16 years
Booking Information:
Book in advance through the website
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