Our History

We are proud of our small charity’s history and the service we provide.

This year we are celebrating 30 years of our small charity and supporting local families who have children and young people with disabilities.

Malvern Special Families began in 1988 when a group of parents who had children with special needs got together for mutual support and so their children could play together and socialise.


Over the years we have grown and now support over 175 families at clubs and play schemes in Worcester and in Malvern.

The clubs we offer have grown and we continue to improve the quality of provision.

We became a registered charity in 1993. Our UK registered charity number is 1143655.

In 2012 we became incorporated so we are now a limited company as well as a charity.  As part of this process we had to close the old charity (1017391) and re-register with the charity commission for England and Wales (1143655), as agreed at the special general meeting on 17th October 2011.  One of the benefits of making this decision is that our trustees now have a limited guarantee for the charity.

As we provide care for children aged 5 we are registered with Ofsted.  We are on the Early Years Register and both the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. To find out more about inspection and how Ofsted regulates settings like ours for 5-11s at the Poolbrook Centre and at Fort Royal follow this link to the Ofsted website.

We have had two inspections in the past, one for our previously registered playscheme at St Clements Primary School and one at our Poolbrook setting under our registration which ended when we re-registered after incorporating in June 2012.  Both of these inspections resulted in a judgement of ‘outstanding provider’.  Though we run our current clubs and play schemes to the same high standards, none of our current Ofsted registered clubs have been inspected and thus have no Ofsted judgement.