Be a Sparklers Volunteer

We are recruiting for volunteers to help with the following

*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 Deepcut Garrison Community Centre ,GU16 6SY 10:30-12:30 .

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

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!


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 :)
  • 2018 Sparklers Stay and Play Plus Holiday playgroups 10.30 to 12.30pm, Wednesdays @ Deepcut Garison Community Centre, Newfoundland Road, GU16 6SY 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 Deepcut 14th February 2018
Friday at FBC 16th February 2018.

Spring Holiday Dates:
Wednesdays at Deepcut 4th April  & 11th April 2018
Fridays at FBC 6th April & 13th April 2018

Summer Holiday Dates:
Wednesday at Deepcut 25th July, 1st August & 8th August 2018
Fridays at FBC 27th July & 10th August 2018

Autumn Holiday Dates:
Wednesdays at Deepcut 24th October 2018
Fridays at FBC 26th October 2018
  • Sparklers Breakfast Morning
  • 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
  • 2018 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.

Mental Health and Well-being Corner

Sleep - Steps for good sleep hygiene:
Establishing good sleep hygiene by addressing
the following domains is a good first step.

  1. Sleep environment: the bedroom should be dark, quiet and cool. As children with ASD might be particularly sensitive to noises and/or have sensory issues, the environment should be adapted to makesure your child is as comfortable as possible.

  2. Bedtime routine: the routine should be predictable, relatively short (20 – 30 minutes) and include relaxing activities such as reading or listening to quiet music.Avoid the use of electronics close to bedtime such as TV, computer, video games etc. that can be stimulating making it difficult for your child to fall asleep.
  3. Sleep\wake schedule: the schedule should be regular with not much of a difference between the weekday and weekend schedule.
  4. Teach your child to fall asleep alone:It is important that your child learn the skill of falling asleep without a parent present. All children and adults wake briefly during the night but quickly put themselves back to sleep by re-establishing associations used at bedtime. So if your child needs a parent present to fall asleep at bedtime, he might need a parent to help him fall back asleep during the normal awakenings.
  1. Exercise: Daytime exercise can make it easier to fall asleep and children who exercise tend to have deeper sleep. Avoid allowing your child to exercise too close to bedtime as it can make it difficult for him to fall asleep.
  1. Avoid caffeine particularly close to bedtime, which can be alerting making it difficult for your child to fall asleep. Caffeine is found not only in coffee, but also in tea, chocolate and some sodas.
  1. Naps are helpful for preschool children, but should not be taken late in the afternoon as they can interfere with bedtime.

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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.


Lizzie is a highly dedicated Special Needs professional with a proven track record with regards to support for individuals with Special Needs and Disability. Lizzie has more than twenty years combined experience working with individuals with additional needs in schools, homes and residential settings. She currently holds the role of Trustee and volunteer Family Support & Strategies Manager with Sparklers Foundation.
Lizzie is experinced in supporting children, young people and their families in the home setting with practical advice and resources.


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