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WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF DEAN CHILDREN’S OPPORTUNITY CENTRE

The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre is a registered charity set up in 1982 to answer a need in the local community. We provide services and support to children from birth to age 7 who have a special need and their families and aim to promote full inclusion. Our philosophy being that children with a special need can play, learn and develop alongside their peers in a fully integrated environment that is safe, warm and stimulating.

Our Centre has grown and diversified to meet the needs of families in the area and is the only centre of its kind in Gloucestershire. We are open all year and have proved invaluable to the 200 or so families we support annually.

Our services include home visits, a variety of support groups and fully inclusive preschool and play-scheme sessions. Our sessions have a 50:50 split of special needs and able bodied children so that children of all abilities can learn, play and develop together. Sessions take place in our purpose built Centre in Coleford where we have a big, happy playroom, a therapy room and a multi-sensory room.

Click on one of the sessions below to find out more

Stay and Play

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Fledglings

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Nurture Group

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Pre-School

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Family Support

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Playscheme

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THE CENTRE NEEDS YOU

OUR SHOPS

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The Opportunity Box

We rely totally on donations, fundraising and grants to keep our services going and all proceeds from our charity shop on St John’s Street Coleford go straight to the Centre.

Second Chance Dress Agency

Buy and sell good quality designer and high-end high street ladies fashions in our centrally located shop in Coleford town. 50% of all sales go to The Children’s Opportunity Centre!

We are always looking for volunteers to work in our shop – please contact the shop on 01594 810587 if you are interested.

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