The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre

A place for all children, growing and learning together


A word from our Manager in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

As we put 2020 behind us, I want to reach out to our children, families, staff, trustees, professionals, supporters, volunteers and funders to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone that plays their part in supporting The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre .  The Covid-19 pandemic has bought  unprecedented challenges for everyone, and this is never more evident than for the wonderful children and families that we support.

Like all charities now, the donations that we received from fundraising events have all but dried up. We are concerned about the future and our ability to raise money.  However, we must remain optimistic in our approach to ensure that we can continue to deliver the support services to our children and families with our usual positive approach.

While we are appreciative of the initial support the Government has given to charities at this time, we are aware that this will only be for a limited period. Inevitably, raising the income needed to finance the running of The Opportunity Centre will be hugely challenging in the coming months. Therefore, if you normally support our Christmas grotto, raffle or fundraising evenings, we would be extremely grateful if you would consider donating directly to the centre.

Together, as a community we can continue making a difference to families and children with additional needs in The Forest of Dean.

Thank you.

Sonia Molyneux, Centre Manager & Fundraiser


Created over 30 years ago, the charity has is roots firmly based in supporting children with special educational needs and their families.  Today the centre is for all children, giving those without additional needs empathy and appreciation for others, regardless of differences.


Here we value each child’s unique qualities.  We provide care, support and facilities which enable all children to grow and learn together at our Pre-school , Holiday Playscheme and Stay & Play sessions.  We exclude no one and can even help those without transport to access our facilities on our own minibus.


The outstanding skills of our staff allow us to provide specialist support where required.  Early intervention is key to helping our children reach their full potential.  We have established excellent working relationships with Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Paediatricians and Health Visitors and Social Workers in Gloucestershire.


Our help extends to the whole family around the child, through support groups and workshops. It is an informal meeting place for parents and  professionals involved in the care of children, from those at the beginning of a diagnosis to those that have diverse and complex conditions.


Our world is changing for the better, we are breaking down barriers for those with special needs, which is why our centre is for all children, learning and growing together.