Romsey Opportunity Group




Who We Are?

Romsey Opportunity Group is a registered charity and since opening in 1971, continues to provide facilities for babies to pre-school children with special needs the opportunity to learn and develop through play. We also provide information, support and valuable respite for their families.

The Group is run by a committee and staffed mainly by a team of dedicated volunteers and meets twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday morning between 10am-12noon at the Appletree Centre, Princes Road, Romsey. The use of the building is provided courtesy of Hampshire County Council but we receive no other funding.
Sessions are kept free thanks to on-going fundraising.
The Group takes referrals and is supported by health and educational professionals who often visit during session times.

The children are provided with a structured, stimulating environment and there is a high ratio of helpers to ensure each child has individual attention.
Parents and carers gain friendship and mutual support as well as specialist advice and a lending library is available on the care of children with special needs.



Who do we help?


Romsey Opportunity Group provides specialist play facilities for these very special children and when possible their pre-school siblings.
We provide a bright, stimulating environment where children can play and learn at their own rate with a key worker to help them reach their potential. In addition to working with the children, the Group also emphasises support for their families.
A separate room is provided where parents and carers are able to chat over coffee and toast whilst the family coordinator is available to provide information or a listening ear.
Alternatively it is possible to leave the building, as the group is registered with Ofsted as a crèche. All staff and volunteers are fully checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Short trips to town can provide valuable respite.



How you can help?


Romsey Opportunity Group takes referrals from GPs, Health Visitors and other professionals.
We will also consider self-referrals from parents concerned about their child’s development.
The Group is self financed and is fully reliant on support from the local community, grants and fundraising.



Quotes from parents and carers


“I did not know where to turn when I was given my son’s diagnosis but the staff at Romsey Opportunity Group listened and supported me through my anguish”

“I was very nervous on my first visit with my child but the warmth and understanding from the staff gave me the confidence to return”

“The staff helped me through the maze of information and forms, helping me to get the appropriate educational placement my child needed”

“The staff gave me the confidence to leave my child for an hour so I could talk to other Mum’s”

“I felt so isolated initially but by attending the group I have found new like-minded friends and we now support each other”