Escape Support Group – one of our charities of the year

Escape is one of our chosen charities of the year for 2017, so we thought we would tell you a bit more about them.

The charity has been supporting families who have a child, or children, who have disabilities, or specific individual needs, in the Somerset area for 17 years.

Escape’s main aim is to provide fun activities, allowing children the opportunity to experience a positive childhood where they are integrated fully, and are able to share experiences that will enhance and enrich their lives, which other children and families may take for granted.

The children supported by Escape have a wide range of needs varying from severe learning or physical disabilities, sensory loss, autism and ADHD, to a child with a minor speech delay.

The activities the charity organises boost morale, increase confidence and self-esteem, improve social skills, decrease behavioural difficulties and develop and strengthen friendships.

Everything the charity does is heavily subsidised. It aims to cover 50% of costs to ensure affordability for everyone and excellent value for money. It often provides transport including wheelchair accessible vehicles to and from the locations ensuring the day is as stress free as possible for its members.

Sarah Phippen, Team Leader at Escape Support Group, said: “The work we do relies heavily on fundraising and grant applications. The funds we receive will benefit many families within Somerset, providing them with fun opportunities, spending quality time together, while making new friends.”

There is no criteria for joining Escape, other than having a child who has a disability, learning difficulties, or specific individual needs, within the family. It therefore supports a wide spectrum of needs and currently provides support to more than 150 families.

To find out more about Escape, please visit