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Check out our Wow Board!

As parents we are all to often asked to focus on the things our children can’t do and as an organisation we often talk about the challenges our members face.

The Wow Board celebrates all those successes and wonderful achievements of the Empathy family, however large or small, and we’d love to hear your story. Click here to view the Wow Board and start sharing those successes!

Family Friendship Groups

family friendshipAll our Family Friendship Groups meet fortnightly on Saturdays

Eastern Oswestry Community Centre, Cabin Lane, Oswestry, SY11 2LQ
10.00 am to 12.00 pm

Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Telford, TF7 5QZ
10.oo am to 12.00 pm

Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms, SY7 9PS
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Click Here to find out more about what to expect at a Family Friendship Group


Location When Summary Description
Eastern Oswestry Community Centre 28/10/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm North Family Friendship Group  
  04/11/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
Craven Arms Community Centre, 04/11/2017 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm South Family Friendship Group  
  07/11/2017 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sibs Craven Arms  
Eastern Oswestry Community Centre 11/11/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm North Family Friendship Group  
  14/11/2017 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sibs Telford  
  15/11/2017 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sibs Owestry  
  18/11/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
Craven Arms Community Centre, 18/11/2017 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm South Family Friendship Group  
Eastern Oswestry Community Centre 25/11/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm North Family Friendship Group  
  02/12/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
Craven Arms Community Centre, 02/12/2017 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm South Family Friendship Group  
  16/12/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
  30/12/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
  13/01/2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
  27/01/2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
  10/02/2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  
  24/02/2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm East Family Friendship Group  

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For a quick and easy way to support our current appeals simply click on the link, select your appeal and amount you would like to donate and Golden Giving does the rest. You can even choose to pay through paypal so no signing in or adding your card details.

Thank You In Advance. Take a look at our current appeals

Get Glowing with Empathy 2017

For a second year Empathy will be asking you to “GET GLOWING” in support of ASD and to raise some much needed funds for us.

Not only will be lighting up Craven Arms with our 5 k and junior course but the After Glow Party is this year getting messy and going UV FOAM !! Continue reading

AGM and Camp Out 2017

It is that time again ! and AGM means only one thing …. CAMP OUT !!!

We will once again enjoy a outdoors and adventurous weekend based at the Longmynd Adventure Camp. Families are welcome to join us for 1 or 2 night, just the daytime activities and or the BBQ and rounders match. If you do not have camping equipment then a limited number of sheds with beds are available.

We will meet on Friday at the Adventure camp from 4pm to get set up. The playleaders will be on hand to amused the children and help them make pizza. After we have enjoyed our bring and share supper we will head out on our favourite AGM ” little” walk to see the sunset on on top of the Longmynd. We will head back with glow stick and torches for hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire.

We will start Saturday with stream fun and exploring at Ashes Hollow, meeting in the Ragleth Inn Car Park, All Stretton @ 10.30 am.

We will head back to camp for the afternoon and an epic game of Outdoor Laser Tag, Crafts and Scavenger Hunts.

The BBQ will be served at 6pm and AGM will be held at 7pm.

It will then be time for the main event ! Annual Kids ( And Ant ) v Parents Rounder Match. Where the reigning champions ( Parents 🙂 ) will defend their title.

We will finish up with more marshmallows and star gazing around the campfire.

Sunday will see a gentle start to get packed up for departure around lunchtime.


To book please fill in the form and remember to follow the link below to purchase your activity and BBQ tickets.


Summer Fun ! Let’s get Out and About

As we race towards the long summer holidays, we are busy getting ready to fill your Summer with Fun and Friendship and the Summer Programme is now live !

Download the Summer leaflet 17

Community members need to book via the Community Area

Your programme at a glance and booking form is below. Don’t forget to click purchase tickets to complete your booking.

To book any of the activities below please go to non member bookings

Week Date Time Cost Non Members Description
1 Weds 26th July 10.30am – 2.30pm £25 / family Non Members Grove Farm Leisure @ Shawbury

We have exclusive use of this beautiful indoor pool and gardens. Our playleaders will supervise the children in small groups in the pool and lead sports and games in the fully enclosed garden and play area. Parents are welcome to swim, enjoy the steam room or just relax in what we hope will be beautiful sunshine.

1 Thurs 27th July 10.30 am £12.50/ family Non Members Picnic and Play @ Clun

Join us to explore the castle ruins and have a paddle in the stream. Bring a picnic !

2 Weds 2nd Aug Pick up’s in Craven Arms, Shrewsbury Oswestry from 9am £40 / family Non member National Showcaves Of Wales

Transport is provided for this full day at the National Showcaves of Wales for Stalagmites and Stalactites, Dinosaurs, Animals and play parks.

3 Tues 8th Aug 10.30am – 2.30pm £20 / family

Non members

Clay and Creativity @ Much Wenlock Pottery.

Have a play with clay and make a model to take home on the day before you throw a pot on the wheel and paint a ceramic piece, both of which be fired to keep forever. Once your creativity is exhausted we’ll run of some physical energy with a little walk and the play park



3 Thurs 10th Aug 10.30am – 2.30pm £20 / family

Non members

Laser Tag @ Llandegla Laser Combat – 7 years plus

Join us for this all outdoor laser tag range for thise with younger children, drop the older ones with us and make your way to the one planet  adventure; just a 2 min drive ) for a walk and a cuppa.


Week 4 Thurs 17th Aug 11 am until late £20 / family

Non members

Forest Fun and Camp Out @ Fordhall Farm

We are very excited out to be working with Fordhall Farm. This is working organic farm and not a petting farm so please be prepared to get mucky ! We have a full morning of activities planned from gardening, to shelter building and firelighting ( and smores .. obviously ) and maybe even some pond dipping. After a picnic lunch we will light the pizza oven and then head off for an afternoon exploring the farm trails before we return to make our own pizzas for tea. If you have a tent bring it along and stay overnight for some glow stick games and star gazing.

Week 5 Tues 22nd Aug 10.30 am £12.50 / family Non members


Rodney Pillar

Take on one of the classic walks of Oswestry and join us to take on this steep but rewarding climb to take in the beautiful border lands.

Week 5 Thurs 24th Aug 10.30 am £25 / family Non Member Severn Valley Railway.

We will depart from Bridgnorth at on the 10.50 am train and alight at either the Severn country park ( or the engine house depending on the weather ) and enjoy all on offer before we catch the 2.50pm back to Bridgnorth.


Week 6 Weds 30th Aug Pick up points from Craven Arms, Shrewsbury and Oswestry from 9 am £40 family non members Warwick Castle

For all knights in shining armour and damsels in destress transport is provided for a full day at Warwick castle for all things medieval; with live re-enactments, bird and prey and lots more.



Raising the Roof and Funds !

We kick off fundraising for 2017 and celebrate the start of Autism Awareness month with a exciting night of live music, fun and body hair !!

Four fabulous local bands have generously agreed to perform for you.

Famous Last Words These Shrewsbury Lads are well know on the local circuit, treating you to live versions of all your jukebox favourites, these guys will have you dancing the night away.

See the next big thing Nadir ( remember where you saw them first 😉 ) This talented, local, young foursome will definitely be looking to “Rock” your world.

I Am Sam are eclectic, energetic and in love with playing live. Driven by a passion for music and life this  Electric Indie/Folk/Rock band will ensure the evening goes with a swing.

Last but definitely not least ! The Rock Project Encore; the Grown Up answer to the Rock Project Shrewsbury’s highly successful Junior Classes. Bringing all those Adult Air Guitarists and Hair Brush Divas out of the shadows and into the limelight. The Rock Project Encore will definitely leave you shouting for more !

So with a Bar, Chilli and Nacho and funky flavoured popcorn to enjoy .. what more could you need ??

How about our four male playleaders being separated form their body hair with hot wax ?! To be known henceforth as the Smooth Operators, our own Fab Four; Ant, Sam, Jake and Archie have all volunteered to get either their chests or legs waxed during the evening to raise even more funds for us. You can sponsor the boys via their Golden Giving Pages or come along and the night and buy a strip to pull yourself !!

Tickets for this fun filled night are just £5/ person and available via the event page, The Beeches Pub, Bayston Hill or via any of the Family Friendship Groups.

Join the Facebook event to keep up to date with news.