Activities provided are varied so that everybody has the opportunity to access them whatever their ability or mobility, giving them the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. Our staff are all trained and experienced in meeting all the individual needs of the young people that come along to our activities. The charity also supports parents/carers in a variety of ways.
We also provide guidance, advice and support to parents and create opportunities for families to meet and share experiences.
Forest Pulse believes that disabled children and young people should have the same opportunities to take part in social, recreational and sports activities as their non-disabled peers, and to be able to do this independently of their parents/carers. We therefore provide a wide range of after school, weekend and holiday activities which are accessible to any disabled young person regardless of their level of ability or mobility, and including those with profound, complex and challenging needs.
We also work along side other organisations who provide support and services for disabled young people and their families.To find out what services are available that might benefit you and your family. Please visit The Glos Family Directory, which offers the family information directory providing a wide range of resources and information. The local offer which brings together information on services for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and their families in Gloucestershire. Information for practitioners, providing a centralised point of reference and family information service that includes information on early help and the key.
For information please find copies of the Charity accounts and trustee report for the period 1st April 16 - 31st March 17, as submitted to the Charity Commission.
The Trustee Management committee is comprised of parents and people from the community.
Helen became involved with Forest Pulse 20 years ago when her son began accessing our activities and she quickly became a trustee of the charity because she felt the services provided by Forest Pulse were very important to her family. She claims to have been press ganged by Pam (she can be very persuasive)! She says ‘I know the services are important to lots of families and I want to help ensure that the charity is around for a long time to come. Everyone has skills needed to help the charity in someway and we have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers but could always do with some more help particularly with fundraising so if anyone has any time to give that would be great.’
Ann has been involved with the charity for many years and decided to use her knowledge and skills to become a trustee.
After recently joining the charity for her son to attend our activities, Vikki decided they would like to offer their time and support to the charity in another way and so joined the management committee.
After recently joining the charity for her son to get involved in our activities. Nessa decided to also join our trustee committee.
Vikki saw we were looking for committee members and decided become involved.
Lorraine saw we were looking for committee members and decided to become involved.
Rosie has been involved with the charity for a number of years and decided now was a good time to get involved in another way and joined our committee.
Pam has reluctantly retired after over 30 years with the Charity. Pam has worked tirelessly over the years to provide fantastic opportunities to hundreds of young people and provide outstanding support to many families. Pam has now become our Treasurer and can still be found volunteering at our activities.
If you want to join the Trustee Management Committee please contact Forest Pulse via our contact page.
Kim has been involved with the charity for many years and first started volunteering over 15 years ago and became Activity Manager in 2008, Charity Manager in 2017 and now is the Chief Executive Officer since 2023. Kim is the main point of contact for parents who want advice and support and for professionals wanting to use the services provided by the charity. Kim can be found in the office 3 days a week and at some of our activities. She is best known for her ditzy comments and bad jokes, but her dance moves are always quite unique as well!
Amy has been involved with charity for a few years and started volunteering 10 years ago and has been in her current role since 2017. Amy organises all our activities, and is responsible for staff and volunteers so if you would like to access any activities or would like to volunteer please contact her. Amy is based in the office during the week, but can then be found at most activities. Amy is always full of beans and ready to go!
Jean has been with the Charity for many years and can be found in the office making sure everything runs smoothly and keeping Kim, Amy and Sasha in check.
Assistant Activity Manager
Sasha has been involved with the charity for many years and has been in her current role since 2022. Sasha supports everyone in the office to make sure we are all getting the job done! Sasha is based in the office during the week but can be found at most activities. Sasha is full of energy and ready to go!
Alex can be found leading activities at Forest Friends & Youth Club alongside Sasha. Anna can be found leading Weekend Club alongside Sasha. Between them, they have many years of experience!
These fabulous people are busy away at University but still make time to come to work for us during the summer and half term activities. They are always on the go and full of energy.
Even though these lovely ladies are busy teaching, they still come back when they can and can normally be seen during Summer and holiday activities. They are all known for their dedication to the charity, and smiley faces.
All these lovely people have been involved for a good couple of years now. Between them, they can be found at most activities; After School Club, Youth Club, Music and Weekend and holiday activities.
Jane Butler is our music tutor for a specialist music group. Jane has been involved with Forest Pulse for many years and we are so grateful for all of her support.
These wonderful people all volunteer on a weekly basis at various activities including, weekend clubs and youth club.
We also have lots of other volunteers not mentioned here who help out on a less regular basis but who are just as valued and essential to the provision of our services.