Emergency General Meeting – TIME CHANGE

Emergency General Meeting at FUN HQ


There have been a lot of meetings, consultations and events over the last few weeks on the future of Families United Network.
On Monday 19th November, our Board of Trustees and Senior Staff will be in the position to update our members and supporters on the outcome of all the consultations.

Please arrive from 7.15pm – this is an Adults only meeting and unfortunately, we are unable to offer childcare.

FUN Quiz Night News

November Quiz Night News

A very big congratulations to our November Quiz winners ‘5 Alive’. As you can see from our picture the winners were delighted to win the FUN winners trophy!

Also, the picture quiz winners were a team named ‘The Village Idiots’ and was headed up by our very own FUN Fundraiser Jess Wake

We were delighted to see members from our Young Adult Club taking part at the quiz this month and we hope that everyone one who attended had a brilliant evening!

We raised an AMAZING £353.19 in total. Thank you all for coming and taking part.

The Quiz was hosted by our fabulous quiz master Tim. We would like to thank Tim for his continued support. A big thank you to all the staff at The Beefeater Halfway House for their excellent service and a lovely dinner.

Save FUNs Activity Centre for Disabled Children

Donate with JustGiving to help save FUN

Sadly, our charity has reached a point of crisis, and is in grave danger of closing, with services ending for members on 21st December 2018.

FUN are aiming to raise £160,000 to support our building costs for 2 years whilst we look for new premises to relocate to.

YOU can help to support us by donating via our JustGiving page – every little helps!

Please click here to access our JustGiving Page


Proposed Closure of Families United Network

Closure of Families United Network

31st October 2018

Dear Member

It is with great sadness that I write to you on behalf of the Trustees of Families United Network to inform you that the Charity has reached a point of crisis, and is in grave danger of closing, with services ending for members 21st December 2018.

The Trustees and senior staff of FUN have been working tirelessly for over a year to prevent this situation, however, sadly a perfect storm of events and circumstances have led us to where we are now. Our costs have significantly increased following the sale of Britannia Estates. The new landlord, Petchey Holdings have doubled the costs of the building which has been a devastating blow to our otherwise financially healthy charity. Our funding forecasts for the next two years have dropped with the withdrawal of local government support and other key grants. These two issues, along with our requirement to sign a new long-term lease at a much higher cost, means that it would be irresponsible and unethical for the Board to commit FUN to the building longer term, without having a confirmed income source to support these costs.

We understand and are very concerned about the impact that this will have on many of your families and you as our members are our priority. Many of our Trustees and senior staff are parents of children with disabilities so we know first-hand how hard life can be, even with a full complement of services.

We have made appeals for assistance from Luton Borough Council and the Landlord, however, at the time of writing this, the landlord has refused any concession and we have yet to hear from the local authority. Along with informing yourselves, we will be advising our contacts in and around the local area and asking for support.

We are a membership led organisation and therefore are asking you for help should you wish FUN to continue providing services for the disabled community and your family. We cannot move forward without support and this starts with your desire to see FUN continue.
The Trustees and senior staff will be holding two consultation events to provide more information to members and other interested parties. These are detailed on the enclosed leaflet. If you can help FUN then please come to the events, as we will have no choice but to close the charity if we cannot resolve the current crisis.

Should you have any questions or concerns before the consultation events then please call the following numbers during office hours: Diane Rhodes (Charity Manager) 07880 404333, Jo Stuart (Chair of Trustees) 07815 913320 or email diane@familiesunitednetwork.org.uk Please do not call the main office as staff will not be able to assist you.

We have been providing services for twenty years to families in Bedfordshire and our services are used by hundreds of families.

Again, we are devastated as both Trustees and members of FUN to have to consider this drastic action.

Yours faithfully

Jo Stuart
Chair of Trustees

FUN Quiz Night November 2018

Fundraising Events – Quiz Night November 2018

Come and join us for FUNs exciting General Knowledge Quiz Night on Tuesday 6th November 2018!

Based at the Halfway House in Dunstable, you will be able to enjoy a two course meal before competing in our famous Quiz night. Hosted by our favourite Quiz master TIM.

Quiz, Dinner and Pudding is only £12

Quiz and Dinner is £10

and Quiz only is £5

Grab some friends and book your team table today.

Book online today!

Cancellation of Halloween Party

Cancellation of the FUN Halloween Party on 26th October 2018

Dear Members
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Halloween party which was due to take place on Friday 26th October 2018. Our parties are funded by the ticket sales and due to not enough places being booked by the deadline we have had to make a decision to cancel this great event which has been well attended in the past.

We will ensure that those who pre-booked will receive a full refund.
Thank you for your understanding

FUNdraising News

Karen Abseils for FUN

On Saturday 13th October, FUN supporter Karen bravely completed an abseil down the National Lift Tower in Northampton. The National Lift Tower stands at 127 metres (418 feet) high!
We are delighted to announce that Karen has raised a massive £320 for FUN! Amazing!

fun news pic

FUN Makes the Local News!

FUN-tastic donation News!

FUN has recently made the local news after receiving a very generous donation of £3000 from the Shanly Foundation.

To read this article in full, please click here

Thank you for this generous donation!

Job Opportunities at FUN

Job Opportunities at FUN

Our varied programme at Families United Network includes Youth and Young Adult Club, Holiday Club, Respite Care, Swimming Sessions and Fundraising Events to name a few!

We have a variety of voluntary and paid positions vacant within our charity.  You can view our vacancies on our website or view our vacancies here

If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact FUN HQ on: 01582 420800



FUN Halloween Party 2018

The FUN Annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party



Tickets are on sale NOW for the FUN Annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party 2018.

Put on your favourite costume and join us for a SPOOKTACULAR time at FUN HQ from 12.00noon to 2pm on Friday 26th October 2018.

At this years FUN filled Halloween Party, there will be food and a disco with DNA discos.

A prize will be awarded to the best dressed guest! 

**No scary masks please ***

This event is for FUN Members only and must be pre-booked in advance, so avoid disappointment and BOOK NOW!