Our Team

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Special Friends is a small registered charity, run by a passionate group of volunteers.

As special needs parents ourselves, we are very aware of the challenges faced and what it is our families need the most.


Lucy Sarna

Chair & Founder,

Family Event Coordinator

Hi, I’m Lucy and I live in Belper with my husband, Jem, and our two...See More

Ruth Griffiths

Vice Chair &

Siblings Workshop Leader

Hi, my name is Ruth. I work as a teaching assistant at a local Primary School.....See More


Susan Wilkinson

Secretary, Coffee Morning 

Coordinator & Playgroup Volunteer

Hi!  I’m Susan and I live in Duffield with my husband Chris and children ...See More

Sarah Louise Johnson

Treasurer &

Compliance Officier

My name is Sarah and I am a lone parent to Sophie who has a rare....See More


Debra Watson

Playgroup Leader

Jo Clarke

Befriender &

Playgroup Volunteer

Abbie Rowen

Playgroup Volunteer

Luke Griffiths



Michelle Spencer

Playgroup Volunteer &


Jo Upton

Playgroup Volunteer