Welcome to

Jolly Josh – a charity set up in memory of Joshua James Kelly 


Jolly Josh is a local charity based in Rochdale that provides dedicated peer support and safe spaces for children, families and carers of children with disabilities, complex and special needs. Jolly Josh was set up by devoted mum Carole in September 2017, exactly one month after her son Joshua James passed away at just 15 months old.

Within the first year of opening, Jolly Josh welcomed 63 families and 23 professionals from the NHS, other charities and services, enabling children and families to connect, support and thrive.

Thanks to your amazing support, Jolly Josh is expanding and in November 2019, we found the perfect place to call home.


We can't wait until the building works have finished so we can welcome our families to our new specially designed facilities in Castleton. 

While our plans are well under way, we still need your help to achieve our completion date.

we need your help to build our dream home

how you can help


To make a donation, please  contact:



We are looking for volunteers and health professionals.


For fundraising ideas and more 

read our blog

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our latest news

The Soup Kitchen Provide Support For Jolly Josh Families During Lockdown


Temporary Closure Of Our Sessions as of 19.3.2020


Jolly Josh Founder Awarded Rochdale's Woman

of the Year