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.

we have moved into our dream home

Thanks to your amazing support, we have opened the doors to our new specially designed Jolly Josh facilities in Ensor Mill, Castleton. 

We look forward to welcoming all our Jolly Josh friends and families at our Tuesday Stay & Play sessions.

Please note that our Hydrotherapy Pool will be opening later on in the year. We will keep you posted!

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

Our new website is coming soon. 

Themed Box Rentals

Perfect for Jolly Josh families, parties and childcare


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