To link medical students to children with disabilities or special needs. Fortnightly contact with an assigned child on outings including swimming, cinema, going to the park, cinema etc. Also, group trips to the theatre, theme parks and activity weekends away, e.g. Alton Towers and Avon Tyrell. All expenses are reimbursed by Spectrum, including travel expenses, provided receipts are produced. Spectrum is a registered charity run by students at the University College Medical School (though students from the departments of psychology and speech science are welcome). It aims to link students with children, under 18, living in the borough of Camden and the surrounding area who have a disability or special need. Two students are linked to one child. The minimum commitment expected from the student is to see the child for a minimum of 2 hours every two weeks, after school or at weekends - depending on what is agreeable to the family. Students are not expected to visit their children during holiday and exam times. All students receive training covering the physical and mental care of the children they are likely to meet, including Child Protection Training. During the year (twice) students meet to take the children on group day trips and weekend holidays. Through working with children, students do not only have fun but develop invaluable skills in communication and understanding, and develop their skills working with children. We believe hands on experience is second to none and really complements the professional development spine during the medical course.