At present

  • Early intervention – for children up to 6 years of age, 5 days a week (morning and afternoon)
  • Toddler play groups – 2 days a week
  • Summer camp for children from St. Martins school – 2 weeks
  • Day respite – for pupils with multiple complex needs who cannot access other services during summer holidays

In the near future (with your financial support)

  • All current services to be extended to people up to 18 years
  • Full 5 day service for children with multiple complex needs
  • Rotating day respite care up to bedtime during the week
  • Rotating weekend respite care for the above
  • Respite sleepovers during the week
  • Additional respite day/overnight breaks during school holidays
  • Rotating summer camp days/weeks to cover the duration of school holidays
  • Shorter summer breaks for children in Early Intervention
  • Week long full respite rotating beds
  • Hospice and palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions, including on-site family accommodation.

Benefits of new service

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Benefits for Children

  • Modern technologically advanced child friendly building
  • Improved standards in care provision and service
  • Access to on-site hydrotherapy pool daily (phase 2/3)
  • Increased respite and school holiday care
  • Increased service accessibility
  • Reduced stress due to improved space, logistics & technology
  • Family friendly environment
  • Better learning outcomes due to an amalgamation of all services

Benefits for Families

  • Increased quality day and night respite breaks
  • Reassurance that children are accommodated in a modern, safe environment
  • Peace of mind knowing your child is accessing the care they deserve in a purpose-built setting
  • New family supports such as home coaching, additional ongoing staff and family education/training opportunities
  • Access to specialist staff and facilitators
  • Addition of palliative care and end-of-life service for children will mean availability of such services away from home and hospital settings, giving parents a real rest and time to re-charge from broken sleep patterns and caring for a terminally ill child at home around the clock
  • New sibling-friendly environment

Benefits for Staff

  • Improved morale thanks to a new modern spacious up-to-date facility
  • Additional on-site facilities e.g. showers, locker room, changing room
  • Increased access to training and education
  • Increased/flexible working hours – weekends/evenings/nights
  • Bright canteen, kitchenette with comfortable seating area
  • Improved storage solutions for ease of movement throughout the building

Benefits for Government

  • Decreased demand for respite beds in combined adult and children’s respite services
  • Increased spaces in existing respite services
  • Increased emergency respite bed availability in now adult only services
  • Reduced demand for after school/home care one-to-one packages for children
  • Financial reductions in home care package costs due to increase in available respite places for children and adults as a knock on