Give Us A Break 2010 is the vision of Dawn
Raynor, a local mum with two disabled children, who had a dream to establish a Short Break Centre to give disabled children access to fun in a safe and loving
environment and offer tired and weary families and carers a much needed
The Centre will be known as The
- Provide and sustain a
supportive environment which benefits the community where all children can
be free and safe and able to develop themselves.
- Provide a centre which
is desperately needed in West Cumbria which provides short breaks for disabled and disadvantaged
children, their carers , parents and families
- The centre will be fun
and will encourage and facilitate play, running free in a safe, nurturing and
- Through development and
provision of a short break centre, we will address a significant need in
West Cumbria by providing a quality, accessible, planned and crisis short
term break services to eligible people with a disability, their families
- To ensure all disabled
and disadvantaged children and other young people in need have the right
to play safely, express their views and feelings and play a part in the
- Improve the quality of disabled and disadvantaged children’s lives
and life experiences by providing a much needed Short Break Centre in West
In order to
deliver planned short breaks, GUAB 2010 requires long-term access to a facility
and surrounding open space. Ideally, the
facility will include at least 2 structures; the primary structure would provide accommodation facilities including bedrooms and activity rooms with a
separate support facility where business offices, meeting room, kitchen and
pantry, laundry, a café and dining areas could be situated.
- 4 multi-bedded rooms, 2 of which are to be
- Multi sensory room – for exploration,
relaxation, producing a pleasurable experience to be enjoyed by clients
of all ages. It can be tailored to
meet the needs of each individual to promote learning as well as sensory
stimulation. It can provide a
sense of comfort and safety and allows the client to have a sense of
control of the surroundings of the room.
- Soft play area – a robust, fun and safe area
for climbing, bouncing, tumbling, rolling encouraging the use of gross
and fine motor skills.
- Games room – this room will have pool tables,
computer consoles, board games etc.
This room is for relaxation, socialisation, to play with peers and
siblings. This room could be used
as a youth club night or siblings group.
- Hydrotherapy pool – water can alleviate pain
and discomfort and offers stimulation of the joints and can be available
for all ages of clients. In this
pool clients can change colours of the room/pool and hear different
sounds e.g. waves, dolphins – to aid stimulation of the senses. This could be used/booked by other
members of the public who could donate/pay to use this facility.
- Two kitchens – first kitchen – to cook all
the children and staff meals.
Second kitchen will be used to provide a learning experience for
children to learn basic life skills such as making a drink, sandwich
etc. This will have sinks,
worktops, ovens low enough for wheelchair accessibility.
- Cafe – for children and parents to
socialise. Parents and children
can help work in the cafe. We
could hold coffee mornings to encourage community participation and for
children to sell their produce from the garden.
- Dining room - for staff and children to eat meals
together. Children use the dining
room as a learning experience to appreciate ‘family time’ and ‘eating
time’. This can be used as a place
for children to entertain each other – puppet shows, acting plays, mock
- Conference room – to hold staff meetings,
parent meetings, interviews, training days – can be booked by other
services such as school training days and other conference business
- Offices – two offices – one to use for the
everyday running of the centre.
Second office for the use of other services providers who might
access the centre.
- Outdoor Areas, Features and Transport
- Poly tunnels – outdoor area. Children can get to grips with the
outdoor environment with the opportunity to grow their own vegetables
(provide vegetables for the centre’s kitchen) as a learning experience.
- Mini Bus – to collect and drop off children
to relieve the stress and location issues that some parents have cutting
into their respite time due to long journeys. This will aid parents who do not have
transport and can be used for planned outings such as trips to the zoo,
swimming, cinema, etc.
- Outside space- Different types of play
equipment for all users and ages and wheelchair accessibility. Seating areas to have picnics, lots of
greenery and trees for children to explore. This will help gross and fine motor
- Animals – A small selection of animals that
are considered as ‘pets’. Children
will benefit from an education on how to look after someone/something
else as well as themselves. This
will encourage fine motor skills of handling with care and decrease
tactile defensiveness for touching different materials. It will promote self-awareness and an
awareness of the environment around them.