Ryedale Special Families

Ryedale Special Families

Charity information

Ryedale Special Families

We are a local charity providing suppport for children with disablities and special needs and their families. We currently have over 300 families on our books, and our numbers are presently increasing at roughly 10% per annum. We were founded in 1990 by a group of parents of disabled children. Our objectives are to provide relief for children and young adults with disablities and special needs, their families and/or carers; in particular but not exclusively by the provision of support services, information and advice. We provide this service to families living in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. We work closely with regulatory bodies such as OFSTED and the Commission for Social Care Inspection. The Commission recently completed an inspection and the quality of all the outcome areas for our respite care service were assessed as good. For the key standard that service users receive - a flexible, consistent and reliable personal care service - we exceeded the requirement and were classed as commendable. In its conclusions the report stated that we really listen to what children, young people and their families say and provide care that is tailored to their needs.

A significant proportion of our work is with children with profound disabilities, complex health needs or long term illnesses who are excluded from the service provided by the Children and Young People’s Service of North Yorkshire County Council. This includes children with more moderate learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a range of emotional and behavioural disorders. The needs of these children and their families may not be regarded as critical by the statutory agencies but a failure to provide support can result in an enormous cost to the family in the short term and society in the longer term. Many are at risk of developing mental health problems because of their failure to integrate into society and a number are at risk of developing anti social or criminal behaviours. Few develop their full potential and that is a tragedy. We have developed a package of support which includes advocacy, mentoring, social groups, parent support, respite care and family activities. Although some of these services have only been running for a couple of years we are already seeing real benefits. Children and young people are building their confidence and self esteem, they are developing their social and independence skills, they are making friends and they are approaching the difficult transition into adulthood with the confidence that they can realise their full potential. A critical element of this package is, however, under threat through lack of funding.

Founded 1997