We are Beams

We are Beams

Charity information

We are Beams

We are Beams (previously Parents Consortium) is a well established local charity which provides support services to disabled children and their families in Kent.

The charities services are divided up into four key areas: Short Break Service for Disabled Children, Family Advice Service, Direct Payments Service and Dragon’s Retreat Short Break Unit.

In any one week we support at least 350 children and families.

Founded 1996

  • Mission statement

    We support disabled children and their families to ensure they all fulfil their potential.

  • Aims

    We are Beams aims to:

    • The children and young people who access our services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or
    • We offer support and advice to the parents through our Parents Advisory Service (SAIL). This could be via our telephone helpline, home visits, support groups in various areas and parenting programmes
    • The direct children and family payments scheme (CFDP) is a county wide service which is paid for by Kent County Council. This allows the families of a severely disabled child to purchase the support o
    • Dragon’s Retreat is our short break six bedded residential unit. This allows parents/carers a much needed break, respite or crisis intervention. We aim to make this a home from home for the children.
  • Overview

    Established: March 1996

    Registered Charity Number: 1054129

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 14

    Part time staff: 26

    Volunteers: 56

    Phone number: 01322 668501

    Address: We are Beams, Allsworth Court, 40 St David's Road, Hextable, Kent BR8 7RJ

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