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Project information

Community Team Project

The Children's Respite Trust would like to begin a programme of outings for disabled children in East Sussex. It will give parents a much-needed break while ensuring that the children can enjoy educational activities, as well as activities working on gross motor skills and fine motor skills.


Charity information: Children's Respite Trust

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  • Need


    The rate at which siblings of disabled children get into trouble is higher than among the rest of the population and the marital break-up rate of the parents is thought to be about double. More respite is absolutely vital for keeping these families together and yet the only respite options available to them seem to fail to stimulate the children themselves.


    By holding regular outings and events the trust can develop activities that are run on a group basis, making them financially viable and therefore easy to access. more than this, they will be structured to focus on stimulating gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills and life skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To stimulate the children educationally and socially.


    » To hold regular group activities for the children focusing on educational experiences, such as trips to educational attractions.

    What success will look like

    Each child will have a learning book allowing them to demonstrate their new knowledge and experiences.

    Aim 2

    To stimulate and encourage gross motor skills.


    » To hold regular group activities for the children focusing on adapted sports and activities at two local sports centres.

    What success will look like

    Children's abilities can be bench-marked and their successes at adapted sports can be measured against these.

    Aim 3

    To stimulate and encourage fine motor skills.


    » To hold regular group activities for the children focusing on arts and crafts in conjunction with local craft groups.

    What success will look like

    Children's abilities can be bench-marked and their successes at fine-motor play can be measured against these.

    Aim 4

    To stimulate and encourage life-skills.


    » Throughout all of the activities real-life examples will be used to ensure that a programme of learning and development for life can be followed.

    What success will look like

    Children can be assessed to achieve tasks that they were previously unable to do without assistance.

    Aim 5

    To provide respite for the families of disabled children


    » Throughout all of the activities families will be able to leave their children safe in the knowledge that dedicated care staff and looking after them.

    What success will look like

    The number of activities that the children take part in will be a measure of how much additional time the families have to spend doing things that the rest of us take for granted.

  • Impact


    With the exception of the respite itself, all of the above are long term changes. The only way to demonstrate the success of the respite is to compare the rates of sibling performance and marital break-up against national norms before and after. However, the sample maybe too small for this to be a valid exercise.


    health and safety risks will be addressed a by a risk monitoring committee, who will ensure that every aspect is risk-assessed and that all standards and appropriate policies are met.

    The risk of insufficient carers and volunteers coming on board will be mitigated by a comprehensive recruitment campaign, but even without enough to begin with, this will only affect the numbers taking part, not the viability of the whole project. the project can then grow with time.


    We will report in various media including video blogs of the activities themselves, so that donors can see first hand how the money is put to good use.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £46,966

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,649 Programme leader Needs to be at least level five qualified and employed for 3 days per week.
      £9,158 Carers Level 2 qualified (working on a bank staff basis)
      £2,500 Equipment Computers, desks and other office based equipment for carers
      £3,900 Training Various training for volunteers & staff inc. safeguarding 1st aid & others specific to each child
      £8,379 Activities Venue hire, admission to attractions, materials and all travel
      £5,380 Overheads Insurance, service registration, allowance for a proportion of overheads used for managing project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Chalk Cliff Trust £3,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    East Sussex is a very rural community where families have to travel some distance to access forms of support. Statutory support is minimal compared to neighbouring counties and pockets of deprivation are hidden.


    The beneficiaries will be the disabled children themselves who struggle to access other forms of support and their siblings who will benefit from increased parental attention and parents and wider family who will benefit from increased time to do the things that the rest of us take for granted.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Trust has been helping families of disabled children in the area for five years. We have developed an acute understanding of what is needed by our direct involvement with the families who would access the service. The Trust has been growing steadily over that time and is now well placed to take the next step to delivering a comprehensive programme of activities for the children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gavin Fisher

    Gavin Fisher is the Charity's CEO and has 20 years experience in the sector. He will co-ordinate the project with the Lead Carer.

    Kate Davies

    Kate Davies is a primary school teacher who will assist with the risk management and compliance aspects of the project.

    Franzi White

    Franzi White is a mum of a child supported by the Trust and will provide an "end-user experience" view point to ensure quality of service.

Cristian - supported by the Trust

Cristian - supported by the Trust


Will pay for a child's craft session

Respite is the difference between coping and not coping

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