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Project information

Respite Programme for Young Carers

Since 1996 we have been working to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5 - 12 by providing them with respite breaks and ongoing outreach support throughout their childhoods. There is no other UK based charity that offers this unique support.

July 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: The Honeypot Children's Charity

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  • Need


    Many of the children who come to Honeypot care for a chronically or terminally ill loved one, or have a parent with drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Some will have been in a caring role from as young as 5 years old, which has been proven to put them at high risk of depression, anxiety, absence from school, social problems, bullying, isolation and poor mental and physical health.
    Many of these children do not have the opportunities that should be expected by all children.


    By providing the following support, we aim to give young carers and vulnerable children a break from their caring duties:
    • Residential respite breaks at our Honeypot House, Hampshire or Honeypot Pen y Bryn, mid Wales, every year from the ages of 5 to 12.
    • Regular outreach support - Honeypot visits young carers in their own localities 3 times a year
    • Maintain an on-going supportive relationship through birthday cards, photos and Christmas parties/Christmas Roadshow and presents

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce feelings of isolation, by encouraging interaction with other young carers.


    » By inviting children for regular respite break where they have the chance to meet other children in similar circumstances who they keep contact with.
    » Outreach support up to 3 visits a year in children's local area.

    What success will look like

    By liaising with the child throughout their stay at Honeypot plus speaking with their parents, teachers and referral agents to monitor progress.

    Aim 2

    Develop physical and mental health.


    » Enabling children to take part in physical activities - cycling, swimming, trampolining and taking walks in the New Forest and the multi games area.
    » A high ratio of staff to children ensures that children are supported and heard at Honeypot.
    » Regular group and quiet time for children to explore feelings and talk about their experiences at home.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this by giving all children the opportunities to take part in different sports; we have found that that children continue with these once they leave Honeypot.

    Aim 3

    To offer young carers continuity and support throughout their childhood.


    » We support children from as young as 5 up until their 12th birthday so they can create memories, make lasting friendships and enjoy fun activities.

    What success will look like

    By recording the number of children that complete a 7 year journey with Honeypot; this information proves that children stay the duration and need consistency in their lives.

  • Impact


    Research carried out by Bath University has confirmed that Honeypot’s personalised approach to the long term care of vulnerable children enables them to gain the confidence needed to succeed in their community. They form nurturing friendships with adults and peers alike, which are vital to a child’s social and emotional development. This research has proven that our services support children by reducing feelings of isolation, developing their social skills, increase in confidence.


    Our project has been running for more than 20 years, and the risks we see are very minimal.
    Potential risks:
    -Children not attending the breaks due to last minute illness - we try and have children on standby if possible.
    -Children who attend the breaks are homesick, which usually only lasts for the first day/night. After that children enjoy their time at Honeypot and often don't want to leave on the last day.
    -Unforeseen circumstances force us to cancel a break i.e. weather.


    All online donors will receive an electronic or hard copy of our twice yearly newsletters.
    We are also very active on social media and our website blog.
    In addition, we produce reports for Trusts, Foundations and Corporate Partners.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £62,821

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,710 Respite Break Staff & Salary Costs - 4 staff per break
      £9,724 Respite Break Site & Facility Costs
      £5,137 Respite Break Fuel & Transport Costs
      £3,366 Respite Break Food Costs During Break
      £1,023 Respite Break Outings During Break
      £3,861 Respite Break Other Costs Spent on Children During Break (e.g. Arts & Crafts)
  • Background


    We currently have two wonderful Honeypot Houses, one situated in mid-Wales and the other in Hampshire. Both sites are set in several acres of idyllic countryside.


    We work with young carers aged 5-12 who are caring for an ill/disabled family member.

    Other children we work with are from homes with extreme social, financial or child protection challenges, often involving abuse or neglect.

    These children receive no support from any other agency, statutory or non statutory.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are best placed because very few services exist for young carers in this age range. Of the few organisations that do support vulnerable children and young carers, we are the only service that offers consistent and regular support. Without Honeypot, many of these children would have nowhere else to turn.
    We have also been doing this work for 20 years and understand the specific needs of these children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Children's Services' Manager And Our Team Of Care Staff

    They are responsible for identifying the children, visiting them at home and delivering a quality service to all Honeypot children.

I had the best time ever! I made new friends and saw the sea for the first time!

Emma aged 8 Tower Hamlets