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Short breaks at Grace Little Centre

One of the most important ways to help families with profoundly disabled young people is to provide short breaks away from the family home for the young person.

Grace Little Centre
Crindledyke Road
Kingstown
Carlisle
CA6 4BZ

The Grace Little Centre provides short breaks for children and young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 8 and 18 and is registered by ofsted.

One of the most important ways to help families with disabled young people is to provide short breaks away from the family home for the young person. The break allows parents to recharge batteries and carry on the often difficult and exhausting role of caring. The break also gives siblings a chance to have attention and time for themselves while the young person is in a safe supported environment with thier friends. The centre and staff team provides a safe and secure environment for young people with disabilities to socialise and relax with their peers, try new activities and increase their independence.


Facilities

The centre is fully accessible and has moving and handing equipment suitable for the needs of the most profoundly disabled young people. There are 4 en-suite bedrooms for overnight stays and staff accommodation in the residential wing. In addition in the activity wing which is open to non residents there is a sensory room, soft play, IT and arts and crafts area. You can hire different parts of the activity wing privately, prices are available on enquirey. 


Fundraising

During 2009 we received a bequest from a member Grace Little of around £200,000 and the trustees decided to use this towards building a local centre. We have had some wonderful support with fundraisng for the centre starting with a gift of land on a 150 year lease by Kingmoor Park Properties. In December 2010 Cumbria county council were able to help us with a grant of £160,000 to build the centre. In March 2011 we revived a fantastic donation worth £175,000 from local couple Anne and Ray MacDowall. We have had many other donations since which have helped us complete the project.

If you would like to know more about private hire or how your child can access the Grace Little Centre please contact us at the office.

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