Breathing space was set up over 22 years ago by parents of young adults with learning disabilities who realised there was little support for any social opportunities for their growing children or respite time for themselves. We now offer a range of activities and outings for members , who are all 18years and above, (which they help to decide at regular planning meetings) in the evenings and at weekends providing both paid carer and volunteer support and disabled friendly transport to get to such things as bowling, cinema, discos, craft sessions, cookery sessions, petting farm visits, seaside outings, sports events etc. These regular programmes of activities help members make and maintain friendships in a wider group, reduces isolation for this living independently and encourages independence and self esteem. it also gives their families some respite time while they are out with us.
All of the committee who raise funds to keep this charity going are unpaid volunteers most of whom have direct connections to the members themselves.