We recently awarded £65,000 to Southampton charity, The Rose Road Association, to provide emergency short breaks for severely disabled children and young people when families are in crisis.
The grant will fund 150 emergency short breaks over three years for severely disabled children and young people. The charity steps in during emergency situations such as when another family member is admitted to hospital, when there is a bereavement, or when a parent falls ill. The breaks also allow families to spend time with non-disabled children, or even just to get a good night’s sleep. Last year they provided 366 short breaks, 3,572 overnight stays and more than 19,000 hours of outreach in the community.
Mike Wilks, Head of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons, said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help Rose Road in their 65th Anniversary year. They provide an absolutely essential service for families with very severely disabled children. It’s often the one place they can send their child without worrying.”
Rose Road Services Director, Sarah Marshall, said:
“Looking after a disabled young person can be very rewarding but families face additional barriers within their everyday life. Knowing we are here to help when there is a family crisis is fantastic. We are so grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their extremely generous grant”.
The Rose Road Association provides vital services for over 400 children and young people with severe physical disabilities or learning difficulties from across Hampshire and the surrounding counties. They are the only charity in Southampton offering free emergency overnight short breaks to families in crisis. Other services on offer include a community outreach service providing one to one support, as well as after school and holiday activity schemes, Saturday clubs and Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS).