Smithers opened in 1995 as a short-stay residential home providing short
breaks. It has fully equipped overnight bedrooms for up to 4 children
or young people, with complex physical and/or learning difficulties;
often with associated health issues. A further 3 children can be
accomodated during the day. Ages range from 2-18, occasionally 19.
Smithers works in partnership with other services provided by . These include which provides domiciliary support for children and , an exciting holiday activity scheme for children with complex needs.
Short breaks offer a lifeline for
families managing the challenges of providing full-time care for their
child; a break for them, as well as a safe haven in any emergency.
They can choose and experience new activities during their stay, including outings to local attractions.
Staying at Smithers helps the children
to develop greater independence, as well as social skills through
interaction with a small number of other children.