Tantivy, an overnight respite care centre for children with severely disabilities near Swindon, could close because of problems with the building in the village of Standton Fitzwarren.
Adina Grace, NHS Swindon Assistant Director of Commissioning said, "NHS Swindon commission and provide Tantivy which is an overnight short term break provision for severely disabled children and young people at Stanton Fitzwarren.
"We have reviewed the Tantivy service, and whilst we are very pleased with the high level of care provided by staff, there are a number of issues with the building.
"As the building is not suitable for the provision of care, the Board of NHS Swindon has requested that new ways of providing short term overnight care be looked at including a home similar to Tantivy for children who need that service.
"NHS Swindon has contacted all parents who are currently in receipt of a service from Tantivy and reassured them that an overnight short term break provision will be available according to their child’s individual needs and that they will be involved in developing a new service. In the meantime Tantivy will continue to be available to those children already receiving this service and will not close until an alternative is found.
"We held our first meeting with parents on 14th December and will hold more meetings with parents in the New Year to help plan the new service. A three month consultation on the new proposals identified with parents will take place as well.”
£1 million target for Lydiard Park disability centre
Hop Skip and Jump, a charity which provides respite care for families with disabled children, are setting the people of Swindon a challenge.
Swindon Council is leasing land at Lydiard Park for a large log cabin to cater for the 300 families with disabled children in the Swindon area.
But to pay for the building and the necessary indoor and outdoor special needs equipment, the charity is appealing for £985,000.
They want to start building in the Spring so the race is on to bring in the cash. Brewery boss James Arkell and his wife Cally have agreed to be presidents of the local fundraising committee and a series of events are being planned to involve as many people as possible.
The log cabin, designed by Swindon Council architects will house soft play and sensory rooms, a ball pit and meeting rooms for parents and staff. An outdoor play area will include specialist equipment suitable for children in wheelchairs.
The August Link exclusively revealed that Hop Skip and Jump president actress Liz Hurley had agreed to attend a glitzy fundraiser.
But Click Mitchell said the target will be achieved by small and large events. “Every contribution is important; it’s a big total but lots of small amounts will get us there.”
To find out more about helping Hop Skip and Jump, call Click Mitchell on 01453 836390.
A view of the eco-building proposed for Lydiard Park