The Children’s Respite Trust was founded in September 2010 on the simple premise that far too many families face unbearable pressures because of the strain of living with the care needs of a child with a significant disability.
There seemed to be far fewer places in statutory respite centres than there were disabled children and yet it was widely recognised that the chances of marital break-up were much higher among these families. Siblings getting into trouble at school or with the authorities was also more likely and even the risk of suicide was higher among these families.
What began as a campaign to help a few local people soon grew to become a wider cause and by November 2010 the Trust was formed as a company limited by guarantee and in February 2011, the Trust finally achieved charitable status.
Governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, the charity appointed a Chief Executive to develop services and began to recruit volunteer Caseworkers. At the same time fundraising began in earnest and the charity moved on from providing advocacy services to being able to provide respite privately.