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(UK) Wimbourne: "Autism respite hub" provides relief for families 'on the brink'

Oct 21, 2023, BBC News: Wimborne bungalow transformed into autism respite hub

SW England

A bungalow has been renovated to provide a respite centre for families of children with autism.

Hayeswood, a three-bedroom property in Wimborne, has been transformed into a "home-like" environment by Dorset Council.

Children aged between 8 and 17 will be able to stay in the bungalow for up to 75 nights per year, giving parents valuable time alone.

It is hoped the break will relieve the pressure often felt by families.

The bungalow has been revamped, with three child-friendly bedrooms

While staying in Hayeswood, Dorset Council said children with autism and learning disabilities would be offered the opportunity to engage in activities they enjoyed and enable them to gain new experiences.

Hayeswood manager Mandi O'Conor said families often felt like they were "on the brink" due to the pressures they faced….

Referrals will be made on a case-by-case basis through social workers.

Byron Quayle, the council's portfolio holder for children, education, and early help, said: "One of our priorities is to make sure that our families get the help that they need, when they need it, and we're passionate about seeing families thrive.

"Hayeswood Bungalow will help to do both these things."

1 Comment

So it's nothing but "talents and gifts" but simultaneously, devastated families need urgent support - worldwide, for something so "harmless and a mere difference". I don't want to advocate for nuthouses, taking out anybody, or sedative needles for behavioural modification, nor for mothers wanting their unborn babies gone needlessly over fears of them getting "different, not disabled". What type of dark world is this?

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