Since the charity’s formation in 2011, and in consultation with families and professionals, we have worked hard to develop a range of activities and services to support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, including;
- an annual Activity Short Break for families to the Calvert Trust in Kielder
- monthly Family Activity Club sessions providing all family members with the opportunity to try new activities, socialise and enjoy quality time together
- monthly Siblings Clubs where brothers & sisters of the disabled children take part in fun activities with the focus entirely on them
- Parents Group meetings to share information and build peer support networks
- additional activities during school holidays to reduce isolation and encourage peer support
- 1-2-1 and group therapeutic support sessions, including pre and post bereavement support, home, school and hospital visits
- nursing support via the Charlie House Community Nurse, in partnership with NHS Grampian
- advocacy support & information via the Charlie House Services Team
- access to information and support via our members only Family Community Facebook page and website
Currently our activity clubs are held externally at partnership organisations and at various venues in and around Aberdeen. We are so excited to have a home of our own to run these from and to have a welcoming and familiar space for the families we support.
It has taken a lot of hard work, research and planning from many individuals to get to this point. Our thanks go to all of those that have played their part, big or small, in supporting Charlie House.
“We found Charlie House when doing research online. When we felt strong enough we contacted them to see if they could offer advice on anything. We got a very reassuring and comforting email back very quickly and we were invited along to their Saturday Club where we could meet other families and kids like our own. It was a huge step forward for us, out of the dark, to meet other people that we could share our story with, exchange advice and experiences and basically just support each other.
It was a massive relief.
We have enjoyed trying various activities that we would never have dreamed possible for our son. Charlie House changed our mindset. It's a community for us and a hub of information and support. It's all we have locally and we would be lost without it."