Disabled children and their families are to get the chance of short holidays in a home away from home thanks to a new initiative set up by Swansea council and the Action for Children charity.
Swansea Council has bought three family-sized static caravans on idyllic Gower so the youngsters can take their families with them for short respite care breaks away from home.
In the past disabled children have had to take respite care breaks away from their families but now, thanks to the council and Action for Children, they’ll be able to go on holiday together.
Louise Gibbard, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Care services, said: “Everyone loves a short break on Gower with its opportunities to enjoy brilliant scenery and fresh air.
“Now disabled young children and their families will be able to get a wonderful change of scene together rather than having to go on holiday separately, which has often been the case in the past.
“Working together with Action for Children, we’ve purchased the caravans near each other on a holiday site in Llanrhidian. They’ll be fully kitted-out to make sure the children and their families get the best possible short break experience.
“Action For Children, who already do a lot of great work supporting children with disabilities and their families, will operate the caravans and assist the families while they’re there.
“It’s a really good, new initiative and it’s great to see this kind of partnership between the council and Action for Children delivering the best for our community’s disabled children and their families.”
Caroline Lewis, Action for Children’s short breaks practice manager, said: “Our families face very difficult challenges every day and we are delighted Swansea Council has worked with us to provide these wonderful facilities. The caravans will provide a much-needed break in beautiful surroundings with fully accessible amenities for children with disabilities.”
Caroline added: “The value of a break from your everyday routine is priceless and I’m sure our families will relish all the Gower has to offer and make lovely new memories. We are very grateful to Swansea Council for their incredible support and generosity in making this happen.”
Action for Children will operate the caravans, arranging bookings and providing day-to-day support on site.