Anyone that works with a child in a professional capacity can refer them for a residential respite break. Our referrers currently include Young Carers Groups, Social Services, schools, hospices and refuges.
Children must be aged between 5 and 12. While the majority of children that we support are young carers, we also accept disadvantaged children who have been referred for a variety of reasons including those who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence or bereavement. If you are unsure, please contact the relevant site to discuss the individual circumstances.
We regret that we cannot accept children with significant disabilities or additional needs. As the majority of the children we support are young carers, they spend most of their lives considering someone else’s needs above their own, so their break needs to give them some time away from that. While we have excellent staffing ratios (4 staff to 12 children) we are not able to provide one-to-one support on our breaks
Please note that making a referral does not guarantee a space on a break, firstly because we need to assess suitability, and secondly because as we are currently oversubscribed at our Hampshire site and receive more referrals than we can accommodate on our breaks.
We are very happy to take referrals for groups of children, please contact your local site to discuss the options.
Because we collect the children from their local community, we need to group children together into geographical clusters so they do not have to spend too long in the minibus travelling to our sites. For this reason, we sometimes are unable to provide a break for an eligible child unless the parent/guardian or referrer is able to transport the child to our site.
How to refer
In the first instance, please contact your chosen site;
Honeypot House – covers London and the Home Counties (02380 890002)
Honeypot Pen y Bryn – covers Wales, the West Midlands and the North West (01686 622773)
We ask that referrals are made using our secure online form once you have permission from the parent/s or guardian/s of the child. We will then contact you if we have any questions or concerns regarding suitability, and depending on the outcome of that conversation we will arrange to meet with the child and parent/guardian either at their home or at your premises. With group referrals, this will often be arranged as a group session.
At these meetings we will gather medical and consent forms from the parent/guardian and we will liaise with them and with you regarding transport arrangements including pick-up and drop-off times and locations
The average length of time between referral and the child having a break is 6 months, however it can be longer or shorter depending on the time of year and the child’s location.
Dates of Breaks
In Hampshire we run breaks for newly referred children during the school holidays (Summer Holiday, Easter, Half terms and between Christmas and New year) and returning children are invited on weekends.
In Wales, breaks for new and returning children are run during the school holidays and on weekends