The Honeypot Children’s Charity offers both respite breaks and outreach support to young carers, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn. We are proud to be the only charity in the UK offering consistent support to young carers throughout childhood; from the age of 5 until the age of 12.
Located in the New Forest National Park, Honeypot House sits in 7 idyllic acres of beautiful woodland including a stream and a lake. Honeypot House is fully equipped with a covered swimming pool open from April to October, extensive outdoor play equipment including a ‘trim trail’, zip wire, trampoline and swings, hard court for basketball, go-karts and cycling, playing field and football posts, art studio, play shack and guinea pig corner.
Honeypot House accommodates up to 14 children plus 4 staff and welcomes children from London and the Home Counties.
Honeypot Pen y Bryn opened only in 2016, in the gorgeous rolling fields and hills of mid-Wales. Children are welcomed with fresh countryside air and amazing landscapes. Honeypot Pen y Bryn is equipped with a large playing field, art and drama studio, the Galleon — an amazing adventure playground for children to climb, swing and build dens around –, trampolines, a hard-surfaced area for bikes and go karts, and new for 2019, an indoor swimming pool available for use all year round.
Honeypot Pen y Bryn accommodates up to 13 children plus 4 staff, and welcomes children from Wales, the West Midlands and the North West.
For our respite breaks, we collect 12-14 children from their local communities in our minibus and bring them to one of our two sites where they can make new friends, have fun and take a break from their caring role. Our sites are like mini hotels for children, and the staff engage them in a wide range of activities such as swimming in our onsite pools, riding bikes and go karts, trampolining, building dens in the forest and going on bug hunts, looking after the Honeypot pets, arts and crafts, pyjama parties, bedtime stories, and trips to the beach or a local theme park.
Breaks run throughout the school holidays and every weekend, enabling children to play, have fun, and make happy memories which they can cherish for years to come. Children are invited back each year until they are 13 years old so they always have their next Honeypot adventure to look forward to.
Social Emotional and Learning (SEAL) Breaks
Our new breaks are designed to support young carers and vulnerable children with social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) and provide an accredited programme of fun team-building and problem-solving skills that allow children to still earn learning credits out of school. They provide the perfect balance between fun activities and learning opportunities for young carers and vulnerable children, many of whom may struggle in school and benefit from having more personalised time in a smaller group.
We visit Honeypot children throughout the year with our Honeypot minibuses. We invite children to come and join us for a play session in their local area and reconnect with friends they made on their Honeypot breaks.
Ongoing Contact and Support
Every Honeypot child receives a birthday card and a Christmas present. Our Christmas Road Show begins every year in October, travelling the country to hand deliver as many Christmas presents as possible.