Helping families with children who have special needs

Respite Care

“Respite Care is a Lifeline”

Many families with children who have special needs struggle through life and long for a short break from their sick child to enable them to do the things that most people take for granted, including spending some quality time with their other children.

Respite Care Grants

Caring for a child with special needs can sometimes be exhausting or impossible.

If you live in Buckinghamshire, CHAT can provide a grant for a specialist carer to help with your child.  This will enable you to take a break from your caring role and to have quality time with other family members, with the comfort of knowing your child is being safely cared for.

Read about some case histories and feedback from parents.

To apply for a grant and read our guidelines and terms please print an application form and return it to the CHAT office. Click on the button above to download your copy.

On approval of the application the charity refers the family to a local home-care agency to deliver the care.  Depending on the child’s needs, the carer will often take the child on an outing to the park or other activity leaving the parents with some time to themselves or time with their other children.  Sometimes CHAT may fund a child at a specialist holiday club such as the scheme run by Bucks Play Association


“This kind of help enables us to operate as a family”