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Our son gets fantastic respite care at Charles House. Please don’t let them close it

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Our son gets fantastic respite care at Charles House. Please don’t let them close it

Our eldest son Owen, who has Severe Autism, ADHD, Severe Learning Disability, Complex Behaviours and is non-verbal, goes to Charles House for overnight respite where he’s cared for by skilled, experienced, committed and caring staff in a fun, safe and stimulating environment.

Birmingham City council wants to close it purely to save money even though families past and present are giving their support to fight against the closure of this valuable resource for vulnerable children and families. BCC are saying Charles House and other disabled respite homes are underused and foster carers are more cost efficient and able to care for our complex needs children.

This view is at best naive or in my eyes incompetent. Charles House has been supporting disabled children with complex needs and their families for 30 years with some of the staff being there for 20 years+. The experience, training and competence here cannot be found or duplicated in foster care for our children.

Owen needs constant supervision and support so when he’s at Charles House we can spend quality time with our other children and recharge our batteries, for a lot of families this respite is all that stands between coping and them going into crisis. All of the Charles House parents are doing as much as they can to raise awareness and gain support for our fight. The photo below is of our youngest son & daughter on our way to the Hardest Hit rally in Birmingham to protest last month.

If you could please spare a minute to use the link below and sign our e-petition we would really appreciate your support:
http://www.karmadillo.co.uk/b31/?p=5169

Karl & Bev Phillips

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