The Honeypot Children’s Charity has opened a respite home in the hills near Newtown, Mid Wales, after working with building designers and planning consultants, Hughes Architects.
The charity turned to the Newtown-based practice to develop a former farm into a destination where young carers aged between five and 12 years can get away for respite breaks.
The work included developing and adapting the main existing house, as well as a barn and outbuildings.
It is now used to provide breaks for young carers who are often in demanding and stressful situations at home looking after parents or family members.
“Knowing the guests at the property were going to be young carers who are often living in stressful environments added to the importance of the design project,” said Adam Watkins of Hughes Architects who undertook the design, project management and planning work on the project.
“We had to ensure the internal and external design work would result in practical accommodation and space for the young people, while ensuring the overall look and feel were in keeping with the local environment and surroundings.
“Once we secured planning permission, we worked with the team at Honeypot to procure contractors and managed the build programme to ensure it was completed on time for the charity to open the doors to the first guests.”
Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5 – 12-years-old.
It is the only charity in the UK to provide respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child’s formative years, providing young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.
The charity has another house on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire for the South East and other areas, while its new respite home in Mid Wales will cater for Wales, the Midlands and North West of England.
“The location is amazing and the design of the new home was critical to ensure it was adapted as a place where young people could not only relax, but enjoy the amazing local environment in safe and pleasant surroundings,” said Simmi Woodwal, Chief Executive of Honeypot.
“The children who’ve had breaks there have really enjoyed it, ensuring they return home relaxed and recharged for what can often be demanding and stressful situations. We want to ensure they have a chance to enjoy their childhood – which they only have one chance at.”
The charity has to raise at least £1million annually to provide its services. More details can be found at www.honeypot.org.uk.
For more details about Hughes Architects and its work, visit www.hughesarchitects.co.uk.