Providing much needed holidays to deserving local children

Rochdale Children’s Home operates between March and September. It is a non-profit making charity and is free to users; however, we do encourage and accept donations and contributions from those that use the service.

The charity has two distinct functions in providing services and facilities for school children during term time and for children referred to us by children’s social care, schools and community groups, during school holiday periods.

• During school term periods

Local schools make requests and book the facilities of the home and bring children from Monday to Friday. The week can be split up into day or overnight stays or a combination of the both. We can accommodate up to 30 people on a daily basis and 18 people for overnight stays using our dormitory. Throughout the week the school are responsible and accountable for arranging and providing all activities and support for the children.

 

• During school holiday periods

Children are referred for a week’s holiday by children’s social care, schools and community groups. On average 12 children are accommodated between Monday to Friday with all activities outings and support provided by Becky and her team augmented by professional recreational staff and accredited students and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. This period provides an excellent opportunity for the children to improve and develop their social skills and also an opportunity for both children and their respective carers and parents to have some respite time. Quite often this is the only opportunity that these children have for a holiday.

 

We continually strive to improve the facilities and services of the home for the benefit of the local children we serve and do not receive any statutory funding. We are therefore, reliant on the generosity of individuals, organisations and charitable trusts along with bequests and donations from those that use our services.

The operational team who run the home are all accredited professionals and passionate about providing the very best care and environment for the children. We like to promote and get back to the simple principles of providing good food, fresh air and good fun. All of the children’s needs are catered for including any special dietary requirements and medicinal routines – within certain parameters.

Charity Organisational Structure

The charity has a small board of Trustees and an Executive Management Team supported by three sub committees (see diagram below)

The charity employs two full time paid personnel who are used throughout the season augmented by childcare professionals and accredited volunteers during the school holiday periods.

All management personnel and committee members are DBS checked and all staff and personnel with direct contact with the children are suitable accredited and licensed.

Governance

The Trustees and the Executive Management Team are responsible for the strategic direction of the charity and its proactive communications with local businesses and prospective donating organisations. It discharges some of its tactical responsibilities through three small sub committees as detailed below:

Executive Management Committee members are appointed at an Annual General Meeting held every April / May. An annual Executive Management Committee report is produced and a formal set of financial accounts are prepared, approved and filed with the Charity Commission.

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