MEADOWSIDE HALL PROJECT
Meadowside is the main beneficiary of the golf day, they provide 24-hour permanent residential care for 11 adults with learning disabilities, in Highweek Road, Newton Abbot. Many of whom also have physical disabilities and complex care requirements. Some of the residents have lived at the Home for over 30 years and they all live together as a family, in a fun, happy and caring environment.
Without regular grant funding it relies on local fundraising and donations to make improvements and repairs. It has been particularly impacted by the pandemic.
Sitting in the grounds is a brick-built hall, which has fallen into disrepair, which was the school hall in the early 1900’s when the home was the children’s workhouse. To make the charity sustainable, with the help of the Rotary Newton Abbot it hopes to convert the hall into a local care & respite centre.
THE GOALS -1) Contribute to the sustainability of the charity 2) Provide social interaction and day-care for up to 12 clients at any one time 3) Offering carers an affordable secure place for their disabled family members giving them a few hours respite 4) Create a new space for the full-time residents offering additional care services. www.meadowsidecharity.co.uk
KingsCare, dementia support helps people living with dementia and their carers. The support comes through outreach work plus Memory Cafes in Newton Abbot, Ipplepen and Kingskerswell.
There is also a carers / clients group that is unique, where clients and carers are in separate rooms in the same building. This gives respite and ensures that both have have a good time in parallel, gives them something to look forward to together and discussed what happened when they get home. They also run a walking group for dementia clients - these walks often trigger memories, as well as running HOPE courses for carers of those living with dementia who must go into care homes.
NEWTON ABBOT HAS MORE PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA - ALMOST TWICE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
RUBINSTEIN-TAYBI SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP
This support group helps families with children and adults who have RTS.
RTS occurs in approximately 1-125,000. It is a deficiency or translocation of chromosome sixteen and there is no known cure. The main aims of the group are to offer support to families and carers of those affected by Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome.
Charlie, Martin’s grandson has RTS and is the reason Charlies Trophy came about in 2013. Now aged 10 he is in primary school with his twin sister Evie but will be going to a special needs school next year.