Almost £6m will be invested in a new multi-purpose facility offering short-break care in Scunthorpe, helping support families and young people with complex disabilities to access opportunities and receive bespoke short-breaks.
The environmentally friendly facilities will enable more children to benefit from short breaks, bringing important support to local families.
Staff will deliver excellent care to children with complex needs including learning and physical difficulties and health needs.
Young people will also be able to join in a wide range of activities helping them to build important life skills.
The centre is being developed by the council, supported with funding from the Government’s Department for Education (DfE).
The new facility, which will be built on Alvingham Road, will be developed with young people, their families, and steering groups.
Together with the construction of the new £11m Trent View College, announced earlier this week, the new build continues the council’s prioritisation of North Lincolnshire’s vulnerable families, helping them to lead better, fulfilling lives.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “With Government support, we are investing millions of pounds of local tax payers money people supporting our most vulnerable children.
“We know how vital it is to local families that their children have access to this brilliant support here in North Lincolnshire rather than going out of the area. It ensures they can stay safe and connected in their own community.
“Taken together, the new short-break respite care offer and Trent View College will bring huge benefits to hundreds of local young people, supporting them to grow, develop and achieve.”
Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said:
“As a parent of a child who previously used the service, I remember how amazing the existing Cygnets short break project is and the real difference the staff and centre made to our lives. Families of children with complex disabilities really value this service and the new building will allow it to become even better and offer more services.
“We are in conversation with Health colleagues pursuing our wish for palliative care to be included, I can’t imagine a more difficult and distressing time for any family and having to go out of county for support can only add to that. This is another great example of levelling-up in North Lincolnshire and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that our most vulnerable children and their families are supported.”
Families can access information, advice and support, via the North Lincolnshire SEND Local Offer website.