The Beehive provides short overnight breaks for children and young people with complex disabilities in York.
Thought to be one of the first facilities of its kind in the country, the purpose-built centre has been funded by City of York Council and NHS England, and opened in November 2020.
It provides a range of support services to help disabled children remain with their families and communities.
Children and young people who use the centre, and their parents and carers, have been involved throughout the design of the building, helping to decide what was included and how it should look; including choosing the building’s name.
The Beehive provides children and young people with Autism, Learning Disabilities and/or additional health needs with:
- a safe and accessible space for play and interaction with family members and with staff
- accommodation for overnight short breaks
- domestic-scale apartments for children and parents to stay in during longer term assessment of their support needs
- access to a range of professionals who can help to support families in meeting the children’s needs
- spacious bedrooms with state-of-the-art hoist and bathing facilities for children who have complex health needs and wheelchair users
- a larger, open-spaced area and bedrooms for children with learning disabilities or autism
- quieter self-contained areas that can be used for children who may struggle in a more open, busier environment and where their parents can accompany them so that their needs can be fully assessed
- an activity area, sensory room and quiet rooms
- a large outdoor play space with a variety of equipment suitable for children of all abilities