Time for a break

The Honeypot Children’s Charity

They offer both respite breaks and outreach support to young carers and vulnerable children, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn. They are the only charity in the UK offering consistent support throughout childhood; from the age of 5 until a child’s 12th birthday. Of the children they work with 70% will be the principal carer in their family.

Respite Breaks

Respite breaks are delivered at weekends and during school holidays: 12 children are collected from an agreed location and travel to Honeypot House in the New Forest, where they get to take part in fun activities and spend time away from the stressful responsibilities they face at home. The house is set in seven acres of grounds and provides a wide range of activities including a swimming pool, adventure playground, bikes and pets corner. Honeypots children are offered a yearly weekend visit to the house from 5 until 12 years old, as part of the on-going support offered.

Outreach Support

The Honeypot Playbus is a specially adapted mobile play centre, where children who experience similar difficulties and deprivation in their lives meet, play and socialise in a non-judgmental, safe and therapeutic environment, with the support of positive adult role models. Each Honeypot child will be visited three times a year in their own community by the bus. The Playbus has space for arts and crafts, interactive games, dancing, reading, messy play and sensory toys.

Ongoing contact and support

Honeypot maintains contact with each child throughout the year with birthday cards, newsletters, Christmas presents and Christmas parties. For many of the children they support it will be the only present they have.

The Taylor Family Foundation has provided funding for nine years, for 24 children, annually, from the Merton Borough in which we are based to attend Honeypot House respite breaks.