The charity has launched the appeal for what they said is a ‘desperately needed’ facility to provide a valuable respite service of this type.
Jersey Mencap’s business manager, Sue Moore, said that at present the only respite facilities available for adults with learning difficulties were at Les Amis in St Saviour in a building originally intended for children. It was unsuitable for adults and too small, she said.
‘There is a desperate need for respite facilities for adults so that they are able to come for tea and stay a night, weekend or for several weeks when, for example, their carers are on holiday,’ she said. ‘This project, which involves a partnership between Health and Social Services, Jersey Mencap and Les Amis, is a perfect example of what may be achieved when agencies work together,’ she said.
The public are being invited to support the appeal by agreeing to ‘buy a brick’ for the respite home at £20 each, or a corner stone for £1,000 each, or a foundation stone at £2,000 each.
*Picture: Respite service user Rodney Davey, Les Amis respite support worker Dean du Feu, Health and Social Services special needs manager Chris Dunne and Jersey Mencap business manager Sue Moore,