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Charity (no. 1081810)

Hop Skip and Jump - Wigan

"Providing flexible & immediate respite care for children & adults with disabilities / special needs."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

With 1 in 5 people affected by some form of disability, we are committed to reaching out to these people and their families. Together we can make a very real difference in people’s lives and continue to provide the very best in respite care.

We believe not only in helping parents through the difficulties of supporting a disabled child, but also in ensuring that there is a sense of development for their children.

We are truly flexible and immediate. Our care is based upon the concept of space – space for you, space for your family: a space to breathe.

As respite care continues to be something available only to a lucky few, we aim to operate an “accessible to all” service, with care and facilities that are second to none, where children and adults can learn, develop and play in a safe and well supported environment.

"Hop Skip and Jump is a huge support to us as a family. It allows me to have a break from caring for my son who has autism and challenging behaviour. It gives me great peace of mind knowing he is being cared for in a safe, secure environment with qualified and caring staff. Having some time out to spend with his siblings is very important and would not be possible without a place such as this."

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Hop Skip and Jump provide immediate and flexible respite care for children and young adults with disabilities and SEN. We are able to cater for up to 60 children a day, providing a variety of groups and activities for them to engage with, indoor and outdoor play facilities, all with an emphasis on self-development and discovery.

Our Centres provide both a play-orientated and creative outlet for children,  but also offer a comprehensive support service for their parents. They are equipped with sensory rooms, soft play facilities and art rooms in order to provide a safe and secure space that enriches the lives of disabled children whilst their parents receive a much needed break.

Hop Skip and Jump Wigan was launched by HS&J ambassador Louise Minchin on Wednesday 18th November 2015. The new unit, located next to the Wigan Youth Zone, is a state of the art facility, which will provide families in the North West with the highest quality care. Equipped with a large soft play area, light and dark sensory rooms and a fully-accessible wet room and changing facility, Hop Skip and Jump will be available to anyone, no matter how complex their need. From physical disabilities to additional needs and learning difficulties, HS&J’s staff team are trained to support all conditions and pride themselves in never turning anyone away. Please click here for details of the activity groups that we run.

Sometimes a break can be everything – to know that your child is being looked after in a safe, secure environment with plenty of support, encouragement and opportunity makes all the difference. At Hop Skip and Jump, we strive to make that difference.

  • We provide Cost EffectiveFlexibleImmediate and Sustained DAY/EVENING Care for children and adults with special needs, however complex with skilled care workers to interact and care
  • Access to professional nursing care
  • We work in partnership with schools under our Schools Partnership Programme for children who have been excluded or bullied at school
  • Extended days to allow parents to return to work or attend to other responsibilities
  • After School Care, “Pyjama Time”, Youth Group Evening Care, Adult Group Evening Care
  • Sibling Days
  • We work in partnership with schools under our Schools Partnership Programme for Post and Pre-operative children excluded from school due to illness
  • Groups for visually and audibly impaired parents with seeing and hearing children
  • Care for abused children and adults
  • Facilities for supervised access (separated parents who can only have access to their children under supervision)
  • Facilities for life developing skills such as cooking and interaction
  • Newly diagnosed Babies and Toddlers Mornings
  • Parents with learning difficulties parenting courses
  • Family linking service to provide babysitting, help in the home and advice
  • Volunteering and work placement opportunities for young adults with disabilities
  • Volunteering opportunities for prospective adoptive parents

Additional Information

We have centres in Bristol Cheltenham , Liverpool , Swindon  and Wigan  

Our centre is, of course, fully accessible for those with disabilities, but anyone is welcome to come and use our facilities for their special occasion. So come on down, enjoy yourself and spread the word about the great facilities we have available! Please contact your local centre to arrange a visit and discuss prices!

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