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PHEW Respite - A break when you need it

We are a charity based in Motherwell, Scotland providing short breaks for people who experience severe to profound learning difficulties.

Welcome to Phew Respite!

PHEW is a charity, not for profit organisation, delivering short break care for individuals with long-term, complex physical conditions through an innovative mix of health and social care.

We have a board of directors, representative of a variety of interests, which determines the policies and oversees the standards of care and practice of our service.

Each guest who stays at the centre will have an individual record of how they can be kept safe and well. The record includes choices and preferences of how the guests would like their needs catered for including personal care, dietary requirements, cultural and religious needs and social likes and dislikes.

It is a dynamic and progressive organisation to work for, with the ultimate reward of knowing that you are helping to improve the lives of people and their families with long term physical conditions.

Phew is an equal opportunities employer. All posts are subject to a disclosure check.

Mission Statement

To offer quality, accessible, planned and crisis services on a short term basis to all eligible people with a disability, their families and carers

Our Aim

Our Aim Is to provide needs led support to adults with a learning disability and/or additional complex needs. PHEW recognises and celebrates the uniqueness of every individual by ensuring a person centred approach is adopted.

Origins

Phew (Scotland) is a charity which had its roots in the early 1980’s when a group of friends and carers lead by Sheriff & Mrs Eva McGuire offered short breaks in their own homes to families who had a member with severe learning difficulties. Although the initial group grew to some 40 plus members, it became obvious that increased demand, and changing needs could not be met solely by this group of friends.

Residential respite

By the mid 1980’s the group had secured an Urban Aid Grant from central government which allowed them to develop a house, in the grounds of St. Patrick’s High School, Coatbridge, which had previously been used for teaching Domestic Science. By that time however the house was in a state of considerable disrepair, and required a great deal of time, money and effort to bring it up to a standard suitable for residential care at that time. Arising from this successful venture, in the mid 1990’s PHEW (SCOTLAND) were asked by the local authority to manage a second small house offering respite care. Despite the best efforts of staff however, the lack of facilities and shared bedrooms, limited the development of respite care in these 2 houses.

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