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Phew Short Break Centre

The Board of Directors determined in the year 2000 on a radical plan to improve the quality of Residential Respite Care in Scotland. In partnership with North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Department a hotel-type concept was developed which would accommodate 14 guests. Applications for funding were made to a variety of sources, principally North Lanarkshire Council, The National Lottery, The Bank of Scotland and North Lanarkshire Carers. After competition, GCA Architects, Coatbridge were awarded the design contract, and the tender to build was won by Carluke firm, R.D.Hogg (Construction) Limited, and site clearance began February 2002.


Safety of guests is the core of the design. This has been achieved by a variety of means including Aid Call systems and protected recreational space in the form of a Sensory Garden at the heart of the building.The Board of Directors of PHEW also wished to demonstrate their direct support to Carers and provided North Lanarkshire Carers Together with a suite of offices from which they deliver other services to Carers from within the site.The Short Breaks Centre received its first guests on 27th December 2002 when the 2 other houses were then closed. The First Minisiter of Scotland Mr Jack McConnell MSP officially opened the building on 10th January 2003.


Design and Building costs amounted to approximately £1.6 million, with an additional cost of approximately £250,000 outfitting and equipping the building, bringing the total cost to just under £2 million.

Our Team

Phew Respite is run by Manager, Mrs Helen Anderson, who has over 16 years experience in Care. Helen is supported by 3 Team Leaders and a volunteer Board of Directors.  Phew also employs an advisor who was previously a Social Worker for many years and has vast experience in the social and care sector. 

The care staff are trained and qualified or working towards Level 3 or working in Health and Social Care and offer tailored support for each individual.  They are exceptionally skilled at delivering high quality, person centred support services based on individual needs. The care team are qualified to care for people with a range of complex needs including Aspergers, Autism, Down Syndrome, Mental Health, Celebral Palsy, Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Defecit Disorder (ADD), Rett Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy, Global Development Delay, Tubular Scerlosis, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Primordial Dwarf Syndrome, Praderwili, Coeliac Disease and Juvenile Arthritis.

All staff take part in regular training to ensure they remain up to date on best practice when working alongside people with challenging behaviour.


The Board of Directors plays an important role in determining the policy of PHEW and in supporting management and staff in the day-to-day operation of our service. The directors are drawn from legal, medical, social work, nursing and academic backgrounds.

While the policy of the Company is determined by the Board of Directors, responsibility for implementation of policy and day to day management of the Short Breaks Centre rests with the Manager and her Senior Management team. The Manager is supported by an advisor who also offers advice to the Board.

The Directors currently in office are listed below

Mrs Lesley Gray  (Chair)

Mr John Cox (Vice Chair)

Mrs Margaret Johnston

Mrs Jeanette McGuire

Mrs Sheikh

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