Shapes was established in 2004 as the charity’s domiciliary service for children and young people offering flexible support for those aged 0 to 18 years old with physical and/or learning difficulties.
Each child or young person has an individual tailored programme and works with a small team of fully trained child support workers.
Shapes supports children and young people with a wide range of disabilities. Child support workers are trained and have lots of experience of working with children with complex medical and/or behavioural needs.
The care provided at Shapes can be tailored around the child and family’s needs, whether it is within the family home or community based. Children can be assisted to access leisure activities, going out for meals, shopping or much more.
Care can also be used to assist within the home for personal care tasks, any time, day or night. This allows families to have time out from their caring
role with the knowledge that their child is being looked after by highly trained, experienced support workers. This aims to develop the child or young person’s independence and social skills.
Shapes works closely with Smithers, our short break home for children.
Close liaison is maintained with social services, community nurses and other professionals to ensure that Shapes is meeting the needs of each child.
To access Shapes an assessment would be required by the local authority.