What is Charlie House?

Charlie House is an Aberdeen-based children’s charity which engages in activities and projects to support children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions.

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Our current projects include:

  • Activities: Monthly Activity Club, Siblings Club, Activity Short Break, Coffee mornings and more
  • Information: Online Family Community and new website coming soon
  • Community Team: Community Nurse currently in post with additional nurses and Support Workers coming soon.

Plans for the near future include the expansion of the Charlie House Community Team. The team will consist of community nurses and support staff, who will provide support for children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition and their families. The nurses will help the children and their families transition from hospital to home, follow up with the children once settled in at home and provide practical information and support during difficult periods. The Community Team will support the child and their family throughout their life journey and beyond.

Public funds raised will support the provision of our current and short-term projects.

The charity is also working on a longer-term project to build a much-needed specialist care facility for this group of children and their families.

This facility will offer:

  • Planned short breaks
  • Day care services
  • Emergency care
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Hydrotherapy pool sessions
  • Engagement in new activities
  • Socialisation outwith the family home

It would provide a vital service to:

  • Infants and children with complex needs up to age 18 and their families
  • Children who are technologically dependent
  • Children who have life-limiting and life-shortening conditions
  • Young people, aged 18-25 in transition to adult services
  • The whole family when they need it most.

Our dream is that the specialist care centre would have the following facilities:

  • 8 children’s bedrooms with specialist bathing facilities
  • Sensory room
  • Soft play area
  • Sensory garden & outside play areas
  • Teenage area & media room
  • Art, craft & messy play area
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Daytime space: lounge, dining, kitchen
  • Family accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • Community meeting space / gym
  • Meeting rooms.

The Charlie House vision is to provide child-centred and needs-led services to support special children and their families.  Because after all, life is precious.