Our Research

Before embarking on a public Capital Appeal to build a Specialist Care Centre, the charity has been working hard researching, planning and reviewing information to ensure that the project is viable both in the short term and in the long term. We have so far conducted two pieces of research to investigate the availability of support in the North-east and to test the viability of operating a building.

The Carers Report

In April 2011, Grampian Children’s Respite Care conducted a survey of parents/carers of children with complex needs that attended Additional Support Needs schools in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The survey was conducted in the form of a questionnaire and the data collated was used to compile “The Carers Report”.

The survey highlighted the strains on individuals and family life when caring for a child with complex needs. In addition, gaps in the current services and areas for improvement were also identified.

The production of the report enabled the charity to engage with representatives from NHS Grampian, Scottish Government, Local Authorities and third sector services whilst providing them with detailed, current information from families who have a child or young person with additional needs in the area.

In conclusion, the findings supported the need for appropriate respite services in the Grampian area.

Carers Report

Charlie House: A Feasibility Study

In November 2011, Grampian Children’s Respite Care was awarded a grant by Awards for All Scotland to conduct a feasibility study to validate the initial research and investigate the viability of the proposed respite services. A consulting company was commissioned to conduct the research on the charity’s behalf with the research once again taking the form of a questionnaire and interviews with social work and NHS professionals.

The research concluded that the development of a specific care centre to cater for children with complex needs was very much needed and viable if certain criteria and conditions were met. The production of this research has enabled Grampian Children’s Respite Care to take the next step in engaging with NHS Grampian, Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

Our research is still ongoing and we are working very hard to turn our dreams into reality.