‘Vital’ New Centre For Children With Learning Disabilities Opens In Bradford

Thursday, 22 Oct 2015

No Text This summer, Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds officially opened Francis House, a new centre providing respite care for local parents and carers of six to 17 year olds with learning disabilities, especially those on the autistic spectrum. Developed and operated by Leeds-based charity, Catholic Care, the centre will plug a much-needed gap for this type of provision regionally.

Cllr Dodds says: “Respite breaks are a vital lifeline for families and carers of these children and young people, which is why the opening of Francis House is so significant.” 

As well as providing a much-needed resource for local families, the opening of the new centre has also created 15 jobs.

Francis House is open all year and admission can be applied for directly by individual families or via local authorities and Catholic Care can provide advice about how to fund a visit.

Carol Hill, Director of Catholic Care says: “The breaks we offer are invaluable in giving families and carers some much needed respite whilst also providing a safe, caring and supportive environment where young people can enjoy themselves and learn new skills that help them work towards leading full and independent lives.

“Because we are charitably funded and don’t have the long waiting lists associated with other centres locally, we can be there for people when they really need us, such as in times of crisis, as well as when they want to pre-book short or longer-term respite visits.”

As well as providing respite care, the team also offer family support in people’s own homes and non-residential care for those who don’t need or want to stay overnight, plus general advice and information.

People wanting further information or to book in for a free taster session should contact Catholic Care on 0113 388 5400 or visit

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