The children we support are mostly aged between 7 and 11, and suffer abuse or neglect in their daily lives, live in poverty, or act as a young carer for a parent, sibling or other relative. Some children come for a day of respite, others for a week. They are referred to us by schools or social workers with the full support of their family or guardians. We work closely with schools in the most deprived areas of Leeds so that we can help as many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children as possible.
Some parents or carers struggle to care for their children due to alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or change in circumstances. This can lead to the children suffering neglect in terms of basic hygiene, nutrition and loving interactions. Neglected children are often withdrawn and need guidance with basic tasks such as washing and dressing. A respite break at Lineham Farm can help them build their confidence with these tasks, as well as providing some fun memories and new experiences.