We first launched in 2018 as LS29 Time Holiday Club, part of the LS29 Special Needs Support Group, a thriving charity for families in the Ilkley area.
As parent-carers, we understood how challenging life can be for both young people and care-givers, and we wanted to try to set something up to help ourselves and others.
We knew what our young people needed - a place where they could safely and happily spend time away from the family home and mixing with peers. But this was hard to find when they traveled to specialist schools a long way away so didn’t have local friends; when they required activities and environments adapted to complex physical or sensory needs; and when they struggled with busy, mainstream out of school care settings.
As family-carers we knew we needed more time too - to work, to relax, to get on with chores, and to give some attention to children in the family without disabilities.
LS29 Time Holiday Club initially ran just two days a week in the holidays, as a pilot scheme funded by a small grant from The National Lottery. Five years on, we are now Moor Time, an independent charity offering a range of short breaks services. We hope to continue to grow and meet the needs of more young people in the future.