The Rose Road Association

Caring for better mental health

The mental health of disabled children and young people and their care-givers has dramatically declined due to the pandemic. Emergency overnight respite care, community 1:1 outreach and telephone help for families struggling to cope will help them to rebuild, regroup and rebalance their lives.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (276172)

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Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


The mental health and wellbeing of disabled children, and those who care for them has deteriorated. The pandemic has been unsettling and upsetting for the children we support. Without time out of the house, exercise, and social activity many disabled children have experienced a serious deterioration in their wellbeing, and some have lost the ability to complete everyday tasks that they used to be able to do. In some cases, family carers have become isolated and report feeling unable to cope.


We have remained open everyday throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so. We are seeing demand grow as families' normal support networks crumble. We will provide targeted respite care through overnight breaks, 1:1 support in the community and emergency helplines for families in need. We will provide consistent care and activities for young people and are developing interventions and de-escalation plans for children who are showing challenging behaviour linked to mental health problems.

  • Their careful thought and subsequent action are a beacon of light within the short-break family community and is worthy of wider dissemination.

    — Ofsted

  • The Rose Road team have been amazing during the last 6 months, they called every 2 weeks to check that our family were ok and if they could help us with shopping or support. They have managed to support my son with outreach and playschemes, it is the only break we get, and he loves going.

    — A parent

  • You are real frontline champions for these families, I know how much they depend on you. My heartfelt thanks to you – I know that this must have been challenging for you personally as well as professionally, I don’t underestimate the sacrifices that you have made.

    — Dame Esther Rantzen