Frimhurst Family House has a unique history of offering vulnerable families respite from poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. As well as hosting ATD's residential programme, Frimhurst also provides local charity Mustard Seed Autism Trust and community interest company Frimhurst Enterprises with a base to deliver their services. Frimhurst is a place of freedom, where families and individuals can find the resources, strength and acceptance to tackle the challenges they face.
Living in long-term poverty has a devastating impact on families. The stress and anxiety caused by financial difficulties and social stigma can overwhelm parents. Families where a child or adult has a disability can also face social exclusion and discrimination. They are at greater risk of falling into poverty as a result. Many early help services have been cut, leaving many stranded without the support they need. Frimhurst fills a vital gap.
Frimhurst Family House is a Victorian manor house with extensive parkland and woods. For many families it is a refuge where they can spend time together away from the stresses of daily life. ATD Fourth World, and local partners Mustard Seed and Frimhurst Enterprises, offer a unique blend of activities and resources to disadvantaged families including family respite breaks, personal and skills development, parental awareness and occupational therapy.
ATD Fourth World's network reaches 200 parents, children and young people affected by poverty. Mustard Seed works with 80+ families living with autism. Frimhurst Enterprises supports a dozen young adults with learning disabilities. Through this work, peer support networks are created, families are kept together, parents receive the support/tools they need, skills are gained and lives are changed. Supporting Frimhurst Family House will enable this important work to continue.