Cherry Trees provides home from home respite care for children and young people with severe learning and physical disabilities. We recognise that these children are best looked after at home but, because of their very special needs, they require very special care, often 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It’s not surprising then that from time to time both they and their families need a break. Cherry Trees is that special place, providing professional care in a safe and loving environment, where every child is valued for who they are.
It is a community that values them and enables them to spend time with friends whilst their families have a much-needed break.
Set in the peaceful village of East Clandon, near Guildford, Cherry Trees provides a high quality service within a relaxed and caring setting.
Founded in 1980 by a group of parents and doctors, Cherry Trees has become a lifeline for the families of more than 100 children and young people who are regularly cared for here – for a few hours, a weekend or even a couple of weeks.
Cherry Trees provides professional respite care for children and young people with disabilities.
We believe that every child is an individual with the right to enjoy a normal pattern of life within the community appropriate to his or her age.
Whilst we support individual learning programmes for each child and follow through all programmes that are being implemented at home or school, we don’t provide a structured educational system as we believe we are a home from home where children and young people can relax, play and make friends.
We advocate respect, dignity, freedom of choice and privacy for each child and believe in the principles of CHILD FIRST, DISABILITY SECOND.
We respect and acknowledge the role of parents/carers and the challenges they face in nurturing the potential of the child or young person in their care and aim to support them in this.