St Giles provides the following Community Services to children with disabilities:
- Centre-based Respite, operating in Launceston and Hobart
- In Home Respite, statewide
- "Smile & Play" After School Programme (Launceston)
- "Fun in the Sun" Holiday and Recreation Programmes (Launceston)
Respite is a great way to have a 'break' away from the demanding pressures of caring for a child with a disability.
Respite gives brothers and sisters the opportunity to spend time with you by themselves, or do a special activity that they may not otherwise be able to do.
Children love coming to Respite. It gives them the opportunity to make new friends, be one of the group and relax.
Launceston Respite Centre
Our Launceston Respite Centre offers "out of home" accommodation support 7 days per week across the year outside of school hours. The service closes for three weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.
The service usually supports up to 8 children between the ages of 5 to 17 years of age.
The Launceston Centre does not provide a day service during school term.
Hobart Respite Centre
Our Hobart Respite Centre offers "out of home" accommodation support across 7 days of the week all year round.
The service supports up to 4 children at any one time from ages 5 to 17 years of age.
The Centre does not provide a day service during school term.
In Home Respite
In Home Respite provides personal support to a child with a disability, in the family home allowing the family the time to undertake other activities.
This service is available Monday to Friday across all hours of the day but does not operate weekends or public holidays.
After School Programme
The "Smile and Play" programme is offered on school days from 3.00pm to 6.00pm and operates from our Launceston Respite Centre.
Skill and Social Development Programmes are offered.
Our holiday and recreation programmes are provided to school age children during school holidays and operate from our Launceston Respite Centre.
This includes our summer holiday "Fun in the Sun" programme.
We offer centre based and community activities designed as educational and fun.
The service is available weekdays from 9.00am to 4.45pm.