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Big Blue Door


Care and support services offered 24 hours per day.

Big Blue Door is a centre where children and young adults with disabilities can receive respite care and support. Home-cooked, healthy meals and snacks are provided for all at The Big Blue Door. All members of our staff team do their utmost to provide a communication system that is meaningful to the individual.

Big Blue Door (previously known as Blue Tin Roof) is part of My Life – My Choice Limited. It provides a wide range of services to children and young adults with disabilities and/or Autism. We provide services to children aged 0-17 years and can continue to provide support in the transition period of their lives from age 18-25yrs. The company provides a flexible and responsive service to meet the young person’s needs, 7 days per week/52 weeks per year.

Our Intention

  • To provide a variety of services and support to children and young adults with disabilities
  • To provide flexible, support, outreach services and care packages 24hrs per day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year (Closing only on Bank Holidays and staff training days)
  • To provide overnight respite care for no more than 21nights in a row
  • To provide eight overnight respite beds for those whom require this service
  • To provide for children and young adults aged 0-25 years, both male and female
  • To provide emergency respite care and services to children whose families who are in crisis
  • To provide all clients with a planned and co-ordinated transition as and when required

 Our Aims and Objectives

  • To provide a stimulating and enjoyable experience for every client
  • To promote independence and positive behaviours
  • To teach and develop life skills through participation in a range of activities
  • To have a safe environment to relax in
  • To promote opportunities and give support to all clients with disabilities and their families to enable all to reach their full potential
  • To provide a needs-led, client centred service
  • To provide informed choices and an array of opportunities to each and every client
  • To assess and take acceptable risks in order to enable all to develop to their full potential
  • To promote confidence and independence

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrea Brighouse or Kerry Hursey
01254 278378
Big Blue Door

Where to go

Big Blue Door
22A, Albert Street

Inside the centre is a large activity room, this room incorporates a small reception area and a soft play area with a ball pit. This room will also be used for meal times; tables and chairs will be brought out at these times and when activities are being carried out
There are eight bedrooms used for overnight respite care which are simple and clean and can be made unique with accessories to the individual client’s needs.There are different types of beds to suit the needs of all; these include 2 safe spaces and 2 medical beds.

The centre consists of three floors; basement, ground floor and upper floor. There is a lift which will be used to take physically disabled clients to all areas of the building safely.
There is a hydrotherapy pool with changing area, tracking and hoist, wash basin and toilet facilities all floor surfaces are non-slip.
There is a main office and a small relative’s room where parents/carers can talk to staff in private.
Through the main entrance door there is an area where clients are able to hang their coats. Just past this area is a lounge were CCTV is in operation, this is equipped with TV, computers, iPads, games consoles, books, beanbags and settee’s.
There is an outside play area which houses a variety of apparatus. We have a large fully equipped commercial kitchen where all meals will be prepared. A hatch is integrated within the wall which is accessible through the main activity room where children and young adults can request things from the kitchen and collect/return their meals/cutlery.

We also have laundry room equipped with a washing machine, tumble dryer, sluice sink, hoover, carpet cleaner and other household cleaning equipment.
There is also a medical room which includes a medication cabinet, sink and cupboards for storage. We have a disabled toilet and toilet cubicles; next to the toilets is a wet room/disabled bathroom.
The upper floor is accessible via the lift or stair case. Upstairs there is a small lounge area, kitchenette and eight bedrooms. There is also a disabled bathroom with tracking and a hoist and a wet room/disabled bathroom with shower and toilet.

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
19-25 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type