Stephen's Ark

Stephen's Ark is our Children's Respite home offering a friendly, warm atmosphere within the local area. We provide fully managed day, weekend and overnight care for children with learning disabilities, this then enables their families to have planned short-term breaks from caring for their children. Stephen’s Ark currently has 5 bedrooms with only one of those being fully accessible which does not reflect the high standards that our short breaks scheme provides.

There is a regional shortage of overnight respite care for children with spaces not always readily available, we seek to bridge that gap with the building of a new state of the art respite home for children with learning disabilities.

This new project will provide a bespoke and purpose built home for children with learning disabilities and severe and profound disabilities. It has been designed to meet the specialist needs of the individuals who access the facility and includes state of the art technology to assist the staff who work there.

The development will provide a highly attractive option for families and aims to address the shortage of accessible respite care.

Millie is one such child who receives respite from Stephen's Ark. Millie is a 15-year-old girl who has Downs Syndrome, speech and language delay and some health and mobility needs. She has no awareness of danger and requires close supervision when both in and out of the house.

She loves coming to Stephens Ark and interacting with the other children there. It allows her time to be with her friends and take part in her love of dancing, so there is always music and never a dull moment when she is with us. At home she is one of four children and lives with her mum and teenage brother, so the time that she spends with us is extremely beneficial, allowing her mother time to not just recharge her batteries but also spend time with her other children and their families.

Stephen’s Ark respite care will not only provide long lasting social benefits for the children, but the families who access our services, we will ensure it forms an important part of family life, providing much needed respite for parents from their busy care duties.

The project will play a huge part in alleviating the enormous pressure on the social care sector within Hampshire and Wiltshire.

We are recognised as an excellent provider of care and support to families and have robust relationships with local authorities. We have been providing this service for the past 21 years to families within Hampshire and Wiltshire, and we wish to continue this provision to support more children and young people with learning disabilities for future generations.

Please donate using the button at the top of the page, your fundraising can make a real difference and impact on children's lives.  Thank you. 

Andover and District Mencap

Enabling Choice & Independence

The Wellington Centre

Winchester Rd, Andover
Hampshire, SP10 2EG


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 17.00

General enquiries:

01264 321840
[email protected]