Consultation on overnight respite for children with disabilities - Proposed closure of Merrydale and Sunbeams overnight residential respite homes

Closed on

Hampshire County Council is asking for residents’ and stakeholders’ views on proposals to close two County Council overnight respite homes for children and young people with disabilities: Merrydale in Winchester and Sunbeams in Aldershot

Your feedback is very important to us and will help to inform the decision on whether or not to close the homes. In turn, this will help to inform decisions about re-designing the overnight respite service; with a view to providing a wider range of options which could offer families greater choice and flexibility in the type of support they access.

Please read the consultation Information Pack before responding. A paper version of the Response Form is available to download and print. An Easy Read Information Pack and Response Form is also available to download or print. Paper copies may be requested by emailing or by calling 0300 555 1375 (calls charged at a local rate). The Information Pack and Response Form can also be requested in other formats, including other languages, Braille, audio or large print. You can also email your consultation response to the County Council to

After reading this information, please complete the consultation survey online.

Please return paper response forms in the Freepost envelope provided. If you do not receive a Freepost envelope, please put your response in the post, simply addressed to: Freepost HAMPSHIRE

Drop in Events

As part of the consultation, drop-in events have been arranged. These events are being held alongside, but separate to, the ‘Get Together’ regional meetings organised by Hampshire Parent Carer Network. Booking is not required to attend these events. At the drop-in events you will be able to:

  • Find out more about the alternative overnight respite services which could be used instead of Merrydale and Sunbeams, if they close
  • Talk to Hampshire County Council staff and
  • Pick up a paper copy of the consultation Information Pack and Response Form
Location Date Time Venue
Andover 8 September 9.30am to 11.30am Longmeadow Centre, Cricketers Way, Andover SP10 5DE
Aldershot 14 September 10am to 12 midday Aldershot Centre for Health, Hospital Hill, Aldersshot GU11 1AY
Romsey 15 September 9.30am to 11.30am Romsey Rapids, Southampton Road, Romsey SO51 8AF
Winchester 20 September 9.30am to 11.30am United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8RZ
Basingstoke 28 September 9.30am to 11.30am Maple Ridge Primary School, Maple Crescent, Basingstoke RG21 5SX
Alresford 29 September 10am to 11.30am The Swan Inn Hotel, 11 West Street, New Alresford SO24 9AD

The consultation is open from midday on 7 August 2017.

The closing date is 11:59pm on 2 October 2017.

Please note that responses received after this time will not be included in the findings report.