Our Mission and Values

We are Beams wish to share our facilities and our fully accessible sensory garden and play equipment with both our members and the community. However, the safeguarding of our disabled children that stay overnight at our Dragon’s Retreat Respite Unit is our priority. We invite the public to visit Beams to use our facilities by pre-arranged times and agreement, to keep within our safeguarding responsibility. 

Our disabled children and young people are not in the building and garden generally between the hours of 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday as they are in education. The garden and facilities are available within these hours for 190 days per year. We also hire out our training room for family support groups which could be hired for 4 evenings consecutively if required. To use our facilities, please enquire by emailing – admin@wearebeams.org.uk


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive support services to families of children and young people with any form of physical, learning or sensory impairment living in the Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas.

We aim to support the whole family through a menu of services that directly benefit and assist those dealing with the challenges of raising a disabled child.


Our Vision

Our vision is that we aim to be a leader in Kent transforming the lives of disabled children and young people so enabling greater independence and control of their lives and futures.

The values that underpin the work of the Beams are:

  • Service Excellence
  • Parent-driven
  • People focused
  • Responsive to needs
  • Promoting an inclusive agenda
  • Beneficiary involvement in the development of services
  • Regular and systematic monitoring and evaluation
  • Increasing social awareness of disability
  • Collaborative working with professionals and charities

Our History

Beams was established as a charity in 1996 by a group of parents who believed that they could deliver better support for their disabled child by working together than they were currently getting through the local authority. They became directly accountable to the parents, carers and young people who accessed their services.

Twenty four years on the charity has grown due to demand and now offers 4 key services to at least 450 parents and children at any one time. We need to generate £1.5 million through charitable donations in order to continue offering these services to some of the most vulnerable in society today.