Our Mission and Values
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 and Sevenoaks District.
We do however extend our Short Break respite unit services for children and young people to Medway and surrounding London Boroughs.
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 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
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 years on the charity has grown due to demand and now offers 4 key services to at least 350 parents and children at any one time. We need to generate £1.4 million through charitable donations in order to continue offering these services to some of the most vulnerable in society today.