Dehra Dun Cheshire Home


Dehra Dun, or Dehradun

is the capital city of the State of Uttarakhand in north India. Located in the Garhwal region, it is 255 km north of India’s capital New Delhi and consists of 6 tehsils, 6 community development blocks, 17 towns and 764 inhabited villages.The city has been chosen as one of the “Counter Magnets” of the National Capital Region (NCR) and is being developed as an alternative centre of growth to help ease the migration and population explosion in the Delhi metropolitan area.

Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, the Doon Valley is nestled between two of India’s mightiest rivers – the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. Dehradun is famous for its picturesque landscape and pleasant climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. It is well connected and in proximity to popular Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital and Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Char Dham

Dehra Dun Cheshire Home

The Dehra Dun Cheshire Home specialises in the care of people with a physical and learning disability in an environment where having this level of disability leaves you seriously disadvantaged.

The Home has the capacity to accommodate up to 60 residents consisting of men, women and children of different castes, creeds and communities. They are mostly cases of Physical Disabilities, e.g. cerebral palsy, sight or speech impaired, or with learning disabilities. The medical profession has given up hope for them and hospitals have no room for such people. This Home offers them not only food and shelter but also instills in their mind a sense of dignity and purposefulness.

Every effort is made to make their life comfortable and pleasant by providing them more amenities.

Through physiotherapy they are given dedicated exercises to improve their locomotion to the possible extent. The purpose is to make them self reliant as far as possible.

The Cheshire Home here is trying to train and educate local people to respect and care for the residents of the home as human beings with the capability of contributing to society. This operates from an activity centre within the home and has been very successful. To enable this project to grow and expand there is a requirement for a separate day centre to be erected. This will allow the residents of the home, other people with disabilities, local people and people in the broader community to be brought together to create an environment of mutual trust and respect. Then the work of training the broader community to value the residents can begin.

A Committee of 14 prominent citizens is managing the affairs of the Home. It meets once a quarter to take decision on policy matters and pass the annual budget and accounts. An executive committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice Chairperson, Hon. Secretary, Hon. treasurer meet every week to discuss matters relating to welfare of the residents, maintenance of the building, problems of the staff, care, safety and security of the property of the Home.
It is their responsibility for the appointment of staff, admission of new residents and smooth functioning of the Centre.

TOUCH Ireland agreed to purchase a site and provide the funding and work with the management committee to build a dedicated Day Centre during 2003 and 2004.

Dehra Dun Cheshire Home Day Centre

The Opening of the TOUCH Cheshire Home Day Centre

The Day Activity Centre:

Now that this centre is developed it will be a resource for the surrounding community.

  • The aim being that other multiple disabled children living with their families can get the much needed rehabilitation and support services.
  • The care and support staff will be trained as trainers. This means that they will support the ongoing and expanding future training programme planned for other Leonard Cheshire Services in the region.
  • There will be greater effort made by the staff and management to increase the contact and involvement with the families of resident in the Cheshire home.

Involving families

Many of the families who have left their children at the Home, did so in desperation and because they felt unable to meet the demanding care needs of their child in their own home, especially as the child got older. A number have expressed great sorrow at not keeping in closer contact with their child.

One of the future challenges for the Dehra Dun Day Service is how to foster greater family involvement and how to provide necessary support to families so that they are able to care for their child in their own home rather than rely on full time and long-term residential support. As the Day Service extends its work into the community it is hoped that solutions to this real and difficult problem will be found.

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