St Monica's Home for Diabetic Children, Deal, Kent

St Monica's Home for Diabetic Children was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1949 to provide residential care for a group which was generally poorly catered for at that time. The home, or hostel as it was more usually known, was located on St Monica's Road, Kingsdown. It was opened on July 8th by Council Chairman Mr C.G. Lines and dedicated by the Bishop of Dover. Accommodation was provided for 24 children aged from 5 to 13.

St Monica's was the Society's first home for diabetic children. The second, St George's in Manchester, followed soon afterwards. Emphasis was placed on the children taking responsibility their own care, whether through monitoring their diet or in administering their own insulin injections.

In other respects, the hostel was much like any other children's home of the time. The children attended local schools, joined local Girl Guides, Brownies and Wolf Cub groups, learned musical instruments, and took part in sporting activities.

The home closed in 1972.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
  • Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
  • Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
  • Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.