Released On 20th May 2015

Can YOU help a disabled child?

Ordinary people with the skills to make an extraordinary difference to the lives of disabled children and their families are being sought by Somerset County Council.

We’re looking for individuals who can provide regular respite care to disabled children or teens, as Short Break Carers, giving vital short-term support to Somerset families.

Short Break Carers often provide care on a short-term basis, such as one weekend a month, or two evenings a week. Children or young people might have a learning disability, a physical or sensory disability, significant health care needs, or a combination of these.

Currently Somerset County Council has just eight Short Break Carers and yet the number of families wishing to access Short Break Care in Somerset is on the rise.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “Our Short Break Carers do a fantastic and often challenging job, and we value them highly for the specialist care and support they provide.

“But with our Short Break Carers spread so thinly across the county, there is a real, Somerset-wide need for Short Break Carers, particularly in our main towns.

“Often parents who are caring for a child or teenager with a disability won’t ask for help until they absolutely need it. As a Short Break Carer not only do you help a disabled young person, enhancing their lives with new experiences, you also make a collossal difference to the lives of these families too.”

The Council offers fantastic training, a competitive allowance, and the chance to join a dedicated team.

Anyone thinking about becoming a Short Break Carer is encouraged to come along to one of our next three information sessions:

  • Tuesday 15 March, 7pm-9pm at Costa Coffee Taunton, Fore Street, TA1 1JW
  • Monday 21 March, 7pm-9pm, Colliers Court in Frome, BA11 4BS
  • Thursday 24 March, 7pm-9pm, Costa Coffee Yeovil, Middle Street, BA20 1LE

Each session is run by the Fostering Recruitment Service and is a great chance to have any questions answered.

You can also find out more about becoming a Short Break Carer by clicking here or by phoning 0800 5879900.

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