21 March: Give Someone a Deserving Break
|Author: Michele Smith, Media Officer, CBC||Published: 14th March 2012 10:50|
The important role of short break carers is being highlighted in Central Bedfordshire during Share the Care Week, 19 -26 March 2012.
The aim of the week is to raise the profile of shorts breaks and encourage people to come forward and consider becoming a short break carer or working with disabled children and young people.
Short breaks enable disabled children and young people to do many of the activities many children take for granted. They help them have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends. Short breaks are one of the services most commonly requested by parents of disabled children.
There are lots of different kinds of short break services and they can be provided by short break foster carers, volunteers and paid workers. Short breaks can be day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and can take place in the child's home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. They can also include sitting care, with an element of childminding; befriending by another young person or adult who can help the less able child or young person access community activities; community and leisure activities such as organised group activities - play schemes, Saturday clubs, or after-school clubs.
Cllr Mark VersallionCllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children's Services said: "Short break foster carers have a vital and rewarding role to play. By giving consistent and personalised short term care to the child or young person they are also giving valuable support and respite for the whole family. They have an enormous contribution to make which is beneficial to all"
Bedfordshire Fostering Service is holding an open evening for people who are interested in becoming a short break foster carer on Wednesday 21st March 2012 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Bedford Golf Club, Carnoustie Drive, Gt Denham Bedford, MK40 4FF. Professionals from the Family Link Scheme will be available to answer questions and talk in more detail about how you could make a big difference.
To book a place call 0300 300 8181 or www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/afevent