Thursday, 17 May 2012

Help Sought To Support Work With Disabled Children


The Short Breaks service will be visiting Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge next week to encourage local people to help disabled children and their families.

Staff from Cambridgeshire County Council representing a range of disability services will be at the hospital on Wednesday 23 May to provide more information about how people can get involved.

The Short Breaks service allows parents to have a break or spend time with their other children and gives the disabled child opportunities to enjoy new experiences and to meet other children and families.

A range of leisure, cultural, and educational activities are offered to disabled children, which help contribute to personal and social development and help reduce social exclusion. The service relies on a team of dedicated carers to support its work and currently has opportunities available in the Cambridge area and south of the county. There are also opportunities for people who are interested in being employed directly by a family to help with their disabled child's care.

One Short Breaks provider is the Family Link Service, which matches disabled children and their families with carers who can regularly welcome the child into their home. This provides the child with a 'home from home' and gives their family regular breaks from caring.

Short Breaks are also provided by the Community Support Service, where support workers go into a child's own home to help parents with caring tasks or to take their child out.  The service also runs a number of its own regular clubs, as well as holiday clubs, and helps disabled children to access other activities within the community.

In addition, a number of other services are also commissioned to help meet the needs of disabled children and their families.

Richard Holland, the County Council's Head of Service for Disability said: "We are delighted with the opportunity to highlight the Short Breaks service in Cambridge and we look forward to meeting local people to show how they could potentially make a huge difference to the life of disabled children and their families."

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: "The Short Breaks service provides much needed support for families across Cambridgeshire. It also offers opportunities for members of the public to build a career working with disabled children. We hope these opportunities will appeal to people in Cambridge and that, with their help, the service will continue to thrive in the local area."

If you have experience working with disabled people and feel you could help support this important and rewarding work, look out for the County Council stand at Addenbrooke's Hospital on Wednesday 23 March. You can also contact the team on 01480 379800 or visit: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/childrenyoungpeople/disabledchildren/shortbreaks