Share the Care? Could you offer a short break and make the difference?

Published
14.03.2016

Gloucestershire County Council is asking people to consider if they could make a positive difference to the lives of disabled young people and their families.

The council will be celebrating Share the Care Week between the 21st and 25th March. The aim of the week is to encourage people to become Family Link Plus carers; offering short break care to disabled children.

There are 55 disabled children and young people from across the county who benefit from short breaks, thanks to the commitment of carers and the Family Link Plus team. The council currently has 58 Family Link Plus carers.

The council's Family Link Plus service offers family-based short breaks to disabled children and young people. The breaks gives the young person some quality time and new experiences, while their parents and siblings can spend time together or make time to do other things they need to, like attend appointments and go shopping.

There will be a chance to find out more about Family Link Plus and how you could get involved by visiting the community information bus at the following locations:

  • Tuesday 22nd March 9.30am - 5pm at the cross in Gloucester
  • Thursday 24th March 10am - 4pm outside Marks and Spencer, Cheltenham

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "Providing families and with short breaks is a fantastic way to support parents and carers. Short breaks are an absolute lifeline, they give parents, carers and their families time to relax and recharge.

"Taking on short breaks care may seem a bit challenging, but providing those precious hours of care and support is worth its weight in gold. Short breaks make a big difference.

"It can be particularly good if you are considering foster care, but don't have the time to commit to full time support."

The county council accepts applications for its Family Link Plus and fostering service from all sectors of society. People can be married, single, unmarried couples, same sex couples or individuals, have their own children, retired, a homeowner or unemployed.

All children are different, and to meet their needs, the county council is looking for a wide variety of people. In return, the council will ensure that you have training and preparation to meet the needs of individual children who might be linked to you.

Anyone wishing to find out more about becoming a Family Link Plus carer can email familylink@gloucestershire.gov.uk, phone 01452 426850, or visit the team at the stands.

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