CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s this week launched a new campaign to encourage more people to become short break carers for disabled children and their families.
Begun to coincide with ‘Share the Care Week’, the ‘I Could Do That!’ campaign aims to highlight the need for respite care in the Angus and Dundee areas.
Siobhan Carroll, service manager at Barnardo’s Fostering North, said: “There is a real need for more short break carers to help disabled children take part in activities in their community and provide the parents with a break from caring for their families.
“Short breaks give disabled children and young people opportunities which non-disabled children and their families may take for granted; a sleepover with a friend, a trip to the cinema, the chance to spend time with another family and have new and different experiences, whilst giving their main carers a much-needed break.
“Carers also benefit from the service they offer. One carer said that words can’t describe what you get from helping a child with a disability, it’s the simplest of things that make you know your making a huge difference in that child’s life”.
A survey carried out on behalf of Short Breaks Network in 2012 showed only three in 10 people have heard about the opportunity to become short break carers but after they do find out, one in five considers it.
Short breaks can be anything from a few hours a week to an overnight stay once a month. Training is given and an allowance is paid for expenses.
Further information is available by contacting Barnardo’s on 01244 624090 or online at www.barnardos.org.uk.