Could you provide a short break to a child with a disability?
07/02/2014The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is seeking carers who are willing to offer placements to children and young people with disabilities. Kate Courtenay, Head of the Trust’s Specialist Child Health and Disability Services, says: “We are always looking short break carers for children with disabilities. Short breaks are one of our services most commonly requested by parents of disabled children. The short breaks can take place in the carer’s home and last from a few hours to overnight stay.”
“We are currently making a particular appeal for people who would be willing to care for children who may have additional needs due to a physical or learning disability. So if you feel you have the confidence and/or skills acquired from prior or present work experience to provide such a placement, we would be very interested in hearing from you.”
The Trust is looking for all kinds of people as carers. They may be single or have a partner, be young or older, working, retired or unemployed. They may or may not have children of their own.
“There are no necessary qualifications or experience. We are looking for people with energy and commitment and a desire to support a disabled child in the community and we will fully support placements by providing information and skills training,” adds Kate.
For further information contact Rosemary McCool (for Armagh and Dungannon), email email@example.com or telephone 028 3752 0547, or Christine Hynes (for Newry and Mourne), email Christine.Hynes@southerntrust.hscni.net or telephone 028 3082 5025, or Ann Heatley (for Craigavon and Banbridge), email Ann.Heatley@southerntrust.hscni.net or telephone 028 3834 8248 or log on to www.southerntrust.hscni.net