We are doing a big push to spread awareness of the Home & Away Scheme, in advance of an information evening at the end of the month, writes Cheryl Keller at the Swindon Council Family Placement Team.
The scheme supports children with disabilities to live at home with their own family by providing regular away breaks with a Home & Away foster carer, in the carer’s home, usually one weekend a month.
According to government statistics there are 3,690 disabled children living in Swindon. Home & Away carers give parents a much needed rest from caring for their child and an opportunity for the child to gain independence, build new relationships and widen their horizons.
Disabilities can range from learning difficulties and autism to physical impairments. We are particularly in need of carers who can look after children on the autistic spectrum and also children who use wheelchairs.
Foster carer Donna says being a short break carer fits well with her working week. “Sarah comes to us once a month for two nights. She enjoys watching Saturday Kitchen and the Grand Prix, as well as helping feed the animals. As a professional who works five days a week it is nice to know my family is doing something so valuable for another family and enjoying it.”
Regular ongoing support
To start off new foster carers provide care for just a few hours a day and then move into overnight stays. Regular support is ongoing and carers are allocated their own Linkworkers. Carers do not need to have experience working with disabilities as a comprehensive training programme is available. All Home & Away Carers receive an allowance.
Why not find out more at our next information evening on Tuesday 26 March, 6.30pm. Please give us a call on 01793 465700 or mail: email@example.com