Open even­ing to find short break hosts

East Kilbride News - - CLUBS NEWS -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is host­ing an open even­ing in a bid to re­cruit peo­ple will­ing to of­fer ‘short breaks’ to chil­dren and young peo­ple with ad­di­tional sup­port needs.

So­cial work bosses are look­ing for fam­i­lies across East Kil­bride and Avon­dale to of­fer respite for fam­i­lies.

The event will take place to­mor­row in Hamil­ton’s Town House from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Sarie Young, a so­cial worker based in the coun­cil’s fam­ily place­ment team, said: “Short breaks and respite care are ben­e­fi­cial to a range of chil­dren, in­clud­ing those on the autis­tic spec­trum, chil­dren with phys­i­cal or learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties or other com­plex health needs.

“The pro­vi­sion of fam­ily­based, overnight short breaks to a child or young per­son with ad­di­tional needs en­ables them to have new ex­pe­ri­ences, to develop new re­la­tion­ships and some­times to have a greater in­de­pen­dence.

“Mean­while, fam­i­lies have a reg­u­lar op­por­tu­nity to recharge their bat­ter­ies.

“What’s even more re­ward­ing is that car­ers look after the same child or chil­dren on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and have the op­por­tu­nity to build strong – and of­ten life­long – re­la­tion­ships with the child.”

Short break car­ers from all walks of life and back­grounds are re­quired.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are wel­come from sin­gle peo­ple, mar­ried cou­ples, cou­ples in a sta­ble re­la­tion­ship and peo­ple from the LGBT com­mu­nity, as well as fam­i­lies with or with­out chil­dren.

Any­one over the age of 21 can work with the team to of­fer cru­cial respite care – all that is needed is a room in your home and the en­thu­si­asm, skills and qual­i­ties nec­es­sary to give chil­dren and fam­i­lies some breath­ing space.

To regis­ter in­ter­est or find out more, con­tact 0303 123 1008 or email fam­i­ly­place­ment@ south­la­nark­

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