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Short Break

A SHORT BREAK CAN HAVE LONG-TERM REWARDS

Bedford Borough Council has funded KIDS Direct Short Breaks in order for them to provide a support worker, for six hours a month, to selected families with disabled children and young people. This is a 12 month pilot scheme which could benefit up to 30 families from across the borough.

 

KIDS Direct Short Breaks links families to fully-trained workers who then deliver positive activities for disabled children, so that their parents take a break from their caring arrangements, and for their disabled child to have a positive and enjoyable experience at the same time.

 

The initiative is aimed at children and young people with mild to moderate disabilities, who would require one-one support so as to access mainstream activities in the community, or to have a break within the home.

 

Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “A short break gives parents and carers an opportunity to take some valuable time out and enables them to return to their loved one re-energised. I am pleased that we recognise the importance of this role and the positive impact it can have on a family by securing up to thirty families with this extra level of support.”

 

Rosie Cooke, KIDS service manager, said: “KIDS Direct Short Breaks is a ground breaking service that is simple to use and puts the process of choosing when and where to have a break in the hands of the family. It gives families with Disabled children maximum flexibility and control, as well as providing a practical solution to transform the way local authorities deliver short break services.”

 

“Our service works by setting up families with a secure online account and family profile. This states their likes and dislikes and specific requirements. All families receive a home visit from their KIDS local manager to discuss the service and to carry out a risk assessment.”

 

Once a family have completed their on-line profile and have met their KIDS manager, they either go online or book their short breaks. Families without access to the internet can book via, their local manager or through the helpline on 0845 453 1000.

 

The service will go live within Bedford Borough at the end of July 2012.

 

To find out more on this scheme, contact Rosie at KIDS Direct Short Breaks, on 07827 989149 or email: rosie.cooke@kids.org.uk

 

Alternatively, visit KIDS Direct Short Breaks’ website at: http://www.directshortbreaks.org.uk/

 

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