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The council is looking for families to become short breaks carers

Young girl in a wheelchair


Herefordshire Council is delighted with the success of a recent open morning on 23 January, which saw 16 families discussing the possibility of becoming short breaks carers.

The council is looking for families to become short breaks carers, in order to provide a service for local children with disabilities and their families to allow them to have a much needed break.

Councillor Jonathan Lester, Cabinet member for young people and children's wellbeing, said: "We are delighted that so many families attended our open morning to find out what it means to become a carer. There was a wealth of experience between those who attended, including health professionals, teaching staff and those who currently care for a child with a disability.

"It is even more encouraging that as a result of the open morning, a significant number have expressed an interest in going through to the next stage of the process. One attendee commented that they found the session very informative and they're looking forward to beginning a new journey."

The council's fostering team's training for short breaks carers will include standardised foster carer training and specific health and disability related training along with first aid, safeguarding and preparation to foster training.

If anyone is interested in becoming a short breaks carer, the next open morning will be held on Saturday 2 April from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Moor House, Widemarsh Common Road, Hereford, HR4 9NA.

To express an interest in becoming a short breaks carer, please contact Alison Forshaw or Sue Powell on 01432 383240 or fostering@herefordshire.gov.uk. Alternatively, to find out more, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/short-breaks-care.

Published: Monday, 8th February 2016