Short breaks was previously known as the ‘shared care scheme’ and in 2016 it became known as the short breaks scheme. The scheme was established to provide short breaks, within a family setting, for children & young people with disabilities were it has been assessed that their parents/carers require a break from their caring responsibilities.
Our current short break carers are people from a variety of backgrounds who are compassionate, caring & willing to open their homes to provide short breaks to children and young people with a disability.
Our current waiting list consists of children who urgently require short breaks but we do not have enough carers to meet this need. To become a short breaks carer you do not need any specific skills or qualifications just the willingness to make a positive difference to a child’s life. The Trust will provide ongoing support and specific training, based on the needs of the child alongside the allocation of a dedicated link worker and the opportunity to avail of the support through a Carers Support Group.