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Funding boost - short breaks for carers

Herefordshire Council is calling on all local groups and organisations that work with children and young people to think about how they can support children with additional needs and disabilities. 

Herefordshire Council and the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have made a commitment to support parents and carers who look after children with additional needs and disabilities. They have agreed to pool money to buy services to support these children and their families.

This week sees the launch of a commissioning prospectus which sets out what funding is available, and how groups such as voluntary organisations, schools and early years providers, can apply for it.

“We want to support a wide range of activities, including clubs and breaks that children and young people can enjoy away from their parents such as youth clubs, summer schools or overnight respite,” said Councillor Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing.  “We also want the money to help families in the home with every day living tasks such as feeding and bathing.”

Parents and carers have helped to put the prospectus together.  They will be involved in making decisions about  how the funding is awarded and in monitoring the services that are then put in place.

Councillor Patricia Morgan, added: “Carers play a vital role in our society.  We want all children, young people and families living with disability and complex needs to live fulfilling lives.  This means making sure they get chance to have short breaks and socialise with other young people as this helps improve emotional health, self-esteem and confidence.”

“The publication of the commissioning prospectus comes as a result of months of work with parents, carers, special schools and service providers.  The outcomes and objectives listed in the prospectus are those that parents have told us they want and will meet the individual needs of children and young people.”

The prospectus is available to see at