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Do you have the time to give parents a much needed break by looking after a child with a disability for a short break on a regular basis?

Cambridgeshire County Council’s campaign which asks people to ‘give a little and gain a lot from supporting children with disabilities’ asks you to come forward and offer support to families.

As a Link carer, you'll be paid an allowance and we will cover your insurance. You will be looking after a child or children in your own home giving them a ‘home from home’ experience, while providing their own families with a break. This rewarding role is a fantastic opportunity to support a family who need some extra help and it also enables children with disabilities to enjoy new experiences and broaden their social circle. Link carers offer anywhere from 24 nights a year to working fulltime providing overnight care to a number of children who visit on a rota system.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “Families with children with disabilities can really appreciate a bit of extra help and you can make a huge difference for the whole family if you can spare some time.”

"This is a hugely important role and a rewarding experience for the carers. You can give as much or as little time as you can spare to care for a child and full training and support is provided.”

“I would urge more people to become a Link Short Breaks carer and make a big difference to the lives of children with disabilities and their families.”

Link Short Breaks Carers for Cambridgeshire, Teresa and Simon, said: “As a family we are overjoyed by what the children bring to our home and the positive impact they have on our lives. It’s wonderful that we are able to support families by doing what we all love.”

We will be at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton (PE7 8BE) on following days:

  • 6 July, 11am – 3pm
  • 11 July, 4 – 8pm

Cambridgeshire needs Link carers who can provide anything from one weekend a month right through to more regular support for a range of disabled children. 

Applicants should not rule themselves out on the grounds of:

• Marital status
• Not owning their own home
• Sexuality
• Age (although all shared carers must be over 21)
• Disability

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Link short break carer then please contact us [email protected], call 0800 052 0078 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering

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