Give Special Needs Children Access to Facility-Based Respite Care
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Rainbows Charitable Trust has a vision to provide purpose-built respite care facilities where parents/carers can take their precious children and leave them there for short to medium term stays int he knowledge that they are safe,very well cared for and very happy.
There are many of us in the community who care for disabled and special needs children. This is more often than not a 24/7, highly demanding and stressful job. The government recognises this fact by supporting parents and carers to take regular respite breaks – when their child can be cared for by someone else for a period of time. This recognition comes in the form of funding that is allocated to pay for another party to care for the child.
However, many of us cannot make use of this funding as we do not have a carer for our child. Finding carers and setting up ‘home to home’ care is difficult and has the potential to fail – and often does. A purpose-built facility to cater for special needs and disabled children is what is needed but, there is nothing of this nature in this region for children under the age of 16 years. This means that there are many parents and carers in our community who are in desperate need of a break – many can be unwell themselves and have no family, friends or neighbours willing or able to help out. Special needs children can end up suffering if their carer/parents cannot access a much needed break to rest, revitalise and ‘recharge their batteries’. It is essential that they are able to access regular respite breaks. Our vision is to provide such a place.
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