Grants totalling more than £2 million have been agreed by Hampshire County Council for community and voluntary organisations, across the county, that provide short breaks for carers of disabled children.
In agreeing the funding, Councillor Keith Mans, Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “I fully understand how essential it is for carers of children who have a disability to be able to take a regular break from their caring responsibilities so that they are able to have some time for themselves and to an extent re-charge their batteries. This enables them to cope better with the additional pressures that being a parent or carer of a child with a disability can bring. The funding I have agreed today, will enable a variety of short breaks to be available across Hampshire, offering children and young people, and their carers, a good range of choice.”
The short breaks programme supports up to 7,000 disabled children and young people to access short breaks activities. The activities that are to be funded in the 2016-17 financial year will form part of the whole range of the County Council’s short breaks provision for children with disabilities.
Activities take place outside of school time, during evenings, weekends and school holidays. The type of break being funded will include:
• educational and leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes;
• day-time care of disabled children either in their home or elsewhere;
• and services to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays.
At his Decision Day Councillor Mans also agreed funding of £285,000 to support the Parent Voice Information and Participation Service and Hampshire Parent Carer Network