Some families are telling us that they feel overwhelmed with information and don't always know what is going on which could be of interest to their family and others are telling us that their family needs a personalised solution suitable to their needs.
In response to this feedback from families we have now created a Short Breaks Solutions telephone line and email. If you feel you are in need of a short break from caring but unsure how to get one whilst within the family home environment, or outdoors within the guidelines - please leave your name and contact number using the Short Break Solutions email or voicemail number.
Someone will contact you and we can work together to co-ordinate a creative response for your family.
For you: you can catch up with 'everyday activities' (i.e. cleaning, shopping), attend to your physical and psychological wellbeing, and maintain and develop social networks, enhance your ability to care for your child/ren with SEND and any other children you have, do something together as a family to reduce stress and we can link you with other families to prevent isolation.
Your child/young person: they can benefit from development of new interests, keeping fit, social networks with peers and taking part in hobbies.
The short break offer will be kept under review and updated in line with the guidance and needs of families. Please continue to share your views either by using the contact details above or completing the Carer short breaks survey.
For those families who have a social worker and are in receipt of outreach services or overnight respite. You can continue to link with your social worker in relation to these services where you feel you require more enhanced support than the short break solutions in the home. Your social worker will work with you on understanding the needs of your family during this time.