Residents called on to help disabled young people and their families with Gloucestershire County Council's Family Link service as part of Share the Care week
RESIDENTS in Gloucestershire are being called on to help change the lives of disabled young people and their families.
As part of this week's Share the Care week. Gloucestershire County Council is encouraging people to get involved with its Family Link service, which sees disabled young people spend short breaks with carers to give their families time to carry out tasks such as shopping or get some much-needed rest.
The scheme also gives the young people the chance to enjoy new experiences they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to.
Sixty children and young people are currently involved in the programme, with five of them still waiting to be matched with a carer. GCC cabinet member for young people's support Cllr Paul McLain described (Con, Charlton Kings) the service as: “An absolute lifeline for families”.
"It can be challenging but the rewards are incredible and if you are considering fostering in future or would like to foster but don’t have the time to do it full-time, providing short breaks is another option to consider,” he said. “It can be hugely satisfying to know you are making a big difference to the lives of these families."
Anyone is eligible to apply to join the scheme including single people, married couples, the unemployed or retired as well as same-sex partners.
To find out more about Family Link call 01452 426 850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org