More than £2 million for short breaks for Children with Disabilities

Jan 22 2018

In approving the grant applications, Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “The funding I have agreed will enable a variety of short breaks to be available, across Hampshire, so that children, young people, and those who care for them, have a good range of breaks from which to choose.

“Carers of children with a disability, and the children themselves, benefit from a regular break. It means those with caring responsibilities can take some time for themselves and recharge their batteries. It is important that they are able to do this since it helps them to cope better with the additional pressures and challenges that being a parent or carer of a child with a disability can bring.

“In the face of ongoing and significant financial pressures, I am pleased that we are able to continue the support of the past three years, in the coming financial year.”

Over the past twelve months, just over 2,200 families, from all over Hampshire, have accessed short break activities. Activities take place outside of school time, during evenings, weekends and school holidays. The type of break being funded in 2018/19 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.

The total short breaks grant funding included agreement to a further year’s support for the Parent Voice Information and Participation Service (£37,500), the Rose Road Buddy Scheme (£140,000) and Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN £35,000).