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Share the care this month

Article By: Bracknell Forest Council

Young people wanting to learn the difference between a slam dunk and a double dribble, a hand spring and a vault, and a body pop and a break dance should visit Bracknell town centre on Saturday, March 26.

To mark this year’s Share the Care week – a nationwide appeal from March 21-28, to recruit more short break carers – the family placement team from the council's Children, Young People and Learning department is organising a fun-filled day in Bracknell town centre.

On Saturday, March 26, between 11am and 3pm, the team has arranged for the Urban Elite Team to take centre stage by the water fountain in Charles Square and offer a diverse range of demonstrations including street dancing, cheerleading and basketball skills.

Short breaks carers come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. They share a love of working with children and desire to help a disabled child realise their potential. More short break carers are urgently needed to look after disabled children on a regular basis. This can be anything from two overnight stays a month to every weekend. Training is given and an allowance is paid for expenses.

Penny Reuter, chief officer for children’s social care, said: “The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the need for short break carers for children and young people with disabilities so families with disabled children can have regular breaks from the demands of caring.

“Anyone over the age of 21 can apply to be a carer - gender, marital status, disability, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, employment status or home ownership don't matter. “

Last year’s event was a great success, with lots of interest from both young people and people interested in becoming short break carers.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children and young people, said: “Share the Care week is a fantastic opportunity to promote the council's recruitment of short break carers.

“If people have ever considered becoming a carer, they shouldn't hesitate in calling the family placement team. It could be one of the most important phone calls they ever make and could change a child or young person’s life forever.”

Call the family placement team on 01344 351582 to find out more information.