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More carers need to help disabled youngsters

Caring people who enjoy children’s company are wanted to help make a difference to the lives of disabled youngsters.

Bolton Shared Care Team has launched a recruitment campaign to find people who can offer short breaks to children with physical and/or mental disabilities.

Team members will be in Victoria Square, Bolton town centre, on Saturday, January 24, providing information to anyone interested in becoming a carer.

The breaks, either looking after a child for a short time at their home or taking them on fun day trips, are designed to give the child’s parent a short break at the same time.

A similar campaign last year saw 30 new carers sign up.

NEW RECRUITS: They are, from left, Paul Freeman, June Tunney and Jackie Evans

They included Jackie Evans, a single mum of two with time to offer after school, and June Tunney and Paul Freeman, a couple with teenage children who felt they could help over the weekends and school holidays.

Ms Evans, who lives in Bolton, said: “I’ve got two grown-up sons, one of 18 and one of 26, and I have been feeling that my life needed something else to fill it. Caring seemed like a good opportunity for me and for the children and parents that I would be helping, so I saw the advert, phoned up, and it went from there.

“I work part-time, so I have the free time to take the children out for the day or stay in with them. I just want to offer my help. I would encourage people to do this, although I know it’s not for everybody, but it was right for me. I’m looking forward to getting started in the next few weeks.”

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “There are still a number of children waiting for support and the council would love to hear from anyone who wants to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people in Bolton.”

The next training session for carers starts in March.

For more information about the recruitment day on January 24 call 01204 337100 or visit www.bolton.govuk/childrensservices