Sharing the Care Short Break Service - children

Short break care is a reliable and flexible service designed to give parents/carers of children with disabilities a break.

This can be anything from a few hours to overnight stays and may be provided in a family setting in a short break carer’s home or out and about in the community with a befriender or as a member of an activity group.

The break provided enables parents/carers to recharge their batteries, spend time with other family members and do things which are not always possible when their child with a disability is at home. A regular break can be a lifeline to parents, sustaining them and helping them to continue to care for their child with a disability at home.

Many children with disabilities do not have the same opportunities as other children. Regular contact with a carer or group can be an enjoyable and positive experience for the child, boosting self-esteem, providing new friendships and encouraging independence.

All short break carers are carefully chosen and vetted by Trust staff and the service is planned and paced to suit the needs of all.

There are 4 contact points within the Northern Trust:

Sharing the Care Short Break Service
Slemish Community Services Centre
Braid Valley Hospital Site
Cushandall Road
Ballymena
028 2563 5640

Sharing the Care Short Break Service
Ellis Street Complex
Ellis Street
Carrickfergus
028 9331 5114

Sharing the Care Short Break Service
Riverside House
28, Portstewart Road
Coleraine
028 7035 8158

Sharing the Care Short Break Service
Sperrin House
43, Queens Avenue
Magherafelt
028 7930 1700

Page last updated:21 October 2014