A helping hand for families with disability

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A new family support service for disabled children has opened for business.

Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has launched a Family Support Service in Bedford.

The free service will provide vital equipment, treatments, therapies and short breaks to disabled children with a range of conditions, and help parents access statutory support and funding.

Gill Rughoobeer, regional family services coordinator for Caudwell Children, is urging parents of disabled children and young people in the region to get in touch.

She said: “I want to hear from families or agencies so I can begin to assess the needs of children within the region. After an initial assessment I will be able to identify how we can support each child.

“I will be supporting families at times of crisis, diagnosis and hospitalisation, which will involve support within the home and hospital. For some we may have to access therapies, treatments or provide specialist equipment, such as wheelchairs, car seats or sensory equipment.

“For others it may be a case of simply sitting down and helping them to complete the necessary paperwork to access statutory support. Some families simply don’t know where to start and find filling in the necessary forms a considerable challenge. Funding applications, and letters of support, have become a necessary part of my workload in order to help families get what they are entitled to.”

For more information, or to enquire about volunteering for the charity, ring Gill on 07975 981769 or email gill.rughoobeer@caudwellchildren.com