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HELPING ALBURY FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY ACCESS RESPITE CARE

Free seminar to be held in Albury to brief parents and carers on the range of services, support and options available

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For families with a child with a disability, respite care can have immense benefits for the child and their parent or carer.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is stepping in to help ensure local families caring for a child with a disability are aware of the different respite options available to them, and the range of support and services available as their children grow.

A free parent seminar will be held in Albury on Thursday 12th March to provide parents and carers with information about the different types of respite available from a range of service providers in the area.

Shiva Otim from Cerebral Palsy Alliance said the seminar was designed to ensure parents of children with a disability were well equipped to make decisions about respite care when they needed it.

‘There are a range of different respite options available to families in the Albury area, and it is vital that parents and carers understand what it available and how it could assist them and their children’, Shiva said.

‘Respite benefits children by giving them opportunities to develop independence and it benefits families by giving parents, carers and siblings the opportunity to rest and recharge’, she said.

The free seminar is being held in conjunction with Aspire Support Services. It will include detailed information from Aspire; Greater Hume Children’s Services; Upper Murray Family Care; and Intereach about what respite is and what’s on offer in the Albury region.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of children with a disability living in the region, whether a pre-schooler, school-aged child, teen or adult, to register to attend this free seminar’, Shiva said. ‘The information provided could be life-changing.’

The free seminar will be held at Aspire Support Services, 220 Borella Rd Albury from 9:30am-12 noon. Morning tea is provided.

Registration is essential by 6th March. To register, contact Shiva Otim on 02 9975 8816 or sotim@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 23 Feb 2015