Autism: Child support help needed

MORE volunteers are needed who can spend time with a child who has autism.They could provide vital support to families by taking a child to a favourite activity, and having fun together.

MORE volunteers are needed who can spend time with a child who has autism.

They could provide vital support to families by taking a child to a favourite activity, and having fun together.

Some carers also agree to have a child in their family home, joining in with everyday life.

The volunteers, or 'link carers', form part of a scheme organised and funded by the Suffolk County Council's social care department.

New research entitled, Autism in Schools: Crisis or Challenge, shows that two thirds (67 per cent) of teachers in England and Wales believe there are more children now with autistic spectrum disorders than there were five years ago.

Tony Lewis, member of Suffolk County Council's executive committee, said: "The Link Carers scheme offers a helping hand to many families across Suffolk. Anybody who enjoys being with children and has a little time to spare can make a huge difference."

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Glenis Overett, a social worker for children with disabilities, said: "Families who receive much-needed help come back with new energy after having a short break. Volunteers require no special training and we prepare our link carers well before they start helping a child."

To find out more, call 01473 583601, which has a 24 hour answerphone.

Weblink:

www.autismuk.com

www.autism.co.uk