Meeting the needs of family life as it happens can be difficult. When one (or more) of your children is disabled, that balancing act can often collapse completely. For a child with complex, additional needs, the usual call of family, friends or neighbours to help with ad-hoc childcare is often not an option.
“I needed a meeting with my youngest son’s teacher. With Woody’s wheelchair, the 10 steps around the school site might as well have been Everest!”
How we can help
Flexicare provides a free, fully flexible, specialised sitting service for families with children with disabilities. Whether you need to attend an appointment, spend a night out with your partner/friend, or watch your other child’s school play – we’re here to help. At your home or out and about, our services are led by your needs (with the exception of work commitments).
“Flexicare looked after Woody at our home, allowing me to support my youngest child with my full attention.”
Fully trained support
Flexicare staff and volunteers are all DBS checked and trained in safeguarding, first aid, seizure awareness, safe lifting and handling practices, and medication administration. A small number of sitters are matched to each registered family and provided with additional training specific to each child, allowing amazing relationships to be built. Click here to join our team.
“Being involved and seeing the joy on the kids faces and those few hours of respite for the families is what makes it all worthwhile. A great charity which I love being involved with.”
Established in 1985, Flexicare supports families living within 8-10 miles of Oxford city centre to the North, East and West and extends to areas surrounding Wantage and Grove in the South. The geographical coverage is outlined here.