PEOPLE in Huddersfield are being asked to make a big difference to the lives of disabled children.
An appeal has gone out for foster carers as part of the national Changing Lives campaign.
The campaign will publicise the huge impact ordinary people can have on the lives of disabled children and their families when they offer short breaks.
The campaign will take place from Monday to Sunday next week.
Short break foster carers are urgently needed across Kirklees.
These are ordinary people who look after a disabled child regularly. It can be for a few nights a month or any length of time up to several weeks a year.
Short break carers help disabled children take a more active part in the life of their local community. They do ordinary activities which help the children to gain confidence trying new things and meeting new people.
The short breaks give the parents a break and a chance to recharge their batteries.
Carers will receive training, support and allowances to help them to care for the child.
In Kirklees, there are currently 12 families who need short break carers, particularly for children under the age of 10 who have a physical disability.
But carers from all ages and backgrounds are needed, particularly people with nursing experience.
A spokeswoman for the Kirklees scheme said: "Offering regular breaks to disabled children offers so much to the children, their families and the carers themselves."
Sue Mennear from the Shared Care Network, the charity co-ordinating the national campaign, said:
"We believe that many more people would come forward if they knew there was a need."
Anyone who might be interested in becoming a short break carer, or who would like more information, should contact Kirklees Family Link Scheme at the Family Placement unit on 01924 483707.