Family Support Service

Do you sometimes wish you could have a few hours off for a rest?

Lagan's Foundation offers home respite and support services to families of young children with  heart defects or feeding issues   at home or in hospital.

What is home respite and support?

Lagan's Foundation supply trained, criminal record checked, fully insured and regulated home support workers to families homes to help a family / child in any way they can.

The service is completely flexible and controlled by the family

Our home support workers can offer the child supervised play sessions, assisted feeds, nappy changes, baths, friendship and signposting to extra avenues of support. 

Parents gain an extra set of eyes ears and hands to support where they currently have none or very little extra support with the child. 

Our home support workers also support siblings.


Children with Care Packages 

For children with care packages we may be able to support day time and night time in a families own home.


Who is eligible for home respite and support?

  • Anyone with a baby or a child aged 5 or under with a heart defect or feeding difficulty
  • Antenatally & Post natally diagnosed
  • In hospital or at home

Who completes the application?

  • Family member
  • Health Visitor
  • Specialist Nurse
  • Consultant
  • Doctor
  • Social Worker

How much help will a family receive?

We offer a minimum of 2 hours help a week from an assigned home support worker. 

Is the service regulated?

Yes, our support service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission  allowing home support workers to carry out personal care and delegated* tasks (*subject to specific training) 

Are there any restrictions?

Parents or Carers with parental responsibility of the child MUST NOT leave the home premises unless via specific arrangement. 

We do not offer hospice at home care.

How are the home support workers trained?

All of our home support workers are

  • Criminal Record Checked
  • NSPCC Child Protection Certified
  • Team of specialists train the volunteers to understand basics in Life Support, Cardiac care, Stoma care, SaLT, Nutrition, Moving and Handing and Infection Control and Play
  • External Medication Training is offered where appropriate
  • Competency based pump feed training offered where appropriate


We do not offer end of life care but simply offer your family, a little bit of breathing space when things seem to be getting too much.

Lagan's Foundation Family Referral
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One of best things that has happened for me and Callum ,having a Lagan's volunteer gives me a few hours to myself and Callum adores our volunteer, Nicki. He can not wait to see her and she is so attentive to him and fun.


Hi all I am Luke's mum. Luke has complex TOF and with lagans help and my fab volunteer Vicky we are making sure that Luke enjoys what ever time we have left! Vicky comes once a week for a couple of hours to play or sit with Luke which enables me to get on with chores or sleep. I couldn't be without team Lagan.

THANKS for all your support TEAM LAGAN xxx

It's only the first day and my wife already feels so much better just from an initial visit, so thank you so much. Your story is inspiring and I can assure you that every minute of assistance you provide for Leo and my wife will be invaluable. I look forward to meeting up with you soon. Thanks again. - Daniel Carolan 

Invaluable service and charity. They were there for us during one of the hardest times of our lives. They made the anxiety, stress and worry almost tolerable, we didn't feel that we were alone. We can't say THANK YOU enough. 



I had home support this morning. Ruth is so good with Olivia she defo likes her snuggles and it was great to have someone to talk to and get all the housework done I feel loads better :)

Thank you xxxx

Helen Simpson

Lagan's came into our lives in 2013 and continue to help me with managing feeding and care as well as giving me precious time for other things. Not to mention reducing my sense of isolation by giving me something/someone to look forward to every week.

Thank you Lagan X

Karen Shurba

April, my daughter, was born with pulmonary atresia and small right ventricle along with other health problems. I have struggled at home by myself for a year and was finding it hard to keep on top of simple housekeeping. Lagans foundation have gave my a lovely volunteer who keeps April entertained while I get on with jobs around the house. This has saved my sanity. 



Head Office: 01204 468300

Home Support & Volunteer Enquiries: 07729 298214

Fundraising Enquiries: 07486 313296