Respite Home Support Service

Lagan's Foundation offers 2 care services

  1. Free respite home support services  to families of young children aged 0-5 with  heart defects or feeding issues  at home or in hospital
  2. Lagan's Care - specialist care services for children with personal budgets aged 0-16. 

What is Lagan's Foundation Free Respite Home Support Service?

Lagan's Foundation supply home support volunteers to families homes to help support a child under 5 with a heart defect or feeding issue.

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.

This service is currently funded by donations and grants and any profits from Lagan's Care 

What is Lagan's Care

Children with Care Packages / Personal Budgets 

For those with care packages we offer specialist daytime and over-night respite care solutions for children aged 0-16 in a families own home. Please contact us directly to discuss our Lagan's Care specialist service. 01204468300. 

Any profits made from Lagan's Care will go towards funding Lagan's Foundation free respite home support service for children who do not meet criteria. 

Lagan's Foundation Family Referral
Lagan's Foundation Professional Referral





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. 

How are the support workers trained?

All of our home support workers are

  • Criminal Record Checked
  • Level 2 Child Protection
  • 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
  • Other child based training is given where appropriate for delegated tasks.  

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 when using the FREE Home Support Service 

We do not offer hospice at home care.

Who is eligible for home respite and support?

Free Service 

  • Anyone  with a baby or a child aged 5 or under with a heart defect or feeding difficulty
  • Antenatal & post-natal
  • In hospital or at home
Lagan's Care 

  • Those with Personal Budgets or the capacity to pay for care 
  • Children aged 0 - 16

Who completes the application?

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

How much help will a family receive?

Free service - We offer a 2 hours help a week from an assigned home support worker up until the child is 5. 

Lagan's Care - 2 hours + per day/night  



Head Office: 01204 468300

Home Support & Volunteer Enquiries: 07726 298214

Fundraising Enquiries: 07486 313296