David, his wife Helen and two children, have been involved in family based short breaks since 1992. They began as volunteers with the Shared Care scheme in Dumbartonshire and have since worked for schemes in Argyll and Bute and Perth and Kinross in partnership with Barnardo’s. Due to the difficulties in juggling work with the volunteering role David is now a paid foster carer with Action for Children providing short breaks for children in foster care, some of whom have special needs. He is also a volunteer driver at Rachel House children’s hospice where Helen works as a paediatric nurse. Their daughter Alice is also a volunteer befriender at Rachel House.