David’s family began taking children with special needs for short breaks in their home in Helensburgh in the early 1990’s. After a move to Kinross in 2000 David’s wife Helen started working in the Children’s Hospice as a palliative care paediatric nurse and David and their two children became volunteers with CHAS. The family carried on offering short breaks in the new area for a number of years until the partnership between the local authority and Barnardo’s ceased. By this time David realised that full time volunteering was not sustainable so his family became short break foster carers, working for Action for Children, giving children with extra support needs and carers a break. David has also worked as a classroom assistant in a special school, a support worker for a young adult on the Autistic spectrum at college and at a residential school for primary children with emotional and behavioural issues. David is now retired but Helen continues to work, providing care in the home for children with life limiting conditions.