The Break Story
Break is changing young lives across East Anglia by supporting children, young people and families in four key areas: young people in care and moving on; children and young people with disabilities; families in need of support and children at risk.
The charity was started back in 1968 by Geoffrey and Judith Davison and their friend Lesley Morley to provide holidays for children and young people with disabilities which would give their parents a break too. They chose Norfolk as a great place to have a holiday.
Working in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, Break runs seven family-sized children's homes providing safety and stability for children and young people who, for whatever reason, can no longer live with their own families.
The moving on team, which is exclusively funded by Break’s charitable income, consists of Transition and Mentoring services, providing ongoing support for our young people when they leave our homes. Help with education, employment and housing is vital but so is emotional support and, above all, a place to go when things go wrong. This support will continue for as long as it is needed.
Break also offers a therapeutic fostering service which enables young people to live within a family.
On behalf of Norfolk County Council, Break provides residential assessments for families whose children are at risk, giving families the opportunity to prove that they can keep their children safe from harm. We also provide community-based assessments on a spot purchase basis.
For children and young people with disabilities, in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, Break provides short breaks, giving the family a chance to recharge their batteries and the young people the opportunity to join in with fun activities. These services are based in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Families’ House, which joined Break in 2012, has an established reputation for supporting families with a wide range of difficulties in Norwich and Norfolk, including support for families who are “parenting apart”. Families’ House also provides a Young Carers Project.
Jake Humphrey, sports presenter, has been Break’s patron for several years. He is an invaluable asset to the charity, spending as much time as he can meeting our young people and families. He is passionate about Break and we are grateful for everything he does for us.
permanent staff, 98 relief staff and 915 volunteers