Community Support and Activity Breaks
Break provides a range of services for children with disabilities giving valuable support for families across East Anglia.
Break provide a range of supporting services to children and young people with a range of disabilities and special needs including physical, communication and behavioural difficulties. Themed holidays for disabled children referred by Suffolk Children’s Services have been running for several years. The breaks are for 2 nights usually during school holidays or weekends with a longer break in the summer holidays where young people experience a festival and outdoor activities. The various themes throughout the year enable young people to experience activities with their peers, which they may not have accessed before. This could include outdoor activity centres, sailing and boating, camping, sporting activities or indoor activities like cooking, making things, games and pamper sessions.
Children and young people have enjoyable experiences away from their parents or carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation. Parents, carers and families in turn enjoy a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities whilst their child is in safe hands, having fun, increasing their social opportunities and learning new skills.
The skilled and experienced team developed a community based offer supporting children and young people with a range of disabilities and needs as described above. Young people are referred by Norfolk Children’s Services where their parents/carers need a well-deserved break and the young person perhaps unable to access any other group or community activities due to the level of their specific need. We tailor each support package according to the young person’s needs which will include a range of activities away from home, usually after school or over a weekend. We also develop creative packages around young people where they have not been able to access a formal education setting.
Our Residential Short Breaks service enables families to recharge batteries in the knowledge their child is being looked after in a wonderful setting.