What are Short breaks ?
"Short breaks are activities for children and young people, usually away from home, that enable them to have fun and time with their peers, while at the same time giving a break to parents from their caring role.
Short breaks can be for the whole family together as well as for children and young people away from their family carers and range from a few hours’ of activities to longer times. They aim to enable disabled children to have opportunities to meet other children and to have fun, and to take part in everyday activities. They also aim to enable parents, carers and siblings to have some time free from their caring responsibilities.”
We are working with South Gloucestershire Council to obtain feedback about the current Short breaks that are on offer and looking for suggestions for the future.
Some families receive short breaks through social care for example a child in need assessment has been carried out by the social care team and you may have been provided Direct Payments or provided hours from a group to take your some of daughter out?
Some families access short breaks where they are able to self refer and a social care assessment is not needed. IE the parent makes contact with an organisation funded by the council ie Playlink, Special Friends Club etc and organise their child's holiday club etc.
The council completed the survey and the results of the survey will be displayed here very soon.
Results will be published on the councils website and also on our own website .
South Glos Parents and Carers are working with the Local Authority to develop a list of organisations who support Children and Young People in South Glos with additional needs.
Can you recommend any groups that your children currently use?
If so we can then provide these details to the Local Authority who will make contact directly with the organisation.
We are keen to get as many groups as possible whether it's groups for children with additional needs only or groups who run groups for everyone but include our children really well.
It would be great to have a list so we can collate this sort of information.
Many thanks for your help with this. SGPC Team