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Short Breaks (Local Offer)

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Short Breaks provide opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to spend time away from parents and carers within quality services.  Short Breaks also provide parents and carers with breaks from their caring responsibilities and facilitate quality of life by enabling families to access places and activities together.

Short Breaks are defined as:

  • Day time support in the child's home environment or elsewhere
  • Overnight care and support in child's home environment or elsewhere
  • Educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes

The council has a portfolio of Short Breaks available including a range of commissioned short breaks and in-house Short Breaks such as Cherry Lodge (residential childrens home) and Link Care.

You can view and download a Fact Sheet about Short Breaks here.

Information on COVID-19 support can be found on the Local Offer COVID-19 - Information page and the SEN and Inclusion Services COVID-19 Support page. 

Local support groups can be found by using the search term 'COVID-19' in the search box at the top of the page.

Commissioned Short Breaks

Peterborough City Council commissioned community short breaks portfolio includes one to one support, Small Groups and Large Groups.  The providers for these services include Circles Network, Sports Works and Scope.  Large Group services are targeted access so families can access directly after evidencing diagnosis to the provider.

One to one and Small Groups and Sleep Management Programme are accessed following an assessment of needs and referral to the relevant decision making panel. For more information see the Decision Making Panels page.

Circles Network Activities

Circles Network has started Circles Stars, a new dance, drama and music workshop aimed at children and young people aged 7-19. Those able to access are disabled and disadvantaged children and young people who are able to manage their own behaviour.  10 children and young people will be able to benefit from these sessions, booked as a termly course. Children and young people could potentially access all 3 terms or choose the activity that interests them most.  

 Term 1: Sept-Dec 2020 - Dance and drama workshops, led by Chloe’s Dance Company, will explore creativity, movement, social interaction and promote confidence, mindfulness and develop communication skills.   

 Term 2: Jan - March 2021 - Music workshops offering unique interactive, hands-on workshops using music & innovative technology. These sessions aim to increase confidence, real-world skills & personal development through music. 

Click on this link to find a pdf of a poster with further informationon the dance and drama workshops

Sportsworks Active Short Breaks

Peterborough City Council and Sport Works have put together a winning formula for Autumn/Winter 2020/21.

This brand new inclusive Short Breaks programme, designed for children and young people with a disability, is packed full of sport, games and fun activities to provide your child with the ultimate healthy, fun and safe experience.

These activities are available every Wednesday, Saturday and School holidays.

- Starts October half term 2020

- Cost £3 for after school and weekend programme

- £5 for the school holiday programme

- For ages 7 to 19 years

- Fully trained and qualified staff on hand throughout

- Booking is essential

Contact - Telephone 0191 5800 120

Please note, children and young people must have evidence of a diagnosis to be eligible for this programme.

Click on this link to visit their Facebook page 

In-house Short Breaks

Peterborough City Council in house short break services include Cherry Lodge and Link Care.

Commissioned individual packages of support

An individual commissioned package of support would be agreed at the relevant Decision Making Panel, following an assessment of needs.  For more information on panels visit our Decision Making page.

This includes packages of Direct Payments and home care.  

Direct Payments can be used to buy care and support for your child/young person; Direct Payments can give you a greater ability to choose and control own care services, enabling your child/young person to work towards their outcomes.

You can use a Direct Payment to employ your own Personal Assistant to help and support you.  You would need to pay them a wage from your Direct Payment. You can get help and advice with your Direct Payments from Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS).

Children and young people can also access packages of home care; this support would be agreed at a relevant decision making panel following an assessment of needs. Packages of home care are arranged on an individual child/young person basis. Home care is provided by Home Care/Domiciliary Care agencies who work in the family home, providing personal care to children and young people. This may include support with washing, dressing, feeding etc. 

Short Breaks Service Statement

To find out more about Short Breaks, you can look at the council's Short Breaks Service Statement.

If you would like to tell us anything about Short Breaks, or the Short Breaks Service Statement, you can fill in our Local Offer Feedback page.  This will go to the Children's Commissioning Team who will feed it into future planning.