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Short Breaks

For children with disabilities and support for families with children and young people on the autism spectrum

For Children with Disabilities and Support for Families with Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum

The Council's new Short Breaks Services for children, young people and their families began delivering services from 1st February 2017.  

Short Breaks are now delivered on behalf of Cumbria County Council by:

Carlisle Mencap in Carlisle & Eden / Barrow & South Lakeland, and

West House in Allerdale & Copeland

Short Breaks may be available for children and young people with complex and additional needs.  If you are a carer of a disabled child or young person, these are designed to give you a break from caring responsibilities, whilst giving your child access to leisure and social opportunities in a supportive environment with their peers. 

An extensive consultation took place with families in 2015/16 to produce the new Short Breaks Statement (which is available to download on the right-hand side)  and to identify the preferred method of delivery and the new Short Break Hubs were the outcome.  Families were also involved in the selection process for the providers. 

Advisory groups

have also been created in each area with significant parent/carer representation to ensure parent/carers guide the development of Short Breaks Provision.  In addition, each Advisory Group has the ability to issue small grants which organisations can apply for to develop services to meet the needs of children whose needs for a Short Break are not well met elsewhere (Advisory Group documentation is available to download on the right-hand side).

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