Short Break services can relieve the strain on families and reduce stress of parents, whilst giving a child or young person an opportunity to explore new interests and develop independence. These short activity-based trips are designed in consultation with families and enable the child or young person to enjoy new experiences, meet new people as well as make friends.

KIDS has been part of a Short Breaks partnership group working together with the Council for Disabled Children, Action for Children and Contact a Family for the last year.

To learn more about Short Breaks and ideas for what you can do while on your Short Break, check out Georgia's, Mike's and Chelsea's Short Break stories. 

How does the service work?

The range of services offered in Hampshire offer an opportunity for you to use our trained Short Break workers in whichever way is best to meet your needs and aspirations of your disabled child or young person. Our service is provided by DBS checked, trained and supervised workers who will share the KIDS ethos of inclusion. This service is available for all ages up to the age of 25 years.

Each working agreement is individually tailored to meet the needs of the young person and their families; however the following descriptions will give families an idea of the services KIDS can offer -

  • One to one Short Breaks - a paid carer provides one to one support that enables a child/young person to access a range of community or leisure activities. The support worker may also accompany the family on an outing or hospital appointment etc.
  • Home support service -  a paid carer assists the parent or main carer to meet the personal care needs of a child or young person in their own homes at peak times in the morning and evening.
  • Activity days - from time to time KIDS organises fun days at local recreational settings where all members of the family and their support workers can enjoy an outing with other families.
  • Out of school service - KIDS is able to facilitate and support families when their child has been excluded from school or in hospital
  • Sitting service - this is care provided by a paid carer that takes place in the child’s own home on any day of the week and may be at any time of the day or night, up until midnight.

       

Who is the service for?

The service is open to all children aged 0-25 and can be paid for by the local authority arrangement (if appropriate), via Direct payments and Personal budgets or self- funded. We also take referrals through the buddy scheme and young people aged 7 – 19 years can access this is if they have a gateway card, you can have up to 25 hours per month through the scheme.


How much does it cost?

The referrals are generally from the local authority but if you wish to use your direct payments or self-fund, our hourly rate is £15.00 per hour.

We also take referrals through the buddy scheme and young people aged 7 – 19 years can access this if they have a gateway card, you can have up to 25 hours per month through the scheme. This is a cost of £5 per hour for parents/carers; the scheme is also available to some families who need financial assistance at a further reduced rate of £2.50 per hour.

Availability:

Breaks can be arranged most days of the year, including weekends, but excluding main bank holidays, subject to the availability of the Short Breaks worker.

How to access this service:

The service is open to everyone and can be paid for by the local authority arrangement (if appropriate), via Direct payments, Personal budgets/self- funded or through the buddy scheme. The referrals are generally from the local authority but if you wish to use your direct payments or self-fund, our hourly rate is £15.00 per hour. If you have a gateway card and your young person is aged 7-19years you can give us a call and we can discuss the referral process with you.

Contact:


Phone: 01329 312312
Email: southern.shortbreaks@kids.org.uk