Short Breaks can relieve the strain on families and reduce stress on 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?

Children and young people will go out to existing provision in groups of 3-4 with 2 workers. This could be a range of recreational activities that promote a healthy,challenging and fun lifestyle and will be based on their interests.

Chichester KIDS workers can take the child or young person out into a community setting, such as to the cinema, bowling or to the local swimming pool. This enables them to have a positive experience whilst giving their families a break from their caring responsibilities. Alternatively, a KIDS worker can care for the child or young person in their own home while the rest of the family go out, or accompany a family on an outing supporting all members of the family to have an enjoyable shared experience.

Who is the service for?

Children and young people with disabilities aged 6-18 whom have access to a compass card in West Sussex.

How much does it cost?

£2.25 p/h (not including cost of activity/fuel)


Day Time
Monday 09.00-20.00
Tuesday 09.00-20.00
Wednesday 09.00-20.00
Thursday 09.00-20.00
Friday 09.00-20.00
Saturday 09.00-20.00
Sunday 09.00-20.00

How to access this service:

Referral or self-referral to the KIDS office.


Phone: 01329 312 312
Email: [email protected]