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Our overnight short breaks service provides high quality residential breaks for young people irrespective of their disability or condition. Russell House offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for children and young people, where their unique needs and abilities are nurtured.
Young people aged 0 – 25 with special educational needs or disabilities. We're proud to serve a diverse range of young people, including those with mild to severe learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, children on the autism spectrum, and those with epilepsy.
The service runs throughout the year six days a week. We are closed on Thursdays. An overnight stay usually runs from 3pm to 3pm the following day but can vary depending on individuals needs.
Through South Gloucestershire 0-25 Service.
Kids’ overnight short breaks service offers young people high quality residential breaks in a friendly, homely environment that is safe and secure, stimulating and fun. We’re here to help young people develop social and independence skills, build meaningful relationships, and explore new experiences.
Children and young people can be referred for anything from one night a month to up to 75 nights a year depending on need. Bookings are made in consultation with parents or carers and we always endeavour to ensure that friends can come together on these overnight breaks. Only small numbers of children or young people stay at any one time, creating the feeling of a sleepover.
We understand the needs of families too. By offering regular planned breaks we help parents and carers to find time for themselves and receive the support they need. We can even accommodate emergency placements, providing care when it’s needed most.
While parents and siblings have a break from caring, disabled children and young people can enjoy new activities as well as meeting a wider social network – helping them to develop social and life skills. The overnight short break services empower young people to have a voice impacting on the services they receive, as staff support them to design their own care package including an exciting range of outings and activities.
We have worked hard to make Russell House as much like an ordinary home as possible. There are seven cosy bedrooms, each catering to specific needs. The four downstairs rooms are equipped for young people with physical disabilities, ensuring they have everything they need. The three rooms upstairs are tailored for those who are more mobile. During their stay, we encourage every young person to make their room their own. Personalisation is key to creating a comfortable and familiar space.
There are two well-appointed bathrooms – one a wet room, the other boasting a spacious mobility bath, separate shower, sink, and toilet.
Our communal lounge downstairs is filled with entertainment options like a TV, DVD player, Xbox, and Wii. For those looking for a quieter spot, our upstairs lounge with its own TV, games console, and DVD player is perfect.
Mealtimes are a special occasion too, when young people and staff can come together, with a sense of community. Young people can also participate in cooking and meal preparation.
There’s a spacious, enclosed garden area with a range of sensory equipment that will engage, and for moments of relaxation we have a dedicated sensory room.
“The advice we have been given can help to establish bedtime routines and sleeping patterns with all three of our children, not just our child who has autism”