* Bridgend Young Carers Short Breaks
Bridgend Young Carers Service
A young carer is someone who takes responsibility for someone who is ill, disabled, elderly, experiencing mental illness or affected by substance misuse, or has substantial responsibility for caring for a brother or sister. Young carer's lives are restricted because of their caring role, they can feel different to their peers, be socially isolated or lack in confidence as they don't have the same access to social opportunities as their peers.
We help children and young people aged 8 to 18 who are caring for someone in their family. We try to make life easier by offering practical and emotional support for the young carer and by giving them a break from their caring role so they can enjoy some time of their own and meet other young people with similar experience.
The service is extremely important and valued by our Young Carers and their families as in some cases it is the only form of time out that these exceptional young people have. Our Young Carers groups run on Monday evenings in Bridgend. We also provide a few day trips during the school holidays to offer much deserved leisure opportunities. The holidays can be the hardest time for a young carer as their caring role can increase and they are isolated from their peers and social opportunities.
* Bucks Activity Project
Bucks Activity Project
Providing short breaks for disabled children and young people aged 0-19
Bucks Activity Project is part of the Action for Children Countywide Integrated Short Breaks Service, commissioned by Buckinghamshire Council and provides community short breaks to children and young people aged 0-19 with disabilities and additional learning needs across Buckinghamshire.
* Chestnut Lodge
We operate a social care model of disability, ensuring that our service users are seen as children first, and receive the necessary care and support to manage their disability so they can get the most out of life. Each young person is unique and we value their differences, recognising that what might be thought a great activity by one young person, could be thoroughly disliked by another. By ensuring children and young people have access to a wide range of opportunities, and noting their responses, we aim to enhance their life and enable them to fulfil their potential.
We operate evening youth clubs in term time as well as overnight short breaks at weekends and holidays which provide support to the individual young person and respite for the family. Firstly by providing young people with a range of experiences and opportunities which help them to achieve positive outcomes in life. Secondly, by giving support to parents in the form of a break to enable them to recharge as well as being a source of professional advice and assistance to families. Thirdly by giving parents the opportunity to spend time either together or more often with their other children doing the things that they find it impossible to do when the disabled child is at home, but most of all we want our young people to enjoy their time with us and most of all, have FUN.
* CORNWALL S.P.A.C.E.
We support disabled children and young people to reach their potential.
We do this by offering exciting new activities to try and the opportunity to make new friends, while providing families with an all important short break.
Monksfield is based on the outskirts of Hexham within walking distance of local amenities and have easy access to the countryside, coast and nearby towns and cities. We provide residential care for disabled children needing a permanent home and short break residential care.
We work with families and professionals to meet the complex and varied needs of the children and young people that are in our care. Our tailored support packages enable all children and young people to benefit from their stay with us.
Whenever possible we consult with the children and young people about what activities they like and where they would like to go and the toys they would like to play with. We encourage children to develop as much independence as possible and get them involved in everyday tasks whilst supporting them to progress at their own pace.
By providing fun, inclusive and flexible support we help disabled children, young people and their families to live the lives they want. For every child or young person within our care our aim is to provide the most stimulating and inspiring environment to enable them to flourish.
* Nightstop Dorset
Dorset Nightstop provides safe, secure emergency accommodation for young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Young people are welcomed into the home of a fully trained volunteer host. Placements are on a one night at a time basis, usually for a maximum of three nights.
As a young person accessing Nightstop you can expect:
- a safe and secure bed for the night in your own room
- an evening meal and breakfast
- washing facilities
- a listening ear, if you need one, or head space if you prefer
- a friendly and free service
- breathing space to allow you to get any support you need and move towards finding more permanent accommodation
Nightstop aims to keep young people in a safe and friendly home environment, while allowing agencies to look at long-term solutions to their homelessness.
* Northampton Community Short Breaks PMLD
Northants Short Breaks Service (SBS) is a county-wide service providing short breaks to children and young people and their families, supporting a range of ages and needs
We have an inclusive approach that takes into account age, disability, and wider needs. It fits with our ethos of believing in the importance of allowing children and young people to socialise and develop relationships with other children and young people, regardless of their age, need and ability.
The SBS staff are highly committed and dedicated. We provide a safe, fun and consistent environment for children and young people to be themselves. Children and young people have the opportunity to socialise with peers, build confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and independence. Our clubs are a place to relax and have fun while learning and trying both new and familiar activities that help them to develop and grow. Action for Children staff provide and respond to the emotional, behavioural, physical, and medical needs of each child and young person.
Who we support
Children and young people in Northamptonshire, aged 5 to 18, with a range of needs, such as Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s, and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).
Parent, carers and families who have a child/children with a disability.
Disability Short Break Support Mentor
Disability Support Assistance
Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Disability Support Assistance.
- Be patient and reliable
- Have experience of or the desire to support children/young people with disabilities
- Have good communication skills
- Are able to work alongside a variety of different people
- Have a positive attitude
- Use your initiative but also ask for help when needed
- Be willing to challenge discrimination.
What you can expect:
- Interacting with service users, whilst listening to what they have to say, to make their voice heard
- Supporting with reading and writing tasks when needed
- Join in and helping with activities.
- Contributing to children/young person’s social, emotional and educational development
- Keeping records of activities including session and travelling times
What we can offer:
- Getting to know some great people!
- Gaining experience in supporting children and young people with disabilities
- Enjoying sense of personal satisfaction
Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.
* NPT Community Short Breaks
Welcome to Neath Port Talbot/Swansea Community Short Breaks Project!
Neath Port Talbot/Swansea Community Short Breaks Project (NPT) provide sessions to young people with disabilities and overnight Family Link placements, including Swansea Pops and Swansea Link.