Short breaks and holiday activities for disabled children

A short break gives disabled children or young people opportunities to have fun doing things they enjoy and spending quality time with other young people in new environments. It also can provide parents and carers a regular planned break from their responsibilities. A short break may be for a few hours during the day, evening, overnight or for the whole weekend but it can't be provided to allow the main carer to go to work.

Not all children and families will need the same level of short breaks, and some will need more than others because of the impact of their child's disability or their individual family circumstances. See the document below for more information:

Download Plymouth Short Breaks Statement [PDF, 2MB]

In Plymouth there are a wide range of holiday and leisure activities available for children and young people.

Plymouth Online Directory 

The Plymouth Online Directory (POD) is a directory of services that includes information for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, families and professionals.

View the Plymouth Online Directory

You may also like to contact the Plymouth Information Advice and Support Service who send out a regular newsletter of all the activities available for disabled children. We would encourage you to explore and try these varied activities as they are small groups which have high levels of skilled staffing.

Should you feel these activities are not suitable to meet your child’s needs and you feel that due to their disability more targeted/specialist support is required please contact the Plymouth Gateway requesting a short breaks assessment.

How to request support

Request support with short breaks and leisure activities through the Gateway. Email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.