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Short Breaks

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Short Breaks

Short breaks, also known as respite, are a range of services that support children, young people and their families. These allow children and young people some time away from their families, while enjoying new experiences. Short breaks can include provision from anything between 2 hours, to overnight activities. They can take place in the child or young person’s home, an approved carer’s home or in a residential/community setting.

Short breaks are provided for children and young people (0-19) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their siblings (0-19). However, some short breaks are offered to young people up to the age of 25.

Please contact the short breaks provider directly to find out more information on the short breaks services offered and to ensure that they have spaces. Some providers operate waiting lists if there is no immediate access to the service.

The following section highlights our short breaks providers:


Albion in the Community 

Albion in the Community offer inclusive football sessions open to any individual who has a disability and a development squad for juniors aged 10 and over, and adults aged 16 and over. This short break is based in Eastbourne:


Amazing Futures

Amazing Futures is the name of Amaze's peer support project for young people with additional needs aged 14-25 in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex:


Art Breaks at Project Artworks

Art Breaks is an innovative project that focuses on children and young people with complex needs, alongside their parents, carers and non-learning disabled peers:


Aspens Forest School

The Forest School for 12-25 year old's will be a fantastic opportunity for young people who are on the autism spectrum or have learning disabilities to enjoy the benefits of spending time and learning in nature:


Head2Head Sensory Theatre

Head2Head Sensory Theatre are dedicated to making theatre accessible to all, understanding that families who have a child with a disability face many barriers:


Sensory Soft Play (Sensoft)

Sensory Soft Play offer a provision of multi-sensory soft play activities and the running of an online support group for parents and carers of children with additional needs in Hastings and the surrounding area:


ISEND Sibling Service (Sibs)

Sibs supports children aged 6 to 17 who have a brother or sister with a disability. Sibs provides short breaks and activity days for children aged 6 to 17 who have a brother or sister with a disability.


Up-Grade Training

Driven by qualified school teachers, therapists and sports coaches, Up-Grade Training deliver ​innovative and educational youth interventions that engage, energise and ​educate:


East Sussex 1Space

You can find more services that offer respite, day centres and short breaks on our SEND-specific directory, on East Sussex 1Space:

Short Breaks Grants

Groups that provide short breaks to children and young people with disabilities can apply for Short Breaks Grant Funding. Projects must be innovative, show evidence of need, address the short breaks agenda, be additional to the normal work of the applicant, and have a clear benefit to a group (or groups) of children and young people with disabilities in East Sussex.

Grants of up to £10,000 per project are available.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines, however the scheme may be closed before the end of the financial year if the budget is exhausted. Check this page for updates.

Please read the guidance document to see if your group and your proposed project are eligible for funding.

If you have any queries regarding the short breaks grant scheme, please email:

Short Breaks Grants Application Form (v2.1, April 2022)

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Short Breaks Grants Guidance (v2.2, April 2022)

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Short Breaks Grants Terms and Conditions (v2.1, April 2022)

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Life More Ordinary

Providers can also apply for funding from the ‘Life more Ordinary’ small grants scheme.

The Council’s Early Help Youth Service team run the scheme. It has a specific focus on supporting organisations to include disabled young people (8–19) in their activities.

For eligibility criteria, the dates of grants rounds and to find out more, you can email them on:

Alternatively, you can call them on 01424 724 150.


Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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