Short Breaks

Every child and young person should have opportunities to make new friends, try new things and have time away from families and carers to grow in independence and confidence. Short breaks offer the chance to do all of these things as well as offering parents and carers a break from their caring duties.


A short break is for disabled children, young people and their families. They can range from an activity which lasts for a few hours to overnight stays of a number of days. They can take place during the holidays, at weekends, during the day or overnight. Short breaks should be flexible and accessible to meet your family’s needs. As well as being rewarding for young people short breaks also give parents and carers some time off for themselves and other members of the family. Short breaks can sometimes be referred to as ‘respite services’.


Short breaks offer opportunities for children and young people to:


Increase independence with time away from parents and carers


Build ConfiDence & SKILLS


Meet and make new friends


Try new things and take part in fulfilling activities

Our Short breaks also offer families the chance to


Have a break from their caring responsibilities


Spend time with other family members


Take the opportunity to rest, unwind and get vital 'me time'

Lifeworks Short Breaks

Lifeworks offer a variety of rich and rewarding short breaks for children and young people with learning disabilities. We understand how vital short breaks are for families. All of our short breaks are designed around the needs of the children



Situated in Dartington, Robins offers children and young people aged 8-20, caring and flexible home from home, overnight stays.



Holiday Project

Lifeworks Holiday Project provides short break adventures during the school holidays for young people with learning disabilities aged 12-17. It offers opportunities for fun, friendships and new experiences with a skilled staff team.



Youth Club

Kool Club is a Saturday youth club for young people with learning disabilities aged 14-25. It offers supported activities and trips, helping members make friends, develop life-skills whilst having the best time.


How to access Short Breaks

The type of short break that will be most suitable will vary depending on their needs. The Local Authority will carry out an assessment with you to identify which short breaks and support would be most suitable for your child or young person. You or a lead professional can request an assessment.

CoronavirusDue to the social distancing measures of Coronavirus not all of Lifeworks services are running as they usually do.

Our residential services, Robins and Sesame, continue to run and have provided a safe home for the residents. Unfortunately, we have had to stop the short stay service at Robins for the time being. Our specialist College was closed for the Easter holidays but has now re-opened for a small number of students. Community Projects’ in-person services have been put on hold but the team have been very creative, launching Safe-Space a new online platform to provide a much-needed service to young people who are feeling isolated at home.

We are still working our way through these times where there is uncertainty and we are responding to guidance and instruction as information is sent to us. We look forward to the time when we can re-instate all of our services but the safety and wellbeing of our service users, families and staff is our top priority always.

Please continue to find out more about our services and get in touch with us to discuss them at any time. Email [email protected] or call 01803 840 744

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