Learning disability short breaks in Devon

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.

learning disability short breaks in devon offer the chance to do all of these things as well as offering parents and carers a break from their caring duties.

Residential & Short Breaks in Devon for children and young people with learning disabilities

Situated in Dartington, near Totnes, Robins is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is a warm and welcoming home from home that combines comfort, safety and accessibility. Our location is well placed in South Devon, enabling the children to access the beach, woodland, Dartmoor as well as local recreation and leisure venues.

Robins has 10 bedrooms, 4 of which are for young people who live long-term with us and have their own self-contained annex. The large communal lounge, interactive sensory room as well as separate activities room and various outdoor spaces are available for everyone. Our large kitchen and dining room is the heart of the home and offers the young people a training kitchen in which they can practice their life skills.

There are a wide range of activities that our young people can get involved with if they choose from cookery, music, art, sensory play and games. Everyone’s abilities and interests are different, we are led by what each individual wants to do.

To support each individual’s physical needs there is a complete range of lifting and moving aids as well as a lift to the first floor.

We work closely with families and guardians to ensure that we work holistically to meet their child’s individual medical, cultural, educational and dietary needs.

Whatever the reason or the length of stay, our aim is to make sure that each child and young person is given the best quality care and support. We want everyone who stays with us at Robins to feel safe, gain something new and have a great time.

What is a Short Break?


A short break is for children with learning disabilities, 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 5-18, 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.

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