Short Breaks Recommissioning Survey (for Parents & Carers) 2022


Short Breaks

Thank you for taking the time to fill in our survey. Upon completion you will be re-directed to a separate survey targeted at children and young people which can be completed with the help of an adult. 

Before you start answering the questions, here is some information which might help you:

What are Short Breaks?

Short Breaks are activities for disabled children and young people and their families.  They give disabled children and young people the chance to:  
  • spend time away from their parents and carers to build independence skills
  • take part in activities and try new things
  • relax and have fun with their friends
This gives parents and carers a break so that they can:
  • spend time with other family members and friends
  • rest and unwind
  • do other things they enjoy
A Short Break can vary from a few hours in the week to an overnight stay. They can be in the day, evening or at weekends and take place at:
  • the child’s home
  • the home of an approved Short Break carer
  • a residential or community setting outside of school, such as after school clubs 
Short Breaks services offered by Bristol City Council
  • The Bush and New Belbrook: residential overnight where children aged 8 to 18 have a regular stay in one of our Short Break houses
  • Family Based Short Breaks: when a child 8 to 18 stays in an approved carers home overnight. Formerly known as 'Family Links' & 'Foster Short Breaks'
  • Direct Payments: direct payments that a family can use to employ a personal assistant/buy Short Breaks services that meet their child’s needs
  • Inclusion Service: disabled children access activities in their local communities, for example: holiday clubs, out-of-school clubs including sports, dance, drama and other hobbies with the support of Inclusion funding. 
Providers that offer Short Breaks in Bristol (jointly funded by Bristol City Council & NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG)
  • WECIL youth clubs: for young people aged 13 to 18, regular sessions across the city including Saturdays
  • WECIL transitions group: for young people aged 19 to 25 to help them with independent living skills
  • WECIL stay and play sessions: for children aged 5 to 12 and drop off play sessions for children aged 8 to 12, these are both usually on a Saturday and during the school holiday
  • Time2Share @ Wecil: a befriending service, day trips, family trips and meet up groups
  • KHAAS: work with BME children aged 5 to 18, who have Saturday clubs and days out during the holidays
  • National Autistic Society: hold regular out of school clubs for autistic children and young people, aged 8 to 12 and 13 to 18
  • Sense: hold regular sessions for children and young people aged 5 to 18 with sensory impairments
  • Action for Children: residential holidays
  • FACE: offers sessions for autistic children and young people. They run Bristol Autism Project ("BAP") holiday activities for the whole family.