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Short Breaks

Short breaks provide invaluable support for disabled children, young people up to the age of 18 and their families. While children are given opportunities to become more independent, have fun, enjoy new experiences, form friendships with their peers; their families are able to take time out to recharge their batteries.

This can include daytime, evening, weekend and overnight activities. They can take place in the child's own home, a family based setting, a residential, educational or community setting, or in their local environment.

Short Break services use the wide definition of disability as found in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. The Act defines a disabled person as a person with ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.

For more information please view our Short Breaks Statement

Telford & Wrekin Council intend to consult on a new Short Breaks Statement during the Autumn.  The new statement will provide a much needed update, with clear eligibility criteria and how we aim to commission short breaks activities.

We are addressing the experiences of families around access to short breaks activities and there will be a formal consultation process in the late Summer/Autumn.

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My Options – Young People’s Services now incorporates the following services, which were previously known collectively as ICan2: Access To Activities, Sports & Leisure, PA2A and Kreative Kids. 

Although the COVID-19 restrictions are easing, we expect that they will continue to impact on the delivery of our schemes. We will know more when the Government issues their revised guidance after 12th July 2021. As a Council service, we are following the advice from our Public Health and Health and Safety teams, to minimise all health and safety risks, including the risk of COVID-19 infection. However, our aim is to provide support to as many children and young people as we can safely.

You may have also heard on the news that many sectors are struggling to recruit staff at the moment, unfortunately we are in the same position and are experiencing difficulty recruiting for our summer schemes.

These two factors will impact on the number of children and young people that we can support this summer.

As a consequence, all of our team will be required to support the schemes detailed in the link below and we will not be able to offer any other services until September 2021.

For further information on the services we will provide this summer and information about the latest changes to My Options services visit this link or visit our Facebook My Options - Activity, Wellbeing & Care - Home | Facebook

Contact My Options:
Telephone - 01952 381317
Email - YPS@telford.gov.uk
or click here to download our application