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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 through a formal consultation process across Autumn 2021. 

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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. 

As the COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease are pleased to be able to be able to provide the following in addition to our Personal Assistant programme of individual support:

Sports & Leisure – at a new home at Arthog Outreach Centre in Wellington

Arts & Crafts – at Southwood Activity & Wellbeing Hub in Hollinswood

Club 17 – at Southwood Activity & Wellbeing Hub in Hollinswood.

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.

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 or ICan2 Sports and Leisure - Home | Facebook

Contact My Options:
Telephone - 01952 381317
Email -
or click here to download our application

Personal Budgets

Personal Budgets are an amount of money paid to you by us, the Local Authority, for social care and support that you may need. In this particular case, the funding would be for Short Breaks and Activities.

You can find out more about Personal Budgets for Short Breaks, and Direct Payments, by following this link.