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Short Breaks

Community Short Breaks

Short breaks

Community Short Breaks provide opportunities to children and young people with disabilities to relax, develop new friendships, take part in exciting experiences and have fun doing activities. This service is free to access. 

Activities last up to 2 hours during term time and school holidays. Our aim is to ensure that all children accessing the service have the support they need to engage in community based activities. There will be 3-4 casual support workers in a session depending on the numbers and needs of the children/young people.

If your child or young person requires additional support, you may be able to request this from our Targeted Short Breaks Service. This support can be identified through the Short Breaks Panel

To see the latest Term-Time and School Holiday activity timetables, go to our What's On page.

Accessing Community Short Breaks

Children and young people are eligible for Short Breaks if they:

  • Are aged between 5 and 17 years of age
  • They live in Coventry
  • Have a diagnosed disability 

To register to access Community Short Breaks for the first time, you need to:

  • Complete a Short Breaks Passport
  • Submit a copy of a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) letter or evidence of a diagnosed disability either by letter from a relevant professional or by confirmation from your child's school. 

These documents can be emailed to CSCCDT@coventry.gov.uk. Please put the initials of the child in the subject line of the email followed by 'Community Short Breaks'. 

Alternatively you can send these documents by post to:

Community Short Breaks
Children Disability Team 
PO BOX 15
Council House
Coventry
CV1 5RR

Please note, we DO NOT accept hand-delivered post. If you try to submit by hand, it will not be accepted. 

The Short Breaks Development Officer will contact you about your application and the current availability of individual sessions.  

Booking a Short Break

Once you have been registered for Community Short Breaks and have spoken to the Short Breaks Development Officer, you will be able to book onto a session. Sessions will be delivered for children and young people aged 5-11 or 12 -17 unless stated otherwise.

See the What's On page for a full listing of the activities available. Please note that spaces are limited, however you will be able to select activities in order of preference. 

  • To book a Community Short Breaks session during term-time please book online or call us on 024 7678 7980. Please note that activities are dependent upon availability.
  • To book a Community Short Breaks session during school holidays please book online or call us on 024 7678 6226. Please note that you can only have 2 bookings per week and 1 on the waiting list during the school holidays. 

The holiday activity schedule will be released on our What's On page, through email and by post. Bookings for School Holidays are only open for the dates outlined on the activity schedule. Any booking requests received before these dates for the School Holiday sessions will be rejected and you will be asked to resubmit. Anything submitted after these dates will be added to a waiting list. 

If your child or young person requires a Personal Assistant or Carer during a session, please let us know at the point of booking. 

If you would like to arrange a visit before booking a session, this can be arranged by contacting CSCCDT@coventry.gov.uk or by calling 024 7678 7980. 

Non-attendance term-time Short Breaks

Please note, if a child has not accessed a term-time activity for 3 weeks and the Development Officer has not been informed, you will receive notification that your child has been removed from the activity register to allow another child to take the place. This is due to demand to the service. 

Community Short Breaks

Children's Disability team

Email: CSCCDT@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7678 7980

PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street
Coventry
CV1 5RR

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