Short breaks in the community

Short breaks in the community

What Short Breaks are on during coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to apply.

Targeted Short breaks service update

It’s been a difficult time for our families with disabled children and young people.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to many Short Breaks services running a modified service during the pandemic. 

In response to the second national lockdown, we’re working closely with all our providers to make sure their Targeted Short Break services are delivered safely and meet government guidelines. 

Services that can run in line with government guidelines may look different because of measures such as social distancing and other measures that are in place. This is because the safety of children, young people, families and staff, is the priority.

Some services are unable to run face-to-face support during lockdown. Instead, families are being offered support by phone, online and with activity packs. 

All places must be pre-booked at Short Breaks sessions to keep a record of children, young people and families contact details for NHS Test and Trace.

Targeted Short Breaks running in Bristol

Out and About

Out and About provide Short Breaks for disabled children and young people in Bristol. The service is run by local organisations. 

During the pandemic, they are continuing to run some of their sessions online, over the phone and face-to-face.  

Sessions you can join online and over the phone:

  • WECIL play: phone calls and activity packs for children aged 5-12 and their families 
  • WECIL: weekly evening youth groups and Saturday sessions for young people ages 13-18
  • WECIL transition group: sessions for young people aged 19-25

Sessions you can join:

  • WECIL Time2Share: befriending service, matching children and young people with volunteers to build friendships and try new activities. 
  • Khaas: monthly weekend sessions for BAME children and young people ages 5-18. 
  • Sense: one to one weekly evening session and monthly Saturday session for children and young people with sensory impairments ages 5-18. 
  • National Autistic Society: weekly evening sessions for children and young people with autism ages 8-12 and 13-18.  

The face to face sessions are all drop-offs.

Find out more in the Out and About leaflet.

To join or find out more about Short Breaks with Out and About:

Bristol Autism Project

Bristol Autism Project run activities for autistic children and young people and their families during the school holidays.

To join email: or fill out a registration form on the FACE Filton website

Action for Children

Action for Children usually delivers overnight holidays.

Action for Children are planning to start offering Short Breaks again in the Autumn, these will look different to normal to ensure they meet current government guidance.

Action for Children will continue to offer support to individual families that are known to them but are unable to take on any new referrals at this time.

Activities for families to do at home

Other organisations that are offering accessible activities