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What is a Short Break?

A short break provides opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers and enable their carers to take a ‘break’ from care.

During a short break, young people can learn new skills, meet new people and become more independent.

There are two different available grants.

  • Pathway One Short Breaks - enable families to apply for a Short Breaks budget of up to £1,664 per year
  • Pathway Two Short Breaks - enable families to access a budget of up to £6,656 per year

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

Completing this service should take around 10 minutes.

To complete this service you will need.

  • Evidence of the child or young person’s diagnosed or identified disability (usually a letter from a health professional)
  • Written statement from supporting professional
  • Copy of child or young person's Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP), if they have one

What happens after I apply?

We will review your application and contact you if we need any further information.

Please be aware that we currently have a waiting list for applications to be considered.  The waiting list is prioritised based upon the oldest applications being processed first, unless there are exceptional reasons for re-prioritising a case.

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant


  • Young people between the age of 5 to 18.
  • Young person must be Nottingham City resident.
  • Young person must have diagnosed or identified disability.
  • Young person must require one-to-one support to access their community and the application must demonstrate why universal or targeted services are not accessible.
  • Young person must have an assessment identifying the needs for a Short Break (for example an EHCP – Pathway Two requirement only).

What type of Short Breaks are available

  • Befriending services
  • Sitting services
  • Direct Payments
  • Group activity sessions
  • Summer Holidays activities

Pathway 1 And 2 Application Guidance Nov 2022

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