Short Breaks – Offering Care and support to children and young people with disabilities, complex health needs and Autism
We believe every disabled child and their family should have a right to a short break service. We hope to be a part of that service for you.
We work with children and young people with a range of needs. We provide specialist packages of care to cover all aspects of their developmental needs. This can range from personal care to social needs, inclusive of specific therapies. This is delivered by adopting multi-agency working principles. Our staff team complete an intensive training programme when they join us which is renewed and refreshed regularly.
What is a short break?
A short break is an opportunity for disabled children and young people to have fun, gain independence, learn and develop. This allows families to take a much needed break from their 24-hour caring.
Types of Short breaks we offer:
Home Care Support
One of our team will carry out a home visit to you and create a joint outcome based assessment with you and you family. This will be personal to your needs and may include;
- morning and afterschool routines
- medication administration
- personal care
- moving and handling tasks
- Implementing emergency protocols
- Assistance with homework
- Preparing meals
We offer staff to assist young people in accessing community based activities of their choice, providing them with support to develop social and independent living skills.
We provide a safe service to children and young people with autism and behavioural difficulties, by offering staff trained by our Autism specialist to support their needs. We can provide this service on a one to one or a two to one support basis.
Working alongside Parent Voice we are a provider of Hampshire County Councils community buddy scheme. This scheme is available to all children and young people educated or living in Hampshire with an additional need. You can self refer to this service here
More information about the community buddy scheme :
Portsmouth Community Based Support
- The Community Based Support Service is for children and young people, aged 5-18 years, with moderate to severe physical disabilities, autism or complex health needs. The support is up to a maximum of 40 hours per year within the home, or to access community activities.You will need to live in the PO1 – PO6 postcode areas to access this service.
Sitting Service for children and young people aged 4 – 16 years
- This service is allocated 6 monthly and can be used flexibly to suit your needs, with a focus on care and support in the home.
- Activities and mileage are chargeable to families. Additional hours can be purchased if required.
To make referrals to the Portsmouth Community Based Support Service or the Sitting Service Please contact Fiona Donaldson Short Breaks Officer for Portsmouth on:
023 9268 8842
Appletree Support’s Promise
Promoting Independence and Choice we pride ourselves on offering care and support to disabled children and young people from dedicated and highly motivated PA and Care Team.