Short Break

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
  • Babysitting
  • Preparing meals

Make a referral for home care support


Community Support

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.


Make a referral for community support


Community Buddies

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.

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.

“The Buddy scheme has been excellent for my son, offering a person he could talk to, joke with and have as a friend when friendship is not something he usually has”

Mr J Portsmouth