Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Short Breaks Services

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A short break is a good quality, fun, positive activity that your disabled child or young person can either attend with you or independently.

A short break can last between a few hours and several days. It can take place in your own home, in a supported setting, or within the community. It provides families with a break from their caring role and time to spend with other family members or to have time to themselves.

View the Short Breaks Service Statement for further details


Short Break Services

The Local Authority provides the following short breaks which are accessed through an assessment by Social Care.


Stockton Council's 'Oasis' offers after-school and day-care short-breaks for children and young people (aged 5 (first September after the child's 5th birthday) to 17 years) with a learning disability.

How to get help from Oasis

To access this service you will need a referral from a social worker, who will have completed an assessment of need and presented your case to a resource panel who will agree how we can best help to meet the needs of your child.

Once we receive the referral a member of staff will undertake a home visit, where we will obtain additional information that will help us to understand what level of care your child will need whilst in our care.

How much does OASIS cost?
We will give you a list showing the dates that your child can attend OASIS (six months at a time). This is a free service but we do ask for a small contribution to help towards the cost of the activities your child may participate in.

Session times

After School sessions

  • Children are admitted from school by our 'educational transport' service.
  • Please collect your child at 7:00pm.

Day Care

  • Please bring your child at 10:00am and a time to collect your child will be agreed prior to your child accessing the service.
  • Please bring your child to the building and collect them from the building at the end of the session. This allows staff to discuss plans for the day and to discuss any issues relating to your child.
  • Please tell us if another person will collect your child at the end of the day.
  • Please tell us if your child is not able to attend a session as we will try to allocate a place to another child.

Read additional information regarding Oasis or contact the service direct.

Telephone: 01642 766579

Email: [email protected]

Address: Oasis, 149 Vulcan Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9PE

Hartburn Lodge

Hartburn Lodge provides planned short break and overnight stays (14 night maximum stay) for children with complex and additional needs. Children are accepted from the ages of 8 to 18 years, emergency cases accepted from 6 years.

Referrals to this service can be made by the child's social worker and the application is then decided by a multi-agency panel.

Please contact the Centre Manager for additional information.

Telephone: 01642 527994


Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

Please Note: We are currently not accepting any further applications for Short Break Grants, however we have a new application form coming soon.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council wants to give parents and carer’s choice and control over the short breaks they choose for their child.

From 1 April 2019, parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £1200 to allow their child to take part in short break activities. A grant of up to £300 will be available for children who already receive services as a result of an assessment of need, such as Direct Payments or overnight stays at Hartburn Lodge.

If you would like to apply for the short breaks grant you can find the application form which you can download on Stockton's Local Offer.  Please ensure you read the accompanying 'SBG Grant Offer 2019' before completing the application.

Please note that in order for us to process any grant renewals, you must have provided receipts for the activities your child has accessed via the previous grant awarded. Any unspent monies must be returned.